The Sodomite Heart

Sodom and Gomorrah were cities in the Jordan valley that were at their height during the life of Abraham the patriarch. At that time Sodom was also the residence of Abraham’s nephew Lot. God comes to visit Abraham one day and says that the outcry of the evil of Sodom and Gomorrah was so great that He was going to visit it and see if it was really so (Genesis 18:20-21). Abraham, knowing that his nephew Lot was there, asked God that if He found as few as 10 righteous people in that place, that He might spare the place to which the God of the Universe acquiesced.

God sent two angels to Lot in Sodom. The angels were in appearance as men (that is as male humans). Lot, seeing them in the city square, took them in for the night. It was a custom of hospitality to do so for strangers when they came into town. What happened next was a clear demonstration that the men (again male humans) of Sodom were indeed as evil and wicked as their infamy suggested.  Just before Lot and the angels lay down for the night, the men of Sodom, every one of them young and old came and surrounded Lot’s dwelling. The men had come for the sole purpose of gang raping these strangers. (Genesis 19:4-5). It was this vile act that has associated anal copulation with the term “sodomy.” Those who practice that act, and especially those who do so by force are rightly branded as “sodomites”, committing the act of “sodomy.”

However villainous that is, the darker evil is still the one that comes next. Lot, feeling a strong obligation of protection toward his guests, suggests (as a resident of Sodom he too had become somewhat debased) that rather than do as they purposed toward his male guests, that he would bring out to them his virgin daughters for them to molest to their pleasure. But in doing so, Lot had called their desire “wicked” and adjudged that they wanted to “act wickedly” toward his guests. This enraged the men and they threatened to kill lot (Genesis 19:9). This is the heart of the sodomite and it is black indeed. By even the most debased suggestion, those men had felt judged by Lot and that was intolerable. It was intolerable because their consciences were constantly condemning them for their wicked pleasures and any suggestion that what they did was wicked only made them have to face that fact, which was most intolerable, to the point of murderous rage.

This is the very heart we see today at work in those who are intolerant of the truth about the wickedness of homosexuality, transvestism, transgenderism, and sexual relations outside the covenant of marriage. And marriage can only be contracted morally between one man and one woman vowing to be together for life. Any other sexual expression offends the conscience which God has put into man (Proverbs 20:27). That lamp shines upon those thoughts and intentions of the heart which are behind evil words and wicked deeds crying out for justice. A man might convince himself that this judgment from within is wrong even if to do so he must abuse himself or dull that inner voice with drugs and alcohol as many this day do. But if another should confirm that condemnation from within, the voice can no more be silenced. And that is enough to fuel the vengeful rage that we see today.

Just as Lot was rescued from those murderous sodomites of old, so in time God will rescue His people from the sodomites of today. But in the meantime, it behooves us to plead with them, calling them “my brothers”, as Lot did and gently pointing out their wickedness as he did if perhaps God might grant them the gift of repentance, leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and might escape the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will (2 Timothy 2:25-26).

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As a grotesque corruption in man’s image bearing of a triune God. Stated simply, God, who reveals Himself in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, and perfectly imaged in Jesus Christ His Son, is a diversity within a unity, three distinct persons in one essence. Human marriage, as God has instituted it, is meant to mirror the joy and bond of that Triunity whereby God joins together a man and his wife so that they become one flesh (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:5-6). Marriage, like the Godhead, is a diversity enjoyed within a unity. So called “same sex marriage” is rather a picture of a redundancy within a supposed unity. Man and woman, husband and wife are different roles with different characteristics but equal value as a new joined entity. This simply isn’t so in the union of two men or two women. If it were possible then why is it that even in such unions one of the members has to try to mimic the missing role/gender (a butch woman or an effeminate man)?

Marriage is, as all aspects of human life are, meant to bring glory to the God in whose image we are created, male and female (Genesis 1:26-28). Same sex unions will never bring glory to God and are therefore, in the sexual act, as well as the legal act, inherently sinful.

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The world runs headlong into its depletion of the institution of marriage that God, our Father and Creator, ordained in the Garden when Adam and Eve, previously one flesh literally, became one flesh again covenantally. There was only one other time in history that we approached such dissipation and that led to wiping out every human on the planet save one family (Noah and his wife, Shem and his wife, Japheth and his wife and Ham and his wife). Falling even farther than our Antediluvian ancestors, we rush headlong into a greater and swifter judgement. Continue reading

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Ever since Cain rose up and slew Abel, bullies have been roaming upon the earth, rejected by God and seeking to impose their will on others by whatever means necessary. The number of bullies and the level of bullying rises and falls inversely to the knowledge and fear of God held in the culture in which they roam. Sadly, the knowledge and fear of God are rapidly waning in the American culture and thus the bullying at school, in neighborhoods, offices and governing bodies is rising with equal rapidity. So what is the response of the Church and its members who are favored of God toward those who are not? Continue reading

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On this national holiday, which has at previous times been set aside for the giving of thanks to the one True and Living God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, even God Almighty our savior, we are reminded of the centrality of giving thanks at all times as indispensable to eternal life both now and in the age to come:

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NASB

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It is a sobering reality that God creates sentient creatures (men and angels) who are set apart for eternal doom and who, of their own volition, are piling up judgement upon themselves. Given the opportunity to choose, they would rather suffer His wrath, than serve His purposes, but serve them they do. God makes no creature that is not useful as all created things are a part of the outworking of His decree; “The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.” Proverbs 16:4, NASB. The wicked serve God now in at least two ways: 1) they are a trap for the reprobate, inflamed and inflaming each other — dry wood vigorously rubbed together bursting into flame; and 2) they are a tutor to the elect, sorely trying their patience and proving their faith. They will acknowledge His rightful position on judgement day (Isaiah 45:23, Romans 14:11 and Phillipians 2:9-11) and in eternity they will serve as displays of His unending zeal and righteousness as vessels of wrath. Continue reading

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Having come to Christ in faith, the disciple increasingly wants to know what God’s will is. Often when this is asked, what is meant is “Does God want me to marry THIS person? or buy THAT car? or take THIS job or live in THAT place?” etc. This is a legitimate concern and we do well to remember the instruction of James 4:13-17. Sometimes, what is really being asked about is what God has ordained for one’s life. To seek, in advance, what God has ordained, in the sweep of history, personal or general, since the foundation of the world, is a trip into madness. Even Christ refused to engage in speculation on such things (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32, , Acts 1:7). In short, the will of God is to do that which is pleasing to Him according to His revealed will. The Scriptures are pretty clear about that. The New Testament even uses the phrase “the will of God” (translated from the Greek phrase θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ “God’s will” or κατὰ θεόν “according to God”). There are at least five such passages which are most helpful and abundantly clear.

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