Lafayette (Ordinance, § 32.006)
For some time now, there has been a heated discussion north of us over
an ordinance passed by the Lafayette city counsel a couple years ago: Its
purpose was to give "Homosexuals" "equal rights." (Purdue
Universtiy is located acorss the Wabash River from Lafayette in West Lafayette.)
However, there are some Christians up there very actively involved in trying
to return decency and honesty to that community. Gaining control in the
last city council election, the decency group sought to overturn the "Homosexual"
amendment to the city ordinance. They had the votes in the first reading
of the proposed change; however, the day of the second vote, the Sodomites
convienced two of the council members to abandon the pro-family position
and vote for the Sodomites. The city retained its pro-Sodomite position
by one vote.
One of the more disconcerting things about the second vote was the train
of "religious" leaders who spoke in favor of the Sodomites. It
was claimed that 50 pastors supported the Sodomite ordinance. Of the many
professed Bible believing pastors in Lafayette, only two pastors spoke
against the ordinance, and neither was Baptist.
This pastor has been writing a column for a local paper up there, The
Family Times. Obviously, the vote to support and encourage the
Sodomites in Lafayette required a column, and the following is that column
with the quoted verses retained.
HOMOSEXUALITY & Lafayette --Ordinance, § 32.006
"DISCRIMINATION." Any difference in the treatment of
a person, including exclusion or segregation, because of race, sex, religion,
color, sexual orientation, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
(Places Sodomites on the same level as Biblical families, ed.)
"FAMILIAL STATUS." One or more persons under 18 who
live with a parent, legal custodian, or designee; pregnant woman; or people
in the process of obtaining legal custody of a child. (This could be people
of same sex: Sodomites, ed.)
"SEXUAL ORIENTATION." Mail or female homosexuality,
heterosexuality and bisexuality by orientation or practice, by and between
consenting adults. ('71 Code, § 2-62) Ord. 68-21, passed 7-1-68; Am.
Ord. 76-41, passed 9-7-76; Am. Ord. 92-33, passed 11-2-92; Am. Ord. 92-41,
Those of us who believe that the Holy Bible is God's inspired Word to
man are not allowed to judge the rightness nor wrongness of homosexuality,
nor any other thought nor action, Mat 7:1, Lu 6:37. On the other hand,
those of us who believe God are commanded to render righteous judgment
upon all matters, John 7:24. But the judgment we must use is God's judgment,
1 Cor 4:3. So it matters not what man feels about issues; what matters
is what God's Word says about a particular issue_in this case, homosexuality.
Satan's original offer to Adam was that man did not need God's Word
to distinguish between right and wrong: "You," said Satan, "can
determine for yourself what is right and wrong," Gen 3:5. Continuing
throughout history, Satan says today, "You don't need God's Word to
tell you the truth about `Homosexuality.' You can make up your own mind."
He then ridicules all who might use God's Word to judge the rightness or
wrongness of matters around them.
But are we going to follow Satan as he persuades men to judge on their
own apart from God or are we going to follow God's Word and say what He
says about every situation? Believers do not have a choice, for God commands
us to judge righteous judgment, i.e., view current events in terms of what
His Word says about them. (See also 2 Ch 19:6; Isa 1:23, & Jer 5:28.)
In considering "Homosexuality," a key passage is,
Rom 1:23-27 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image
made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted 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 for ever. 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, and receiving in
themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Hence, Homosexuality is a modern term used to replace the Biblical term
describing men burning in lust one toward another, Sodomy: The men of the
ancient city of Sodom burned in lust toward other men, and desired to lie
with them as with women. The men of Sodom cried out to Lot who had brought
visitors into his home: Bring them out unto us, that we may know them:
[Know] is also used for sexual intercourse on the part of both men and
women in the well- known euphemism "Adam knew Eve his wife" and
its parallels (Gen 4:1; 19:8; Num 31:17, 35; Jud 11:39; 21:11; 1 Kgs 1:4;
I Sam 1:19). It is used to describe sexual perversions such as sodomy (Gen
19:5; Jud 19:22) and rape (Jud 19:25). (TWOT - 848. Cf., Gen 39:12; 2 Sam
Throughout the Word of God, the Lord makes His feelings abundantly clear
about men with men and women with women--Sodomy: He considers such actions
abominable--a thing of horror and disgusting. Sodomy, and other perversions,
are repugnant to God, falling under His judgment; the Lord calls Sodomites,
dogs in Deut 23:18 (Lev 18:22-30; 20:13 calls for death against all participants).
In fact, God so thoroughly destroyed the city of Sodom for its perversion
that no trace has been found of it.
Moreover, the Lord God feels the same about Sodomy as He does about
human sacrifice (Deut 12:31). Accordingly, those who condone Sodomy must
also support human sacrifices; however, the supporters of Sodomy are not
that logical in their thinking (att least not publicly, probably because
that is not "PC") in what is left of our Christian heritage.
We must admit, nevertheless, that those supporting Sodomy (whether the
president or a city counsel member) do support the death of the family,
for two Sodomites cannot produce children between themselves. (A family
is a man and woman united in marriage, Mat 19:5, Eph 5:31. Thus a vote
for the Sodomites was an anti- family vote.)
What is God's judgment concerning those who support, the city of Lafayette
in this case, what God condemns, Sodomy, &c.?
Ps 50:16-23 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare
my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing
thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee. When thou sawest
a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest
and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I
was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set
them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this, ye that forget God,
lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver. Whoso offereth
praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright
will I shew the salvation of God. Pro 24:23-26 These things also belong
to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment. He
that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse,
nations shall abhor him: But to them that rebuke him shall be delight,
and a good blessing shall come upon them. Every man shall kiss his lips
that giveth a right answer. Isa 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth
witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it
not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Eze 16:47-50 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after
their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast
corrupted more than they in all thy ways. As I live, saith the Lord GOD,
Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done,
thou and thy daughters. 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.
However, as bad is Sodomy is, even deserving death (Rom 1:32), it is
not as bad as are the false prophets who, in the name of "God,"
attempt to reject God's Word and place His approval upon what He condemns:
Jer 23:13-16 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they
prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err. I have seen also
in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and
walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth
return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and
the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts
concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make
them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness
gone forth into all the land. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not
unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain:
they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the
God tells us not to listen to those who condone what God condemns, especially
when they attempt to speak in the name of the Lord: Those who listen to
them will suffer the same fate as will those who God moves against. The
followers of the false prophets should flee for their lives from them.
Ordinance § 32.006 condones what God clearly condemns. Jesus said
it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha than for those
who seek to speak in God's name condoning what God condemns:
Mat 10:11-15 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire
who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come
into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come
upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever
shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that
house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you,
It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day
of judgment, than for that city. (This pastor realizes the context of this
The false prophets who attempt to speak in God's name for what God's
Word is against also deserve of death:
De 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my
name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the
name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
In addition, evil awaits the people who refuse to accept God's Word
Jer 6:15 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people,
even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto
my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
The Lord does not have nice words to say about Christian leaders who
refuse to speak out agains evils such as Sodomy, calling them dumb dogs
who cannot bark because they love the ease of not making waves:
Isa 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all
dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Peter dealt with the ungodly cry of those who seek to break the bands
of God's Word from themselves so they can go their own way and do their
own thing (Ps 2):
2 Pet 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned
them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should
The events surrounding Sodom and Gomorrha are recorded as a warning
for all and as a rebuke to those, whether they be "religious leaders,"
civil leaders or average citizens, who would seek to condone and support
those things which God condemns.
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