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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

FIGHTING AGAINST GOD by Earl Sutton

 

One of the most noteworthy statements that a non-Christian ever made came from the lips of a man by the name of Gamaliel. He was a member of the Sanhedrin Council, a Pharisee, a doctor of the Law of Moses.

          This man turned the tide in a plot that was underway to kill Peter and John. They were on trial for preaching Christ and the resurrection. They had been put in prison, but a miraculous thing happened. The angel of the Lord, by night, opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, “Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (Acts 5:20).

          Their strange release from prison caused quite a reaction among the people. When they were later found teaching in the temple, the captain with the officers brought them out. They were then brought before the Council and asked this question: “Did we not strictly command you that ye should not teach in this name?” (v. 28) The Bible says, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’” (V. 29)

          What courage these men had! Because of their loyalty to the word of God, they were now in danger of being put to death. This would, no doubt, have been done had it not been for a speech given by Gamaliel. He said to the Council, “Take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. . .. Refrain from these men and let them alone for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught. But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to FIGHT  AGAINST  GOD.” (Acts 5:35, 38-39) What reasoning and logic this man Gamaliel had! How sensible was his analysis! What a great truth he spoke!

          Gamaliel was fair-minded enough to suggest that they put this thing to a test. He believed that time would tell whether the work or counsel of Peter and John was of God or of men. Gamaliel didn’t say that this work was of God, but he said, “If it be of God.” The Bible clearly says that not all that claim to be of God are of God” (I John 4:1). Some things, therefore, are definitely of God and some are not of God. Gamaliel warned the members of his Council to proceed with caution, lest they engage in a battle against God.

          To fight against some work of God that the Left is engaged in today (such as homosexuality, transgenderism, pedophilia, lying, stealing, supporting a one world government with the goal of destroying Christianity, the home and the church) is to fight against God Himself! Gamaliel knew that one could not do this and win. In spite of the infinite love and awesome power of God, there are millions today in our society who are fighting against God.

          In view of the fact that we shall all stand before the Lord in judgment, “So then each of us shall give account of himself unto God” (Rom. 14:12), it would be wisdom on our part to ensure we have obeyed Him. It is utter folly and utter recklessness to bypass the words of Christ, for He has promised to judge us by these words (John 12:48).

          We ought to have extreme reverence toward the one who could slay 185,000 of the enemy in one night (II Kings 19) or defeat 135,000 Midianites with only 300 men (Judges 7:2). There is absolutely no future for those who advocate killing babies, promoting sin and persecuting Christians with a flippant attitude toward God.

          Gamaliel gave some very sensible advice, “If it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it.” This simply means you cannot shake it off, cause it to fail, pervert it or dissolve it. May we not in any way be found fighting against God (Matthew 10:28; Romans 3:4).