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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

MILLENNIALS' CHALLENGE by Earl Sutton

 

Many millennials (those born between 1981 – 1996) are finding out that adulthood isn’t what they thought it was going to be. Many of them were raised in broken homes, exposed to divorce, and then lived in blended families or with a single parent. The home life and the rise of political correctness in our schools have led to their dangerous form of self-esteem and entitlement mentality!

            What challenges come with the millennial generation?  Their idea of insisting upon getting whatever they want and making other people pay for it under the guise of fairness is wrong (II Thess. 3:10).

            At the present time, many millennials are not contributing anything to our society. They don’t have basic manners.  They listen to really obscene music that degrades women and pretty much glorifies drugs and crime. They idolize such people as Kim Kardashian and then shame people like Tim Tebow.  This portion of the millennials is lazy and feel really entitled to everything. They want to make lots of money and have a free education but are not willing to put in the time and work required for such. They spend more time online making friends and less time actually building relationships with others.

            This group’s idea of standing up for what they believe in means going on Facebook and posting a status of their opinion. They have no respect for the elderly (Lev. 20:9) and neither do they respect the USA. They believe that stepping on our flag is okay. They mock the men and women who are fighting for our country, and at the same time, praise the people who are rioting in the streets. This group of millennials believe that everything that used to be frowned upon should now be celebrated!

            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. You don’t get rich without working. So move out of your parents’ home and get a job!

            This group of the millennials believe Socialism is the answer for their entitled life. Socialism is just a few steps away from Communism. It fosters the belief that the government is your god and should furnish your needs. The truth is that under Socialism and Communism,  you don’t get to decide what your needs are – the government does (or a central planning committee). The rich will not give up their money to take care of you. Eventually, you will have to go to work.

            The big problem with Socialism is that it removes human ambition from the equation. The desire for Socialism only highlights the masses of humans who do not strive and therefore fail. Socialism is basically for people who think life in general is unfair, and therefore, everyone else who does work, must take care of them. Socialism assumes that humans are weak and everyone else should help those losers who can’t care for themselves.

            America was founded on the idea that human beings should be free to live their own lives and that government should not be in charge of their destiny. Millennials need to be challenged to go out into the world, leave Socialism behind, and learn to take care of themselves.

            The smartest man who ever lived on this earth said, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter, fear God and keep His commandments” (Eccl. 12:14). This is the same challenge that millennials and everyone else should accept, because the redemption of our soul is the only true success (Mark 8:36-37).