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 WRONG TO CALL OUT EVIL? by Earl Sutton

 

In the book of Ezekiel, chapters 8 and 9, the prophet is shown the details of what caused God to be angry with His people and send them into the Babylonian captivity for 70 years. God took Ezekiel, in a vision, to Jerusalem and showed him the abomination and detestable things going on in His Temple. He was shown the horrible sins the people, who were still left in Jerusalem, were committing in the worship of false gods (idolatry).

            The last verse of Chapter 8, verse 18, God said, “Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.” This verseis a verbal bridge to the opening of chapter 9, expressing the absolute exhaustion of God’s mercy and longsuffering for His people. God explains why He must deal with His people by sending them into captivity.

            In chapter 9, God sends six (6) angels to destroy Jerusalem and one (1) angel to put a mark on the forehead of those who, “Cry out for all the abominations the wicked were doing in Jerusalem” (Ezek. 9:4). This one angel moved through the city of Jerusalem and placed a mark on the foreheads of those who lamented over all the wickedness going on in the city and cried out against it! The other six angels were to follow this one angel, who had the inkhorn marking those exempted from slaughter, and kill everyone else without the mark in the city (those who were wicked).

            God told the six angels to start at the sanctuary, because the greatest blame was laid upon the leaders. They held more guilt because of their position! The application of verse 9:4 shows only those were saved who had the mark on their foreheads, because they “cried out against evil going on in their society.” (Evil is defined as anything that the Bible condemns such as homosexuality, transgenderism, lying, stealing, murder, pedophilia, adultery, bestiality, stirring up hate, racism, love of the world, idolatry, etc.)

            Do we grieve over evil and cry out against it, or do we just go along with it?  Many feel, in the Lord’s church, that elders should never talk about politics and controversial topics, because it might hurt or offend someone’s feelings, cause a drop in attendance and contribution. In today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by the government. In the Lord’s church, we must stand up and speak out even if some call the issue “political.”

                Now, for over two decades, there has been war declared on the home, family and the church. Sadly, this challenge has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders. The main response has been that church elders have buried their heads in the sand and hoped the problems would go away. While Christians have remained silent, the vocal minority of liberal activists have radically changed our culture in America. It is high time that Christians re-engage in our civic responsibility as voters and assert our Constitutional rights of freedom of speech and religion.

            Some Christians view the political process as a no-man’s land, and all Christians should not be involved in it. What should be the attitude of leaders of the church about involvement in politics? The Bible says if we don’t call out evil, God will hold us responsible (Ezek. 3:18-19).

            The scriptures include several examples of believers such as John the Baptist (Luke 3:19) and Paul (Acts 24:25) who saw to it that the authorities understood and followed morality. In the Old Testament, the prophet Isaiah (chapters 13-23) and Amos (chapters 1-2) rebuked and called out other nations for their sins.

            Jesus didn’t apologize when He went into the synagogue and threw out the money changers and called them out for the evil that they were involved in (thievery). Through the examples of believers such as Daniel and Esther, I make the strong case that God wants all of His people to seek the welfare, not only of the church and city where we live, but also call out evil in the world, especially politics!

            It is time to wake up and see that the church is in a battle against evil, and the opposition side (globalists) will abolish religious freedom and replace it with tyranny and slavery (II Chronicles 10:2) if we don’t get involved.