Remember Sodom and Gomorrha

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:7)

These cities provide two stern examples of God’s judgmental wrath. Their sin had reached such an intensity and had become so widespread that the entire region suffered the “vengeance of eternal fire.” Just like the awful misuse of human sexual potential distorted by the angelic beings cited in the previous verse, these cities had become so perverted that God’s longsuffering and mercy had ended.

“But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly” (Genesis 13:13). Whatever they were involved with had become so heinous and so completely a distortion of everything God created man for that God appears to have reached the limit of human vocabulary to describe it. Their character (wickedness) and their deeds (sins) were “too much” for God.

Two classifications are listed. The first, fornication, is cited nearly 100 times in the Old Testament and is referred to over a dozen times in the New—always as a condemnation of sexual behavior outside of the intimate relations of husband and wife. The other classification is going after “strange flesh.” Genesis 19 makes it perfectly clear that this “exceedingly” awful sin was homosexual perversion.

For these sins—especially the homosexual cravings—God rained down “brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven” (Genesis 19:24). The Scripture is precisely clear: Vengeance belongs to God (Romans 12:19), and He made Himself absolutely clear about His view of widespread fornication and homosexual behavior. This example is a sobering warning for those societies who promote such lifestyles. HMM III

6 thoughts on “Remember Sodom and Gomorrha

  1. What is most amazing is the cognitive dissonance that has led to people completely ignoring the inherent message here. If the Doctrine of the Trinity is true, and it is, then that means that Jesus was not only present at the moment Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, but in agreement. This fact, along with His other appearances in the OT, adds a whole new perspective on His teachings in the NT.

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    • True. Thank you for adding this.

      Then again many either don’t know or don’t want to believe that the OT points to the NT and the NT relies on, quotes and fulfills the OT. It is not possible to have a full understanding of the NT unless you understand the OT.

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      • They don’t know. I didn’t, not at first. For years, I puzzled over the connection, and I blame the United Methodist Church. When I was 14, they had me take a 6 week confirmation class that didn’t teach me near as much as I have learned on my own these last five years.

        That training they gave me was so inadequate that I wandered off when I was 16, and stayed gone for more than 20 years. Had I known then what I know now, I never would have left.

        You should see the looks of confusion when I tell people that the connection between the two Covenants is God, specifically God the Son, and that Jesus not only came to establish the New Covenant, but also set the standard by clearly demonstrating how to live according to the Law before dying to set us all free. They either don’t get it, or they don’t want to get it.

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