“…and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly…”
condemned them to destruction
“Condemned” means appointed. When a nation rejects Bible doctrine, God appoints ingredients of destruction for that nation. A homosexual society is like a hand grenade with the pin pulled; it looms ready to explode society. When a military accepts homosexuals into its institutions, it incorporates “destruction” into its infrastructures. This will undermine social life as we know it.
We get our English word “catastrophe” from the Greek word for “destruction.” Metaphorically, “destruction” comes to mean a state of total ruin, a disaster. God brought disaster on cities of homosexuality.
making them an example
Sodom and Gomorrah are examples of God’s hatred toward homosexuality, a sin of perversion. These cities were filled with male and female perverts. God made their cities an example to those who might live as they did in the future.
An “example” signifies a sign, a representation of a thing (He 9:23). Here is an example we are to avoid. Homosexuality is something to avoid in God’s eyes.
When Lot went to Sodom and Gomorrah, he gradually learned to accept their sin and then live with them. Eventually, he came to believe that their lifestyle was acceptable. Lot could have separated himself from these people, but he chose to live there.
God sent two messengers into town. A mob tried to rape the messengers (a society devolves into its maximum depravity when depravity develops into mobs). Lot would not let the mob have these two men. He brought out his daughters to give them to the mob but they would have none of it. They wanted men.
to those who afterward would live ungodly
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah foreshadows the coming judgment of God (2 pe 3:7,10).
The idea of this phrase in Greek is “those who are about to live ungodly.” The “ungodly” here are unbelievers. People involved in homosexuality are non-God in their thinking.
Homosexuality is un-God in its orientation.
The Bible clearly views homosexuality as a sin, not a disease. It is more than unnatural; it is “ungodly.” God’s standards are altogether different than our society.
The sin of homosexuality is not only unnatural, it is also a sin. Not only is it a sin but it is also “ungodly.” The Lord Jesus can deliver thieves from their evil. He can make drunkards sober. He makes immoral people clean. He can deliver sex perverts from obsessions. That is why the gospel is good news.
Jude 7, “… as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh [homosexuality], are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”