If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. [Mt 5:29-30]
Lord Jesus taught this to us in words extremely strong. It is with utmost determination that we should restrain ourselves from sinning.
Lord Jesus knows the consequences : if you do a sinful act consciously, i.e. you have pondered over it, but choose that course because you are afraid of losing your life, or losing your job, or suffering on the cross, ... And you do that "little sinful act", thinking that you will not be asked to do other sinful acts in the future, you WILL die.
You will be asked to do more and more sinful acts, and you will sink deeper and deeper into sins, until you die.
Once sinned, you will be slave of sin forever.
He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake will find it.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. [Mt 24:25]
People usually see the great power of the Secret Alliance, and become afraid, and bow themselves to them. Some may bow in pretence, thinking that he will be able to shake that off in due course, "abide by the time, no harm to sin a little", THEY ARE TOTALLY MISTAKEN. It is like taking of drugs. One usually thinks that one has control, and can stop at will. But they still get hooked.
They should know that LORD, as eternal TRUTH, would not accept that.
So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but who ever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. [Mt 10:32-33]
Either you take your stand with utmost determination, "eyes may go, hands may go, legs may go, even life may go, but LORD/Jesus' teachings are not to go", or you will be lost.
LORD has tremendous power beyond measure. LORD, by His word alone, is able to create the whole universe, with its billions of galaxies in one day. LORD created angels and archangels too, and assign them various responsibilities in caring for every aspect of affairs on earth, even the rise and fall of kings.
If your criteria is NOT keeping of LORD's Laws and His commandments, but good/evil, i.e. how good the outside situation appears to be, how prosperous the economic situation is, how strong your secret gang has become ... And fail to see that people are forsaking LORD's Laws and Commandments, you will be blinded, because you take bribe. And you will be caught in a snare at a time you do not know.
And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. [Ex. 23:8]
(What is a "bribe"?
Someone breaks the Law, i.e. has done some acts disapproved by LORD in His Laws and Commandments, e.g. lied, or some injustices, works in darkness, ... but offers us "advantages" - which may be money, or something claimed to be good to a society, or even the life of your enemy, or ....
If you are not careful to walk in LORD's Laws and Commandments, you will never know what acts are disapproved by LORD. "bribe" then will have no meaning to you, and you will be blinded.)
For those who hold fast LORD and Jesus' teachings, and are faithfully onto death, there is LORD's promise,
He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. [Rev 21:7-8]
Old Testament contains the history of Israel for thousands of years. If you are careful in reading, you will notice the fact "do the Law => blessing; break the Law => Curse". Also, if you read "The Book of Mormon", which contains the history of Mayans (of America) 600 B.C. - 420 A.D., you will still see the fact "do the Law => blessing; break the Law => Curse".