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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WOULD JESUS SUPPORT SOCIALISM? by Earl Sutton

 

It is true that Jesus confronted the money changers and challenged believers to give to the needy. But, would he support Socialism? Increasingly, our society thinks He would!

          In a recent poll (Barna), it was found that Jesus would prefer Socialism than those who believe He would prefer capitalism. According to a Reason-Rupe survey, 53% of Americans under 30 view Socialism favorably, compared to less than a third of Americans over 30. According to a Gallup poll, 69% of those under 30 said they would be willing to vote for a Socialist presidential candidate.

Many Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) are wary of our current system. They have witnessed one of the most partisan eras in American history and a system that desperately needs reform. Socialist may sound compassionate, but it is actually antithetical to everything the Bible teaches! It is based on a materialistic worldview, which is its basis.

To Socialists, all that really exists is the material world. To Socialists, suffering is caused by the unequal distribution of stuff, and success is achieved by the redistribution of stuff. There is no acknowledgment of spiritual issues. There is just an assumption that if everyone is given equal stuff, all the problems in our society would somehow dissolve. This view contradicts Christianity which teaches that mankind’s greatest problems are spiritual! Therefore, Jesus would not support Socialism.

As the parable of the talent (Matthew 25:14-30) shows, those with good character tend to accumulate more. Each one of these men in this parable received talents in proportion to their ability, and so do God’s children today. The five-talent man came back with 10. The two-talent man came back with 4. The Lord said, “Well done.”

When we stand before Christ at the judgment day, the one supreme question will be, “Have you been faithful in the use of your talents?” It will matter little how much wealth we have accumulated.

To one of these men, the Lord gave but one talent; because his abilities were not as great as the others. As soon as he had received the one talent, he went and hid his Lord’s money and refused to use it. Notice the attitude of this one-talent man when the Lord demanded a reckoning. He said, “I knew that thou art a hard man, so I hid my talent.” He thought his duty was too exacting, and his Lord was too demanding, so he returned his talent. In condemning this man, the Lord said, “Thou wicked and slothful servant.” He was wicked because of his wrong attitude toward his master, thinking him to be a slave driver and taskmaster. He was slothful, because he hid his talent and refused to use it for the Lord.

          What is the application to Millennials? At the present time, many Millennials are not contributing anything to our society  --  they are not using their talents. Their idea of insisting upon getting whatever they want and making other people pay for it, under the guise of fairness, is completely wrong. Therefore, Jesus would not support this attitude.

          The Millennials have more opportunities to succeed than any of those who came before them. They need to appreciate the opportunities they have and not feel entitled. The bottom line is, you don’t get rich without working. Be challenged to go out into the world, leave Socialism behind, learn to take care of yourself and remember the redemption of your soul is the only true success.