The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
The July-August 2012 issue of CG7-Denver’s Bible Advocate has the following by one of its pastors, Brian Franks:
In February 2012, Washington became the seventh state (Maryland has since become the eighth) to legalize gay marriage. Civil unions were previously recognized here. Now marriage has been redefined as being between two consenting people without respect to their gender. According to the news, the bill was signed with raucous applause, and the governor beamed with pride. As a Christian, I don’t favor this latest twist and could be up in arms over it, but I’m not. I have not abandoned hope that America will yet see the wisdom of God’s ways, but it won’t be easy. Long ago we began to push Him away in matters of evolution (Scopes Monkey Trial aftermath, 1925), abortion (Roe v. Wade, 1973), and now homosexuality and gay marriage…
Few people deny the Old Testament’s opposition to homosexuality (see the “grievous sin” of Genesis 18:20; 19:1-13 and the “abomination” of Leviticus 18:22), but some believe the New Testament changes that. Look at two key texts:
• Romans 1:26, 27 says, “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” Some say that only a certain kind of homosexuality is condemned here, not the kind that represents a long-term love relationship between two same-sex partners. However, this overlooks
the consistent evidence of God’s Word on the matter.
• First Timothy 1:9-11 says, “We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers — and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.” All these sins are contrary to sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel.
The increased acceptance of homosexuality and/or marriage amongst homosexuals is happening in many parts of the world, and is rapidly happening in the USA. And I agree with Brian Frank’s scriptural citations related to the homosexuality matter.
But, while he seems optimistic that the USA may repent, I do not believe that the USA will. And there are consequences for societies that become more accepting of the homosexual agenda.
Notice what happened there between three thousand and four thousand years ago:
24 Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. (Genesis 19:24-25)
And why did it happen?
7 as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 7)
Why mention this in the 21st century? Because God turned:
6…the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly (2 Peter 2:6,
Thus, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah were to serve as an example to those who would live as they did.
Of course, not everyone in Sodom and Gomorrah were homosexuals as those that strictly practice that could not reproduce. Yet, notice that the destruction that hit their cities destroyed all that were there and notice that something like this is to happen again according to Jesus:
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They 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. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:26-29)
Homosexuality is damaging to the individuals who practice it and is dangerous for society. Without national repentance soon, the USA and its Anglo-allies are doomed. And while it is remotely possible, realistically Christians should realize that this is not likely to happen. Especially as we get nearer to the end of the 6,000 years God gave humankind to rule itself (see Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End?).
The time of Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7), the Great Tribulation, will begin not too many years from now (When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2012, 2013, or 2014?).
Some items of possibly related interest may include:
LCG: Homosexuals Gaining Ground “Same-sex marriage” for “gays” and lesbians is becoming more acceptable to many. What does the Bible teach about homosexuality? Can homosexuals change?
God’s Plan for Happy Marriage This is an LCG booklet by Dr. R. Meredith.
God Created Marriage Some falsely claim that God did not create marriage and that fornication is fine. What does the Bible really teach?
What is the Meaning of Life? Who does God say is happy? What is your ultimate destiny? Do you really know? Does God actually have a plan for YOU personally?
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people?
Canada in Prophecy: What Does Bible Prophecy, Catholic Prophecy, and other Predictions Suggest About the Future of Canada? There are prophecies that suggest involvement with Canada. And many are not positive about its future.
Who is the King of the West? Why is there no End-Time King of the West in Bible Prophecy? Is the United States the King of the West?
Does God Have a 6,000 Year Plan? What Year Does the 6,000 Years End? Was a 6000 year time allowed for humans to rule followed by a literal thousand year reign of Christ on Earth taught by the early Christians? Does God have 7,000 year plan? What year may the six thousand years of human rule end? When will Jesus return? 2019 or 202x?
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2012, 2013, or 2014? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000?
Church of God, Seventh Day: History and Teachings Nearly all COG’s I am aware of trace their history through this group. Whaid Rose is the president of the largest CG7 group (Denver). Do you know much about them?