Whatever happened to Sodom & Gomorrah?

 

Today’s news articles tend to show that Gays are gaining 
some acceptance and many people in the world today tend 
to believe that Homosexual people are just as entitled to the 
benefits, respect and rights that normal people enjoy. It appears 
that being Gay is gradually gaining respectability as a life style.  

lance_bass

Lance Bass, the former ‘N Sync heartthrob, reveals that 
he is gay in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE. 
From: http://people.aol.com/people/article/0,26334,1219142,00.html  

People have, indeed, been duped, mostly by the insistence of the 
Gay community, into believing that being Gay is an “alternative life 
style”, so many liberal people accept this perversion. Laws have 
even been enacted in many countries to give Gays the priveleges
they want – such as marriage.

Elton John

Elton John, 58, and longtime partner David Furnish, 43, 
were married Wednesday in England, at Windsor’s town 
hall, where Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles 
in April. 
From: http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/9027553/elton_john_marries

 

George Michael

George Michael, 42, has announced his plans to marry longtime 
partner Kenny Goss, 47. The two, who have been a couple for 
nearly ten years, plan to hold a ceremony early next year. 
From: http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/georgemichael/articles/story/6367255/michael_to_wed_partner

 

But what does God think about it?

Sodom and Gomorrah – Examples for Today

“Do you remember about the cities of Sodom and 
Gomorrah and the towns around them? The people 
in those cities did the same things. They were full 
of sex sins and strong desires for sinful acts of the 
body. Those cities were destroyed by fire…”
(Jude 1:7) (NLV)

The sad truth is that most people do not remember or
they merely believe that the story is a fable. Yet the
Bible has many references to Sodom and Gomorrah
throughout. We just have to know where to look for them.

24 Then the LORD rained down fire and burning sulfur from 
the heavens on Sodom and Gomorrah. 25 He utterly destroyed 
them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, 
eliminating all life–people, plants, and animals alike. 
(Genesis 19:24-25) (NLT)

“God said that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah 
were guilty, and He destroyed them with fire. This 
was to show people who did not worship God what 
would happen to them.”
(2Peter 2:6) (NLV)

“All these events happened to them as examples for us.
They were written down to warn us, who live at the time
when this age is drawing to a close.”
(1Corinthians 10:11) (NLT)

But that would be right now! These words penned almost
two thousand years ago apply to us, the people living at a
most unusual time, a time when an old era is coming to a
close and a new era is about to begin. An era where the
perversions being tolerated now by the populace will be
summarily wiped away.

But who is going to do that?

None other than God’s Son, himself!

“But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down 
from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just like 
this on the day the Son of Man is revealed.”
(Luke 17:29-30) (NIV)

“I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom 
on the day of judgment than for you.” 
(Matthew 11:24) (NIV)

“Yes, I’m telling you these things now, so that when 
they happen, you will remember I warned you.”
(John 16:4) (NLT)

But who says that being Gay is a bad thing?

God Says So!

22 “Do not practice homosexuality; it is a detestable sin.
(Leviticus 18:22) (NLT)

What else does the Bible say about it?  

9 Don’t you know that those who do wrong will have no 
share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. 
Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, 
adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals10 thieves, 
greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers–none 
of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.
(1Corinthians 6:9-10) (NIV)

“…The Lord will punish men for all such sins, 
as we have already told you and warned you.”
(1Thessalonians 4:6) (NIV)  

History Repeats Itself

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah has long been viewed 
by many as a legend. Critics assume that it was created 
to communicate moral principles. However, throughout the
Bible this story is treated as a historical event.

What has archaeology found to establish the existence of these cities?

Archaeologists have searched the Dead Sea region 
for many years in search of Sodom and Gomorrah. 
Genesis 14:3 gives their location as the Valley 
of Siddim known as the Salt Sea, another name for 
the Dead Sea.

In 1924, renowned archaeologist Dr. William Albright 
excavated at this site, searching for Sodom and 
Gomorrah and he discovered one of them. Although 
he connected this city with one of the biblical 
“Cities of the Plains,” he could not find conclusive 
evidence to justify this assumption.

More digging was done in 1965, 1967, and 1973. The 
archaeologists discovered a 23-inch thick wall around 
the city, along with numerous houses and a large temple.

See: http://www.wyattmuseum.com/cities-of-the-plain.htm  

Are the Moral Conditions on The Earth Today Any Different?

Many practice evil and appear to be getting away with it.
As a result – some people have been lulled into a false 
sense of security regarding punishment. They think that 
they will never reap what they sow.

But what does the Bible say?

7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. 
A man reaps what he sows. 
(Galatians 6:7) (NIV)

“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, 
therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
(Ecclesiastes 8:11) (ASV)  

EVENTUALLY, HOWEVER, JUDGMENT WILL PREVAIL

“I, Jehovah, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every 
man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”
(Jeremiah 17:10) (ASV)

“…Ye shall not be unpunished; for I will call for a sword upon 
all the inhabitants of the earth, saith Jehovah of hosts…”
(Jeremiah 25:29) (ASV)  

Our Messiah has been appointed by Jehovah God 
to execute justice on the earth.

“In the past, he let all nations go their own way.”
(Acts 14:16) (NASB)

And that is exactly what is wrong with the world now.

What is God going to do about it?

“In the past God overlooked such ignorance,
but now he commands all people everywhere 
to repent. For he has set a day when he will 
judge the world with justice by the man he has 
appointed. He has given proof of this to all men 
by raising him from the dead.”
(Acts 17:30,31) (NIV)

“For evil-doers shall be cut off; But those that 
wait for Jehovah, they shall inherit the earth.
For just a little while longer, and the wicked 
ones shall be no more: Yea, thou shalt diligently 
consider his place, and he shall not be. But the 
meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight 
themselves in the abundance of peace… The 
righteous shall inherit the earth, And dwell therein 
for ever… Wait for Jehovah, and keep his way,
And he will exalt thee to inherit the earth; When 
the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.”
(Psalm 37:9-11,29,34) (ASV)

“For the upright shall dwell in the earth, And the 
righteous shall remain in it. But the wicked shall 
be cut off from the earth, And the treacherous 
shall be rooted out of it
.”
(Proverbs 2:21,22)

A Warning For the “Last Days”

4 I say this because some godless people have 
wormed their way in among you, saying that 
God’s forgiveness allows us to live immoral 
lives
. The fate of such people was determined 
long ago, for they have turned against our only 
Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. 
(Jude 1:4) (NLT)  

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