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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

Judge Not That You Be Not Judged - Matt 7:1 - Earl Sutton

  I read a story about a man and his wife who entered an opera house and found a man lying across their seats. They asked him to move, and the only response was inarticulate moaning sounds. They summoned an usher who told the man that he had to get up because he had these people’s seats. The only response was a guttural sound. The usher said, “He’s drunk, so I’ll call the Police.” The Police came and one of the officers said  to the man, “Get up, you’ve got these folk’s seats.” No response. Then the Police said, “Who are you, and where did you come from?” The man finally managed to say, “I fell out of the balcony!”

      This is a clear example of judging a situation without having all the facts. Webster’s Dictionary defines “judging” as to form an opinion without weighing the evidence or facts.

      Those who engage in immoral behavior such as homosexuality often quote this verse when attempting to defend their sinful behavior. Those in denominationalism when challenged to prove that they are not backed by biblical authority will quote this verse.

      Those teenagers who sometimes run with the wrong crowd will quote this verse to their parents to justify their behavior.

       This verse does not teach that Jesus meant that we cannot pass judgment on anyone at any time. In the context of this verse, Jesus is condemning a fault-finding attitude without having all the facts. One must form an opinion based upon facts and not impute wrong motives on a situation he/she knows little about.

      Jesus, in the entire context of Matt. 7, publicly criticized the Scribes and Pharisees for their self-righteous attitudes. Jesus was teaching us that judging another is wrong when that judgment is hypocritical and not based on facts.

      It is not judging to take the Bible and show a person that what they believe and practice is not in agreement with the word of God.

      It is not judging to emphasize that fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness are sinful behaviors and will cause a person to not go to Heaven when they die. (Gal. 5:19-22) (Eph. 5:1-6)

      It is not judging to try to help people out of their sinful practices. The popular and politically correct idea that “all judging is wrong” is anti-biblical. Those who teach that Jesus was condemning all judging are ignorant of what the Bible teaches. As Jesus said in John 7:24, “Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

      Righteous judgment is not based upon surface appearances but according to fact.                                                                  ------ Earl Sutton