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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

STANDARDIZING PEDOPHILIA by Earl Sutton

 

The New York Times, in their efforts to standardize pedophilia, claimed that it is a disorder and not a crime; therefore; it should be treated and not punished. This shows me that the radical left is desperately trying to “standardize” the most deviant of behaviors and bring society’s standards into conformity with pedophilia. This is just another attempt to force acceptance of deviant behavior upon our society.

          The argument used to justify this deviant behavior is that as long as it doesn’t hurt the child, then love is love. Also, the argument that homosexual activists have used to promote their sin is:  It’s my right to be able to marry someone of the same sex. Now pedophiles are using that same sick argument, declaring that it is their right to have sexual relationships with children! The standardizing process for pedophilia has started, and pedophile activists have asked the corrupt mainstream media to stop using the term, “pedophilia,” and instead refer to their sin as “minor attracted persons.”

          What is pedophilia? It is a sexual deviation and condition in which a person’s sexual gratification depends on engaging in sexual behavior with children, that is atypical and extreme.

          An estimated 20% of American children have been sexually molested, making pedophilia a common sexual perversion. Across the globe, traffickers buy and sell children, exploiting them for sex and forced labor. About 8 million children are reported missing each year around the world. About a million children will go missing in the United States alone. There is mounting evidence of organized pedophilia and child-trafficking networks throughout the world that implicate high-level government leaders, judges, church leaders and charitable institutions.

          In Washington, DC politicians, both Democratic and Republicans, are involved in this pedophilia epidemic. The FBI said, after viewing the contents of Anthony Weiner’s laptop, “There is enough evidence for the entire government to be brought down.”

          What does the Bible say on this topic? There is no direct mention of pedophilia, but this behavior is discussed in the scripture. Paul uses the Greek word, porneia,” in Gal. 5:19, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: sexual immorality (porneia). This Greek word is used to describe all types of immoral sexual behavior that include: adultery, fornication, transgenderism, and would include all pedophilia, and all abnormal sexual acts.                              Paul points out that people who commit these acts will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (Gal. 5:21). Paul is saying that the actions of the flesh such as pedophilia is always wrong! This problem of pedophilia is a plague in our modern society, and those who have been victimized as children certainly understand the trauma that accompanies this sin.

          One of the arguments that is used to justify this sin is when Jesus said, “Let the children come unto me” (Matt. 18:16). This scripture has absolutely nothing to do with sexual attraction. Jesus also said, “And if your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out” (Matt. 5:29-30). He is trying to teach us to see the severity of sin, such as pedophilia! It is better to give this sin up than lose our eternal life.