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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

LEFT vs RIGHT by Earl Sutton

A moral difference between the left and right concerns the way that each group seeks to improve our society. Left-wing beliefs are liberal in that they believe that society is best served with an expanded role for government. They have the philosophy and believe in one for all and all for one, looking to government to support everyone, looking to government as your god.

People on the right believe that the best outcome for society is achieved when individual rights and civil liberties are paramount and government power is minimized. Most people on the right are conservatives and believe that the best way to improve society is through the moral improvement of the individual.

Those on the left believe that the way to a better society is always doing battle with society’s moral failings. The left concentrates its efforts on combating sexism, racism, intolerance, Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and many other evils they consider wrong. Christianity and the U.S. Constitution are so-called evils they are working to eliminate.

The consequences of these left and right views are that the left is preoccupied with politics as the vehicle for societal improvement, and the right is more interested in fixing society through moral improvement.

Those on the left want spending on social programs and strong regulations on business. Those on the right want less regulation on business and reduced government spending. Those on the left support universal healthcare, and those on the right oppose it and favor competition from private insurance companies. Those on the left want amnesty for undocumented immigrants, and the right oppose it and want stronger borders.

Those on the left favor abortion rights, and the right oppose it. Those on the left support gay marriage, and those on the right oppose it, because such laws conflict with religious beliefs and restrict freedom of religion. Those on the left favor gun control laws, and the right oppose it and support the Second Amendment.

Conservatives have no interest in fundamentally transforming the USA into a one world government controlled by the globalists. Conservatives are against transforming a society that generally believes in God and Christianity into an atheistic and materialistic society which is going in the wrong direction. Conservatives believe that we must work on the moral transformation of each citizen, thus character development should be at the top of our list.

How does the Bible describe those on the left and those on the right? The Bible describes the final judgment  in Matt. 25:31-46, “And before Christ shall be gathered all the nations: and He shall separate them one from another. And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left” (Verses 32-33). The sheep on the right represent genuine believers in God and following His word. These believe that society is changed through moral improvements and character development. (This group represents about 38% of Americans.)

The goats on the left represent about 23% of Americans which are described as wicked and are always pushing a social revolution against God and Christianity. Very large portions on the left identify themselves as atheists or agnostic.

The bottom line is those on the left follow sin and evil; those on the right follow the moral high road and abide by the principles of God’s word. Those on the left have the Devil as their leader, and those on the right have Christ as their leader.

Who is going to win this battle? Rev. 20:1-6 shows the victory of Christ over Satan!