– by Jim Zeigler
Once upon a time, as stories start, a powerful ruler called two of his most trusted ambassadors before him.
"I have determined that five cities in one of my provinces are in open revolt against me," he told them with great rage. "Accompany me to secretly visit the lead city of this rebellion to see if things are as bad as I am told; before I unleash all my power and destroy these rebellious people."
A short distance from the city the king stopped to chat with an old and loyal friend while his emissaries went into the city, arriving just before sundown. At the entrance gate of the city, they were meet by a councilman, who knew it was not safe for outsiders to be in the streets of the city at night, invited them to lodge in his fortress home. As they were settling in for the night a commotion began in the yard of the councilman's home.
"Where are the strangers you are hiding? Bring them out to us so that we may abuse and rape them. They are not welcome here." The mob continued to grow and the councilman eventually went outside to speak with the crowd. The councilman, when the mob would not disburse even offered to give the men his two virgin daughters to appease their lusts. "Do as you wish to my daughters, only do not harm these guests of my house" he told them. Hell-bent on fulfilling their evil intent the mob began to rush the councilman and had it not been for the rescuing hand of the ambassadors he would have been killed.
Having thus determined the wickedness of the city the ambassadors warned the councilman that the king was coming to destroy the five cities for their great wickedness and rebellion. Early the next morning the ambassadors took the councilman, his wife, and daughters and safely lead them out of the city and sent them up the mountainside to safety.
Shortly after their escape, the cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim were totally destroyed. No one survived. Only the tiny city of Zoar escaped destruction because it was a haven for the councilman and his daughters. The king's wrath was appeased.
A True Story
This terrible story of judgment is in fact, a true story. This account happened around the year 1898 BC in an area just South of the Dead Sea. It is recorded in Genesis chapters 18 and 19. God and two angels came to earth to see the evil cry of Sodom. They stopped to see Abraham, where God stayed while the angels entered the city. While the angels were being pursued by the sodomites to satisfy their sexual perversion, Abraham was interceding with God to spare the lives of the people of the cities for the sake of righteous Lot, his nephew. God agreed to spare all the cities if the angels would find just ten righteous people. But, only four were found and one of them turned back to the sinful city and perished.
However, in mercy God did spare the little city of Zoar. An entire society perished because they would not repent of their sin and God's judgment of the homosexuals rendered the whole area virtually uninhabitable for the last 3900 years.
Deuteronomy 29:23 "And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:"
God Hates Sodomy
Why did God destroy Sodom? God ordained in His word that man would fulfill his sexual desires only through the union with his wife. God ordained one man for one woman for one lifetime. Anything else is sin and will be dealt with by some kind of judgment from God.
Romans 1:26 to 32 "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: 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 recompense of their error which was meet. 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; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
That is pretty strong language. In the past forty years, sodomites have continued to try to legitimize their sin of sodomy by changing it into a lifestyle. The Sodomites of the 1940's became the Fags in the 1950's and the Queers of the 1960's became the Homosexuals of the 1970's. The closeted Gays of the 1980's became the Discriminated Lifestyle of the 1990's. Now our political leaders are even trying to grant special rights for this discriminated lifestyle. You can call sodomy what you want, but God still calls it SIN.
When Paul penned the words of Romans 1:26-32 to the Church at Rome the seeds of sodomy and immorality were already growing in the Roman Empire. The loss of moral standards would in a short time lead to the fall of the Roman Empire because of internal corruption. Since they chose not to know God, God gave them a reprobate mind. One that could not be changed. And without repentance, their sin would lead to the other sins listed in this passage. Finally, their whole society would be judged with death and destruction.
God also has strong words for the nation that allows and condones sexual perversion. Leviticus 18 tells us what will happen to the people who continually commit incest, sodomy, bestiality and child murder. Verse 25 says "And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants."
America is deeply and openly involved in three of these four abominations, and with governmental sanction and support. Considering the floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, and droughts of the last few years, perhaps God's judgment has already begun. And then there is the pestilence of the Apocalypse, the 100% fatal decease of Aids.
The sins of Sodomy, Incest, and Abortion have not only personal but also national consequences. America needs to repent, also.
Isaiah 1:18 to 20 "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."
Perhaps you are involved in the lifestyle of homosexuality. The only future you can see in your homosexuality is the terrible death of Aids. After death will come an even more horrible eternity in a godless and horrible hell.
But, God wants to save you and take you to heaven. Just pray and ask the Lord Jesus to forgive you of all your sins and come into your heart and be lord of your life. He will take the broken pieces of your life and turn them into something beautiful. Ask Him to save you. Do it now!