HOMOSEXUALITY


            The scriptural term for homosexuality is “sodomy.” Of course the word was derived from the town of Sodom which was destroyed with fire and brimstone. The story is found in the 19th chapter of Genesis. “Two angels” came to Sodom, and Lot, Abraham’s nephew, took them into his house. The story goes as follows in the Bible. (All quotes are KJV.) “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: 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. [ “know them” is a scriptural term for sexual intercourse. See Genesis 4:1 & 4:17 etc. For example: Cain knew is wife and she conceived.] And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.” Lot considered it to be wickedness. Genesis 19:4-7. Genesis 13:13 tells us, “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:... Isaiah 3:8&9 tells us, “For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory. 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.” In Luke 17:29 it is recorded that Jesus said, “the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.”

            God’s law given to Israel was: “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.” Deuteronomy 23:17. 1Kings 14:24 tells us: “and there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.” 1 Kings 15:11 & 12 tells us that the King, “Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.” The son of Asa and successor to his throne, Jehoshaphat also removed sodomites from the land. 1Kings 22:46 – “And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.”

            All their best efforts did not remove this evil from the land for we find many years later, in the days of Josiah the king of Judah, that it was yet a problem. “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.” 2Kings 23:7.

            Deuteronomy 32:28 & 32-35. “For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them...For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps. Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures? To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.” “Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.” Isaiah 1:9.

            It would be difficult to find a stronger indictment of sodomy (homosexuality/lesbianism) that what was authored by the Apostle Paul and recorded in Romans 1:18-28. “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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: 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 recompense of their error which was meet. 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.”

            “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you can afford to pay.” That is just what Paul expresses in Romans 1.  If one will take an honest look at this scripture it clearly shows that the reason for this sin of sodomy is REBELLION, pure and simple. My mother often told me when I was a child, “go on and bite your nose to spite your face.” That only angered me and I rebelled all the more, biting my nose, until it very nearly destroyed me.

            “The natural use of the woman,” etc. Homosexuality is unnatural! Natural sex reproduces. Unnatural sex can never do that. If all humans practiced only homosexuality then humans would soon be extinct. When I was young it was understood that marriage took place in the marriage bed. The marriage ceremony was only to make the declared intention of the partners public and legal. It was understood that the marriage had to be consummated. Before consummation a marriage could be dissolved by annulment but after consummation it took a divorce. Billy Graham, in commenting on this, said that there is no such thing as premarital sex; meaning that the marriage took place with sexual intercourse and the marriage ceremony only verified what the partners had already done. Hence two men or two women can never actually be married as they do not have the necessary physical equipment (sexual organs) to consummate a marriage and no man made “law” can ever change that. Hence, “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.” We used to know that homosexuality was sexual perversion! However “knowing” has become very inconvenient; we would rather just have opinions, for facts too often get in our way and hinder us in doing what we want to do. God says that is sin!

            I could go on and on, but why bother? Either one will accept common sense or one will not. We are living in a world that is very much blind to common sense. Rebellion blinds us! We only see what we want to see. But there is one unescapable truth about sin; with sin comes guilt (a guilty conscience). This guilt cannot be escaped, it will be with the guilty until redeemed by Christ. Many unconsciously chose to live with this guilt and thus when confronted with their sin the reaction is usually anger. Jesus confronted the money changers in the temple with their sin. This so angered them that they had Him nailed to a cross. The homosexual keeps driving the nails in deeper.

Jim Caniff