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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

I HAVE PLAYED THE FOOL by Earl Sutton

 

Saul, the first king of Israel said, “I have sinned, return, my son David, for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool and have erred exceedingly” (I Samuel 26:21).

          How had Saul played the fool and got off track with the Lord?  When God told him to go against the Amalekites, he was commanded to take none of the spoils and to spare none of the lives of the people. Instead of doing what God had told him to do, he spared the life of King Agag and brought back the best of the flocks and the best of the herds. When Samuel reprimanded him for this, Saul blamed the people for his own mistake. He was told by God’s prophet that because he had rejected God’s word, God had rejected him from being king over Israel.

          After Saul had disobeyed the Lord, the Spirit of the Lord departed from him, and an evil spirit troubled him. Had he acknowledged his wrongs and in penitence sought God’s help, his later mistakes as in our text when he tried to kill David, would have been different. Instead, he grew bitter and let envy and jealousy fill his life. When young David fought and won the victory over Goliath, and women began to sing the praises of David instead of Saul, he became envious and jealous and filled with hate!

          Saul made every attempt possible to kill David, but the time came when David could have retaliated. Instead, David returned good for evil. It was on one of those occasions when David returned good for evil that Saul said, “I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.”

          When former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House Committee on Intelligence about his report on Russian interference in 2016 presidential election, he was made a fool of. He really played the fool by saying, “I can’t speak to that; I can’t answer to that.”

          The left on the Judiciary Committee tried to drive home the report’s conclusion that Trump wasn’t exonerated for obstruction of justice. But Mueller’s report concluded that neither Trump, nor his campaign, nor any American conspired with the Russians to influence the presidential election.

           Mueller played the fool when Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) asked if he could remember when a former FBI director ever had the role of exonerating an individual. Mueller responded, “I cannot.”

          Mueller played the fool when Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado) asked, “Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office? Mueller said, “Yes” then at the end of his discussion said, “We did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime.”

          Mueller played the fool when the first part of his report concluded there was no conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in the 2016 presidential campaign. Then Mr. Collins, ranking member of the Judiciary Committee said, “In context, collusion and conspiracy are synonymous terms, is that correct?” Mueller said, “No” then Collins showed how foolish this statement was by referring to Mueller’s report which said they were “synonymous.”

          Mueller played the fool many times in this hearing by declining to answer why his team didn’t prosecute those who lied to investigators. The bottom line is that the liberal left hates American values and are trying to move America away from the vision of our Founding Fathers (rule of law, freedom of speech and religion, etc.) and are becoming foolish as Saul was by leaving God out of their lives.

          My friends, if we don’t take an interest in the affairs of our government, then we are doomed to live under the rule of fools.