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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

CRITICISM by Earl Sutton


The story is told of an old man whose grandson rode a donkey while they were traveling from one city to another. One critic said, “Would you look at that old man suffering on his feet while that kid is totally capable of walking.” So, then the old man rode the donkey while the boy walked. And the next critic said, “Would you look at that – a healthy man making a poor little boy suffer.” So, the man and the boy both rode the donkey, and the next critic said, “Would you look at those two brutes causing that poor donkey to suffer.” So, they both got off and started walking until the next critic said, “Would you look at that waste, a perfectly good donkey not being used.” Finally, the old man and the little boy decided to carry the donkey on a pole between them. The next critic said, “Would you look at that, two idiots carrying a donkey.”

          The bottom line is that no matter what you say or write, someone will always criticize it! To prove this point, the first steamboat took 32 hours to go from New York City to Albany; critics laughed. The horse and buggy passed an early motor car as if it were standing still, and critics laughed. The first electric light bulb was so dim that people had to use a gas lamp to see it, and critics laughed. The first airplane came down 59 seconds after it left the ground, and critics laughed.

          If you try to write articles that deal with the problems of our society as they relate to Biblical teaching, expect the critics to swarm. There are watch dogs who feel that they are called upon to keep their eyes on what others write so they can growl and complain that Christians should always be silent.

          Some in the Lord’s church feel that elders and preachers should never talk about the relevant issues and controversial topics, especially those they consider political issues. They completely forget that in today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues which include the war declared on the home, family and the church.

          Because of loud-mouth critics, this challenge to stand up for the truth has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders with the results of gay marriage and allowing a vocal minority of liberal, loud-mouth activists to radically change our culture in America.

          One doesn’t have to be a prophet to predict that churches can expect slanderous criticism from the left-leaning radicals who support

socialism, abortion, same-sex marriage, globalist movement of one world government. We must oppose such sin and not go along with it. We must not be quiet and continue to let the morals of our nation slip further down the drain. We must stand opposed to open borders, because eventually this will destroy our nation.

          Christians need to re-engage in our civic responsibilities; and like the Apostle Paul, be bold in asserting our Constitutional rights against the present anti-Christian establishment of globalists. Christians cannot afford to take a live-and-let-live approach to sin. We will never change what we tolerate; and what we tolerate, our children will embrace tomorrow.

          If we start whittling ourselves down to fit what the critics think, those who accept sin, we will very soon be whittled away completely! The Bible says, “And be not conformed to this world” (Rom. 12:2). The Lord’s plan is that Christians change the world, not that the world should change us.

                                            ---  Earl Sutton