By Irvin Baxter
Many people contend that same-sex marriage is a civil right. Yet, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the sin of sodomy.
The word sodomy comes directly from the Bible. Sodom and Gomorrah were two cities known for being so sinful that God decided to destroy them. The prominent sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was the sin of homosexuality.
In the Genesis chapter 18-19 account, God sent two angels to lead Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family out of Sodom before it was destroyed. The men of the city, being aware that two male guests were visiting Lot, surrounded Lot’s home demanding that the men be made available to them for homosexual acts. This is how homosexuality became referred to as sodomy.
Several scriptures describe homosexuality as an abomination to God. Leviticus 20:13 in the Old Testament states:
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
In the New Testament, Romans 1:26-28 addresses the subject of homosexuality:
“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.”
From these passages, it certainly does not appear that God considers sodomy a civil right. Conversely, He obviously regards homosexuality as an offense against society and against Himself.
The New Testament scriptures address the subject of homosexuality, along with many other sins common in our day.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 explains God’s view of people who live in a sinful lifestyle:
“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, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Notice that the Apostle Paul gives quite a list of sins that will result in a person being excluded from the kingdom of God and eternal life. Paul warns us: “Do not be deceived.”
Paul knew 2,000 years ago that a time would come when people would be deceived into believing a person could lead a sinful lifestyle and still be saved. Paul warned, “Don’t be deceived.” Adulterers will not be saved. People who worship false gods will not be saved. Homosexuals will not be saved. Don’t be deceived by the vain philosophies of men rather than believing the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.
How could it possibly happen in America? It was hard to believe, but there it was in front of the entire nation! Homosexual Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson was deliberately chosen to pray at one of the inaugural services. It appeared that President-elect Barack Obama was determined to rub the noses of Bible-believing Christians in the dirt! An open sodomite chosen to lead the nation to the throne of God! How twisted! How perverted! Don’t be deceived. God’s word clearly teaches that those who live such lifestyles have no part in the kingdom of God.
At the 2009 annual conference of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender), cleverly called the Human Rights Campaign, President Obama was the featured speaker. His remarks were absolutely shocking!
“You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman,” he declared.
As I listened to these words, I was appalled beyond description! This twisted statement would be perfectly normal coming from the mayor of Sodom. But from the president of the United States of America? Unbelievable!
President Obama continued, “Do not doubt the direction we are headed and the destination we will reach…For despite the real gains that we’ve made, there’s (sic) still laws to change and there’s (sic) still hearts to open.”
It is obvious that President Obama is determined to use the bully pulpit of the presidency to turn America into Sodom II. He has openly opposed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and is advocating its repeal. He sent special congratulations to the same-sex couples that married when a California court ruled same-sex marriage legal, while hypocritically maintaining that he did not favor same-sex marriage.
The argument goes like this. Homosexuals are a minority that is discriminated against just like African-Americans. This argument hinges on believing that homosexuals are born homosexual, just like African-Americans are born black.
But there’s a problem. If homosexuals are “born that way,” then are pedophiles “born that way?” And should pedophilia be a civil right? How about bestiality?
And if they are born that way, why would God say that they must repent or they cannot be a part of the kingdom of God?
We are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our forefathers did not include sodomy in the list of unalienable rights. As a matter of fact, sodomy was a crime in every state in the union as late as 1960!
How do we know what our rights should be? How do we know right from wrong? Are rights strictly determined by the government? Should our rights be determined by majority rule? Or is there a higher authority above human opinion that teaches what our rights should be?
Our forefathers based our entire nation upon the fact that there is an Almighty Creator who has declared certain unalienable rights. If there is no standard of right and wrong, we are left to the whims of the political administration in power at the time. King David in the Bible said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
The proponents of sodomy and same-sex marriage claim these actions are civil rights. God claims they are perversions against nature, God, and a person’s own body.
President Obama had the pride and the audacity to unilaterally declare that the United States is not a Christian nation, as though his saying it made it true. I’m sure his purpose is to shake America from its biblical foundation so that he can “change” us into the secular humanistic nation that he envisions. If we do not return to biblical values in this nation, he will be successful in his purpose.
The United States Constitution was based on Judeo-Christian teachings. Our entire system of law has its foundation in the Bible, and this has been the secret of the greatness of this country. As we have forsaken biblical values for the present permissiveness, the United States has moved quickly into decline.
We are now seeing entire “Christian” denominations endorsing the gay agenda. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America recently voted to allow homosexuals to be pastors, as well as hold any other office in the denomination. This was all justified in the name of love.
But how does God look at this. His word instructs us to “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. For if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).
How can Christians, in the name of Christianity, adopt anti-Christian beliefs without become unchristian?
While President Obama pursues his one-man campaign to make sodomy acceptable to the American people, Americans are not buying it. President Obama is totally out of touch with the American people who still have respect for the Bible. Thirty-one states have voted on the issue of same-sex marriage. Thirty-one states have voted that it is wrong and unacceptable in the United States of America. The only states that have approved same-sex marriage have done it either through the liberal court system or through their legislatures.
As sure as God sent judgment to Sodom and Gomorrah, God will send judgment against President Obama and all that agree with these actions that are an abomination to Almighty God.
Dear Mr. President, please repent and humbly ask God’s forgiveness for these actions that are directly against God’s word, both Old and New Testaments.
Are there any God-fearing congressmen left in the Untied States government? Are there any left that have not sold their souls in the name of political expediency? If there are, it is time for you to stand up and be counted—now!
President Obama is determined to reverse the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He is determined that America will become one huge Sodom and Gomorrah. Dear Congressman: Will you let that happen? If you do, you too will reap the judgment of God as sure as the sun rises in the east and goes down in the west. The time for courage and conviction is now. Please do not sell out to political expediency! America needs you now while we can yet return to moral sanity.
Congress, Mr. President: We are praying for you. Please have the courage to keep America as one nation, under God.
Story published in the July/August 2011 edition of Endtime Magazine