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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

TOLERANT vs INTOLERANT by Earl Sutton

 

Tolerance is the ability to live with people whose opinions and behaviors are not the same as yours. Whatever differences we have, tolerating others’ opinions is a prerequisite to a functioning and free society.

          America was built upon the foundation of tolerance. The Declaration of Independence guarantees us life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But there is an implicit contract there, to have your life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you have to be tolerant of somebody else’s life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

          This contract in America seems to be breaking down. If you listen to the mainstream media, only one side is living up to this deal  --  the left. The right, according to the media, is intolerant of everyone, except those white heterosexual Christian males. There is only one problem  -- it is just not true.

          The left is not tolerant of the very people they say they are tolerant of. If  you are gay, black or immigrant and  you don’t agree with the left’s position,  you are harshly criticized. If you believe that we should judge people on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin, the left calls you racist.

          If you believe that America is a nation of immigrants and we should protect our borders, you are called a Xenophobe. If you believe that men and women are equal but are fundamentally different, the left calls you sexist. Those who only tolerate people that they agree with or like aren’t actually tolerant.

          Who is tolerant? Is it the organizers of the women’s march who had to apologize for hurt and confusion they caused when they invited a leftist man, Burnie Sanders, to speak at their convention. Is it the Antifa thugs who caused UC Berkley to spend $600,000 on security when mainstream, conservative Ben Shapiro came to give a talk. Is it Congresswoman Maxine Waters who scolded Kanya West for talking out of turn that Blacks should think for themselves.

          Who is tolerant? Is it actually those right wingers that the mainstream media demonize every day? The left, in our society, has become utterly intolerant of anyone with whom they disagree. Why? Because they believe that they know how you should live and how you should think. Any deviation or non-conformity is dangerous to their goals. The right welcomes diversity of thought. The right believes in the notion of “live and let live,” and that is the true meaning of tolerance.

          The crucial question in evaluating our own attitude of tolerance is this: Is the issue under consideration a matter of mere custom, tradition, habit, taste, culture, or a direct command of God? Is it a matter involving some moral or ethical principle which is taught by God? If it is merely a custom or tradition, we should be tolerant. But if it is a matter involving a principle of God, the decision to be tolerant and go along with it must depend upon if it violates what God has said.

          For example: homosexuality is condemned in the Bible, and Christians must resist the temptation to go along with the pressure to conform by accepting it. Jesus was intolerant toward the money changers in the temple (John 2:13-16). Why? Because of their sinful acts.  If we start whittling ourselves to fit what others on the left think and accept sin, we will very soon be whittled away (Rom. 12:1-2).

          The bottom line is, you will never change what you tolerate; and what we tolerate, our children will embrace tomorrow.