Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
In the aftermath of the great cataclysm of the global flood, the Creator God made a universal covenant with Noah and subsequently with all mankind. Never again would He destroy all flesh from the face of the earth, and never again would He bring universal judgment by means of water.
The sign of God’s covenant … the rainbow.
God alone gets to decide what the rainbow is and more importantly what it means.
The rainbow is sign of God’s justice and judgment of sin, while at the same time it is a sign of God’s mercy and long suffering with sinners, not wishing that any should perish.
In a direct affront to God, the LGBTQ+ advocates and apologists have hijacked the symbol of the rainbow and redefined it to represent every form of sexual perversion and sin. Sadly, we have an entire generation that now marches under the banner of the rainbow believing that it stands for sexual liberation in celebration of all forms of sexual expression.
It is no accident that the leaders of the LGBTQ+ community chose the rainbow as their universal symbol. They knew exactly what they were doing — collectively spitting and laughing in the face of a holy God.
I am calling all people of faith to stand with me and reclaim the rainbow in this perverse and wicked generation.
And the only way we will succeed is through another symbol — the greatest symbol of God’s mercy and justice the world has ever seen.
We reclaim the rainbow through the cross of Jesus Christ, who was willing to give His life in the place of sinners that He might bring us to God and save us from the coming judgment.
To learn more about how followers of Christ can reclaim the rainbow through the gospel of Christ, check out Session 20 in my Genesis Study below.
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“Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.”
The notorious city of ancient Sodom will be forever remembered for its extreme wickedness and its severe judgment. The Bible has much to say about Sodom, and frankly, none of it is good. Something exceptionally perverse and grossly immoral was taking place among the people of the plains.
Granted, all men are sinful in the eyes of God and deserve His righteous judgment.
The sin of Sodom, however, must have been extraordinarily offensive to the LORD, as the Scriptures repeatedly refer back to Sodom as one of the most extreme examples of spiritual depravity, cultural corruption, and sexual immorality.
So what can we learn from this perverse place and its peculiar punishment?
Sodom had become Comprehensively Corrupt
Sodom’s sin had become so grievous that the LORD Himself decided to come down in physical form to see it for Himself. It’s not that He had to come down to know what was happening, but rather it was a sign of extreme divine displeasure on God’s part. Much like the LORD “came down” to observe the rebellion at Babel [Genesis 11], God felt the need to personally intervene after hearing the outcry against Sodom.
“Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”
We know that the corruption of Sodom was comprehensive because Abraham’s plea for the righteous was reduced to Lot and his family. The LORD had said that for the sake of 10 righteous people in the city He would not destroy it [Genesis 18:32], but in the end it seemed that Lot alone was the last righteous man left.
Most historians and archaeologists estimate that Sodom and the other cities of the plain easily could have sustained a population of well over 50,000. Just as it was in the days of Noah when “all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” [Genesis 6:12], Sodom and Gomorrah morally had reached the point of no return, and the LORD could withhold judgment no longer.
Pride was the Root of Sodom’s Sin
“Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.”
The people of Sodom represent the epitome of evil mankind attempting to live independently of God — totally without restraint — indulging in the appetites of the flesh, even defiantly flaunting their sins in the face of the Creator. Sodom had grown so brazenly rebellious in the eyes of God that they practically were daring the Judge of the earth to punish them.
To put Judah’s rebellion in perspective, the LORD condemned His own people and the inhabitants of Jerusalem for being even more wicked than Sodom in her day. Consider God’s word of judgment on Judah just prior to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian exile.
“As I live, declares the Lord GOD, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done … Samaria has not committed half your sins. You have committed more abominations than they, and have made your sisters appear righteous by all the abominations that you have committed.”
[Ezekiel 16:48, 51]
Homosexuality was the Rotten Fruit of Sodom’s Sin
Pride and arrogance may have been at the root of Sodom’s rebellion, but the depravity of this wicked people was made manifest in the abominable act of rampant homosexuality. An abomination is a unique sin against the LORD that makes Him sick. The LORD was repulsed by the blatant acts of sexual perversion in Sodom, specifically the sin of homosexuality.
The LORD designed sexuality within the parameters of a faithful, monogamous marriage relationship, and all other sexual deviancies are an offense to God and a perversion of His purpose for sexuality. Fornication, prostitution, rape, and adultery clearly violate God’s design for sexual expression and are destructive in their own right.
But there are certain sexual sins that are even more repulsive and offensive to God because they violate the created order and nature itself. These sins would include homosexuality, pedophila, incest, and bestiality.
The LORD instructed the children of Israel about the unique seriousness of these sexual sins.
“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it, neither shall any woman give herself to an animal to lie with it: it is perversion … If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them … If a man lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal.”
[Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13,15]
While revisionists and liberal scholars have tried to suggest that Sodom’s sin had nothing to do with homosexuality, or at least that it wasn’t Sodom’s primary transgression, the Bible clearly connects Sodom’s judgment with its sexual perversion.
LOT’S JUDGMENT WAS AGAINST SODOM’S UNNATURAL DESIRE
The Bible says that the men of Sodom were wicked and “great sinners against LORD” [Genesis 13:13]. This emphasis strongly implies something shamefully wicked. Just a casual reading of the rescue of Lot in Genesis 19 also helps fill in the blanks.
“But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”
Homosexuality is clearly in view here, when you consider the following …
All the men of the city, apparently every last one, rushed to Lot’s house at night and demanded that Lot release the two men (angels) so that could “know them.” This is a Hebrew euphemism for sexual intercourse. The men wanted to have sex with Lot’s two guests.
Lot acknowledged their unnatural desire as a “wicked” thing.
Lot sadly offered his two virgin daughters to the men, which was pathetic in its own right, yet this also proves that the men of Sodom were seeking to satisfy sexual desires.
The Apostle Peter also comments on the torment that Lot endured living in such a sexually perverse culture. He mentions the wicked men of Lot displayed an unbridled sexual lust.
“If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);”
[2 Peter 2:6-8]
JUDE’S JUDGEMENT WAS AGAINST SODOM’S UNNATURAL DESIRE
Jude, the biological brother of James and the Lord Jesus, also correlated the sexual sin of Sodom with that of the fallen angels in Genesis 6:1-4, who left their proper dwelling place and had sex with human wives and so violating God’s created order. Just as the fallen angels lusted after “strange” or “unnatural flesh,” so the men of Sodom preferred to have sex with men rather than women.
“And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.”
Sodom serves as an Example for the Coming Judgment
Although there is much more to be written about the sin of Sodom, we must remember that history unfortunately repeats itself and that the Lord Jesus warned us that just as it was in the days of Sodom, so will be at His coming.
First, those who reject the gospel of the Lord Jesus and refuse to receive God’s only provision for salvation will suffer worse fate than Sodom [Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:24].
Second, the LORD compares the wickedness of Lot’s generation with the wickedness in our generation today, where homosexuality is becoming more and more normalized and celebrated in our sexually perverse culture.
As the Apostle Paul says, “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth … For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” [Romans 1:18, 26-27].
And sadly, like Sodom, “though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” [Romans 1:32].
We may be tormented like Lot in this generation, but we must continue to boldly preach the gospel like Noah did in his own wicked generation. Calling all to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ before He comes to judge the earth.
“Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.”
WE ARE BECOMING MORE MORALLY BANKRUPT WITH EACH PASSING DAY!
WE ARE LIVING IN A CULTURE THAT CALLS EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL, WHO PUT DARKNESS FOR LIGHT AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS.
But what many people fail to read in this often quoted Scripture in Isaiah 5 is the very first word.
This Hebrew word is used repeatedly in the Scriptures to communicate and express extreme dissatisfaction and pain. Woe is a a declaration of divine judgment.
It is God’s way of saying that He is disgusted with our actions and that we should expect His righteous indignation and wrath to be coming soon.
Woe to those who pervert God’s created order and the beauty of human sexuality!
Woe to those who are sexually immoral and who practice homosexuality, for you will not inherit the kingdom of God!
Woe to those who cause our children to stumble! It had been better that you were drowned in the sea!
Woe to those who blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ and reject God’s free gift of eternal life!
“Ha! What Judgment?” This godless and perverse will say. “What God?”
But remember … a day with the Lord is like a thousand years and a thousand years is but a day. In other words, God is not slow on keeping His promise of the coming judgment. He is always right on time. He is only delaying the inevitable because of His unimaginable mercy toward this wicked and perverse generation.
But there is coming day when God’s mercy will cease and His wrath will ensue.
“But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly … But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.”
[2 Peter 3:7, 10]
We are living in the last days. As committed Christians we have a responsibility to not only live godly lives before God and man, but also to be heralds of righteousness, defenders of truth, contenders of the faith, agents of change, difference makers.
Part of that responsibility involves the free exchange of ideas and social dialogue. When we see lunacy and moral depravity being celebrated and applauded by our wicked generation, we are called to speak out against it. We are called to call evil … evil. And proclaim the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ as the only hope for a lost and dying world.
Peters reminds us what kind of people we ought to be in these last days …
“Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.15And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,