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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

LAWLESSNESS IN THE LAND

 

The days of the Judges were biblical Israel’s time of lawlessness, confusion, and a big moral mess. The Book of Judges tells a gloomy story of social chaos, disobedience to God, oppression, and apostasy. Judges is named for the series of leaders that God raised up for the troubled nation of Israel in her dark days. The Book of Judges shows what happens when humans follow personal tastes and individual goals that result in chaos and turmoil. When societies reject absolute laws, they develop their own arbitrary rules.

            The recent trends in our society concerning ethical behavior has renewed personal and social unrest by insisting that each person (except Christians) has the right to set individual standards (bathroom, locker room, dressing room issues concerning transgenders), and they need not consider themselves bound to anyone else!

            The Black Lives Matter movement is collectively blaming all cops everywhere for something that only a few cops have done thousands of miles apart. The purpose is to stir up hate between blacks and whites to create a “mean world syndrome” in order to eventually put us under marshal law and take away our freedoms. (Billionaire, WWII Nazi collaborator George Soros is bank rolling BLM.)

            The big question is whose authority are we under? Our own, or do we answer to “higher powers.” The Bible says, “Let every soul be in subjection to the higher powers: for there is no power but of God; and the powers that be are ordained of God” (Rom. 13:1). The higher power in this verse means civil government. To be in subjection means to acknowledge the authority of law and live in obedience to its edicts. Why? “Because there is no power but of God,” which simply means that civil powers derive from God and not mankind.

            The sphere of authority is to be noted. The government has authority only within the civil realm and not in the religious realm. When laws of civil government conflict with the explicit commandments of God, then Christians must say, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). When a society rejects civil law and does whatever it likes and creates its own rules, then we can easily justify any kind of behavior.

            We have seen the lawlessness in Milwaukee this week following the fatal police shooting of an armed 23 year old black male by a black police officer. Police say the victim had a “lengthy arrest record” and pointed a gun at the officer. This is proof that the BLM movement is racist and is not concerned with black mistreatment but has a sinister purpose!

            In response to reports of the police shooting, angry protestors affiliated with BLM began causing lawless disturbances even though he was killed by a black officer. One officer was seriously injured after a rioter hurled a brick at his police squad car’s window. The rioters attacked unattended vehicles and set them on fire. The rioters set a gas station on fire while spontaneously shooting bullets into heavily populated areas. They then set a bank on fire in addition to six other buildings.

            The Bible says, “For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil” (Rom. 13:3). Rulers are to punish the lawlessness of evil doers and protect the good people. It is the duty of each law enforcement agency to punish the lawlessness of thugs for their violent deeds. This should be punishment by due process of the law.

            Shame on Obama who supports this racist movement and liberal news media that gives a false perception of so-called injustices to inherently racist groups that disrespects our law and order. We need to elect a president who will uphold the rule of law. Submission to law and order is greatly needed in our society! (Rom. 13:8-10; Titus 2:11-14)                                                                                                                                                                                              ---  Earl Sutton