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DOCTRINE QUESTION 69
It has been said, that the sin of Sodom was that of in hospitality toward the two strangers that visited them, and not homosexuality. Is this right?
The sin of homosexuality is now out of the closet, and they are seeking to twist the scriptures to justify it. This makes their sin twice as bad. A casual reading of the account of Genesis 19 could never conclude anything else by sodomy. In Genesis 18:20, we read, "And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now..." This all happened before the two visited there, in Genesis 19, how then could it be their lack of hospitality?
The context of Genesis 19 makes it clear that it was homosexuality. (Genesis 19:5) "...bring them out to us, that we may know them" Lot offered them his virgin daughter, not to be hospitable, but for sexual purposes. Lot was very hospitable to the two visitors, so there was no lack on his part. The Book of Jude makes it very clear that the sin of Sodom was sexual immorality. Jude 1:7, "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities round about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange (other, margin) flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." 2 Peter 2:6 says, "....making them (Sodomite) and ensample unto those that after should live ungodly."
There is forgiveness and deliverance for the homosexual. Such were some of the Corinthians, There is no sin so great, but that the Lord Jesus died for it and can save you from it. Turn to Him. He loved you and died for you.
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen