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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

TRANSGENDERISM -- "MAN-MADE" CONCEPT by Earl Sutton

Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic athlete formerly known as Bruce, made her debut as a transgender woman last week posing in sexy lingerie on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. He now thinks that he has crossed from manhood, having been married to three different women with six biological children, to womanhood.

            Jenner joined Twitter as Caitlyn last week with the message, “Welcome to the world of Caitlyn.” Within hours, He shattered Twitter records with followers. It seems that our society is eager to embrace the most outlandish claims, because they try to destroy biblical authority and principles of decency.

            This is a part of the gay agenda to destroy God’s design for the family. Progressives are trying to normalize deviant behavior and turn Christians into the new “weirdos” or the new “kooks.” This campaign is to confuse the masses, especially young people, on sexuality.

            The fact of the matter is, gender cannot be changed surgically. Whatever a doctor may cut off or put on will never change that person’s DNA! Scientists know that every living organism has a specified number of sex chromosomes in each of its Somatic cells. Two large X chromosomes in a woman and one X and one small y in a man. This genetic makeup cannot be changed by taking hormones. The bottom line is that gender is more than anatomy and taking hormones or using surgically altering procedures does not change a person’s gender.

            The fact of the matter is, gender cannot be changed behaviorally. A man like Bruce who now puts on a dress and calls himself Caitlyn does not become a woman through this method. The Bible says, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the Lord thy God” (Deut. 22:5). In our day, this is called “transvestism.” God made man and woman different and expects them to stay that way. God’s condemnation is pointed directly at those of either sex who try to break down the sexual differences which exist between a man and a woman.

            The bottom line is the gender that we are born with cannot be changed. A man’s claim to be a woman does not make it true. Jesus said, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female” (Matt. 19:4).  Jesus quoted from Genesis 1:27 to prove that God instituted marriage in the beginning by creating man and woman differently. Jesus didn’t say that God made them transgendered, which is a man-made concept and contrary to the teaching of God’s word!

            This sin and others which tear at moral decency in our society will be held accountable in the final judgment! (Heb. 927; Rom. 1:32)