The Sin of Sodom

The sin that resulted in the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah has traditionally been viewed to be homosexuality (hence the term sodomy). 

But many pro-gay theology apologists now try to say that it was due to inhospitality or other reasons, but definitely not homosexual behavior.  They point to some verses that appear to support their view but ignore many others.

Check out this excellent piece for a thorough analysis supporting the traditional view —  Stand to Reason: What was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Piecing together the biblical evidence gives us a picture of Sodom’s offense. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was some kind of activity—a grave, ongoing, lawless, sensuous activity—that Lot saw and heard and that tormented him as he witnessed it day after day. It was an activity in which the inhabitants indulged the flesh in corrupt desires by going after strange flesh, ultimately bringing upon them the most extensive judgment anywhere in the Bible outside of the book of Revelation.

Here’s an example of the flawed theologically liberal reasoning.  Some claim that the punishment was because the men of Sodom tried to rape the angels in attendance, but that doesn’t make sense.

Was the city destroyed because the men of Sodom tried to rape the angels? The answer is obviously no. God’s judgment could not have been for the rapacious attempt itself because His decision to destroy the cities was made days before the encounter (see Genesis 18:20). Further, Peter makes it clear that the wicked activity was ongoing (“day after day”), not a one-time incident. The outcry had already been going up to God for some time.

The inhospitality claim also falls flat.

. . . are we to believe that God annihilated two whole cities because they had bad manners, even granting that such manners were much more important then than now? There’s no textual evidence that inhospitality was a capital crime. However, homosexuality was punishable by death in Israel (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13). Does God ignore the capital crime, yet level two entire cities for a wrong that is not listed anywhere as a serious offense?

Read the whole article and bookmark it for the inevitable objections you’ll get from theological liberals.  It is a great example of how to properly analyze biblical texts, and especially so for controversial or difficult passages.

Also see Responding to Pro-Gay Theology, which addresses the most common biblical fallacies of the movement.

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  1. There’s a really good book that’s been out for a few years by James R. White and Jeffrey D. Niell titled, “The Same Sex Controversy.” This book dismantles all the liberal arguments given to justify honmosexuality from Scripture. They make the same points and more about Sodom. The other passages they address are always being used by so-called “gay Christians.” I highly recommend this book for a good defense.

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  2. I’ll go back and read the article, but I wanted to comment that the timing of this is interesting – my senior pastor preached on Genesis 18: 23-33 yesterday morning and used it in the context of how faith justifies.

    He looked at the sequence of Lot’s life, pointed out the doubts, hesitations (when leaving city) and immoral actions. Lot, unlike Abraham, left this life with no legacy – and yet, he was counted as righteous. Why? He was declared righteous because of his faith, although it was imperfect.

    Now, going back to the passage where Abraham is negotiating with God about not destroying the cities – this verse is insightful: “Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

    It shows us 2 things: 1) God’s principal of removal (of the ‘righteous’; ie, those who have faith in Him as Lord;
    and 2) there was more going on there than just homosexual behavior that precipitated the utter destruction of the 2 cities, although certainly that particular “deed of darkness” was the single biggest indicator of their lack of faith.

    Lot himself was pretty carnal – he didn’t seem to want to leave the city (the Bible says he was a rich man, and pretty well established – he was even an elected town official); he was pretty self-centered in taking the best land from Abraham, he offered his virgin daughters to the rapists, and then later he got drunk and had sex with them himself. He became the ancestor of the Moabites and another group you wouldn’t want to have as next door neighbors. But the single biggest difference between him and the cities’ inhabitants was that he had faith in the one true God – they didn’t. So God gave them over to their lusts, and they became utterly depraved.

    So, the sexual immorality is telling, but it’s only the end result of their evil that invoked God’s wrath.

    See, I was paying attention in church yesterday. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for bringing this up Marie. I have always had issues with the claim that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed based on sexual deviance. Lot was guilty of it…hence why he refused to leave.

      The government of Sodom was guilty of influence, setting people up to break God’s laws as well as the laws of common decency, and punishing them for not being obedient!

      The Cities of Sin While homosexuals are considered ‘sexual deviants’ as far as the ‘Church’ is concerned, it would appear Sodom was just like any other community with a variety of sexual preferences.

      San Francisco California has been deemed the “Gay Capitol” of the US and God has yet to wipe them off the face of the map. Rome ruled half the world for centuries with bath houses open to the public. They bought and sold little boys excusively for the purpose of sexual gratification, and Rome still exists!

      You want to know what happened in Sodom, you have to look beyond the surface

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      1. Where, in the text, do you find support for your argument Mizclark? I’m a bit confused because the text seems to not support what you say.

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  3. This is an excellent analysis, Neil! Thanks so much for sharing it. Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason is one of the best Christian apologists of our day.

    More and more “pastors” are (unfortunately) buying into the “church” gay activist rhetoric – to the detriment of their own congregations. I have good friends who are attending a church that did absolutely nothing to help pass Prop. 8 here in California. In the past, I attended several Bible studies there. However, I noticed that when I brought up the dangers of the homosexual indoctrination issues and gay “marriage” as being something to fight against, the leaders of the study (and some of the attendees) gave me the cold shoulder. So, years later, when I observed that they didn’t join Pastor Miles McPherson, Dr. David Jeremiah, Pastor Shawn Mitchell and several others in the fight to pass Prop. 8, I knew that they were in the liberal boat along with so many others. What a shame!! I wanted to be a member of that church but that certainly turned me off.

    Thanks again, for all of your excellent blog posts on the evils of homosexual behavior, the evil that is abortion and so many other biblical vs. immoral issues that you tackle here at your blog. Good work!

    Do you mind if I cross-post this at my Protect Biblical Marriage blog?

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    1. Hi Christine,

      Thanks for the comment and for all you do for the kingdom! Yes, always feel free to cross-post. That goes for anyone else as well.

      As usual, this isn’t just about one sin but about the undermining of the Bible to support a particular sin. And once the Bible is undermined all sorts of other bad things happen.

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  4. I don’t actually believe that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for homosexuality. It doesn’t fit. While I think that what we see at the end of Sodom’s life (so to speak) is undeniably rampant homosexuality, I believe that the mountain of sin that got them to thinking that this was perfectly acceptable and even wonderful was what was their undoing. I don’t think God judged them for a single sin. I think this single sin was an indication of the depths of the depravity they had reached, but the day-to-day utter, absolute sinfulness of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah was what got them destroyed.

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  5. I’ve always said the liberal/apostate revisions of scripture are like swiss cheese. The whole are so big, even a cursory glance at the bible will prove them wrong.

    That’s why its important to understand that this is willful rejection of God’s truth on their part and a willful attempt to conceal truth and lead others astray.

    Because of this rejection blindness and a strong delusion has been imposed on them by God (just like he did on the men of Sodom) so that they can never find the truth. In their rage to attack the angels judgment fell and devoured them.

    Even today that same spirit or pride, arrogance and rage is evident within them and their “community”. Full of bread with widespread influence but yet fire will consume them and all who agree with them eventually.

    Meanwhile let us pray that God will have mercy and spare even one from certain destruction.

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