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 AM OFFENDED AND WANT MY RIGHTS by Earl Sutton

This is the new battle cry for the crowd that preaches “political correctness” even if their views offend everyone else in our society. Our Constitution was built on the concept of immutable rights, and most Americans have bought into this idea, believing that rights are the path to freedom.

            Because the framers of our Constitution failed to expressly establish the Constitution on Biblical ethics, the 9th Amendment has been interpreted to include rights to abortion, contraception, homosexual behavior, transgender, and similar sexual privacy rights imposed by judges which are Biblical infractions.

            America was sold down the river when the framers replaced God-expected responsibilities and duties to obey God with optional rights. The Bible gives no evidence of God-given (unalienable) rights but rather responsibilities to follow God’s laws and ethics or reap the consequences (Prov. 13:15).

            Constitutional rights are now being interpreted to include natural rights, human rights, civil rights, political rights, educational rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, health care rights, welfare rights, homosexual rights and animal rights. Had the framers provided for a government established upon God’s moral laws, the Constitution rights claimed by so many people in our society would be recognized as sin and punished as moral aberrations, and in some sins as homosexuality the death penalty.

            Why is so much given in the Bible about God’s dealings with nations of the world? What concern is all this historical data to us today? When we read of God’s threats and warnings to nations of the past, do you think of our own situation? We are told that, “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34). That which turned God’s blessings from ancient Israel could also turn His blessings from America. “Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue” (Hosea 8:3).

Aren’t we becoming completely immoral and casting off that which is good? If these things turned God’s blessings from Israel then, why would not the same thing turn God’s blessings from America today?

            Are we as a Sodom and Gomorrah, ripening for the kill? Are we testing the patience of God? Have we become insensitive to the wrongs of our land in the murder of 57 million human beings since 1973? Just how far can we go, and where is the turning point? There is no way to judge the future but by the past.

            What will make a nation strong? If political correctness would do it, Rome would not have fallen. If military might would do it, Germany would never have fallen. If religious liberalism (idolatry) would do it, Israel would not have fallen. External things alone do not make a nation strong.

            America’s hope lies in her God. If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face,   and turn from their wicked ways: then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14).