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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

FREE LUNCH vs HARD WORK by Earl Sutton

 

If you believe in Socialism, you need to understand that the only economic system to ever take many people out of poverty is Capitalism. Socialism has never created wealth for anyone but the elite. Socialism spends what Capitalism earns.  The startling truth is that nearly all of human progress that has taken place in the last 300 years, and lifting people out of poverty, is due to Capitalism

          Capitalism is the most cooperative system ever created for the peaceful improvement of peoples’ lives. In America, especially for those on the left, Socialism has begun to be their choice. In a recent poll, 37% of all Americans and 54% of liberals preferred Socialism to Capitalism. Another poll had 44% of Millennials saying that they prefer to live in a Socialist society while only 42% prefer to live in a Capitalistic society.

          Given that America has become the most successful economy in the world because of Capitalism, it is hard for some people to understand why Socialism would have any appeal.  Why? Because this system denies the existence of God and places reliance on government. It has been responsible for mass starvation, torture, murder and enslavement. It allows no freedoms of speech and thought.

          First, Socialism sounds really good. Socialists promise all kinds of free stuff, but never discuss the true costs. Socialism has become the Santa Clause of our day and time. Two states in the USA are proposing a guaranteed, basic annual income for everyone.

          Secondly, people don’t realize the success of Capitalism and take it for granted. We live in the richest, most successful, most prosperous society in human history; and those who grow up with a silver spoon in their mouths, assume that this is just how it is. They also assume that becoming a Socialist nation would not change our society.

          Third, Socialism and its big brother Communism are both bargains for some people who are mooching off the government tit. But you give up your freedoms, a large part of your potential, and an enormous amount of your money in return for unreliable promise of free stuff. The simple fact is that moochers, the lazy, and arguably people who will, for whatever reasons, remain poor for their entire lives tend to benefit more under Socialism.

          What does the Bible say about moochers, the lazy and those who refuse to work for a living? The Apostle Paul said, “If any will not work, neither let him eat” (II Thess. 3:10). Paul had a very strong work ethic (Capitalism  --  he was a tent maker) and laid down the rule that the church should not support and feed those too lazy to work.  Paul had no sympathy for a lazy person who refused to work. Paul made it clear that the ones who would not work were not to eat at the expense of others who did work.

          There are some who do not work, because they cannot work for health reasons. These are not the ones Paul had in mind. His reference was to those who could work but would not.

There is no such thing as a free lunch, and giving people something for nothing does serious damage to all concerned. It hurts the one who receives, because he/she is encouraged in their laziness. It hurts the givers, because he/she could have seen better results from the use of their gifts. Socialism hurts the entire society, because others are tempted to cease from work in order to get a free lunch!

There is no obligation resting on a Christian, a church, or a society to help feed an idle, lazy, sponge who is able to work. The obligation is imperative to help the helpless. Paul lays down the principle that no economic parasite is to be tolerated in the church or society.