by Dr. Fred
No doubt, some will take issue with the title of this particular article. Truth is that we are seeing a redo of the days when Lot was alive and lived among people who quite honestly only had sex on their minds. That was the extent of their life and awareness. We are once again in the days of Lot.
Genesis 19 clearly points out that “all” the men (and boys) of Lot’s town of Sodom wanted to “know” the visitors who had come to town. These visitors – according to Scripture – were the angels sent by God to get Lot and his family to safety before the town was completely destroyed. In other words, they were supernatural beings, created by God to perform His purposes down to the letter.
The men/boys of the town decided it was in their best interests to sexually “enjoy” these two visitors and it didn’t matter what the visitors had to say about it. They began by demanding Lot allow the visitors to come out of Lot’s home, as we see in Genesis 19:4-5.
Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. 5 They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”
Lest we forget, in the latter part of Genesis 18, Abraham pleads for the people of Sodom (Genesis 18:16ff). Abraham’s pleading brought him to ask whether or not God would spare the town if only 10 righteous people were found (v. 32), and God replied that for the sake of 10 righteous, He would not destroy the town (v. 33). Abraham did not ask if God would spare the town if there were found to be less than 10 righteous.
This tells us that either God would not be willing to spare the town if 9 or less righteous people were living there or that He would have spared the town but in truth, aside from Lot, no one else was righteous at all. In this case then, it is clear that at the very least, there were very few and quite possibly none righteous in Sodom except Lot.
Bearing this in mind then, in this particular case, when the Scriptures tell us that “all the men…” came forward and demanded Lot send out the two visitors, it probably means “all” the mean and boys of the town.
I’m not sure how any intelligent person can come away from this Genesis 19 account of the destruction of the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (and what led up to it) and actually believe that the men/boys of the town did not want to have sexual relations with the angels.
Recently, In Sao Paolo, Brazil, some two million homosexuals took to the streets in celebration and held a mock crucifixion of Jesus, portrayed by a transgender man. This is amazing for its complete lack of decency alone.
Shortly after the SCOTUS made its decision, during numerous celebrations, two white gay men were seen blowing kisses at a black man who wore a shirt that says, “Ask Me About Jesus.” Apparently, realizing their lack of tolerance, they immediately deleted the image, but not before SooperMexican made a screen grab of it.
someone gon’ die…. pic.twitter.com/ceVOk1qMhY
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) June 27, 2015
Now that same-sex unions have been made legal by judicial activism (since it wasn’t based on the Constitution according to Justice Scalia), everything will come out of the woodwork and all manner of verbal assault and incrimination will be directed toward those who continue to believe that homosexuality is not only not normal, but is a true perversion of God’s created order. During a Gay Pride parade in the Bronx several days ago, Fr. Jonathan Morris was spat on by gay activists. He was gracious enough to not return the same action and even offered a bit of an apologetic for their actions.
The two men who spat on me are probably very good man caught up in excitement and past resentment. Most in that parade would not do that.
— Fr. Jonathan Morris (@fatherjonathan) June 28, 2015
But truth be told, what is happening in the world is happening because of the fact that people and nations are doing everything they can to throw off God’s “chains,” (Psalm 2). They want nothing to do with God at all. Because of this, it is natural that the world, in moving further and further away from God and His standard, would become more perverse in their lifestyle and intentions. Isn’t this what Paul tells us in the first chapter of Romans? There, Paul provides a logical and even somewhat chronological progression that occurs in people who no longer wish to have any thought of God in their minds or hearts.
The people in Brazil who mocked Jesus did so because of their own hatred of self. But of course, instead of accepting their own failures, they prefer to blame God. The only way to do that is by reducing Jesus (God) to someone they can easily manipulate and mock. Frankly, I truly shudder when I think of people like that going into eternity. It scares me. While it is their decision and theirs alone, the reality is that it will be for them a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God (Hebrews 10:31). By the way, that applies to all of us, which is why we are told throughout Scripture to work out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). I believe salvation is fully secure and cannot be lost. What I believe Paul is speaking of here is our constant desire to please God. For some, it is way too easy to focus on what they consider to be the misdeeds of others, while the board in their own eye looms large, but they can’t see it because of their own hypocrisy.
I previously mentioned that this world is guided too often by political correctness (which is emotional virtue, meaning, if it FEELS right, it must BE right in spite of truth). When people use political correctness to make their decisions, they are dethroning God’s truth in favor of their own emotional virtue. In the end, that type of decision-making does not stand up to the scrutiny of God’s Word.
Homosexuals have won the day, but that really means little where God is concerned because they have not changed His mind about the abnormality of homosexuality. They have not succeeded in forcing God to rethink what He defines as perversion what is called homosexuality. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because aside from Lot, there was no one salvageable there and they apparently got that way because of their promiscuous and perverted thinking that led them to do everything to live out their sexual fantasies on a continual basis. Talk to people who have come out of the gay community and are now heterosexuals (i.e. Joe Dallas) and they will tell you that this is exactly what the gay community is all about with few exceptions.
The tragedy here is seen in the numbers of people who are rejecting God and who refuse to bend the knee to Him. We need to pray for people like this, but there is a point when people can themselves go past the point of being able to turn to God. It isn’t due to a lack of God’s love or concern for them. It is due solely to their own hard-heartedness, rebellion, and rejection of God that ultimately brings their own demise.
Proverbs 29:1 says, “A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.” That is up to each individual, isn’t it?
The people who continue to pull away from God, getting to the point of ridiculing those of the faith or mocking Jesus Himself, are doing that because they need to have their consciences completely seared. In so doing, they believe they will have “freedom,” when in reality they will have complete enslavement to the enemy of our souls.
There is talk about Christian activism. SCOTUS ruled because Christians failed. I’ve dealt with this issue in a previous post – SCOTUS Has Spoken Twice on Hot Button Issues. While many conservatives and Christians alike will continue to fight against the encroachment of evil forces who are doing everything they can to move this world toward a one-world system of governance, I think it’s important to stop, to stand still and know that God is God. We need to recognize that He is in charge and in control, whether it looks like that or not.
Activism can and often does create within people the desire to overcome (with violence if needed) the opposition. When it comes to government and leaders that God has allowed in positions of authority, we need to be extremely careful. I cannot see taking on the government.
Maybe the time has come to get back to the Great Commission? Maybe we need to once again focus on God moving within a person to bring that person to comprehend and embrace the truth? It’s something I would encourage everyone to consider. God is either in control or He is not in control, but it certainly cannot be both.
He either has tied His own hands and expects us to make the necessary changes in society or He is allowing society to go from bad to worse to fully evil for His purposes. It cannot be both there either.
Give it some thought. Take time to pray and read His Word. I’m confident He will help your understanding if you are willing to approach Him in humility.
Article reposted from www.ForTruthsSake.com with permission.