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 Ignore the Warning! - Earl Sutton

Originally published in the weekly bulletin at the church of Christ at Elkins on 7/20/2014 

A State Trooper stopped a woman for going 15 miles over the speed limit. After he handed her a ticket, she asked him, “Don’t you give out warnings?”

      “Yes, ma’am,” he replied. “They are all up and down the road. They say, “Speed Limit 55.”

      This story reminds me that one day we will stand before the great Judge. There are many people who expect they will receive merely a “warning” and then they will be given an opportunity to try again. The response on that day will be, “I gave out plenty of warnings  --  all through your life  --  but you ignored them all.”      

      Remember the rich man in Luke 16 who died and went to Hell?  He begged for a messenger to be sent back as a warning to his brothers. The response he got was this: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them . . .. If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:29, 31)

      Abraham explained to him if they did not listen to God’s word given by Moses and the prophets, they would not listen if one rose from the dead. What Abraham said was true, because when Jesus arose from the dead the majority of Jews didn’t believe His message given by the apostles.

      Don’t ignore the warnings of this passage which teaches when one dies, he/she cannot change their eternal destiny.  We can only change our destiny while we live!

      The warnings are there, all over the road. If we ignore the warnings and live the way we want to live rather than for the glory of God, then we shouldn’t be surprised when the punishment is issued on the Last Day.

      The warnings are there  --  listen and heed them.