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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY by Earl Sutton

 

What is progressive Christianity?  It is very difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a progressive Christian. One of the main differences between progressive Christianity and Christians in the Bible, is peoples’ views of God’s word.

          Historically, Christians have viewed the Bible as the Word of God and authoritative guide for our lives. Progressive Christianity abandons Bible terminology and emphasizes their personal beliefs over Biblical mandates.

          The language that so-called progressive Christians say is something along these lines, “The Bible is only a human book; I disagree with the writer on that issue; the Bible condones immorality in many places, so I am obligated to reject what it says in many places.” In progressive churches, personal experiences, feelings and opinions are valued more than objective truth. The Bible ceases to be viewed as the infallible word of God and becomes what a person feels to be the truth, which also becomes the ultimate authority for their faith and practice.

          The language that so-called progressive Christians say is, “Scripture doesn’t resonate with me; I thought homosexuality was a sin until I befriended a gay person; I just can’t believe that Jesus would send good people to hell.” Progressive Christians are open to redefining and reinterpreting the Bible on hot-button moral issues like abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, fornication, pedophilia, calling evil good, globalist movement, Islam, corruption in government.

          In so-called progressive Christianity, the only sacred cow is no sacred cow! They believe that the church’s historic position on sexuality is archaic and needs to be updated within a modern framework.

          They reason that the idea of a literal hell is offensive to non-Christians and needs to be reinterpreted. If you ask the so-called progressive Christian if they believe the Bible to be divinely and inerrantly inspired, they will answer “yes,” the Bible is inspired in the same way and on the same level as other Christian books. This is not how Christians have understood the doctrine of divine inspiration.

          The language that so-called progressive Christians use in just about every word is “Love.” They pluck it out of its Biblical context, and it becomes a catch-all term for everything that is anti-authoritarian, non-confrontational and non-offensive which reflects their humanistic spirit of tolerance for sin. They say, “God wouldn’t punish sinners, because He is love. They also say it’s not our job to talk to anyone about sin; it’s our job to just love them.”

          Many so-called progressive Christians in our society today find the concept of God willing His son to die on the cross to be appalling. The idea of blood atonement is de-emphasized or denied altogether and replaced with social justice and good works. They say, “Sin doesn’t separate us from God, because we are made in His image; we don’t really need to preach the gospel; we just need to show love to the oppressed.”

          The bottom line is, “Watch out for false prophets, they come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matt. 7:15).  If one is a so-called progressive Christian, this belief system influences his/her approach to morals and ethics The idea that a person expresses in words and actions is demonstrated in his/her conduct. These words are products of their thinking, and this thinking comes from their philosophy and not from the Bible. “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile” (Matt. 15:18).

                                                --- Earl Sutton, Ed.D.