RUSHING TOWARDS SODOM
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
“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, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me, and if not I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.” (Genesis 18: 20-22)
JUDGE ROBERT BORK who was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan and rejected by the Liberal Democratic Congress, is considered the most honest, intelligent and conservative Judge in recent times!
Robert Bork wrote the book 'Slouching Towards Gomorrah' in which he documents the downward escalation of the degenerative, corrupting and perverted morals in America. It is an excellent book and not only catalogues the fallacy of liberalism and the sick liberal mind, but also issues a stern warning of the dire consequences of such perversion!
The Holy Bible records the destruction of SODOM and GOMORRAH because of the wickedness of their sins. So vile were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah that the cries of those who were wounded and harmed by the perversion, had reached heaven itself.
PREDATORS had been sexually abusing little boys, causing pain, heartbreak and anger and turned those tormented young men into sexual predators also. It was a known fact that it was lawful to gang rape any newcomer to Sodom. (Gen. 19: 4-9).
The ancient Jewish Babylonian Talmud states that the horrible, filthy SIN of homosexuality was not only condoned but had become a legal, normal lifestyle, until God's mercy ran out and He decided to wipe those cities off the face of the earth.
UNDER THE JUDGMENT OF GOD!
It is a TRAGEDY that in this generation, for the first time since the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, a number of nations have legalized 'man-on-man' same-sex marriage. How sad that this has happened! For the first time in 5,000 years, since God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Christian nations actually flaunt and boast about about their corruption by publicly thumbing their noses at Almighty God's laws!
And even as perverted as Sodom and Gomorrah were, God gave Abraham the privilege to plead for their lives. Almighty God's love, mercy and grace shone through as He patiently listened to Abraham's intercession on their behalf. The Bible states: “And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” (Gen. 18: 23)
We know that the ANSWER to that QUESTION is NO! Here, we learn the art of INTERCESSION: The Righteous interceding for the Wicked! Abraham started by asking the Almighty if He would spare SODOM if there were FIFTY righteous people in the city. The Lord answered that He would NOT destroy Sodom if there were fifty righteous living there.
ABRAHAM continued interceding and each time he lowered the bar in order to spare the city his request was granted, proving the mercy of God! Here is his final request: “And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure TEN shall be found there. And He (the Lord) said, I WILL NOT DESTROY IT FOR TEN'S SAKE. And the Lord went His way, as soon as He had left communing with Abraham.” (Gen. 18: 24-33)
ABRAHAM WANTED TO SAVE LOT'S FAMILY!
The sad truth is that there were not ten righteous people in Sodom. Two angels brought Lot, his wife and two daughters out of the city before the judgment of God destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah and the cities of the plains. The angels warned them not to look back, but Lot's wife turned to look back and became a pillar of salt.
“And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place: for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in laws. And when the morning arose, the the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity (punishment) of the city.
“And while he lingered, the men (angels) laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord BEING MERCIFUL unto him; and they brought him forth and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE...
“Then the Lord rained upon SODOM and GOMORRAH brimstone and fire from heaven; And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
“But his WIFE LOOKED BACK and became a pillar of salt.” (Gen.19: 7, 22-29) Her heart was in the city. She had children and other relatives there. She made a fatal mistake by disobeying the Angel of God, by looking back to Sodom. And Jesus Christ warned: “Remember Lot's Wife!” (Luke 17:32)
What is the lesson for us today? We must not look back or go back into the filthy sins from which we have escaped through the mercy of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
In His condemnation of Jerusalem, God equated their sins with that of Sodom. He stated that Jerusalem's SINS were twice as grievous as those of Samaria. The Holy Bible states:
“Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister SODOM: pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before Me, therefore I took them away as I saw good.” (Ezekiel 16:49-50)
THE FIVE SINS OF SODOM!
God is merciful, good and kind. He doesn't judge sinners immediately, but gives everyone the grace to turn back to Him. They had a haughty spirit, making their own rules. They were not thankful, neither did they give God the honour, worship and praise He is entitled to. Tragically, people often backslide and fall into sin gradually.
In his powerful letter to the Romans, who had earlier come out of pagan worship to serve the Living God, St. Paul enumerated the steps people often take in this regard; Here is how many fall away and why God has to judge them so severely:
“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 showed 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 itto 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 forever. 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 (grossly improper), and receiving in themselves that recompense of their ERROR which was meet (due penalty of their error).
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 (not appropriate). Here is the downward progression that can take a person to lowest depth of perversion and demon possession:
No. 1: They Knew God – Almighty God had revealed Himself to them through His creation. He had shown them the truth, but they had rejected the truth and did not glorify Him as God and were not thankful. They became vain (empty) in their imaginations.
No, 2: Their Foolish hearts were darkened – Professing themselves to be wise they became fools. The forsook the light of God's Word and rejected their Creator, believing they knew more than He.
No. 3: They Began worshipping created things -They exchanged the glory of the Living God for an image of created things and began worshipping the creature instead of the Creator. Rather than worship the Creator, they worshipped animals and creeping things, as well as their own bodies!
No. 4: They Became Perverted in their minds – They dishonoured their bodies through unnatural and perverted sex; men on men and women on women, bringing God's judgment upon themselves!
THE NUMBER ONE SIN WAS PRIDE!
They considered themselves so great, powerful and intelligent that they were ABOVE THE LAW. They would make their own laws, which led to perversion! The second sin was fulness of bread! They were so prosperous that they had too much of everything. They had their fun and games and FEASTS with revellings and drunkenness!
SIN number THREE was an abundance of idleness. They were getting handouts from their perverted leaders to spend more time pursuing PLEASURES! More time to spend at the CASINO, in the bars and bath houses and doing their violence and thuggery!
The FOURTH SIN was a lack of compassion for the poor and needy! No time for anyone but themselves. Selfishness, jealousy, envy, hatred, lying, stealing, killing, gambling and raping. A City given over to deceit and corruption with no thought about those that they hurt and neglected!
Finally, they spiralled out of control and wallowed in the sin of sexual perversion! And God said: “Game is Over. It is time Pay for your sins, Sodom and Gomorrah!”
JUDGE ROBERT BORK wrote about America, 'Slouching Toward Gomorrah'. If he were alive today, I'm sure he would agree with me that the world is, 'Rushing Towards Sodom'. May God help us to turn our faces to the wall like King Hezekiah and
cry out for Mercy and forgiveness for ourselves, our neighbours and our Nation before it is everlastingly too late! Amen.