THE SIN OF SODOMY IN THE LAST DAYS
by Alan Yusko
We are certainly in the last days before the return of the Lord Jesus to earth. Sin is rampant on planet earth. Good is evil and evil is good to those in the world who have rejected God and His Word. Evil in the world is growing progressively worse. In the days ahead the wicked will grow more evil and sin will be more appealing to the lost.
The key to Bible prophecy is the nation of Israel. In 1948 Israel officially became a nation. Since that time the world has been racing toward Armageddon. The decay in society has accelerated over the last 49 years. Things considered evil and profane back then are now considered normal. For example at one time marriage was an honorable institution. However today society has degenerated to the point where divorce and remarriage is the norm. For those who don't want to be bothered with marriage the common law relationship is another option. There are full tax benefits and company benefits to a relationship called common law. Today many live together as common law couples before marriage and it is considered normal. Some of the common law couples get married at a later time while others don't even bother. They just move in together and start playing the married game without the covenant of marriage.
Another sin that has reached social acceptability is the sin of sodomy. Forty years ago the homosexuals were deep in their little closets doing their perverted acts in secret. However today everything has changed. People have come out of the closet and now practice sodomy openly for all to see. With the full blessings of society and the law makers sodomy is now a valid form of relationship. Benefits are now paid to same-sex couples. Another interesting point is this trend is worldwide. Sodomy is acceptable at a worldwide level. It is not just the USA or Canada that has openly accepted sodomy and passed laws protecting the rights of the sodomites. Virtually all nations have accepted and legalized immorality.
This tract will look at what the Bible says about the sin of sodomy. We will look at Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the judgment of God. We will also look at several verses in the Bible that deals with the sin of sodomy (homosexuality). Has God changed His attitude toward the sin of sodomy? Is the majority right when sodomy is now accepted at a worldwide level? Is God and the Bible homophobic? The good news is that God has not changed. He still views sin as sin. The world is fast racing toward judgment. As the world rejects God it will accept all forms of evil including occultic practices and sexual perversion as normal. One day soon the judgment of God will fall on a Christ-rejecting world and men will be held accountable for their sin.
SODOM, GOMORRAH AND GOD'S JUDGMENT
Lot was a relative of Abraham who moved away and settled in the city of Sodom. Lot was a man of God who had his spirit vexed by all the sin he saw around him. However God used Lot as an example for us to learn from today. We are told that the same conditions in the world during the days of Lot will be in the world at the coming of the Lord. This coming will be when the Lord comes to rapture His church to heaven.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
The days of Lot were similar to the days of Noah. Life went on as normal right up until the time of Divine judgment and sudden destruction. The wicked continued as usual to eat, drink, buy, sell, plant, and build just as they always did. But in verse 29 we are told that the same day God safely removed Lot from Sodom, He destroyed that wicked city with fire and brimstone. Again their destruction was quick, sudden, and unexpected. Then in verse 30 we are told that these same conditions will exist in the world when the Son of man (Jesus) is revealed. (the rapture)
There is another condition in the days of Lot that is very similar to the days we now live in. See the below verse:
7 Even as 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.
In the days of Lot the people gave themselves over to fornication or sexual sin. They were homosexuals and adulterers and engaged in any type of sexual sin that they desired. Those conditions are true today on a worldwide scale. Even though people are aware of terrible diseases like Herpies or AIDS they still engage in gross immorality. People believe that somehow if a condom is used then fornication is 'safe sex'. God says in Jude 7 above that what He did to Sodom and Gomorrha was set forth as an example for future generations. Societies that give themselves over to sexual perversion will be judged by God just as Sodom was judged and destroyed.
So we have seen that the days of Lot will be like the days of the coming of the Lord Jesus. We have also seen that the days of Lot involved sexual sin and fornication. Fornication is defined as sex outside the marriage covenant. The whole practice of sodomy is fornication because two people of the same sex can never be married in the Biblical sense. God has also made specific reference in the Bible to the sin of sodomy and He calls that practice sin. It is evil and is something to be avoided.
From what we have read so far about Sodom and Gomorrha we really have not seen any details. We know that the people had given themselves over to fornication and to 'strange flesh'. But we should have some more details on the type of fornication. Are we really talking about the sin of sodomy here? (homosexuality). Yes we are and we can see that fact by looking at a more detailed account of the destruction by judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah.
1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
Two angels from God came to the city of Sodom. They were greeted by Lot who recognized that they were from God. Lot gave them great respect as he greeted them. The purpose of their visit was to see and destroy the wickedness of the city of Sodom and Gomorrah.
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
Lot invited them home to his house. The reason he invited them home is that he knew it was not safe for them to be in the city at night. Lot was aware of the immorality and sexual sin of the people of Sodom.
3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
However Lot was very persistent and convinced them to come to his house for the night. Once there Lot made them a very good meal which they ate.
4 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:
The arrival of these angels were known to the men of the city. Men from all over the city came to Lots house and surrounded the house. Now ask yourself the question: Why did the men of Sodom do that? Why did they all come and gather around Lot's home? Did they want something? If so what?
5 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.
Here is the answer to why the men of Sodom gathered around Lot's house. They sexually desired the men that were staying in Lot's house. These evil fornicators wanted the men to be brought outside so they could 'know them' or have immoral sex with them. Now am I stretching the Scriptures by saying their desire to 'know them' really means the sodomite homosexuals wanted to fornicate with these men? Well read on and the meaning will become obvious in the next few verses.
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
As a result Lot opened the front door to his house and shut the door behind him. He did this in an attempt to protect his visitors. That is why he went out and closed the door. Next Lot attempts to reason with the homosexual men of Sodom.
7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
Lot tells them not to do this wicked thing. He encourages them to change their mind and leave his visitors alone.
8 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.
This is very strange what Lot says here. He offers his two daughters to the men to have sex with so they will leave the two visitors from God alone. Lot told the crowd he would bring out his daughters so they could: 'do ye to them as is good in your eyes'. What Lot was saying is... here take my two girls and have sex with them. But leave my guests alone.
9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
However the sodomite homosexuals of Sodom had lost their desire for members of the opposite sex. They did not want Lots daughters but they did want the men who were guests in Lot's house. The homosexuals then began to utter threats to Lot and they began to attack him. They said who are you to 'judge' us! (does that one sound familiar?)
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
Next we have the intervention of the angels who were guests in Lot's house. They opened the door and pulled Lot into the house to rescue him from the sex crazed homosexual mob.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
Next the angels made the men of the homosexual mob blind. They could no longer see and they groped around looking for the door.
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
The angels then told Lot to gather his family and get out of the city. The city was about to be destroyed by the judgment of God and Lot was told to get out. This is an interesting principle. Notice God did not judge the city of Sodom and Gomorrah until Lot and his family were safely out. This is also true for the end of the age. Before God judges earth He will remove His church. That event is called the rapture.
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
The angels explained to Lot that they were sent here to destroy that wicked city. God is aware of sin and the day always comes when sin is judged. For Sodom and Gomorrah the time of their judgment had come.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
So in light of this information Lot tries to convince his family to escape before the city is destroyed. When he tells his son in laws they just mock and laugh at him. How true that is of today. Christians have been warning of the judgment upon a godless and sin filled world for years now. However most reject what they hear and laugh to scorn all the warnings
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
Lot, his wife, and his two daughters actually escape the city. Notice the urgency as the angels hasten Lot. Judgment is coming quickly and Lot has to run to escape the destruction of the city.
Next we read about the actual destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Once Lot is at a safe distance from the judgment of God the city is destroyed. It is destroyed with fire and brimstone. The destruction of the city and all the homosexual inhabitants is complete.
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
God's judgment was thorough and complete.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
As the city is destroyed Lot's wife looks back and is destroyed. This shows that Lot's wife really did not belong to the Lord. She did not want to leave the city of Sodom. That was her home and where her heart was. Lot's son in laws also rejected God. They chose to stay in the city. They did not want to come out of their sin but rather chose do dwell in it. As a result they were also destroyed.
27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he
stood before the LORD:
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
Abraham was aware of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The smoke of the judgment could be seen from a great distance. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was complete and is an example and a warning for us today. God destroyed and judged sexual sin in days past and He will certainly do it again!
Next we look at Lot's attitude concerning the destruction of his home city given over to all types of sin and sexual perversion.
2 Peter 2:6
6 And 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,
When God judged Sodom and Gomorrha He turned them into ashes. By doing this He condemned their immoral, fornicating, homosexual practices. We are told that this should be a warning today to all those who would live ungodly. This includes the homosexuals whose practice has now become socially "acceptable". God judged Sodom and Gomorrah because one of the main sins was homosexuality.
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
Lot was delivered from judgment but his spirit was vexed beholding the filthy lifestyle of the people of Sodom.
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
This verse states again that Lot's spirit was vexed. Living in a wicked society and seeing wicked deeds day after day vexed his soul.
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the Godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.
The end result is that God knows how to deliver His people from wickedness. God also knows how to judge the wicked. God judged Sodom and Gomorrah and He will judge the world we are currently living in. Judgment is coming to earth and God has a time for that judgment set. By seeing the world accept all kinds of fornication, adultery, and sodomy we can only assume that the time of that judgment is soon.
31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.
We've seen what happened to the city of Sodom. It was destroyed because of sexual perversion. Lot was safely removed from the city and then it was destroyed. The detailed description of the destruction of Sodom is a clear warning today for those who give themselves over to perversion.
GOD'S VIEW OF HOMOSEXUALITY FROM THE BIBLE
The Bible is full of warnings about the sin of sodomy. In this section we will look at several of them. The warning is very clear. God wants people to stay away from sexual sin. Below are several verses that show God's attitude toward the sin of sodomy:
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
God is aware of the sin of homosexuality. In fact He calls it an abomination. If a man lays with another man like he would with a woman, it is an abomination to God. Society can pass all the laws it wants. God still says DON'T PARTAKE of this sin.
13 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.
In the days when God ruled as King of Israel the penalty for sodomy (homosexuality) was death. Again God calls this sin an abomination and in those days that crime was punished by death.
The next series of verses deals with sodomites in the land of Israel. The Bible refers to homosexuals as sodomites because that term also includes the judgment of God on that particular sin.
17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
God gave warnings that the women of Israel were not to become whores. Also the men were told not to be homosexuals (sodomite).
24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
The term sodomites (homosexuals) is again referred to as an abomination to God. The nations before Israel were judged for these abominations and Israel was warned not to partake of their sins.
12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
The sodomites were removed and cast out of the land of Israel. Also all the idols were removed from the land of Israel. These things were removed from Israel because these abominations brought the judgment of God.
46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
Again the sodomites (homosexuals) were removed from the land of Israel.
II Ki 23:7
7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.
The places where the sodomites gathered to do their sin was destroyed. The concept of homosexual bath-houses is not a new one. When Israel cleaned their land they removed these houses of the sodomites.
1 Cor 6:9
9 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,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 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.
Above we see that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God. This means they will perish in the lake of fire. Burning forever in the lake of fire is a huge price to pay for a short time enjoying sin and wickedness. The effeminate and abusers of themselves with mankind describe the sodomite homosexual. Finally in verse 11 we are told that 'such WERE some of you'. The key word here is 'were'. Before a person is saved they are lost sinners. That person could be a drunkard, a thief, or a sodomite. However after salvation that person does not practice that sin any longer.
1 Tim 1:9-10
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
Two of the above describe the sin of sodomy. Both whoremongers and them that defile themselves with mankind describe homosexuality. It is something to be shunned and rejected. Also notice that all those that partake of the above sins are contrary to sound doctrine. If a person tries to defend the sin of sodomy, or the sin of murder, or lying from the Bible then they are contrary to sound doctrine. Do not listen to them as they have rejected sound doctrine and are merely trying to justify their sin.
Next we look at Romans chapter 1 which has lots of information on sodomy:
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
When God gives a person over to sin it is a sad day for that person. This means that he has rejected God and His salvation so God gives that person over to their sin. As a result they are given over to uncleanness and get involved in all kinds of evil lusts. They also dishonor their own bodies between themselves. This can include sodomy, fornication, or adultery.
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped
and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed
for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for EVEN THEIR WOMEN DID CHANGE THE NATURAL USE INTO THAT WHICH IS AGAINST NATURE
Again God is given the wicked person over to their sin and vile affections. Verse 26 describes the abomination of women sodomites ... or lesbians. God says it is against nature for them to do that sin. Because they have reject Him, God gives them up to their sin. It is really sad when a hard hearted person is given over to their sin.
27 AND LIKEWISE ALSO THE MEN LEAVING THE NATURAL USE OFTHE 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.
Next we have the men whom God has given over to vile affections. Notice the men burn in their lust toward each other. Men with men doing evil forms of fornication as they leave the natural use of the woman. This is a description of sodomy. As a result they receive in themselves recompense of their error. This means they are judged and will reap the fruit of their sin. Today sodomites carry 4-5 sexually transmitted diseases at one time. Most die young and live lonely and unhappy lives. Quite a price to pay for being given over to vile affections.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Since the sodomites choose not to retain God in their knowledge they are given over to reprobate minds. What is a reprobate mind? Well it is a person who can no longer tell good from evil. This person has rejected God and His moral standards and everything becomes relative. That person has no discernment and cannot distinguish good from evil. A reprobate person may have a big mouth and speak glowing words but they still have no discernment.
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication,
wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder,
debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
The reprobate people who God has given over to vile affections just become worse and worse as time goes by. Verse 29 states they are 'filled' with all unrighteousness...etc... Since they chose not to be filled with the things of God instead they are given sin and evil to fill their hearts.
32 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.
Deep down the reprobates and sodomites know that God is against their sin. They know that just as God judged Sodom and Gomorrha, He one day will judge them. But they ignore that and continue practicing gross sin. They also take a perverse pleasure in others that do the same sin as do they engage in.
Well the above verses from the Word of God say it all. It doesn't matter how a government rules or makes laws. God still says that sodomy is a sin. Anyone with a problem with that fact has a problem directly with God and His precious Word, the Bible! A person can say what they will but God has already made His position very clear on the subject of homosexuality - sodomy.
Today we have same-sex marriages, same-sex benefits, sexual-orientation, and homophobic people against such things! I would say that the world is heading into sexual sin at full speed. What was considered perversion just a few short years ago is now considered normal behavior. This will surely bring the judgment of God upon all the immoral and all those that encourage such filth. I have heard that there has never been a nation that gave itself over to sexual perversion that lasted more than 50 years. If that is true then North America is headed for trouble! Actually the world is heading toward judgment as it has openly embraced sexual sin. God will certainly judge just as He did with Sodom and Gomorrha.
The next verse in this section deals with the moral pervert that likes to dress up in the opposite sex's clothing. The name for such a sin is transvestite. It is interesting that at the 'gay pride' day marches the transvestites and child molesters also march. These perverts have not reached the level of social acceptance as the sodomite has achieved. However as morals collapse who knows what is in store in the next few years. Ten to twenty years ago the sin of sodomy was taboo. Today it is acceptable and encouraged by society. Perhaps in a few more years other types of perverts will get social acceptance also. What does the Bible say about the transvestite?
5. The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Another type of perverted sexual sin that the Bible warns about is sex with animals. It is perversion and an abomination to God.
22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it [is] confusion.
Back in the Old Testament days those who partook of that form of perversion received the death penalty. They were killed and so was the animal.
Finally all sexual sin will one day be judged. Those who fornicate before marriage and those who commit adultery during marriage will face judgment. Even those who fornicate with animals will be judged.
4 Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Marriage is the only place that sex is allowed. God blesses the union between man and woman. However the others who reject God's commands one day will be judged and perish forever.
1 Corinthians 6
18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
How can a person sin against his own body? Well by committing sexual sin. Today there are all kinds of disease that afflict those involved in sexual sin. AIDS, herpies and many other sexual disease show God's disapproval to those who reject morality. If you disagree with that statement then here is a question. What sexually transmitted disease would be here today if sexual immorality was not practiced? The answer is none! AIDS is only a problem because of the sexually immoral. Without sexual immorality AIDS would not have spread at all. The same is true with the other sexually transmitted diseases such as herpies, syphilis etc... However since we live in a sex crazed world that rejects Godly morals, we see terrible sexual diseases everywhere at alarming and increasing proportions.
13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.
14 They die in youth, and their life is among the unclean.
What is the best way to die young? Just reject God and become a moral pervert and engage in ungodly lusts. By engaging in sodomy, fornication, or adultery a person will be sure to shorten his life. He will get to try new medications as he contracts all kinds of sexual diseases. Finally that person will die before his time and head down to burn in the lake of fire forever.
In this tract we have seen the judgment of God against the sexually immoral in Sodom and Gomorrha. There came a point in time that they were ripe for judgment. The cities were completely destroyed by God. We also looked at several verses in the Bible that reference the sin of sodomy and can clearly see God's attitude. He has not changed. Sodomy was an abomination to God in days past and it is still an abomination today. Acceptance of this sin by the world does not change the fact that it is a sin before God. As the world grows increasingly immoral and evil, we can see that God will soon one day judge the earth.
We close this tract with some wisdom from Proverbs. It is about warning a young man to stay away from an immoral woman. But it can also apply to the sodomite. At verse 11 below the person dies young as his flesh is consumed. It is consumed by sexual disease that destroys his body. A very good warning that should be heeded in these immoral days.
1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
2 That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge.
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. 5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
6 Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.
7 Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.
8 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:
9 Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:
10 Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger;
11 And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed,
12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;
Verse 12 shows how the immoral man hated reproof and Godly instruction. At the end his rebellion and sexual sin cost him his life. Who has ears to hear?
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