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)                                                                                                                                                                                           

PREPARING FOR THE INEVITABLE by Earl Sutton

 

What would happen under the circumstances of a cyber attack targeted towards America?  How would people respond? When and if the power grid goes down due to a cyber attack by hackers, EMP attack or solar flare, it could go down for not only a few days or for weeks or even months. If the grid stays down very long, people will die for lack of food, water, medicines and health care.

            Recently, the National Security Agency (NSA) warned attendees at a cyber security conference that the threat isn’t a matter of “if” it will happen but “when.” The bottom line is that we must start preparing for the inevitable loss of our power grid.

            The taking down of our power grid can happen in many different ways. It can happen through an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which is a short burst of energy that would fry all electronics. This pulse could also be brought about by exploding a nuclear device or by a simple solar flare. It is estimated that about 90% of the population could die from an EMP attack in the United States of America. Not only would loss of the power grid cripple the lives of Americans, it would also cripple the nation’s financial institutions.

            If a cyber attack hit tomorrow, would the American population be prepared for such a disaster? If you think you’re safe because you live in the country, think again. People in the cities are going to have to move out, because of no water to drink and to remove waste from toilets. There will be no food deliveries to stores. People in cities might be able to eat for a week, and then they will form gangs and be on the move. Trash and sewage will accumulate causing diseases so people will start moving toward the rural areas. With over 400 million guns in the US, there will be killings to get food and water!

            What would happen if Jesus Christ came back to earth tomorrow, and the judgment of God began? Would you be ready for the inevitable judgment day? The judgment is as certain as the resurrection of Christ. Paul, in speaking to the Athenian philosophers on Mars Hill said, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained: whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31). Paul inseparably connected the Lord’s resurrection to the final judgment, because God raised Jesus from the dead. Also, the judgment is as certain as death.

            According to Hebrew 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Whether one believes the Bible or not, we must accept the reality of death. The Bible clearly indicates two divine appointments-- death and judgment, and there is no second chance in between. On the inevitable judgment day, there will be no invitation song to get people to accept Christ as their savior. That invitation is extended in this life (Matt. 11:28-30). The time for accepting the invitation is now in order to prepare for the inevitable, not then.

            The bottom line is, what you do with Jesus here will determine what He does with you in the judgment. In the day of judgment the question will be, “What will Jesus do with you?” Are you ready for the inevitable?

            God is not willing that any should perish and wants all to come to repentance. Christ went to the cross for your sins. You need to receive Him by obeying His commands. If you are an erring disciple, return to Christ by repentance and prayer.