Deuteronomy records the destruction of the cities of the Plain Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim (Deut. 29:23). The wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah rose up to heaven. The Lord decided to pass judgment against these cities “because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous” (Gen. 18:20).
The wickedness of those cities was so great, that when the angels from God visited the house of Lot, the homosexuals of that city attempted to have sex with them. The angels blinded the sodomites to prevent such from happening. The next day, the Lord rained fire and brimstone from heaven to destroy the wicked cities (Gen. 19:24). Only righteous Lot and his two daughters escaped the cities. Lot’s wife looked back at the destruction, which they were forbidden to do, and was turned into a pillar of salt (Gen 19:26)
After the destruction of the cities, the prophets of the Lord used what occurred to Sodom and Gomorrah as a reminder of God’s judgment of the wickedness of nations. When a nation became corrupt, they were compared to Sodom and Gomorrah (Jer. 49:18 f; Lam. 4:6). When God determined to completely overthrow a nation so that they would be completely destroyed, their destruction was compared to the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah (Jer. 50:40).
In the New Testament, the Lord’s punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah is used to remind us of the torment of hell. 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 7).
Not only was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah immorality, but also of greed. The prophet Ezekiel records this about Sodom: “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, 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 good (Ezek 16:49,50). America suffers greatly from this great sin of these wicked cities. The commit adultery, fornication and homosexuality with abandonment. Then the rich rise up to play and forget the needs of those who have little to eat, though they work every day. We live in a nation that kept the minimum wage at $4.25-5.15 for 16 years before raising the minimum wage in 2007 to $5.85 and to its present stage of $7.50 in 2009. Yes, Sodom and Gomorrah will testify against America come the day of judgment to justify her sins.
The destruction of these cities serves as a constant reminder to us that God will punish the wicked in the everlasting torment of hell. We sometimes witness the immoralities around us and forget that God will punish the wicked. After all, the wicked are having such a good time and experiencing so much prosperity. The righteous are on the outside looking in at others enjoying themselves, castigated as oddballs, mocked, belittled and persecuted. We need to remember that God will indeed judge the wicked and punish them with everlasting destruction. The Lord governs the world today on the same moral basis as he governed it in the days of Abraham. “Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
Among the things that provoked the Lord to this judgment was their “giving themselves over to fornication.” Is there any doubt that our own nation is given over to fornication and adultery? Instead of these two sins being repulsive sins that brings suffering to men, we have glamorized them. Fornication is used to entertain us when we go to the movies or watch TV. We are being told that it is the natural expression of teenagers who experiment with sex. We are told that adultery is God’s way of letting us start all over again. However, the Lord said that such sins brings the judgment of God. Most Americans have accepted adultery and fornication as a legitimate pursuit of pleasure. The odd person in our society is the one who would keep himself sexually pure until marriage and once they are married, they remain married till death do they part.
The Sodomites were judged even more perverted in their sin because they went after “strange flesh.” They left the natural use of the woman and men with men burned in their lust toward one another. They were guilty of homosexuality and lesbianism.
When I read of the angels visiting Sodom, I do not read of them uttering any rebuke to righteous Lot for his sinful “homophobia.” The homosexuals condemned Lot saying, “This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them” (Gen. 19:9). The homosexuals in America are saying the same thing. They condemn faithful Christians for their judgment of their “lifestyle” as sinful. They are bent on reshaping the thinking of us and our children about homosexuality. They detest anyone judging then as being guilty of sin. Despite what the homosexuals in Sodom thought, the angels never rebuked Lot for his judging their sin. He is described as “just (righteous) Lot” (2 Pet. 2:7). The Lord plainly described the deeds of the Sodomites as ungodly (2 Pet. 2:6-8). The Lord knows nothing of the modern sin of “homophobia.” It is a recent invention of ungodly men who are trying to make wickedness righteous and righteousness wicked (cf. Isa. 5: 20 “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!”).
The judgment of God against Sodom was a preview of his eternal condemnation in hell. He set them forth “for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7).
Sodom and Gomorrah are reminders of these facts: (a) God will punish the wicked; (b) God hates homosexuality and lesbianism; (c) There is an everlasting punishment in hell; (d) God knows how to punish the wicked (the Sodomites) and deliver the righteous (Lot). Are there 10 righteous souls left in America? Consider this: 99.999% of every person in America is either an atheist, an idol worshiper, or a denominationalist. There are only about two million who have obeyed the gospel which Christ commanded and his apostles taught. More than 80% of these are liberal minded enough to call anyone who follows the word of God strictly a legalist. That would only leave about 400 thousand to choose from in this generation. Adultery is the sin of choice of many in the Lord’s church. All unrepentant adulterers shall be lost. Can destruction for America be that far away?