The Sin of Sodom
The Gentiles in the first century were very wicked and sinful. They refused to believe in God. They made idols and worshiped them.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves (Romans 1:24). They sank so low that they practiced the perversion known as “homosexuality.”
For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed 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 unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.” (Romans 1:26-27).
Some today are telling us that homosexuality is normal and right. Our Lord tells us what is normal and right in sexual relationships:
And he answered and said, Have ye not read, that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh? So that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder (Matthew 19:4-6).
Many religious leaders defend the practice of people having sexual relations with those of the same sex. The United Methodist Church in the USA recommended that their members regard homosexuals as “persons of sacred worth” and accept them into fellowship. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Netherlands says that homosexuals can become “ordained ministers” in their denomination. Other denominations have also fully accepted homosexuals without requiring them to repent of their sin.
There is much confusion today about the difference between right and wrong. This was also true in the days of Isaiah, the prophet. Isaiah wrote,
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter (Isaiah 5:20). Just because some people say homosexuality is right does not make it so!
Some say that we should not discuss homosexuality because it is a political issue. However, it was a moral issue long before it became a political issue. The Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. If a person does not repent of it, he will be lost eternally (Galatians 5:19-21).
The first example of homosexuality was found in the city of Sodom. The wickedness of this city is described in Genesis 19:4-7. Men, both young and old, wanted to have sexual relations with Lot’s male visitors. The New Testament mentions this shameful event and confirms it is a true account (Matthew 11:23-24, Jude 7; 2 Peter 2:6-8). God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of this vile perversion. The sins of these two cities serve as the standard to which other sins are compared (Isaiah 3:9; 13:19; Jeremiah 23:14; Matthew 11:23-24).
The Law which God gave to Israel at Mt. Sinai condemned the practice of homosexuality.
Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination...Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out from before you (Leviticus 18:22, 24).
And if a man lie with mankind, as with womankind, both of them have committed abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them (Leviticus 20:13).
There shall be no prostitute of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel. Thou shalt not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog, into the house of Jehovah thy God for any vow: for even both these are an abomination unto Jehovah thy God.” (Deuteronomy 23:17-18). The word “dog” here is a name the people of ancient Israel used to describe a homosexual prostitute. “Dogs” will not be in Heaven (Revelation 22:14-15).
The New Testament also makes it very clear that homosexuals will not go to Heaven unless they repent of their sin. The apostle Paul wrote:
Or 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 men, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Read also 1 Timothy 1:8-10). The word “sodomite” is used in some Bible translations and is sometimes used to describe homosexuals.
Can homosexuals be saved? God loves all people (John 3:16). He wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). Homosexuals can be saved in the same way that other sinners are saved. They must hear and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:17; John 8:24). They must repent of all their sins (Acts 2:38; 17:30-31). This means that they will stop their evil practice of homosexuality. They must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God (Acts 8:37; Romans 10:10). Then they must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-4). Notice what Paul said about evildoers at Corinth who had obeyed the Gospel:
And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). When they became Christians, they stopped their sinful practices. This shows people can change.
Great pressure is placed upon Christians by society to ignore sin. It is not popular to take a stand against sin today. Neither was it popular for the prophets in the Old Testament to stand against sin, but they did it anyway! It was not easy for the Christians in the first century to preach the Gospel to the heathen world, but they did it! It will not be easy today, but we must obey God (Acts 5:29).
Homosexuals are guilty of a vile sin. They will suffer eternal punishment if they do not repent of it! (Romans 6:23) God loves them, however, and He will forgive if they truly repent.
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