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“… 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.”

 

Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes

Let us take a survey of how God views sodomy in the Bible. “Sodom and Gomorrah” even today is an idiom for degradation. Sodom and Gomorrah were filled with homosexuality (Ge 19:4-5).

De 23: 17 “There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel, or a perverted one of the sons of Israel. 18 “You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.”

Biblically, a “sodomite” is a sexual pervert. The sodomite in verse eighteen is the “dog” [with all apologies to the dog]. Dogs have no interest in marriage.

De 29: 23 “The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath.”

God destroyed four cities in anger because of sexual perversion.

Is 3: 9 “The look on their countenance witnesses against them,

And they declare their sin as Sodom;

They do not hide it.

Woe to their soul!”

Isaiah tells of brazen, blatant homosexuals who have no shame. Today homosexuals want to come out of the closet.

Mt 11: 20 “Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: …. 23 ‘And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 ‘But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.’”

The Lord Jesus is the speaker here. He says that homosexuality is a sin of greater degree. It is probably greater in the sense of the social consequences.

Lu 17: 27They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 “Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

PRINCIPLE:

God views homosexuality as perversion.

APPLICATION:

It is interesting how God thinks about depravity in contrast to how present day evangelicalism thinks about it.

Ro 1: 27 “Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

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