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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

USE IT OR LOSE IT by Earl Sutton


Some people have brought up the fact that they would not vote for either the Republican or Democratic nominee for president if the eventual nominee is not the person they wanted. I want to put something in perspective concerning voting. For the Christian, voting has very little to do with pure politics. It is not about Republican vs Democrat, Red vs Blue but entirely about having a say and the opportunity to effect change in our society.

            Many countries in the world today don’t allow their citizens a say in anything. In America, every citizen of legal age is given the opportunity to be heard. In the last presidential election, 16 million Christians didn’t vote. The truth is in national elections since 2000, only about 58% of all eligible voters actually voted!

            What would our country look like if every Christian had voted in the last presidential election. We would not have a slick orator selling manure in the White House who is hostile to Judeo-Christian values and trying to destroy them! We would not have a slick community organizer pushing manure down our throats in the form of homosexuality and transgenderism. If only 80% of voters voted from a Biblical perspective, our country would not be in the mess that we are in today!

            We all should understand that voting is our right, but how many have considered the responsibility that comes with it. The future of this country is in the hands of the voters in the coming presidential election. At the present time, Justice Scalia’s seat is vacant, Ginsberg is 82, Kennedy is 79, Breyer is 77, Thomas is 67, and the data shows that the average age of a Supreme Court retirement or death occurs after 75. There is likely to be 5 vacancies that will come up over the next 4-8 years. The next president will have the power to potentially create a 7-2 Supreme Court skewed to their ideology. If the next president appoints 5 young justices, it will guarantee control of the Supreme Court for an entire generation.

            Citizens are directly responsible for the country that our great-grandchildren will inherit. The Bible says that a certain man was entrusted with a single talent by his master (Matt. 25:14-30). He was given a great opportunity but ignored the accompanying responsibility.

            We also have a great opportunity in the form of a country governed by the people. We can’t ignore the responsibility to vote. The truth is, if we accept our gift to vote and effect a change in our society; and we do nothing with it, we will lose our freedoms all together. In our nation today, it is either “use it or lose it.” Wake up! Our freedoms are on the line.

            As Christians, we must look carefully at the presidential candidates and cast our votes for the one who will promote moral issues instead of immoral ones, freedom over tyranny, and free speech not muzzled by political correctness.

            Now is the time to do our part, take a stand, and vote for what is right--  for Christian values and freedom. We need to decide which candidate supports these values and vote for that party. We should vote without any guilt for the candidate that God can use to protect our country and preserve our religious freedom.  

            We should remember that on one occasion, God used a harlot in Jericho to protect the freedom of His people. (Joshua 2:1) Also, the Bible is full of examples of how God used imperfect leaders to accomplish His overall purpose (Xerxes, Nebuchadnezzar).

            We now need the total mobilization of all Christians in our nation to stand up and say, “Enough is enough” of the manure coming from the White House! Now is the time to take our stand and vote for restoring Christian values and freedoms in order to make America great again. Effective leaders cannot rule unless Christians help to elect them! (Prov. 14:34)