When the names of Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned most think of only one type of sin, homosexuality. It’s very true that these cities were guilty of such things, but actually their sins go deeper, and further than just one kind of sin. Let’s examine each of their sins in more detail.
Sin of Homosexuality
The scriptures tell us, “The men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked, and sinful against the Lord. Gen 13:13 And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave. Gen 18:20
What kind of sin could be described more heinous than that of homosexuality. Paul wrote that those who commit such things, and have pleasure in them who do such are worthy of death. Rom 1:32 When The two angels, which came in manly flesh, came to Sodom where Lot dwelt, all the young and old men surrounded the house desiring to have sex with them. They said, “Bring them out to us that we may know them carnally.” Gen 19:4-5
Then God rained fire and brimstone upon those wicked cities and killed all the inhabitants. Gen 19:24-25 ‘The whole land is brimstone, salt, and burning; it is not sown, nor does it bear, nor does any grass grow there, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in His anger and His wrath. Deut 29:23
Sin of Adultery and Fornication
Not only did Sodom and Gomorrah commit homosexuality, but also committed the sins of adultery and fornication. The same kind of sins that heterosexuals commit even to this very day. “They commit adultery and walk in lies; They also strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.” Jer 23:14
As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 7
SIN OF GREED
Not all the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah centered around sexual indiscretions. They were also guilty of the sin of greed. Ezekiel wrote, “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit. Ezek 16:49,50
These are the kinds of rich who place men and women in authority to lower their taxes, while raising the rates to the poor. They are the kinds who desire that welfare be taken from the poor, while they accept corporate welfare. The apostle James said that the rich oppress you, take you before authorities, and rob us by stealing your wages. Jam 2:6; Jam 5:1-6 These were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah as well.
They had plenty of food, though they were gluttonous, yet they gave not to the poor and needy. These are the kind of people who defend the rich, while making disparaging remarks against the poor. David wrote, “He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker.” Prov 14:31 Solomon wrote, “He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;” Prov 17:5 And again he said, “ He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to poverty. Prov 22:16. Yes, even worse than poverty, such a sin will cause one to wake up in hell, weeping and howling; even as the rich man Jesus described, of which the apostle James bore record. Lk 16:19-31; Jam 5:1-3
Conclusion: We all need to remember that Sodom and Gomorrah had more than just one sin. They were filled with pride and greed, and homosexuality, adulteries, and fornications as well. The sins of these evil cities are among us today. Their inhabitants fill the land. Let us never forget that these sins will not only destroy a nation, but also each of us individually. As David wrote, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Ps 9:17
America is filled with homosexuals and lesbians, who parade themselves without blushing. Jer 6:15 They are marrying, and having children, and professing themselves as normal. Isa 54:1 A nation that is filled with those who are living in open adultery and committing fornication as though God himself commanded such. A nation that is filled with willful pride in itself, and all of its sinful accomplishments. Prov 16:18 A nation that is filled with greed, who has a disdain for the poor and needy while upholding all the sins of the rich. Job 27:8 As Obadiah said, “Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” says the Lord.” Obad 4
As Peter warned us all, “Turning 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 REPENT AMERICA! REPENT ALL NATIONS THAT FOLLOW YOU! REPENT, for the great day of the Lord is near! Obad 15