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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sodom Was Not Destroyed Because of Homosexuality

It's hard witnessing to people who have been fill with bad Bible teaching for years. I was witnessing to a lady at work the other day who was trying to tell me how America was going to be destroyed like Sodom because of people being too tolerant of homosexuality. Now I've heard this argument quite a number of times growing up and since I became a Christian I still here it alot. Why is it that people think that Sodom was destroyed because of homosexuality?

Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. – Ezekiel 16:49-50, NIV

Now I do believe there was homosexuality in Sodom, as well as other sinful things. but, in no way do I believe that was the only reason the city was destroyed that wasn't really what God was concerned about at the time when He destroyed it. God tells us why He destroyed the city:

  1. Pride
  2. Excess food
  3. Prosperous ease
  4. Lack of love for the poor and needy
  5. Haughtiness
  6. Practicing an abomination

But for us Christians in America who love to hold out the homosexual agenda as the worst possible thing to happen to our country, please note the five explicitly named sins before you get to the sixth.

Could it be that the Church needs to be more concerned with helping the poor and needy and less concerned with taking away the rights of others? If there's any group of people who need a attitude check when it comes to being arrogant, overfed, and unconcerned, I'm pretty sure it's we Christians. We cannot remain the way we are today and think God is going to bless us for it. We cannot remain content and satisfied with our lives by pointing fingers.


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  1. Oh man I love this post!

    So true, so true, so true!!!!

    Just goes to show how the Bible can be used to push any agenda or belief.

    Too bad that many who do this very thing do not realize that the constitution of the USA doesn't work that way. It equally applies to us all in the same way or should unlike the Bible.

    I think it's funny how people adhere to the principles laid out in the Old Testament and not the New Testament, call themselves Christian and not Jewish.

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  2. Good, insightful post. Too often as Christians all our focus and energy is on the sin and not the sinner. In doing so, we forget that as Christians, we have responsibilities toward our follow man. But we are so busy caught up in our own glorious selves, that we fall short.

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  3. Ann, I'm not sure how that picture connects to this topic? Anyway, this is of special interest to me and I've studied from every angle and have been blessed to have studied with biblical scholars, the Lord's intents and purposes for destroying those cities. From my learning I mostly agree with you. Yet, many Christians use Sodom to justify bigoty.

    I know it's a mantra of mine but, as human beings God gave us the capacity and responsiility to use our brains and common sense. When we don't it dishonors Him, IMO.
    You Ann are a thinking Christian. God bless you.

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  4. It's true Sodom was destroyed for numerous sins, but homosexuality was most definitely the tipping point -- as it is the only example given of their wickedness. What else are we to believe if the very last thing that happens before Sodom's destruction is the men of the whole city attempting to get their hands on Lot's angelic visitors?

    GOD didn't have Moses record examples of their pride, gluttony, prosperous ease, lack of love for the poor and needy nor their haughtiness. For some reason, GOD thought it best to have Moses record what happened in that city just before they were destroyed -- wishing to fulfill their homosexual desires by force on members of HIS angelic hosts.

    That says a lot.

    Of course, however, any and all sin is a problem, no matter how "little" or "big" we think they are. And thank the LORD that HE is more than willing and able to forgive us all of any sin that may be keeping us in bondage.

    But let us not play down the sexual sin of Sodom when we have such a glaring testimony on the eve of their destruction.

    Notice the first mention of GODs displeasure with Sodom in Gen. 13:13But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

    It doesn't say the people of Sodom. It says the men. If you use a concordance this term explicitly refers to the men of Sodom, and is not being used in general term for "people."

    Sin is sin, but we see in the Holy Bible that some sins weigh heavier than others and if GOD chooses to call one sin an "abomination" and another "wickedness" that means something as well.

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  5. I agree with you. People see only what they want to see. That is why I can read the same verse as the person that commented before me and get a totally different view. Some people use the Bible to try to advance their own uneducated agendas. It is refreshing to see someone like yourself, that thinks, does research and uses common sence before opening their mouth. As always, good post.

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  6. @RiPPa thanks for your comment...As a Christian I believe it's wrong to use the Bible to try and stop another person from attaining their civil rights.

    @Max Reddick thanks for your comment and I totally agree with your statement.

    @Jackie thanks for your comment and I am sorry if the picture offended any one that was not my intent.

    Lavrai thanks for your comment. That's the purpose of the post is to point out the fact that homosexuality was not the sole purpose of God destroying the city.

    The scripture never named, the abomination that was practiced but I do believe it was surely homosexuality.

    Exchanging heterosexual practice for homosexual is an abomination because it mocks the created order and the character of God.
    But it was not the only sin taking place in that city at that time.

    @Dirty Red thanks for your comment.

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  8. Are you aware that male homosexuals actually attempted to rape the angels [who were in male form] who had come into town?

    I'm really disappointed to see you teaching a Word to people that appears no place in the bible.

    Clearly homosexuality is a sin and sodom was destroyed as a direct result of God saying how that vile sin turns God's stomach.

    Either that or God's a liar.

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  9. Lynn again HOMOSEXUALITY was not the only sin that was being practice at that time and it's not the sole reason that God destroyed the city.

    From my understanding Ezekiel 16:49-50, tells us why God destroyed the city:

    1. Pride
    2. Excess food
    3. Prosperous ease
    4. Lack of love for the poor and needy
    5. Haughtiness
    6. Practicing an abomination( which I do believe was male homosexuality)but it was not for homosexuality alone.

    Now if you got a scripture that points to God destroying Sodomy and Gomorrah base sole on one sin and that sin is homosexuality show it to me.

    Until then I will stand on what I believe to be truth.

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  10. Hello, Ann.

    You made this response to one of your commenters... What do you mean by it? I ask because I'm wondering if you're referring to homosexuals... and what civil rights are folks trying to deny them by using the Holy Bible?

    Thanks.

    Here's what you wrote above in comments:

    @RiPPa thanks for your comment...As a Christian I believe it's wrong to use the Bible to try and stop another person from attaining their civil rights.

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  11. Lynn again HOMOSEXUALITY was not the only sin that was being practice at that time and it's not the sole reason that God destroyed the city.

    From my understanding Ezekiel 16:49-50, tells us why God destroyed the city:

    1. Pride
    2. Excess food
    3. Prosperous ease
    4. Lack of love for the poor and needy
    5. Haughtiness
    6. Practicing an abomination( which I do believe was male homosexuality)but it was not for homosexuality alone.

    Now if you got a scripture that points to God destroying Sodomy and Gomorrah base sole on one sin and that sin is homosexuality show it to me.

    Until then I will stand on what I believe to be truth.

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