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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

MAN'S JUDGMENT VS GOD'S WORD by Earl Sutton

There are warnings throughout the Bible against substituting our own judgment for God’s will and God’s way!  “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (II John 9) The Bible here shows the gravity of departing from the teaching of Christ! The Bible here clearly shows that doctrine is important. If one departs from the teaching of Christ, one does not have fellowship with God.

            Many today say that doctrine doesn’t matter, but this contradicts what the Bible teaches. One simply must not add to or take away from the teaching of Christ and to do so leads to apostasy.

            In man’s judgment, “one church is as good as another,” but in God’s judgment, He has authorized only His son to build the church and all others have no divine approval! (Acts 20:28; Col. 1:18; Matt. 28:18)

            In man’s judgment, “all who are religious, honest and sincere will be saved,” but in God’s judgment, Jesus said, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in  heaven.” (Matt. 7:21) The Bible emphasizes here that one must make sure that he is obeying the word of God, because honest and sincere people can be misled by opinions and conclusions that are not found in scriptures. (Prov. 14:12; I John 4:1) The failure to worship the right object (God) in the right manner (spirit and truth) and according to right standard will render our worship vain. (Matt. 15:9) Right worship is based upon right teaching, and wrong worship is based upon man’s judgment.

            In man’s judgment, some believe the postmodern view of truth, (1) people merely believe what their parents taught them, (2) don’t believe in divinely revealed truth, (3) truth is what works for them, (4) reject logic and absolutes. The Bible dismisses this skeptical rejection of the truth and affirms that we can know the truth with confidence and certainty. (Luke 1:4; Acts 2:36; II Peter 1:10; John 8:31-32)

            In man judgment, some believe in using creed books to help interpret the Bible, but in God’s judgment, He doesn’t need any help from man! (Isa. 55:8; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:3)

            In man’s judgment, “salvation is by faith only,” plus nothing and minus nothing, but in God’s judgment (James 2:28), “ye see that by works a man is justified (forgiveness of sins), and not only by faith” (saved by believing in God without obeying him) (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).

            In man’s judgment, “once saved, always saved,” but in God’s judgment (Gal. 5:3-4), one can fall from grace! (Heb.     6:3-4)

            In man’s judgment, “saved without baptism” but in God’s judgment baptism is essential. (Acts 2:41; Gal. 3:26-27).