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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

A GREAT THREAT TO OUR FAITH! by Earl Sutton

The post-modern mindset has abandoned Biblical authority for personal feelings and wants to design the church services to be entertainment. This kind of thinking has introduced into worship things that cannot be supported by scripture. This kind of thinking is self-centered and not God-centered.

            Liberalism is a great threat to our faith which denies the basic truths of the gospel.  This attitude challenges and denies the absolute authority of the word of God and causes men to set aside God’s will in favor of their own subjective speculations and desires in religion.

            Liberalism holds that there is no way to authenticate and prove as true one version of the Christian faith. The Bible teaches that the religion of Christ is the only true religion, and all others are false! (Acts 4:12)

            Liberalism rejects the Bible as being the actual word of God to man. According to the liberal view, the Bible must constantly be reinterpreted in light of today’s scientific theories. The Bible teaches that God’s word is inspired, inerrant and thoroughly furnishes unto all good works (II Tim. 3:16-17).

            Liberalism denies that the Bible has any inherent moral authority over men. According to this view, no act is to be judged right or wrong under all circumstances. Each person is encouraged to find themselves and be an authentic person before God. The Bible teaches that right and wrong are determined by the will of God. Those things which are condemned in scripture (homosexuality, as one) are wrong at all times and under all circumstances! (Gal. 5:19-21)

            Liberalism has no concern with the New Testament concept of the church. According to this view, the church is only a social agency to be used in promoting universal justice and equality. The Bible clearly teaches that the mission of the church is not social work but the saving of souls through the preaching of the gospel of Christ (Luke 19:10).

            In the time of Hosea, Israel turned away from God and His word to worship idols. The man of God prophesied that the next generation would do the same (Hos. 4:13). It happened then, and it is happening today. A generation ago, religious liberalism invaded the Lord’s church and now disobedience to God’s will is commonplace.

            Liberal elements within the churches of Christ have made great progress toward turning the Lord’s church into a denomination. These fundamental changes include: (1) instrumental music, (2) no emphasis on baptism for the remission of sins (3) women’s roles in the public assembly (4) not accepting Bible authority and (5) accepting denominational fellowship. The bottom line is that a person is not seriously trying to please God if he plays fast and loose with Biblical authority!  In every activity of worship and religion, we are obligated to “walk by faith” (II Cor. 5:7), and one can walk by faith only when he has Bible authority for everything he believes, teaches, and practices in religion (Rom. 10:17).

            We must contend for the “faith which was once and for all delivered unto the saints” if we are going to have God’s approval (Jude 3).