Homosexuality

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

HOMOSEXUALITY

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 13:12.)

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 LORD.

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 passage.)

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 about matters:

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 live ungodly...

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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