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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

Don't Be Led From the Truth - Earl Sutton

DON’T  BE  LED  FROM  THE  TRUTH!

The Apostle Paul knew of those who had been led from the truth when he wrote Galatians 1:6-8. He wanted Timothy to be a jealous guardian of the work of God (I Tim. 6:20).

     We today in the Lord’s church must be jealous of God’s great plan of salvation which initially will save us from our sins and is designed to keep us saved if we will follow it.

     There is a trend among many young preachers today in the Lord’s church to not offer the Lord’s invitation and review God’s plan of salvation at the end of their sermons. God’s plan of salvation (hear, believe, repent, confess and be baptized and remain faithful).

     Some years ago my family and I worshipped at the Vultee congregation in Nashville. The elders asked the new preacher to include the plan of salvation at the end of each sermon which he had been omitting. Finally the elders fired him when he refused to do so. This young preacher was highly educated in religion and thought he knew more than the elders and others in the congregation.  His defense for not offering the plan of salvation was because it might offend someone and others might leave.

     Can you hear the Apostle Paul saying to the young preacher, Timothy, “Now to be popular, don’t say anything that will offend anyone.”

     On the contrary, Paul told Timothy, “Preach the word . . . reprove, rebuke and exhort.” (II Tim. 4:2-4).

     We today in the Lord’s church must be jealous of God’s plan of salvation. Elders have responsibility for the flock and should be heeded when they insist that the plan of salvation and invitation be extended at the conclusion of each sermon. We need to encourage young preachers to preach the whole truth, whether it is unpopular or not; but because God’s work will judge us in judgment (John 12:48).

 

                                                                                      ----  Earl Sutton