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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

WILL YOU STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH? by Earl Sutton

 

The church is the army of Christ, and every member of the church is a soldier in that army. However, it is saddening to note that many in the church do not understand the crucial situation that our country and church is in today. Many are like Nikodemus who liked to talk about Jesus in the night, and came to him secretly for fear of criticism and political correctness.

 With our world plunging headlong into anti-Christian hate, where are the faithful soldiers of Christ who will stand up for the truth?  The Bible cautions us to not turn to the right or to the left (Deut. 5:32). The point here is that it is always wrong to move either to the right or left of God’s instructions. Some in the brotherhood write articles that criticize those in the church who stand up against those who are destroying our country, with the clear goal to destroy religion.

Some Christians view the political process as a no-man’s land, and Christians should not be involved in it. What should be the attitude of leaders in the church concerning our involvement in politics? The Bible plainly states if we don’t call out evil in our society, God will hold us responsible (Ezek. 3:18-19). Both John the Baptist (Luke 3:19) and the Apostle Paul (Acts 24:25) saw to it that the authorities understood and followed morality.

In the Old Testament, the prophets Isaiah and Amos rebuked and called out other nations for their sins. Jesus didn’t apologize when He went into the synagogue and threw out the money changers and called them out for the evil that they were involved in (thievery).

I make a strong case through the examples of Daniel and Esther that God wants all of His people to seek the welfare, not only of the church and city where we live, but also to call out the evil that is in politics and the world!

In today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by corrupt government policies. In the Lord’s church, we must stand up for the truth and speak out even if some use criticism that the Devil laughs at Christians who wade into the mire of politics and spend hours defending the truth. Doesn’t matter what the Devil thinks, God expects us to stand up for what is right and to try and keep this country from being turned into a Socialist/Communist nation that would destroy religion.

Now, for over two decades, there has been war declared on the home, family and the church. Sadly, this challenge has gone unheeded by a majority of our church leaders. The main response has been to bury our heads in the sand and hope that the problem will go away. While Christians have remained silent, the vocal minority of liberal activists (less than 1% of our population) have radically changed our culture in America.

It is high time that Christians re-engage in our civic responsibility as voters and assert our Constitutional rights of freedom of speech and religion. It is time to wake up and see that the church is in a battle for its very existence, because if the globalists win the next election, our religious freedom will be replaced with tyranny.

The bottom line is the majority of church leaders are limping between two sides  -- one to keep silent and the other to speak out. What the left in politics is doing (platform that is 100% against the Bible) is very serious. We need the total mobilization of all Christians in our nation to rise up, speak out concerning the evils, and help restore Christian values in America! This is the only way to stem the tide of corruption. God has given us a leader who fights for Bible principles, and we need to do our part and support him.

                                      ---  Earl Sutton, Ed.D.