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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY UNDER ATTACK by Earl Sutton

 

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a stark warning about the threats facing religious liberty. Alito reminded listeners that opposition to the controversial 2015 Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage would be utilized to, “vilify those who disagree and treat them as bigots”

            The old saying, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing,” is true in America now. We see a wind that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs by mainstream media, those on the left, globalists, and many judges throughout our land.

            Those Americans who try to maintain traditional moral beliefs are now being treated with increasing hostility from the anti-Christian, progressive wing of our country. Christian and church leaders must not remain silent any longer. We must defend the truth of God’s word and stand up against the evils of abortion, homosexuality, LGBT activism, overreach by government, movies such as “The Shack” which shows God as tolerating wickedness. What the mainstream, liberal media is promoting is wrong and evil in the sight of God. The biased media embraces homosexual behavior, abortion, LGBT activism, radical feminism, evolutionary teaching and promotes tenets of atheism.

            The time to protest the infringement of our religious freedom is now, because for far too long, our religious leaders have given a free pass to evil and evil doing in our society.  We truly face a world and country devoid of Bible ethics and spiritual standards. If people of faith don’t stand up and defend themselves against the relentless attacks, both in the courts and society, it won’t be long before everyone with such beliefs will be treated as a second-class citizen.

            What does it mean to have freedom of religion? It means the freedom to express our faith however the way that we choose. Our First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This simply means that it prohibits our government from making any law that prohibits the free exercise of religion, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble.

            What does religious freedom really mean? Religious freedom is far more than just the freedom to believe a certain way. It is also the freedom to talk about and act on our core beliefs without government and mainstream news media interference. It allows people with similar beliefs to form religious organizations that govern their own affairs.

            Why does it matter that we have religious liberty? It ensures us to live and share our beliefs with others concerning the gospel.

            What can we do to protect our religious liberty? We need to become more informed about the basics of religious freedom and understand our rights. The prophet Jehu’s message is straight forward and emphasizes the fact that if we support wrong doing, God will not be pleased. “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord.” (II Chronicles 19:2)  While Christians have remained silent, the vocal minority has radically changed our culture. Now we must stand up for the truth.