Sodom and Gomorrah
Their sin is very grievous
as it was in the days of Lot Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:28-30).
Are we living in the last days? Today we are living in days that are unlike any of the days, at least in the last 4000 years before God judged the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah. Consider the current scene in this, the year of our Lord 2003. The nations think nothing of electing active homosexuals to public office where they can further promote their abominations and work towards legalizing all sorts of atrocities.
Many Movie Stars, Sports Idols and so on, have come out of the closet in this past decade to publicly declare their gay lifestyle and are now promoting through television and other publications that this is an acceptable alternative to the normal heterosexual relationship between a man and his wife.
And worst of all, the church is not only tolerating and accepting unrepentant homosexuals within their congregations, but they are marrying them and ordaining them into the ministry thereby becoming a partaker of [their] evil deeds (3John 10-11).
What was once thought to be so shameful, it was not even talked about just a generation ago, but now it is almost impossible to be avoided because it is on the television and in the newspapers on a daily basis. This public desensitization of course is all part of the sodomite agenda, as reported in the homosexual magazine Guide :
The first order of business is desensitization of the American public concerning gays and gay rights...To desensitize the public is to help it view homosexuality with indifference instead of with keen emotion. Ideally, we would have straights register differences in sexual preferences the way they register different tastes for ice cream or sports games.... At least in the beginning, we are seeking public desensitization and nothing more. We do not need and cannot expect a full 'appreciation' or 'understanding' of homosexuality from the average American. You can forget about trying to persuade the masses that homosexuality is a good thing. But if only you can get them to think that it is just another thing...then your battle for legal and social rights is virtually won. (The Overhauling of Straight America. Guide Magazine . November, 1987.)
This strategy was printed only 16 years ago, and today it appears that we are moving beyond desensitization and toleration and into the battle for legal and social rights, which for the most part looks like it is already nearing its end. In Canada, the right for homosexuals to marry is quickly becoming law in all provinces. As we speak, Svend Robinson, a homosexual member of the House of Commons in Canada, is pushing bill C-250, which would include sexual orientation under Canada's genocide and hate crimes laws. This could lead to further persecution of Christians for speaking out against homosexuality, which is already happening.
For example, in Ontario, printer Scott Brockie was fined $5,000 for refusing to print a project for a homosexual advocacy group. In Saskatchewan, a man was fined $5,000 for buying a newspaper ad that simply quoted Bible verses condemning homosexuality. The Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, was recently (1991) fined $5,000 by an Ontario Human Rights Commission tribunal for refusing to proclaim Gay Pride Day. In May of this year, the Prince Edward Island human rights commission fined Dagmar and Arnost Cepica, the operators of a bed-and-breakfast inn, $1,000 for refusing to rent a room to a homosexual couple. On April 14th, 2003 the BC College of Teachers suspended Chris Kempling without pay for expressing his Christian position on homosexuality.
Under the cloak of human rights the making of laws condemning any negative position against homosexuality is all part of the homosexual agenda to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle. As one homosexual admitted in the October 1987 homosexual rally on Washington: We are no longer seeking just a right to privacy and a protection from wrong. We also have a right -- as heterosexual Americans already have -- to see government and society affirm our lives.
We must say that the battle for the minds, at least of the young adults today, is certainly being lost to this Sodomite mentality. A recent poll done by the Gallop Organization on July 22, 2003 reveals that there is a generation gap over the same-sex marriage debate in North America. According to the research 55 percent of adults oppose legalizing same-sex 'marriage,' while 39 percent support it. However, 61 percent of young adults (ages 18-29) say they support legalizing same-sex 'marriage.'
It was not long ago that the people of the USA strongly stood against this form of wickedness. Every state adopted some form of a sodomy law as it joined the United States, either in acceptance of an unwritten common law or in formal codification, and by 1960 they all had laws against sodomy. That is just 40 years ago! But a slow modernization of laws away from a religious doctrine into a secular system reduced penalties over time in a piece meal fashion and today, of the 52 states, only 13 have sodomy laws.
But alas, as we have been contemplating writing this article, on June 26, 2003 the Supreme Court overturned the Texas Sodomy Law , which apparently also swept away the laws prohibiting sodomy in the last twelve states .
How far have we come in just a short period of time? In a 1925 sodomy case, the Kansas Supreme Court summed up the historical attitude of the Anglo-American legal system toward such wickedness describing the homosexual perversion as the particular form of abomination which shocked the sensibilities of our forefathers.
As in the days of Lot , when the Sodomites publicly took their wickedness to the streets (Genesis 19:4-5), today's gay liberators publicly flaunt themselves in their grotesque Gay Pride Parades and for the second year in a row have done so even in the city of the great King, Jerusalem . It is interesting to note that just prior to the return of Jesus Christ, Jerusalem is referred to as the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom (Revelation 11:8).
They may parade their Gay Pride before the inhabitants of the cities around the world, but let us not forget that Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). The prophet Ezekiel said, Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride And they were haughty , and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good (Ezekiel 16:49-50).
In the days of Lot the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly (Genesis 13:13). Their sins had reached unto heaven, and the cry of them [was] waxen great before the face of the LORD (Genesis 19:13). The Lord said, the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and their sin is very grievous (Genesis 18:20) therefore judgment lay at the door.
In the days when Christ shall be revealed we are told it would be as in the days of Lot. What is more, Jude appears to be telling us that believers would not only be found as Lot, mingling amidst the sodomites, but that the sodomites would be within the Church . For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness Even as Sodom and Gomorrha giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh (Jude 4, 7).
Today, denomination after denomination is stricken with scandal, and fellowships are given rise for the purpose of tending to the unrepentant homosexual crowd. The cry is becoming greater every day to tolerate and accept this form of love within the church. Perhaps we could sum up the mood within apostate Christianity from an article off the Faith page of the Winnipeg Free Press, June 7, 2003 by Karen Toole titled Homosexual persons deserve right to marry. In her conscience-seared opinion she states that the legal right to marry is a significant step in this quest for freedom, and I can find no God-given religious reason to prevent this from happening I simply cannot see how this kind of loving could be defined as somehow against the will of God.
Indeed this cry today must be waxen great before the face of the Lord, so we wonder, where might we be on God's timetable? How long shall it be before Christ returns? How long before our most holy God steps in and intervenes with judgment upon the cities of the nations?
The Lord told Abraham that if he could find ten people who were righteous in Sodom He would not destroy the city. Perhaps one might come to the conclusion that in our great nations today there are certainly tens of thousands who are saved and imputed with the righteousness of Christ, therefore judgment must be afar off from falling upon us.
But perhaps we should consider the words of our Lord Jesus after he had done many mighty works in the cities round about Judea because they would not repent. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee (Matthew 11:23-24).
It is evident from the Scriptures that to whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required (Luke 12:48). We must consider the divine Light that Sodom and Gomorrah had in relation to the nations today. They did not even have the Law of Moses. But 2000 years have passed since The Messiah, who fulfilled the Law, came into the world, the true Light, which lighteth every man (John 1:9). Two thousand years have passed since the Lord said, go into all the world, and preach the gospel (Mark 16:15).
Millions of Bibles have been produced and distributed across the lands. The missionary effort, especially in the past two hundred years has been effective in bringing the gospel to almost all the nations, that we might say there has been a witness among them (Romans 10:18). And certainly a great majority is aware that the Lord Jesus Christ has come into the world to save sinners. Even our record of time bears the mark of the entrance of that Light into the world.
Sodom and Gomorrah we are told are destined to suffer the vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 7) and Jesus said it would be more tolerable for Sodom than those cities that he ministered in. But today, do we not have more ministered to us in the completed canon of Scripture? Has not the Lord Jesus sent another Comforter into the world when He ascended up on high, namely the Holy Spirit, who would testify of Jesus and reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness and of judgment (John 15:26, 16:8-11)? Is this not the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil (John 3:19)?
Perhaps there is yet a remnant that are fervent in prayer interceding before the Lord as Abraham, knowing the longsuffering and patience of the Lord who is not willing that any should perish. But we know that judgment must come according to the foreknowledge of God as He has revealed in His precious Word.
As in the days of Lot , before judgment fell upon those wicked cities, Lot was taken out of the way before the wrath of God was poured out upon the lost, even so, before the great tribulation comes upon this earth, the saved shall be caught up (1Thessalonians 4:17) to be with Christ forevermore. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us (1Thessalonians 5:9-10).
Although we are told Lot was a righteous man dwelling among them (2Peter 2:8), we must ask, was this where Lot should have been, dwelling among them? When given opportunity by his uncle Abraham which location he would like to graze his herds, Lot chose all the plain of Jordan and he pitched his tent toward Sodom (Genesis 13:12). But in time we find that Lot dwelt in Sodom (Genesis 14:12) and finally he sat in the gate (Genesis 19:1) where we are told he was vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked in seeing and hearing from day to day with their unlawful deeds (2Peter 2:7-8).
By being there, what effect did it have on his family? His family no doubt would have been unnecessarily exposed to their ungodliness and the sad end was that his wife, his son's and his daughters who married men of Sodom all perished and were condemned with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6).
Perhaps this would be a solemn warning to those Christians who seek to compromise with the ungodliness of this world. But sadly, this appears to be the trend we are seeing in the world today. The first generation opposes certain evils when they are introduced, the second tolerates it and the third generation practices it. James writes, Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (James 4:4).
It is notable as well that we have not a record of Lot warning his sons of the judgment to come (Genesis 19:12, 14). Perhaps they were already totally engulfed in the wickedness of Sodom that Lot realized it would be useless speaking to them. Although we know that Lots position against the deeds of Sodom was that they were wicked (Genesis 19:7), it is interesting to note that we never find Lot preaching against their wickedness.
God is not pleased with the corruption of His ordained family. Jesus said he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Matthew 19:4-6). Satan can think of no greater attack on God's ordination of the family, not only to chop it up, but to pervert it with homosexual and lesbianism, which prey on the heterosexual community without whom they cannot exist. They are filthy dreamers who defile the flesh (Jude 8).
The Lord calls such relationships an abomination in Leviticus. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination (Leviticus 18:22). If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them (Leviticus 20:13).
In Deuteronomy He calls them dogs probably because of their animal like behavior. There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God (Deuteronomy 23:17, 18). And we are warned in the New Testament, Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision (Philippians 3:2).
When the angels came to Sodom to destroy them, the men both old and young, all the people from every quarter (Genesis 19:4) sought to homosexually gang rape God's messengers saying, bring them out unto us, that we may know them (Genesis 19:5). These had long forgotten their Creator, Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (Romans 1:24, 26-27).
The Lord said, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:32). So, Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire (Jude 7). When we see mankind stoop to this level we can be sure that the judge standeth before the door (James 5:9).
Those who will not repent of such abominable practices will have no place in heaven. Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs , and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie (Revelation 22:14, 15).
Thus, sodomites, like sorcerers, whoremongers (same word as fornicators), murderers, idolaters and lovers of lies should undoubtedly also be excluded from church fellowship. If such a person, professing to be a Christian, persists in his sin, he should be put out of the church, like the one who had committed fornication with his stepmother (1 Corinthians 5:1).
Now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat . . . Therefore, put away from yourselves that wicked person (1 Corinthians 5:11, 13).
Homosexuality, like all other types of fornication, has no place in the family of God. Regardless of what modern promoters of gay liberation might wish to believe, sexual perversions are not inherited genetically, neither are they a sickness (as reported by American Psychiatric Association in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition , American Psychiatric Association, 1994), but rather are learned behaviors and willful sins.
Like alcoholism and other such sins of the flesh, they may become very difficult to give up for those who have been enslaved by them, but God is able to give deliverance to any who sincerely desire true freedom and salvation. Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers , nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind . . . shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you : but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
Those who repent of such sins and believe the gospel can be saved as some who were in the Corinthian church. God is plentiful in mercy and grace that even the most horrible of sins can be forgiven when the sinner repents. And when they do, they should be forgiven and received by the local fellowship, as Christ forgave you, so also do ye (Colossians 3:13). Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with over much sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him (2 Corinthians 2:6-8).
Let us today not overlook the fact that although God is love (1 John 4:8) and He will forgive even the most wicked of sinners if they confess their sins and come to him in repentance and faith through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us not forget, however, that He is also perfectly just and cannot overlook unrepentant sin; He is a just God and a Saviour (Isaiah 45:21). He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he (Deuteronomy 32:4).
It seems like the Americans have a stronger aversion to homosexual and sexual deviant behavior than here in Canada. We are losing our salt and light as Christians because Canadians are buying in to the idea that it is not politically correct to be against some of the wicked sexual practices that are going on.
Our government by trying to be so "inclusive" of all groups has corrupted the moral fabric of our great nation that was once founded on Christian values and principals which are still inscribed on our parliment buildings in Ottawa but have long been forgotten.
I actually heard a homosexual man on CBC radio from MAMBLA ( North American Man Boy Love Association) state they believe that it is ok to intoduce their lifestyle to young boys and their motto is "get them before eight or its too late". If they can molest our sons at a very young age they can imprint them and change their sexual orientation to their perverted lifestyle. He considered it an "informed choice" for an eight year old to be offered that pleasure. I told my sister about this program because she did not believe that gays were sexual preditors and was feeling sorry for them being so misunderstood and mistreated. I do realize that some gays are mistreateded and that is very wrong. However some are flaunting their wickedness with gay pride and parades so much it is just so hard to bear for decent people to try and stop it and sometimes people go to other extreems to stop it which is not right but it happens. The only thing we need now to stop this madness is our Lord Jesus to come quickly!
I'm not proud to be Canadian. All I can say is, it will only get worse. Shows how close we are to being "caught up to meet The Lord in the air"