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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WHAT THE RAINBOW DOES NOT REPRESENT by Earl Sutton

 

In Genesis 9:8-17, God made the rainbow covenant with Noah. God had resolved in His heart not again to destroy the earth and all flesh therein by a flood. This covenant embraced not only all of those living on the earth but all who should later live, both man and beast. This covenant was a promise, a pledge, a covenant by Jehovah.

The design of this covenant was for the good of all men and all creatures then living and all of their descendants. The covenant was to have a token, a sign, by which it would be recalled; and this would endure so long as the earth stands. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth” (v. 13).

A rainbow results when the rays of the sun are reflected from falling raindrops at an angle from the viewer. A lovely arch of variegated light is thus formed, and the rainbow indicates that the sky is not wholly overcast; otherwise, the rays of the sun could not appear. Thus, a more fitting symbol of the assurance of God in this respect could not be imagined, when we see in the sky the beautiful rainbow.

Let us recognize the rainbow as God’s token of His goodness and kindness to us and not a symbol that represents homosexuality, which is a degrading and despicable sin as described in the Bible (Romans 1:21-27). Homosexuality was a sin in the days of Abraham and Lot; it was a sin in the days of Moses; it is still a sin today. For many years those who practiced homosexuality did so in secret hiding their shameful act of sin of which it is. Now they have surfaced from their cesspool of abominations and are parading their sinful acts of perversion before the world with a so-called Pride month.

These perverts of God’s natural laws fail to understand that God clearly condemned homosexuality, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Christians cannot support the sin of homosexuality, because it is a sin they have chosen on their own volition. It is not something they were born with but have chosen this sinful lifestyle.

The word of God can definitely be blasphemed by homosexuals using the rainbow as their symbol! (Titus 2:5) “That the word of God be not blasphemed.”  The word “blaspheme” simply means to speak evil of it or to hurt the influence of as the homosexuals are doing with God’s symbol, the rainbow! When we say one thing and practice another, we give the world an occasion to speak against the word. It was said of some who were blaspheming God, “They profess that they know God: but in works they deny him, being abominable, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16).

The homosexuals claim to have the right relationship with God; however, they have turned away from the truth. Since they have turned away from the truth, they live ungodly lives. Their ungodly lives deny that they have a right relationship with God. The reason they live ungodly lives is because they are abominable (despicable and detestable). The Bible plainly teaches that homosexuality and lesbianism are despicable sins.

Because of the practice of the very grievous sin of homosexuality in those cities, the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire out of heaven! (Gen. 18:20) Under the Law of Moses, the sin of homosexuality was punishable by death (Lev. 20:13). Therefore, I refuse to recognize LGBTQ month using the rainbow to celebrate their sin of homosexuality!