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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

CESSPOOL OF CORRUPTION by Earl Sutton

 

Political corruption is the use of powers by government officials for illegitimate private gain. An illegal act by an officeholder constitutes political corruption as we are witnessing in Washington, DC by so many of our elected officials. A state of unrestrained political corruption is known as “kleptocracy” which means rule by thievery, or as my daddy would say, “A cesspool of corruption.”

            We are witnessing a cesspool of corruption by our elected officials in the form of bribery in which a payment is given in exchange for their use of official powers. We are witnessing the trading of influence or influence-peddling when our officials sell their influence over the decision-making process to benefit themselves.

            A good example of this is when members of a Senate Committee were receiving campaign funds from health corporations to design a health plan to their liking to replace Obamacare. We are witnessing patronage by our officials to favor implementing their policy.

            We are witnessing electoral fraud, which is the illegal interference with the process of an election where acts of fraud affect vote counts to bring about election results. In our last election, it has been documented that millions were involved in illegal voter registration.

            Under the Obama Administration, billions of dollars were paid to Iran in a secret, backdoor approach. Billions of dollars were taken out of the Social Security fund and given to people who didn’t even have a Social Security number/card. A number of corrupt government officials enriched themselves through foreign aid donations.

            America’s faith in government has fallen to an all-time low. Only 12% of citizens said they could trust leaders in Washington to do what is right! We desperately need transparency in government with a two-term limit for all our elected officials in Washington.

            Thomas Jefferson observed a tendency for a smooth-running government, “to demand a free press,” which we don’t have today because of the crooked mainstream news media.

            The solution to this problem of corruption is term limits on Congress, a return to the rule of law, and restore Christianity in America.

            We can see political corruption by government officials in the Bible when Jeroboam caused Israel to sin. He was influenced by political considerations, rather than by ethical ones. He lives in Bible history as the most corrupt politician who ever lived! Influenced by political expediency, he conceived the plan of establishing a form of worship in his own territory and thus keep the people from going to Judea to worship. The Law of Moses required every male Israelite go to Jerusalem three times a year, on the occasion of the great feasts to worship. To keep them away from Jerusalem, he made two calves of gold and said, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel” (I Kings 12:28).

            Jeroboam’s real motive was a desire to maintain his position. It was no concern to him that the Law of Moses required this trip and that worship could not properly be offered anywhere else. It would eventually bring ruin on the children of Israel, just like the liberal policies being pushed by the globalists will destroy America!

            Again and again, we are reminded in the history of the kings of Israel, that they followed in the steps of Jeroboam, “Who made Israel to sin.” The cesspool of corruption of such a course eventually became so pronounced that the nation perished. Will this be America’s fate?