Sodomy and the Bible

Dr. Mike Johnston

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears (2 Timothy 4:2-3).

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10-15).

What you are about to read just might change your eternal destiny- perhaps even save your life!

After much prayer, I am writing this from a burden the Lord laid on my heart- not because I personally hate you; the fact is I don’t know you. Believe it or not, my 3 fold motive is simply this:

First, this may be the only tract of mine you will ever read; second, I will answer to God for stewardship of my life and knowledge God has given me; finally, in lieu of the previous two points, it is therefore more expedient to tell you the truth rather than simply trying to convince you to like me. I would now like to dispel . . .

3 Lies You May Have Heard

Our God is merciful and longsuffering (Exodus 34:6). His arms are outstretched to you today, but that will not last forever. He begs you: 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 (Isaiah 1:18).

While many today try to marginalize the Bible, deep in their hearts they know it is THE truth and they really do want to know what it says about specific issues, including homosexuality. However, before we discuss these things, let me debunk three lies homosexuals are generally told that can keep them from responding to God’s Spirit as He speaks:

First, they are often told God created them to be homosexual. That’s like saying God creates men to be murderers, or rapists. It is a lie from the devil’s crowd and it will damn a soul to a Christless eternity. God would never create a person this way only later to sentence them to Hell for it (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

Second, homosexuals have been told that being “gay” is just an alternative lifestyle. While humans certainly have a right to decide how they will live, their choice doesn’t by itself validate it. Choosing emotion over evidence is an unwise criteria for decision making.

Finally, they may have been told by “religious people” that because they are homosexual, God is going to condemn them to Hell forever. My friend, that isn’t entirely true either. While Scripture is clear that homosexuality is indeed sinful, Jesus tells us the sin that actually condemns us is the sin of unbelief: If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins (John 8:24). 

Objective (evidence) vs. Subjective (emotion) Analysis

The way you live is a choice based upon our own concept of right and wrong, truth and error, sin and righteousness. Since we live in a world where decisions arise from either objective (empirical) analysis or subjective (emotional) analysis, the moral anarchist- relativism- makes it easy for a person to let society tell him what’s morally acceptable, then act accordingly. In a nutshell, relativism boasts that “what truth is for you isn’t necessarily what truth is for me, even if my truth flies in the face of sin or sanity.” For the relativist- who gets his idea of morality from random media sources- this of course means that their idea of “truth” changes like their television channel. Nowhere is this more evident than in America.

When founded, every state in the nation had religious language in their constitution and a prohibition against sodomy. This changed as men were told the Bible was no longer relevant and as such its teachings should be discarded as outdated and Puritanical. With the Authority of Scripture negated it was easy for these folks to fall under the spell of subjectivism because they had nothing immutable from which to base their opinion. The only recourse was to get in lock-step with what society led them to believe was right. In short, their hearts were deceived and they weren’t even aware of it: the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?

Biblical Authority

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7)

Bible believers are to operate under a completely separate set of rules set forth in the Scriptures. While relativism is a popular ideology, it is also dangerous; having led millions of unrepentant individuals into the fiery pits of eternal damnation. The Bible warns: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). This, I’m afraid, is where homosexuals have decided to fight their final battle.

The King James Bible has been purified seven times and it doesn’t change. It is the only source in the world that is infallible from cover to cover. As such, it is the only trustworthy source from which to base your decisions and eternal destiny. And as it applies to homosexuality, an honest reading of its sixty-six Books will convince you there isn’t a verse anywhere in it that clearly depicts homosexuality as a gift from God (as many homosexuals are led to believe) or in a any positive light whatsoever. In fact, it is just the opposite. God calls sodomy an abomination and equates it with bestiality: Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion (Leviticus 18:22-23).

Still- in defiance to sound Scriptural teaching- homosexuals today are demanding that their lifestyles be accepted as normal and healthy when both the Bible and founding of America clearly teaches us otherwise. Bible students are not surprised by this telltale polemic as Jesus said this would be a sign of the end times, just before He returns: Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed (Luke 17:28-30).

So how have we gotten here? Purely and simply- rebellion against the revealed will of God as given to us in the Word of God: Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Even though God’s Word condemns sin, from the beginning, people have sought to justify their godless activities by impugning God’s Word. Drunkards do it. Adulterers and fornicators do it. Thieves do it. Drug abusers do it. Liars do it. And homosexuals do it. The reason? Man is innately evil (Rom. 3:10; 23). This condition dates back to the garden experience in Genesis: The serpent spoke; the woman was deceived; man sinned, and the world was contaminated (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12). That’s the pattern even unto this day.

Bible History of Homosexuality (Sodomy)

While the courts scramble to provide perversity with equality, the Bible has been clear from the beginning. Marriage, which is always held in esteem, is always between men and women (Gen. 2:24; Isa. 61:10; 62:5; Jer. 7:34; Matt. 19:5; Mark 10:7; Eph. 5:22-33, etc). Homosexuality on the other hand, is always shown disdainfully wherever it is mentioned (Gen. 18:20; Deut. 32:27; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; 1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7; Rom. 1:22-28; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10). You cannot find one instance in Scripture where homosexual or lesbian marriage or the gay lifestyle is permitted, recommended, or demonstrated under a positive light. Not one!

Homosexuals- or sodomites as the Bible refers to them- existed in Abraham’s day and while they were no doubt prosperous, they were given over to perversion, pride and selfishness (Ezekiel 16:49). The word sodomy comes from the vile city of Sodom that along with Gomorrah God destroyed with fire and brimstone as a warning to those who would live in like manner (Gen 19:1-28; 2 Pet 2:6-8; Jude 1:7). The Bible tells us: But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly (Genesis 13:13). These two sister cities helped form the perverted society and religion of the Canaanites God warned Israel to expel from the land (1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46; 2 Kings 23:7).

Genesis chapter 19 records their destruction and the reason behind it. As one commentator puts it- Abraham’s nephew Lot lived amidst sexual filth and moral rot (2 Pet. 2:6-7). From that point onward, every mention of Sodom and Gomorrah or sodomy is a warning to those choosing to thumb their nose at God’s moral warnings.

Scriptures Discussing Sodomy

Genesis 13:13  But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

Genesis 19:4-7  But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:  (5)  And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.  (6)  And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,  (7)  And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Genesis 19:24-25  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;  (25)  And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Leviticus 18:22-30  Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.  (23)  Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.  (24)  Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:  (25)  And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.  (26)  Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:  (27)  (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)  (28)  That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.  (29)  For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.  (30)  Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

Leviticus 20:13  If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

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:

1 Kings 22:46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.

2 Kings 23:7  And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the grove.

2 Kings 23:19-22  And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.  (20)  And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.  (21)  And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this covenant.  (22)  Surely there was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah;

Isaiah 3:9  The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Romans 1:26-28  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:  (27)  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 recompence of their error which was meet.  (28)  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.

2 Peter 2:6-8  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  (7)  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (8)  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

Jude 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, 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.

Thank you for reading this regardless of your motive. To those who have read this disdainfully, the Bible says of you: Fools make a mock at sin . . . (Proverbs 14:9).

To all others, I ask one final question . . .

Are you saved?

Now that you’ve read this tract, a question must be answered. Are you saved? Have you peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ? God made His plan of salvation simple enough for anyone to understand:

First, believe that you are a Hell-bound sinner that is totally unacceptable to God in your present condi-tion: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God . . . the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23; 6:23)

Second, believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins so you could be acceptable to God through Him: “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

Third, believe that Jesus Christ will save you if you will simply believe in Him with your whole heart and call on His name right now: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in  thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation . . . For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:9-10, 13)

If you have just trusted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please contact Dr. Mike for a FREE 8 lesson Foundations of Faith Bible study to help get you started right in your New Life as a believer in and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ.


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