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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

ARE WE NEARING THE END OF TIME? by Earl Sutton

ARE  WE  NEARING  THE  END  OF  TIME?

 

The Bible says that there will be grievous times in the last days. “But know this that in the last days grievous times shall come” (II Tim. 3:1). The expression “last days” is a term used a number of times in the scriptures, and it refers to “last era or dispensation.”

            The Bible plainly tells us when the “last days” began. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, used the prophecy of Joel to say that it had started (Acts 2:16-17). The “last days” refers to that period of time from Pentecost until Jesus returns. What is described as to the conditions listed in II Timothy 3:1-9, these conditions would exist in the last days!

            There will be those who are selfish, avaricious, boastful, haughty, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreverent, lacking in love for kinsman, irreconcilable, slanderers, having no self-control, savage, lacking respect for good things, treacherous, reckless, conceited, and loving pleasure more than God. Paul is here describing a society without God and who have turned away from Him.

            This is a terrible picture of what the last days of human history will be like. And we can look around at society today and see these conditions. This passage discusses the godless marks of the last days, marks that come very close to painting a picture of our day and time in the 21st century. It is very possible that the Lord’s return is at hand!

            In the last days, terrible times shall come. This means difficult, troublesome, trying, uneasy, hard, violent, threatening and dangerous days. The mark of the “last days” will be a godless society. Why will the “last days” be so terrible?  Because the society will be godless!

            In the last days, people will focus upon money, possessions, travel, stocks and bonds, and power to control others. People will be abusive, which means they will slander, revile and curse. Think of all the cursing and insults thrown against God and the church in our society today.

            People will be ungrateful with no sense of gratitude or appreciation for what they have and give no thanks to God for all their blessings. People will be unholy (anosioi) which means profane, indecent and given over to base passions such as homosexuality. Just think of those who seek pleasure in the abnormal sex of man loving man and woman loving woman that is flaunted today. Think how far our society has fallen when it will not say “no” to what is sinful and wrong.

            We are facing the end of time for our society when the family starts to disintegrate which is the backbone of our nation. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriages contradicts the Constitution (10th Amendment) which guarantees state’s rights and violates God’s law (Lev. 18:22). The rug of Bible truth has been pulled from under our society by this action of the Supreme Court, and the results will lead to complete moral decay!

                                                                        ----  Earl Sutton