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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

HOSTILITY TOWARD THE BOOK by Earl Sutton

 

California Governor Jerry Brown and their legislature have written a bill with language that will show hostility toward the sale of the Bible in that state. What will come next  --  ban Christian churches, then Christians, then ramp up the persecution of Christians? How can this be happening in America?

          This reminds me of old King Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36:20-25 who took Jeremiah’s scroll and threw it into the fire, thereby, showing hostility toward the Book. The king had an opportunity to hear the word of God and conform his life to it; but instead of making restitution for past sins and adjusting his present life, he became greatly disturbed and offended by what he heard.

          We can almost see him as he sits in his winter home, every eye fixed upon him, and with a great silence among his lords and princes. The word of God is read, the king frowns, his cheeks burn, his foot comes down with thundering indignation, he grabs the penknife and the word of God is slashed to bits and thrown in the fire.

          God’s book, like His people, has been persecuted in every age. It has been tortured, pierced, and ridiculed, burned and banned; but it has quenched the fire of violence, escaped the edge of the sword, stopped the mouths of lions, and turned to fight the armies of the aliens.

          The dealings between God and this man portrays the dealings between God and a great mass of humanity now as in California’s plan to ban the sale of the Bible. Why take this action? It is because they want to practice sins of homosexuality, transgenderism, support the LGBT agenda and to completely destroy Christianity. The Bible condemns these activities. This proves that the world has always been disposed to mutilate and reject God’s will.

          But do their attitudes change the truth that they despise? The hostility that existed in that winter house long ago still exist today. The enemies of this Book have tried to marshal on their side chemist’s laboratory, astronomer’s telescope, geologist’s pry, and mineralogist’s hammer to run down this Book.

          This Book has been struck with many blows; the infidel has thrust at it with his sharp penknife; the modernist has beat upon it with his puny hammers of doubt and unbelief; religious counsels have sought to place bans upon its doctrine; and modernistic preachers have attempted to mutilate it, but to their own destruction. No other book has passed through such hostility, yet this book is today’s foremost piece of literature.

          Any fool could do what this king and Gov. Brown did; it doesn’t take a smart man to act like this. The king’s act showed his impatience with Jeremiah. It expressed an obstinate determination never to comply with God’s word given him.  It showed that he foolishly hoped to defeat the message given him. He acted as if he thought God would forget what the message was once he destroyed it. But he could not defeat the Almighty! Gov. Jerry Brown cannot defeat the Almighty with his ban of the sale of the Bible.

          Gov. Brown is like the drunken captain who cut to pieces the chart that told him of the rocks in the vessel’s course. He may try to arrest the sailors on the vessel who called attention to his stupid action, but this will not avert the crash that will surely come unless the helm of the ship is turned around.

          The king’s rejection did not destroy the message, because another roll was taken and all the words of the book which the king had burned were written again (Jer. 36:32). No man, including Jerry Brown, is done with the word of God when he rejects and tries to ban it. Unbelief will never make the word die (I Peter 1:25). Present day Jehoiakim and the LGBT will be on safer ground if they could recognize this.