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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WORST BLUNDER EVER by Earl Sutton

The Obama Administration is in the last phase of a plan that would have the U.S. government relinquish its control over the Internet. This would allow over 160 foreign governments to have increased influence over management and operation of the Internet. Obama’s plan would transfer the control of the Internet from ICANN to the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and could leave autocratic nations like Russia, China and Iran in charge of the world’s most important free medium.

            This plan threatens not only our personal liberties but also our national security. Eventually, religious messages and communications will be monitored and banned from the Internet. This transfer would be one of the worst blunders ever in the history of religious freedom and national security, because ISIS uses the Internet to recruit its new members!

            Obama is pursuing a path toward establishing a one world government under the U.N. This one world government would make our Constitution null and void. Our freedoms, especially as related to religion and free speech, would no longer exist.  This would be the worst blunder ever for America!

            It is the worst blunder ever from the standpoint of economic policy, because the Internet is our economic growth engine. At the present time, because the U.S. controls domain names, this guarantees freedom of speech and commerce across the Internet.

            If control of the Internet is put under ITU, it would allow other countries to suppress Internet traffic and content to become the worst blunder ever in the history of national security, economic growth and our fight for liberty.

            From a biblical standpoint, one of the worst blunders ever in the history of God’s people came when Israel asked for a king (I Sam. 8:1-10). At this time Samuel was about 70 years old, had been a judge of Israel for 20 years, and the nation of Israel was enjoying peace and prosperity. The people had a desire for a change in the mode of government to a monarchy. In rejecting Samuel, God’s choice as their judge, they were really rejecting God who named him. They were patterning themselves after heathen people who had kings over them. Their motives were carnal and rebellious. They were determined to have their own way (just like Obama is doing to put us under U.N. control), whether their way pleased anyone else or not!

            Samuel protested their course of action, just like those who are standing up for the Constitution are fighting Obama’s plan. Samuel tried to show the people that this change in government would bring on them oppressive taxation, their sons and daughters would be conscripted into governmental services, their property would be seized, and the people themselves would become servants (I Sam. 8:11-18).

            Samuel’s warnings went unheeded, because the minds of the people were made up, and they refused to listen or consider the suspension of their demands. Eventually the time would come when they would suffer the bitter fruits of their folly in demanding a king so that they might be like the people around them!

            In the future, Israel would cry to God for His help against their monarchs. Within 120 years, they would cry for relief from the heavy taxes and burdens placed upon them by their kings. When the time came that the people were wholly unable to provide for themselves or to protect themselvesfrom their enemies, God said to them, “Where now is thy king?” (Hos. 13:9-11) This question had especial significance in light of their earlier demands. They were now suffering the consequences of their worst blunder ever.

            It is sheer folly and the worst blunder ever to let our enemies take charge of the Internet! It is also foolish and the worst blunder ever for anyone to disregard God’s way, because only genuine happiness here and in the hereafter depends upon faithful obedience to His will! (Psalm 118:9)