If you conduct a search on the internet for, “What was the sin of Sodom?, you will notice that the first entry is from Wikipedia. At this site you will see the following:
In Ezekiel 16:48–50, God compares Jerusalem to Sodom, saying “Sodom never did what you and your daughters have done.” He explains that the sin of Sodom was that “She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me.“
Advocates for same-sex relationships, and in this case, sex between two men, state that the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah were nothing more than lacking in their duty to help the poor and needy, being arrogant, and eating too much.
Conveniently, these same advocates leave out the rest of the verse from Ezekiel16:48-50, “They were haughty and committed abomination before Me…” The Hebrew word used here for “abomination,” is תּוֹעֵבָה tô‘êḇâ, the same Hebrew words used in Leviticus 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” The meaning is clear: The homosexual men of Sodom were practicing an abomination before God, having sex with each other, and they were also “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. And they were haughty.”
Genesis 18:20-21 states that the outcry of sin at Sodom and Gomorrah was so great that the Lord went to these cities to see this for Himself.
And the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave, I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will know.” ~Genesis 18:20-21
Genesis 19:24 states that because these men were committing this abomination before the Lord, He came personally to the city and destroyed all of the men who lived there.
Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. ~Genesis 19:24
The Hebrew word used in this verse for “Lord,” is Yahweh. It is the same word used in the New Testament to describe Jesus as “Lord.” Those who translated the Koine-Greek of the New Testament into English, understood that Jesus is Yahweh from the Old Testament, this is why they used the counterpart Greek word, “Kurios.”
It was the pre-incarnate Jesus who visited Sodom and Gomorrah, discovered that the men there were committing the sin of abomination by having sex with each other, and destroyed all of them.
Why The LGBT Community Seeks To Redefine Ezekiel 16:48-50
The reason that this particular definition for the men of Sodom was placed at Wikipedia is because this is the preferred definition of LGBTQ community. This definition diminishes and distorts the true acts that were taking place at Sodom, which caused its destruction.
All that a person must do in order to discover what the sin of Sodom was, is look up the definition for the word “Sodomy.”
The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Defines Sodom As Follows:
“The crime of oral or anal sexual contact or penetration between persons or of sexual intercourse between a person and an animal.“
From this definition, we learn that the term sodomy, originated from the practice of sodomy that was occurring in ancient Sodom and Gomorrah. This tells us that the definition placed at Wikipedia for the sin of Sodom, is intentionally inaccurate.
What The Bible Says About Sodom And Gomorrah
In this matter, there is no greater authority than the Bible for communicating to us what was really taking place at the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. When we conduct an examination in the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, we find that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was anal sex between same-sex men. It was this practice that brought the pre incarnate LORD Jesus to these two cities with two angels. In Genesis chapter 19, we see Jesus coming to investigate what was taking place and make a judgement.
If we conduct an investigation, we discover that before Jesus came to earth and permanently took the body of a man to die for us, He came to earth on several occasions in the temporary form of a man, designated by the term, “The Angel of the Lord.”
The Angel of the Lord was frequently near those, in the Old Testament, who were afflicted and in great distress, or had been cast out and isolated from the world.
- Hagar, when she was cast out of Abraham’s house (Genesis 16:7).
- Abraham, when he was in the greatest testing of his life (Genesis 22:11).
- Gideon, when he was frightened and discouraged (Judges 6:11-12).
- Israel, promised by the Lord that He would never break His covenant with their nation (Judges 2:1).
When we examine the original Koine Greek of the New Testament, we find that those who translated the original Greek into English, understood that Jesus was the LORD, Yahweh, of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, there are several occurrences where the Greek word for God, Theos, is used. Most often, this word is used only in describing the Father. However, there are several places in the New Testament where Theos is also used to describe Jesus Christ.
In the beginning was the Word (Jesus) , and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (Theos, John 1:1).
Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God (Theos). Amen (Romans 9:5).
But to the Son (Jesus) He says: “Your throne, O God (Theos), is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8)
- In the Old Testament, the term LORD in Hebrew is Yahweh/Jehovah.
- In the New Testament, the word Lord in Greek is Kyrios.
The writers of the New Testament were unmistakably attributing the title of Jehovah-God to Jesus Christ. It was well understood at the writing of the New Testament that Jesus Christ is Yahweh or God Himself. The translators of the New Testament understood that Jehovah-God and Jesus were one and the same person.
When we see the LORD appearing before Abraham in Genesis 17-19, and at Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, it is Jesus who is coming to destroy these cities. The idea that Jesus never said anything in the New Testament about same-sex relationships, nor condemned them, is inaccurate. We see what Jesus’ position is concerning gay relationships, from His judgement of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapter 19.
Would You Destroy The Righteous With The Wicked?
We see in Genesis 18:23, Abraham, interceding on behalf of the righteous who were living in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, asking the Lord, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” Abraham was aware of the sins of these two cities and he did not disagree with God’s impending judgement. Abraham did wonder if God would destroy those who loved God, who were not participating in the sins of Sodom.
God promises Abraham that if He finds even 10 righteous in these cities, He will spare the entire population for the sake of the righteous. When the day arrives, the angels come and remove the only righteous man who lived in Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot, and his family.
As soon as Lot is evacuated, we see the Lord Jesus, bringing judgement and destroying all the inhabitants who were committing these same-sex acts:
Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them. ~Genesis 19:24-25
I documented these facts in a concise book that I wrote in 2016, “Sodom And Gomorrah: The Gay Marriage And Same-Sex Controversy.”
The assertion made by the homosexual community is that gay sex in Sodom and Gomorrah was not sinful and this was not the reason that God destroyed these two cities with all of their inhabitants.
The gay community claims that it was the sins listed above in In Ezekiel 16:48–50, where God is comparing some of the practices of the Jews during their apostasy from God that were similar to Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the idea of the gay community that because Ezekiel does not mention gay sex in this text, that this was not the issues which caused the destruction of these two cities.
This is a distortion of the Ezekiel text, which had nothing to do with gay sex, but the apostasy of the Jews at that time in failing to humble themselves and care for the destitute. It is incorrect to use the Ezekiel scriptures to try and prove God’s acceptance of same-sex relationships.
What Does God Say About Same-Sex Relationships?
If a person genuinely wants to know what the Bible states about the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah, there are several other passages that help the reader understand why God destroyed these two cities.
In 2 Peter, chapter 2, the issue of God’s judgement for sin is discussed in context with the flood of Noah, when the whole world perished in the a global flood, after God warned them to turn from their sins for 100 years.
Jesus, Paul, and Peter, all mention the flood of Noah and validate this event as authentic.
Beginning at verse 6, Peter turns to the events of Sodom and Gomorrah and describes these two cities as also falling under the judgement of God because of same-sex relationships.
Peter states that their judgement is an example for us today. The men of these two cities were destroyed because of their same-sex sin and their unwillingness to humble themselves and turn from their sins.
For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. ~2 Peter 2:4-10
Peter calls the men of Sodom and Gomorrah, “filthy, wicked, lawless, and those who walk according to the lust of the flesh.”
In similar context to Peter, speaking of God’s judgement for sexual sin, Jude also states the following regarding Sodom and Gomorrah:
As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. ~Jude 1:7
Jude describes the same-sex practices of Sodom and Gomorrah as “sexual immorality, strange flesh” (men with men), and their destruction as an example of what God will do to those who refuse to turn from same-sex sin—”the vengeance of eternal fire.”
In the Book of 1 Corinthians, Paul is describing sins that will disqualify a person from heaven and lists many of these in chapter 6. Amongst these are the same-sex sins of homosexuals and sodomites.
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites. ~1 Corinthians 6:9
Wikipedia And Biased Conclusions
The Wikipedia definition for “What Was The Sin Of Sodom,” is incorrect and made with the purpose of giving those who read this text, approval to practice same-sex relationships without guilt or regret.
For those who really want to know the truth regarding God’s view of same-sex relationships, the entire Bible gives us a clear definition. Same-sex sins are not greater or lesser than any other sins. They must be ended, turned from and not repeated. If a person will turn from any sin and place their trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation, they will receive forgiveness and obtain heaven.
See: “Sodom And Gomorrah: The Gay Marriage And Same-Sex Controversy,” for more information.
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