If you need to be reminded of how God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, just look to the Island of Hawaii as of late. The volcanic lava pouring out upon their island is measured at approximtley 2,120 F. The brimstone (sulfur) of Sodom and Gomorrah turned everything into ashes. The sin that caused God to destroy these cities is still with us today. It is the sin of homosexuality and lesbianism.
Of all the sins mentioned in the Bible, perhaps none is more deplorable to God than that of homosexuality. Deuteronomy records the destruction of the cities of the Plain Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim (Deut. 29:23). Genesis speaks of the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah which 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).
To gain a full understanding, the reader is urged to read Genesis 19:1-25. These cities were filled with homosexuality. Note the language of Genesis 19:4-5, “Now before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every quarter, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may know them (sexually).“
Notice the language, “that we may know them.” It had been used earlier to describe sexual relations in Genesis 4:1, “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…” The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their sins; only Lot and his two daughters were saved.
All this occurred well before the giving of the law on Sinai (Ex 20). Did God’s attitude change toward homosexuality after the giving of the law? Turn to Leviticus 18:22-30, and take note that God’s attitude did not change. God condemns homosexuality and gives the consequence for such in Leviticus 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood (shall be) upon them.”
What about today under the New Testament, has God’s attitude changed? Certainty God has not changed. As a matter of fact, Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned in the New Testament as an example for all would who commit the same sin. Jude 7 says, “…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.“
Notice how the apostle Paul describes the sin in Romans 1:26-27, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” Paul describes what they were doing as being against nature. If homosexuality is natural, why aren’t animals practicing it? It is unnatural. It is against nature and more importantly, it is against God’s law for mankind.
Homosexuality is not a disease or an abnormality of the brain. It is learned behavior, much like fornication, adultery, drinking, stealing, etc. Those that learn and practice such must also learn to stop. 1 Corinthians 6:9 says, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” Homosexuals and lesbians will not inherit the kingdom of God. They must bring forth fruits worthy of repentance.
Some say homosexuals are born that way and cannot change. This is another effort of men trying to justify themselves while practicing that which God forbids. A holy and righteous God would never condemn someone for something he had no control over. There were homosexuals at Corinth who obeyed the Gospel. Paul said, “Neither… homosexuals, nor sodomites…will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Cor. 6:9-11). If homosexuals can’t change from their abominable life, how do you suppose the Corinthians managed to do so?
Any society that condones such evil will eventually feel the wrath of God. We only need to be reminded of Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near about to understand how much God hates such evil. A society that legalizes gay marriages, condones the gay lifestyle and does not correct such decadence will have hell to pay. “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Ps 9:17).
Homosexuality is condemned from the beginning of the Bible to the end. We will all stand before God to give an account of the things done in the body (2 Cor. 5:10), and every knee will bow to Him (Phil. 2:9-11 cf; Rom. 14:11-12). May our God and Father help us to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Him (2 Cor. 7:1). May the Eternal God give us the strength to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:11).