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THE LESSONS WE CAN  LEARN FROM SODOM AND GOMORRAH--  Many theologians have taught in error that the main reason why God destroyed these two cities was primarily because  of homosexuality.   At first glance it may appear that the main issue here was homosexuality.  But the truth of the matter is that many of the inhabitants of these two cities were not practicing homosexuality,   Yet they were going to suffer the same could this be??? On the eve of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah,  The scriptures gives us a 24 hour window in which to look at the happenings in Sodom, just prior to the outpouring of God’s fiery judgment.  The scriptural account of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah is very telling:  “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly” Gen 13:13.  


Most people don’t know the full story that led to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.  The most common assumption is that God destroyed these twin cities because of homosexuality.  While it’s true that homosexuality was rampart this was not the main reason why these cities came to a fiery end.   Most people are aware of the fact that two angels appeared at the gate of the city, where they encountered Lot,  (the nephew of Abraham)..  Their mission was to bring forth the destruction of these two cities. 


  Most people are not aware of the fact that Just before these two angels arrived at the gates of  Sodom,  they had stopped by the home of  Abraham, (Lot’s uncle) in the company of a third individual.  In the visitation to Abrahams home we are told that the two angels were accompanied by a third individual who was God appearing in the form of a man.  And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;  And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,  Gen 18:1-2.


  It was during this visitation that God informed Abraham about what he was getting ready to do in Sodom and Gomorrah. “And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know”   Gen 18: 20-21.


  When Abraham realized that God was about to pass judgment on Sodom,  he was concerned for his nephew, Lot and his family. He asked God if He would spare the city for 50 righteous men.  God said he would,  Abraham Got God to go all the way down to ten.  God said if he found just ten righteous he would spare the city.  26 And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. 27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: 28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. 32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. (Gen. 18:23-32).  It should be noted that God said that if He found as few as ten righteous people in these two cities he would spare them.   Even though homosexuality, violence, murder, drunkenness, etc, was prevalent in Sodom, God said he would spare them all, if he could find ten people who respected Him.


  This is conformation that the  determining factor, in regards to whether these people would be spared, was not if there was the absence of homosexuality.  The determining factor was if as few as ten righteous people could be found in the city. And he (God), said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.  Gen 18:20-32

Sadly God could not even find ten righteous people in Sodom, As a result he gave up and gave them over to their fate.    In Sodom and Gomorrah it is evident that there was a collective coming out of the closet.  This was not a coming out of  the gay closet: In Sodom there was  a collective coming out of  the closet by the entirety of the of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Everyone had came out of the closet and aggressively pursued what they deemed to be most carnally beneficial and pleasurable.  As the men of the city gathered at Lot’s door, they did not know they and all the inhabitants of these two cities had less than 24 hours to live.

 #1. God also gave them up to uncleanness,   #2. God gave them up unto vile affections:  #3. God gave them over to a reprobate mind.”   Rom 1:21-31.  Many fail to understanding that the events that Paul spoke of in Romans the first chapter are recurring right now.  We are witnessing first hand, what happens when God gives up on men, and gives them over to themselves. 


Ray Pritchard tells us that, Romans 1 is the story of our country, our city, our town, our street and our neighborhood. It is also the story of a culture on the skids. The great tragedy is that we can’t seem to find a stopping place nowadays. No one seems to be able to stand up and say, “This far and no farther.” There seems to be no limit on sensuality, no limit on immorality, no limit on pornography, no limit to the degree of perversion  


Over the past few years we have been witnessing the dismantling of the moral values, that had allowed God to bless our  nation, like no other nation in the history of the world.   Today's generation is not casually walking away from these moral values, today we are witnessing an all out stampede away from these moral values.   Paul explains in Romans one, that when a society persistently seeks to push God and His guidelines aside,  there comes a time when God will grant them their desire and give them over to themselves. 

Paul tells us that God will only go so far in His efforts to lovingly invite us to come to Him.  Paul warns that  if we continually ignore God,  that God will eventually give up and give us over to ourselves.  Paul explains that the more God gives up and gives us over to ourselves, the more prevalent sinful lifestyles of every persuasion become. Paul explains that the prevalence of the LGBT  lifestyle, is but one of the symptoms that this process has been fully activated.

God truly does love us therefore He seeks to call us to Himself,  He seeks to convict our hearts,  He will correct and chastise us when we are wrong. In order to save us from His coming wrath.  But there comes a time when it becomes apparent that we are totally rejecting God’s efforts.  Therefore God gives up and gives us over to ourselves.  


Compare what he said in the book of Jeremiah,   “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee”.  Jer 7:2-16.  How could a people become so wicked in he sight of God, that he tells the prophet to not pray for them, and if he does pray for them, He (God) would not hear? There does come a time, when after God has, called and called, and called , and we continually ignore him, he stops trying to call, convict and correct us. This should cause each of us to stop and think.  (Compare God's message to those who continually ignore Him, below)


24 But since you refuse to listen when I call  and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;  I will mock when calamity overtakes you  27 when calamity overtakes you like a storm,  when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28 “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29 since they hated knowledge   and did not choose to fear the Lord. 30 Since they would not accept my advice  and spurned my rebuke,31 they will eat the fruit of their ways  Proverbs 1:24-30 (NIV). 

Many will be offended by the things Paul taught in Romans 1:1-32, especially when it comes to the matter of God giving up on a person and giving them over to themselves.  The reason being they have misled by themselves or someone else into believing that God never gives up on a person, till their last breath.  Others people will take offense because they have been taught,  that once you get saved, you are always saved.  They believe that even if they turn away from God, (after salvation) and continually live in sin, God never gives up  trying to get them to come back. 


Then there are those of this generation who will take offense, because even though they know they have a call on their lives, yet  they continually procrastinate, answering God’s call.  They arrogantly assume that God will always be there,  at their beck and call, begging and pleading with them to come to Him.  Others today who know that God is calling and inviting them to come to Him, think they have plenty of time to come.  Some of these individuals are hearing the call for the first time.  Others have heard the call of God for a long time, and some, who answered the call, had since backslide, (yet God lovingly  calls out to them to come back).  

The book of Romans the first chapter has long since been associated with Sodom and Gomorrah.  In fact many have cited this chapter as proof that homosexuality and lesbianism is not acceptable in the sight of God. (compare),   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:  27 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.   Rom 1:26-27.  


It is obvious in these verses that Paul is referring to God’s disapproval of homosexuality and lesbianism.   But Paul also pointed to another issue  that went far beyond the gay lifestyle. A close examination of Romans 1 clearly shows that  the most predominate theme is this chapter is not the wrongness of the gay lifestyle. According to Paul the overt practicing and acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle was but one of the symptoms of a very grievous societal condition.


In Romans one Paul made mention of a condition, that he describes as God's "giving up and giving over process." These conditions develop when God gives on trying to reach those who continually ignore His voice. Paul explains that the overt practicing of the LGBT lifestyle along with its acceptance and endorsement by the public at large, is one of several signs that  this process has been activated. In this chapter Paul was emphasizing the signs, symptoms and fatal consequences, when this grievous societal condition is activated. 

Many of todays generation are so much into the moment of now, that they give little if any attention to eternity.   The "feel good now" mindset has so dominated todays cultural mindset to the point that for many their pleasure has become their tressure.    This has left no room for God in the lives of many.  

 We could have just have easily have named this chapter,   "WHEN MAN GIVES UP ON GOD", because in reality this is exactly what many have done.   Just when we need God most,  our rejection of Him, is pushing us further away from Him.  The Bible makes note of how God called to his people, even to the point of repeatedly sending messengers to them, but they rejected effort on the part of God to draw them back to Him.  Therefore; God said there was no remedy for his people. 

We need to beware least the same fate befalls us. "And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:  But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy", 2ND Chrn 36:15-16.    

 In Romans the first chapter Paul explains what leads up to this giving up and giving over process. In this chapter Paul taught that when a person (not just a gay person but any person), continually hardens their heart to the voice of God, there comes a time when God will give up on calling that, and give them over to themselves. 


In the book of Genesis we have two notable examples of God giving up on a people and giving them over to their own wicked mind set.  The two timeframes we refer to are the days of Noah, and the days of Lot.  In both cases it was not merely the gross over the top sinfulness, they were committing which led to their doom:  A major contributing factor was the collective mindset in which they were continually committing these sinful acts.


Before the Flood the Lord made the following statement concerning the people on the earth. My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Gen 6:3.   Just before the two angels of God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah they sounded this warning to Lot,  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.”  Gen 19:13.

There  have been many theologians who taught that the reason why God gave up on Sodom and Gomorrah, and sent destruction,  was because of rampart homosexuality. 

 There are others today (especially LGBT activist) who say this was not the case. They say that is the inhospitality of the people of  these two cities which caused their destruction.  A close examination of scripture clearly shows that sexual promiscuity of every variety (including homosexuality) was a contributing factor to the fiery destruction of these two cities.  


As Jude explains, sexual misconduct was a major contributing factor to tb downfall of Sodom and Gomorrah.   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. 

 While its true that homosexuality was prevalent in these two cities,  there were many in Sodom and Gomorrah who were not participating in the gay lifestyle.  This facts brings up this obvious question, Why did God destroy the entire population of these two cities, which included man who were not into homosexuality??  

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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:  27 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.


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;  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:  Rom 1:21-31.

The widespread acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle,  is not the main problem, but it is a sign that we now have a gravely serous problem. The seemingly overnight acceptance of the LGBT lifestyle, and the subsequent backing of many of the nations of the world,  should cause alarm.   The reason being, as Paul explains in Romans one,  it is indicative that our society as a whole (in the sight of God), has reached the tragic point of no return.    

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr  comments about the new sexual landscape,  “The spectacular success of the LGBT movement stands as one of the most fascinating phenomena of our time. In less than two decades, homosexuality has moved from “the love that dares not speak its name,” to the center of America’s public life. The LGBT agenda has advanced even more quickly than its most ardent proponents had expected.

 We are now witnesses to a revolution that is sweeping away a sexual morality and a definition of marriage that has existed for thousands of years. The revolution that is centered on transforming sexual morality and redefining marriage has succeeded faster than its most eager advocates had even imagined, as they themselves now admit. But this revolution could not have achieved such a velocity if the ground had not been cleared by developments that came long before same-sex marriage.”

 Every Christian church – and every Christian – will face huge decisions in the wake of this moral storm. When marriage is redefined, an entire universe of laws, customs, rules, and expectations changes as well. Words such as husband and wifemother and father, once the common vocabulary of every society in its own language, are now battlegrounds of moral conflict. Just consider how children’s picture books have to change in the wake of this revolution. As those who demand this revolution make clear, there will be no model of a normative family structure left in its wake. 

In Romans the first chapter Paul explains what leads up to this giving up and giving over process. In this chapter Paul taught that when a person (not just a gay person but any person), continually hardens their heart to the voice of God, there comes a time when God will give up on calling that, and give them over to themselves. Most would agree that it was the sinfulness of the people of Noah's day and of Lot's day  that led to their destruction.  While it's true that they sinned grievously in the sight of God, James tells us that sin can only exist where there is knowledge of right and wrong.  To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17. 

 There is no denying the fact that the people of Noah’s and Lot’s day, had very limited knowledge, in regards to the things that pertain to godliness. Especially when we consider the  following facts.  Fact #1. they did not have a church that they could attend.  Fact #2.  They did not have a Bible in which they could read God’s guidelines.  And Fact #3.  They did not have the Ten Commandments, or any aspects of the written law, (this was long before the time of Moses).    So how could God judge them??  In other words how can they be ticketed get  for speeding if there were no speed limit signs posted. Some would argue that they were ignorant by way of ignorance.

There is no denying the fact that the people of Noah’s and Lot’s day, had very limited knowledge, in regards to the things that pertain to godliness. Especially when we consider the  following facts.  Fact #1. they did not have a church that they could attend.  Fact #2.  They did not have a Bible in which they could read God’s guidelines.  And Fact #3.  They did not have the Ten Commandments, or any aspects of the written law, (this was long before the time of Moses).    So how could God judge them??  In other words how can they be ticketed get  for speeding if there were no speed limit signs posted. Some would argue that they were ignorant by way of ignorance. 

From the very beginning of  the founding of our nation and the founding of other nations,  around the world, there have been certain basic guidelines that most people adhered to.  Although these guidelines were a reflection of certain basic Judeo Christian Guidelines, many who accepted and respected these guidelines were not necessarily Christians.   These guidelines were established long before God  engraved the Ten Commandments on the two tablets at Mt Sinai.


In fact they were established long before there was a Bible to read, or even a church of any denomination to attend.  These have been some of the most important guidelines for the nations of the world to observe.  It has been the observance of these basic guidelines that have aided many nations of the world, in their efforts to maintain a orderly society.   

1. CREATION, Adam and Eve knew that God was their creator.  They knew to respect Him as such.  

2. THE MALE—FEMALE ASSIGNED ROLES,  They understood that God had assigned them different roles in which to function, which were to compliment each other.                                            

3. MARRIAGE  IS HONORABLE,   The first thing God did was to joined them together in matrimony.  Therefore they understood that marriage was honorable.  

4. MAINTAINACE OF THE FAMILY, They understood that they were to be fruitful and multiply, and function under the auspices of a family unity.           

 5. MAN’S  LEADERSHIP   ROLE,  By virtue of God creating the man first, and appointed him as head,  they understood that the man was to take the leadership role, in being the protector and provider.                               

 6.  NO VIOLENCE AND ABUSE  They knew that  violence and abuse against the innocent was  forbidden. 

The LGBT issue is not a stand alone issue.   There is not another set of lifestyle choices that affects so much of our society as does the LGBT issue.   The LGBT lifestyle challenges every aspect of what has been for thousands of years view as the norm in areas such as the distinctive male and female roles and identities.  The traditional concept of what constitutes a viable marriage.   Societies views of what constitutes a family.  Even the matter of who should be allowed to go into which restroom is now being challenged. These are but a few of the many issues   The very essence of normalcy itself is now being challenged. 

 At the heart of the LGBT rights movement is a push to achieve several key objectives.  #1. To allow certain individuals free reign to sexually act any way they so desire. #2. To rearrange the very fabric of our societal structure, in such a way, as to accommodate this lifestyle.  #3. To eradicate any and all so called “moral guidelines” which would hinder Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, by those who are LGBT#4.  To silence all who disagree with this lifestyle, by any means necessary, which includes prosecution, and persecution.

 We are  now facing a sexual landscape with the backing of our government, the likes of which the world has not seen.  The LGBT movement is pushing for the legitimation of sexuality on a unprecedented scale.   What most people don't give much thought to, is the fact that our divine creator is closely monitoring these develops.  Not only this but he it taking note of how each of us are responding to these stunning developments.  


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