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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

IS IT A SMALL MATTER? by Earl Sutton

 

In Isaiah 7:13, Ahaz asked this question of his people, “Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?” Can any sin be regarded as small, or can any transgression be looked upon as a light thing? Is sin something we might subject to censorship that one might be declared big and another little?  Are some sins possible and others punishable?  Are some sins to be condemned and others to be condoned?  Should we wink at one and weep over another?

          Maybe this is what is wrong with our society. If so, we need to re-evaluate this thing, for we have the wrong idea altogether. God does not classify sin, but lets us know that every sin is horrible, and not a single one is honorable. Any sin is grievous before the Lord, and not a single one is granted by the Lord. Each one is serious, and not a single one is sanctioned.

          Sin is sin in God’s sight, whether it be a failure on our part to do that which is right (omission – James 4:17) or whether it be a doing of that which is not right (commission – I John 5:17). There are no small sins, for there is no small God to sin against. The Lord tells us that every transgression and disobedience will receive a just recompense of reward (Heb. 2:2). Did you notice that the Lord said, “Every transgression and disobedience?” This means that the Lord will make no allowance for sin!

          Is homosexuality a small thing? This degrading and despicable sin is described in the scriptures in which depravity is found in its greatest depths (Rom. 1:21-27). The punishment of the homosexuals of Sodom and Gomorrah was a complete annihilation. Homosexuality was a sin in the days of Abraham and Lot; it was a sin in the days of Moses; it is sin today!

          Is pedophilia a small thing?  The radical left is desperately trying to standardize the most deviant of behaviors and bring society’s standards into conformity with pedophilia! This is a clear attempt to force acceptance of deviant behavior upon our society. There is mounting evidence of organized pedophilia and child-trafficking networks throughout the world.

         There is no direct mention of pedophilia in the Bible, but this behavior is discussed in Galatians 5:19. Paul uses the Greek word, porneia, to describe all types of immoral sexual behavior that includes pedophilia. Those who commit this act will not inherit the kingdom of Heaven (Gal. 5:21).

          Is being a moocher and being lazy a small thing? Socialists promise all kinds of free stuff, but they never discuss the true costs. The Apostle Paul said, “IF any will not work, neither let him eat” (II Thess. 3:10). Paul had a very strong work ethic (capitalism). He was a tent maker. Paul made it very clear that the ones who would not work were not to eat at the expense of others who did work.

          Is calling evil good and good evil a small thing? The lying, corrupt mainstream media have become the greatest threat to our country and freedom. They are owned by the global elites who script what is said, word for word, and they have been reporting lies, half-truths and complete falsehoods with the clear intention of deceiving the American public!

          Can we regard these matters lightly? It is time to stand up for the truth  --  enough is enough – and take our country back!