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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

CALLING EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL by Earl Sutton

 

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 today. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). This text reveals that some in the ancient society had become so corrupt that they had lost all sense of moral direction.

          This is the same attitude that the left has adopted as their agenda today. It has become the party of hatred, lies, Communists, Socialists, deceit, baby killers, Islamists, sexual perverts and anti-Americans. What God condemns, they affirm. What God punishes, they exalt. We must remember that sin is sin, whatever it may be called; and that God is not pleased by our attitude of, “I don’t discuss politics.”

          My friend, if you, as a Christian, ignore politics now, evil politics will erase your right to be a Christian very soon! In today’s society, religious issues have been made into political issues by our government sticking its nose into the business of the home, family and church.

          Leaders in the church and Christians can no longer not challenge our corrupt government policies and not take a Biblical stand for the truth. This challenge has gone unheeded by the majority of church leaders and Christians. The tragic results have allowed a vocal minority of radical, liberal activists to radically change our culture in America. We can no longer sit on the sidelines and give in to the sin of tolerance, which accepts anything and everything that society believes and practices, regardless of what it is!

          Our culture has accepted two great lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both views are pure nonsense!

          Christians don’t have to compromise their convictions to be compassionate toward others. How long are we going to bury our heads in the sand and say, “I don’t discuss politics.” How long are we going to use Pilate’s washbowl?  How long are we going to sit around and let sin, with all of its consequences, run rampant because we don’t want to be called, “politically incorrect?” When is the last time you heard anything from the pulpit about sins going on in our society today? The fact is when we become tolerant toward sin, we have committed a sin!

          In the last election, 54 million Christians stayed at  home and didn’t vote. There are now 72 million registered Democrats in this country. Are they going to identify themselves with a party that believes it is alright to kill innocent babies? If Christians would simply vote Biblical values, not party, nor race, we can turn this country around.

          We as Christians can conform to the dictates of society, or we can heed one of the great imperatives that the Apostle Paul gave to “transform” those about us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed, that ye may prove what is good and acceptable” (Rom. 12:2). It is all too easy to follow the crowd and gradually be molded into a pattern that the world follows.

          The spiritual chaos of the wicked in our society today is like a chicken with its head cut off. Its body is in a state of complete confusion, doesn’t know what it’s doing or where it’s going!

          We must defend the truth of God’s word and stand up against the evils in our society.