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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

THE GREAT MORAL DIVIDE by Earl Sutton

 

Hollywood actor, Robert De Niro, had the audacity to curse our president on stage, on air, at the 72nd annual Tony Awards. Those in the audience should have walked out on such a vulgar and blatant display of disrespect. The unbridled hate that so many in Holly wood have toward this president is a sign of the great moral divide in America. Truly, a battle is being waged for the direction and future of our nation. Truly, there is a battle between the good (Christianity) and evil (globalists).

          We are rapidly reaching a tipping point in the USA with irreparable schism between the left and right over the great moral divide. Those on the right in policy circles didn’t like as the left redefined marriage and then human sexuality. They bitterly went along with this charade of calling a man a woman. Such moral and intellectual bankruptcy is reflective of enveloping half of our country.

          This great moral divide reached a fever pitch a few weeks ago over the most basic principles of right and wrong with Hamas vs Jews in Israel. This great moral divide is seen by the left trying to keep our borders open so that criminal aliens like MS-13 and drug cartels can come in. The MS-13 violent street gang’s motto is kill, steal, rape and control; and radicals on the left say, “We stand with you.”

          A similar great moral divide gripped the country in the lead-up to the Civil War. Those on the left felt the political and economic benefits of slavery were so valuable that the institution and all of its evils had to be defended at all cost. Those on the right, including President Lincoln, saw very clearly a divide that could not be sustained.

          Our country cannot continue like this with one side shedding crocodile tears over waterboarding but unflinchingly champions the practice of dismembering babies limb from limb while their hearts are still beating! We cannot continue to have one side (left) that violently opposes capital punishment for murderers but embraces murder for babies. We cannot continue to have one side supporting illegal immigration to support their voter registration program. We cannot continue to have one side coddling criminals while ignoring law-abiding citizens. There is an irreconcilable difference in our country when one side is insistently merciful to those who are cruel (Muslims) and cruel to those deserving mercy (Christians.)

            Our country is divided on social issues and the role of government in our lives. The bottom line is we have reached the tipping point. As long as one side believes that a man is a woman, right is wrong, a border is a doorway, criminals are civil rights groups, abortion is sacred while interrogating terrorists is evil. The animosity between the other side gets worse with this great moral divide. We are living in a time when people are saying that there is no universal right and wrong, but that it varies with the circumstances.

          We are living in a time when people seem to be pleasure-mad, constantly seeking some form of entertainment rather than some worthwhile work. We are living in a time when drunkenness and excess are called gracious living, while cheating, deception and lying have come to be regarded as smart maneuvering.

          We are living in a time when moral and ethical values are blurred and confused. We are living in a time when the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah are especially appropriate concerning the great moral divide in our nation: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

          Some people in our topsy-turvy society cannot tell right from wrong. It reminds me of what takes place when the head of a chicken is cut off. Its body is in a state of complete confusion. It does not know what it is doing or where it is going. The world today is full of wicked people, like that chicken with its head off, who are in rebellion against God, who think that drunkenness and illicit sex are a mark of freedom. Their spiritual chaos is unimaginable.

          The answer to what is right or wrong and the solution to the great moral divide lies in the word of God  --  the Bible (Psalm 119).