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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

Worship However You Feel Like - Earl Sutton



The Stones River Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, TN has made an unscriptural move and allowed instrumental music into their Sunday worship service. Their minister, Tony Woodall was quoted as saying, “You can worship however you feel like, whether we’re acapella  or instrumental really doesn’t matter.” This Bible scholar evidently doesn’t know much about the case of Cain and Abel which clearly shows that what we do in religion must be authorized by the word of God, or else there will be serious consequences

    Abel pleased God, but Cain had the idea that you can worship however you feel like, and his worship was rejected by the Lord (Gen. 4:2-5) Why? Because one was performed by God’s authority, and the other was not. God has told us what He wants in worship. “Make melody in our hearts” and not on instruments (Eph. 5:19), and it is not left up to us to add to that!

    The Bible says, “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins” (Psa. 19:13). By definition, the presumptuous sin is that wherein one acts rashly, proudly, and is disobedient to God through acting highhanded. Peter described this sin in II Peter 2:10, “Them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”

This Greek word, “tolmetai,” means bold (acting rashly) in disobedience to God.

    This indicates that reckless and wanton manner used in spurning the will of God. The Bible emphasis that God and His will must be respected and obeyed, but one so self-willed will ignore the Lord and presume to make his own way (worship any way you feel), acts presumptuously.  This is the point so needed in our day and time of great liberalism in the Lord’s Church.

The Bible clearly says that nothing is to be added or removed from what has been revealed as the pattern (Rev. 22:1-8). Many are simply not satisfied with the simplicity of God’s requirements and want a religion that pleases them  --  not God! The Pharisees added an endless number of things to the Law of Moses (Matt. 15:1-9), and this made their whole worship in vain.    

    Presumption is at the bottom of all additions to God’s word, because the one who does it presumes that God did not give us what we needed in the first place. May we learn on this side of eternity’s shore that, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Prov. 14:12) May we be submissive to the will of God, and obey Him in all things, that we can refrain from the presumptuous sin and be lost eternally.


                        ----- Earl Sutton