As in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah
Lot was the nephew of Abraham, who chose to live in the city of Sodom. We are told that "the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly" (Genesis 13:13). The Lord had said, "the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous" (Genesis 18:20).
First of all, we find that the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah was great and it had entered the ears of the Lord (Genesis 18:21). This cry was almost certainly from Lot who was vexed with their filthy behaviour every day in seeing and hearing their unlawful deeds (2 Peter 2:7-8). This was not just an isolated incident, but this sort of exposure was upon Lot and his family “day by day” in seeing and hearing their filthy acts. What then was their wickedness that was “very grievous”, that the Lord found it necessary to intervene? We find the answer in Lot's discourse with the men of Sodom.
"But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back" (Genesis 19:4-9).
First of all, we need to take note, that the "men of Sodom... both old and young" came as a mob to Lot's house looking for the two men who were Lot's guests. They were seeking them for what would amount to homosexual gang rape, or "sodomy" for which Sodom and Gomorrah was notorious. They certainly knew how to rally a crowd "from every quarter" of the city, and this was before the invention of social media. It is important to note, that their "wickedness" had absorbed both the "old and young" alike. There was no hiding their evil from the young of the city. Their minds had become so ill effected, that the young also had become willing participants. That these men were homosexual is evident, for they could not be swayed from their evil intentions when offered Lot's two young virgin daughters to do with as they pleased.
Lot's rebuke to them was, "do not so wickedly". This was the reason Lot would not let the two men spend the night in the streets, but brought them in to the safety of his house, to avoid, what would most certainly be an unwanted homosexual exposure to the men of Sodom. Nevertheless, this is where things took a turn for the worse. It would appear that even in the confines of his house there would be no safty. They despised Lot's assessment of their actions and for judging their wicked deeds, and in turn they said, "now will we deal worse with thee, than with them." (Genesis 19:9) It was at this point that the two angels the Lord sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah had to intervene to thwart what would been a terrible scene (Genesis 19:1,13).
Now, we must ask, are we seeing anything similar to this in our days? Homosexuality has been "out of the closet" for several decades now, and since that time we are beginning to see more and more of their vile conduct in the public eye as they try to normalize their wicked behaviour. They are parading in the streets, exposing even the youngest of souls to their immorality. Their "gay pride parades" are hosted in almost every city throughout the world, even in Jerusalem, the city of the great King. Big corporations are also taking on the sodomite agenda to promote their "lifestyle" through their various advertising campaigns, as they try to desensitize their viewers.
Ezekiel said, "this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride..." (Ezekiel 16:49, Note: Proverbs 16:18). The prophet Isaiah said, "they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul!" (Isaiah 3:9). While once they were content with keeping their “filthy” deeds hidden from public view, now, in sinful pride, "they hide it not", forcing their "gay pride parades" on communities that do not want this sort of exposure, with chants against their adversaries as homophobic and human rights abusers. That their behavior is being tolerated publicly like this speaks greatly to society as a whole, that they are becoming indifferent and desensitized to this new form of morality, and in fact, “have pleasure in them that do them”.
Many a celebrity has come out of the closet since the time it was found out that Rock Hudson had died of AIDS. These stars and idols are encouraged by the masses for their bravery, and has had no effect at all on their following, showing the consciences of both have become seared as with a hot iron. Furthermore, the homosexual agenda is moving beyond the Hollywood exposure, with many of the LGBT moving into public office, being voted in by the majority of their constituents. This has produced in some places government policy where laws have been created forcing the acceptance of their conduct onto society even upon the youngest and most impressionable souls of the innocent. Consider the following article:
SCOTLAND BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO REQUIRE LGBTI INDOCTRINATION IN SCHOOLS (Friday Church News Notes, November 16, 2018, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Scotland to Embed LGBTI,” The Guardian, Nov. 9, 2018: “Scotland will become the first country in the world to embed the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in the school curriculum, in what campaigners have described as a historic moment. State schools will be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI equalities and movements, as well as tackling homophobia and transphobia and exploring LGBTI identity, after ministers accepted in full the recommendations of a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign. There will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the policy, which will embed LGBTI inclusive education across the curriculum and across subjects and which the Scottish government believes is a world first. ... Scotland has regularly been ranked as one of the best countries in Europe in relation to legal protections for LGBTI people ... In 2016, the former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale described the country as having 'the gayest parliament in the world': at the time four of Scotland's six party leaders (Dugdale, the Conservatives' Ruth Davidson, Ukip's David Coburn and the Greens' Patrick Harvie) identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.”The Lord Himself said, “whoso shall offend [Gr. skandalizo] one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences!” (Matthew 18:6-7).
God had judged Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone (Genesis 19:24-29). Peter said, God "turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly" (2 Peter 2:6). Jude said, "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, 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 1:7) God had given Sodom and Gomorrah as an example how He hates the sin of homosexuality, but not only the sin of homosexuality, all sin, and to show that the end of sin is death (James 1:15).
This is the end of the path when any people or nation turns from the knowledge and revelation of God. When the masses sink to this depth of depravity, God is sure to judge their willful rebellion. They profess themselves to be wise, and that they have reached a new age of enlightenment, and that those who do not go along with them are holding on to out-dated ideologies which must be purged. However, in every sense of the word, according to the LORD, they have become fools and reprobates. Their imagination has become vain and their foolish heart has become darkened.
While God is longsuffering not willing that any should perish, when He sees there is no more place for repentance, God gives them up. Because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, and were willing rather to exchange the truth of God for a lie, God gives "them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves... God gave them up 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... without natural affection... Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Read Romans 1:18-32).
We must understand, our sin will find us out (Numbers 32:23), even that which is done under the cover of darkness, and in the day of judgment we shall be condemned unless we repent. We need to change our mind and attitude about sin and God's holiness. His perfect justice will be carried out, and sin must be judged. The good news is, whether we are homosexual or straight, God has placed all the judgment of our sin on Jesus Christ, who "bare our sins in his own body" (1 Peter 2:24) on the cross. Having satisfied the righteous judgment of God He cried "It is finished" (John 19:30). He paid in full the price of our salvation. "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us" (Galatians 3:13).
He was made to "be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ having paid the debt of our sin made a way for us to be cleared of all our guilty stains before God. We can now be justified and declared righteous when we put our faith in Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Nevertheless, "if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" (Hebrews 10:26-27).
While all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, and are therefore worthy of death, that is, separation from God in Hell's prison without parole, God has graciously made a way that we might be pardoned and cleared of all unrighteousness. He is rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:1-4,5) so that all can be saved when they come to God through Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:25), who became the propitiation for our sins, and not our sins alone, but for the sins of the whole world (Romans 3:23-26; 1 John 2:2;4:10).
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, 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)
"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." (Ephesians 5:3-12)