THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR ACTIONS! by Earl Sutton

 

In 1996 a grain ship, “Bright Field,” was heading down the Mississippi River near New Orleans, when it lost control, veered toward the shore and crashed into a riverside shopping mall. The impact demolished parts of the wharf and injured 116 people. According to the Coast Guard investigation, the ship’s owner and crew had failed to repair long-standing engine problems. This is a clear example of not doing what you should do and receiving the consequences of bad decisions.

            The Devil deceived Eve into thinking that there would be no consequences for eating the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1-7). God said, “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, ye shall not eat of it lest ye die” (v.3) The Devil said, “Ye shall not surely die.” (v.4) Eve dilly-dallied with the temptation and contemplated the possibilities that the Devil had suggested and threw away all restrain and ate the fruit!  Why?  The Devil deceived her into thinking that there would be no consequences for sin.

            The Devil continues to lie to us today and tells our society that a little sin won’t hurt, a little indulgence is not a problem, a little transgression will never hurt anybody! The Devil tells us that we are only human and go ahead and enjoy sin. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressor is hard.” ( Prov. 13:15)

            Our society believes that it can live in disobedience to God’s will by practicing homosexuality and never suffer the consequences. The scriptures teach that there will be consequences for our actions. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth unto the spirit shall of the spirit reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8) This basic principle applies to the physical world and spiritual realm as well. The word, “mocked” is a Greek word (mukterizete:) which means to turn one’s nose up at God. The point is that if a person sows to the flesh (homosexuality and sinful living) and turns up his nose at God, he shall go the way of all flesh, -- die and face the judgment of God where there will be consequences. (reap destruction – Gal. 6:8)

The scriptures emphasize the consequences of sin in other verses. Ezekiel said, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ez. 18:4) Paul said, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Over and over, again and again, the Bible under all circumstances, emphasizes that we reap what we sow and that sin is always followed by consequences.

            There is rebellion in the hearts and in the behavior of many people in our society today. In view of the fact that sin will always have consequences, what can we predict for the future? According to the basic law of sowing and reaping, the answer can best be given in the words of the prophet Hosea, “They sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind.” (Hos. 8:7) There is one time of sowing (while alive), and there will be two times of reaping. We reap in this life and also reap beyond this life in the hereafter. Sin brings forth its consequences both here and hereafter.

            People may do things without realizing the consequences of their actions, but one day there is going to be an accounting! (Rev. 21:8)                                                                                                                                                                                           

DON'T AGRUE WITH GOD! by Earl Sutton

 

When the Leper Naaman sought a cure for his dread disease, he was told by the prophet of God to go dip seven times in the river Jordan (II Kings 5). But Naaman was evidently a proud man and wanted to argue with God. He was a  man of some importance in his own nation of Syria, and he displayed a spirit not unlike some in our society who are pushing an agenda of sin. He said, “Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? May I not wash in them and be clean?” (II Kings 5:12) And the Bible says, “He want away in a rage.” Naaman was insulted and didn’t like God’s plan and began to argue with God!

          It is the same “spirit of Naaman” that the LGBTQ is pushing the foolish transgenderism movement and its concept that gender (sex) is malleable (capable of being altered). Their goal is the destruction of the family unit and traditional marriage between a man and woman. Both the Bible and science clearly refute this lie (Deut. 22:5). Don’t argue with God!

          The Bible is filled with many examples of God’s refusal for man to have or do certain things that are wrong and sinful. Among these is the occasion when men once thought they could build a tower that would reach unto heaven (Gen. 11). Plans were made, work on the tower began, but this was not at all according to God’s will. These people had to deal with God who had the last word, “No.” Don’t argue with God!

          The sin of homosexuality is also not according to God’s will and is going in the wrong direction. Those who practice this sin will also have to take God’s answer of “No” at the final judgment. The punishment of the homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah was a complete annihilation. Don’t argue with God!

          We find that on another occasion God said “No” to Pharaoh and the Egyptians when they tried to cross the Red Sea in pursuit of the Israelites (Ex. 14:27). Since they were working against God, they were going in the wrong direction.

          Today in our society, the left-wing states are also going in the wrong direction with late-term abortions that is nothing less than first-degree murder and a license to kill a pre-born child at will. It is the same “Spirit of Pharaoh” we see with those on the left who were fighting against God; but they will lose. Don’t argue with God!

          We see that on another occasion, there was a man by the name of Balaam who pursued a course that was against God’s will. God sent an angel to stand in the path as an adversary against him (Num. 22:24). Don’t argue with God!

          The Quran and Muslims are also pursuing a course that is against God’s will. The Quran promotes brutal violence toward all unbelievers with its false doctrine of hate. It encourages all followers (each and every one) to be violent (Sura 2:191). The Muslim cannot hope to succeed when they go against God’s will. Don’t argue with God!

          On another occasion, God had to say “No” to the Israelites who were trying to take a short-cut to the Land of Canaan (Num. 20:17).  God always knows what is best, and no arrangement of His can be improved upon.

          The Bible makes it clear that national sovereignty includes defined borders (Acts 17:26). It is arguing with God to support open borders. Don’t argue with God!

          We cannot expect any forgiveness from God, unless we walk in the direction He is going.  Even at the judgment, some will try to argue with God (Matt. 7:21-23). Don’t argue with God!

                                                          ---  Earl Sutton, Ed.D.