Parading Toward Sodom

Note: This "Word from..." was published some weeks back, but is even more relevant now.

Sodom and Gomorrah, those perverted, sinful cities which suffered horrifying fiery destruction from heaven, did not materialize overnight. “Sedim” is the name of a region of the southern reaches of the dead sea, on the main highway from Jerusalem to Eilat (the ancient Elath, at the northern shore of the Gulf of Akaba) where large dikes containing multi-colored mineral deposits can be seen. But nothing remains of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Archaeologists claim they have found, visible beneath the very shallow waters near “Sedim,” indications that a city once existed there. They say there are symmetrical stone foundations or ancient walls which are man made.

Did Sodom really exist? Did its sister city, Gomorrah, likewise exist, and did they both suffer the same, horrifying fate?

The Bible says, “Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

“And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground” (Genesis 19:24, 25). But WHY? What was so bad about Sodom and Gomorrah that God would utterly destroy both cities; instantly incinerating man, woman, and child? Sodom gave its name to the act of sodomy. Sodomy is among the most perverse of all human acts, and is soundly condemned of God in His word.

Paul wrote of heathen Greek and Roman philosophers who were sun worshipers and idol worshipers. Like many a modern atheist and evolutionist, they had motives for denying the existence of God. Paul wrote, “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 [God’s creation is proof of His existence; that He is Lawgiver, Lifegiver, Designer and Sustainer]: 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 into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

“Wherefore God also gave them up to [gave them over to; allowed them to have what they desperately wanted!] uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves” (Romans 1:20-24).

Decades ago, one of America’s leading proponents of evolution admitted, in one of his writings, that evolutionists “had a motive” for not wanting to believe in God. He admitted that his motive and that of his colleagues was personal choices in life; especially, he admitted, their sexual choices! He denied the existence of God, saying that the Bible would interfere with those choices.

Paul continued, “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 recompense of their error which was meet [fitting].

“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” (Romans 1:25-28).

This is a direct condemnation of homosexuality. God’s word condemns all deviant sexual acts, and soundly condemns bestiality: “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 [meaning their death is a direct result of their sin; is their own personal responsibility].

“And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.

“And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.

“And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Leviticus 20:13-16).

Such filthy human acts are the root cause of venereal diseases. Such diseases were not contracted because they were floating around in the air, or hiding under a rock. Instead, they are the result of the kinds of sins enumerated in God’s word. It has been postulated that AIDS began as a result of Africans committing bestiality with monkeys. Now, this rampant plague; this virulent infectious disease, is killing millions of human beings who have practiced various forms of homosexuality, or shared needles to inject harmful and illegal drugs into their bloodstream.

Some of the most prominent movie “stars” have died of AIDS because of homosexual practices. Thus, as God’s word plainly says, they “receive in themselves that recompense [payback] of their error [sin] which is fitting” [appropriate].

Cause And Effect

For every effect, there is a cause. Today, mankind seeks to deal with the effect; to remove it, alter it, make it more bearable, so as to continue wallowing in the CAUSE, while not having to suffer the consequences; the effect!

Witness the dozens of products to deal with innumerable diseases and physical complaints. ”Heartburn?” The ads show someone wolfing down a greasy cheeseburger, then holding his stomach in pain. Simple. Just purchase their expensive anti-acid pill, and, presto! No more heartburn. They never tell people to quit eating the kinds of foods which are causing the heartburn!

When God said homosexuals “receive in themselves that recompense of their error which was fitting,” He was saying they are experiencing the EFFECTS due to the CAUSE, which is their homosexual perversions! AIDS is the direct result of perverted humans breaking God’s laws against bestiality and sodomy! Macro-evolution does not occur in nature. Man did not descend from the apes. However, micro-evolution does exist! There is almost limitless variety of species within a Genesis kind. This is true right across the spectrum of life forms; from man to horses; from dogs to insects. Bacteria and viruses develop ever more virulent strains, as all doctors and pharmacists know, as a result of developing resistance to bactericides. Great concern exists today among physicians, who know very well that a whole range of bacteria are becoming “super bugs” who have developed resistance against powerful antibiotics.

Homosexuals, who have been championed by many of the most prominent “stars” from Hollywood, have demanded that the government spend billions of dollars to REMOVE THE EFFECT of their sins by finding some kind of a cure for AIDS! They might as well say, “Let us continue our abominable, perverted, sinful practice, but REMOVE THE PENALTY!”

Just how long did it take for Sodom and Gomorrah to become so completely given over to perversity that God made an everlasting example of them by pouring down His wrathful fire?

Notice, “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

“And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

“And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

“But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

“And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

“And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

“And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

“Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

“And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

“But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

“And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door” (Genesis 19:1-11).

Lot “sat in the gate.” This means he was a village Elder; one who was a judge. It does not merely mean that he had found a place to sit in the shade. Lot was prominent in the town. He is referred to as “righteous Lot.” Notice, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

“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;

“And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

“(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (2 Peter 2:4-9).

Lot was a righteous man! Yet, because of his keen awareness that these two visitors were, indeed, come from God, and his desire to protect them from being raped by sodomites, Lot OFFERED TO THEM HIS VIRGINAL DAUGHTERS! Nothing could better serve to show how Lot had become HELPLESS before the mob of homosexuals, even though he was “vexed” and terribly disturbed by their conduct. Nothing could better show how Lot’s environment affected his sense of propriety.

Previously, Lot had no doubt been a part of the “silent majority.” A few deviant homosexuals began to become more and more brazen. They became emboldened by each other, until some of them, such as religious leaders, actors, singers, artisans, housewives, and other village elders “came out” from their previously clandestine lives, and openly proclaimed themselves to be homosexuals.

Eventually, the noisy “gay” minority became the majority! The formerly compliant, “silent majority” found themselves completely overwhelmed by the loud, threatening minority! Eventually, the gays and lesbians of Sodom and Gomorrah succeeded in their agenda — the complete perversion of the entire society!

This is the goal of many in the “gay rights” movement in America today! They seek nothing short of the “homosexualization” (to coin a word) of all society!

Their plan is devious, insidious, clever, and multi-faceted. Many of them hate God. They hate His word. They hate every conservative, nominal Christian. In a way, they are the “sexual terrorists” of our time, who want to destroy the American way of life, and gradually replace it with open orgiastic behavior; public sodomy and lesbianism; open, uninhibited sex acts with no restraints, just as they finally succeeded doing in ancient Sodom and Gomorrah.

Notwithstanding this, there are also many homosexuals who actually “have a form of religion” (2 Timothy 3:5) and who actually attempt to bring their perversion into churches. Who is not familiar with the modern trend toward ordaining “gay” ministers, and even the existence of wholly “gay” churches?

They have succeeded in placing homosexuals in pulpits, in the priesthood, in the professions, in schools, and in the military. There, they ply their evil trade, attempting to influence as many as possible to accept their so-called “alternative life style.”

Today, America’s children are being asked questions about such things as touching the private parts of themselves or of others; of other children or adults; whether they enjoy masturbation; what is their “sexual orientation,” and are being deliberately manipulated by teachers, priests, boy scout leaders, and, sometimes, even by members of their own families; by parents and grandparents!

Pedophilia and child molestation is rampant. Incest is common. Homosexuality is growing by leaps and bounds.

Gay Pride Month

On Sunday, June 30, 2002, an estimated crowd of a half million people turned out in San Francisco, that bastion of homosexuality, to cheer, cavort, mince, march, kiss and shout in a massive parade.

A group called “Dykes on Bikes” was formed by lesbians riding hundreds of motorcycles down San Francisco’s main streets. They were followed by a large contingent of homosexuals and sodomites, pedaling bicycles. One lesbian, with a 15-month old adopted son, expressed her joy over the parade. She said, “We’re very fortunate to live here and we know it,” speaking of her “partner” of 14 years. She said, “Little by little the changes are happening and when he’s an adult, it’s going to be nothing” meaning that she expects homosexuals to be in the great majority in less than another ten years.

Celebrities and “movie stars” were there. One leading British actor, who had “come out” while performing Shakespearean theater in San Francisco back in 1988, said, “For generations the people in San Francisco have set standards for the rest of the world to catch up to.”

Huge celebrations were also under way in cities across the nation; in Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, and in New York, where the new mayor, Michael Bloomberg, was heartily applauded as he marched near the front of the parade! One would think, after the incredible events of September 11, 2001, that New Yorkers would be much more prone to seek God; more humble, more eager to “clean up their act.” But mayors of large cities recognize the political clout of large voting blocs, and they bend with the wind.

Though it was illegal, some 50 homosexual couples — 100 people — conducted a sham “same sex” wedding ceremony at Fifth Avenue and Central Park South. Chicago had its 33rd annual parade, celebrating the end of “Gay Pride Month” which was designated by Chicago’s Mayor, Richard Daley.

Surely, Isaiah’s prophecies are coming to pass before our eyes: “The show 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.

“Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.

“Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths” (Isaiah 3:9-12).

Does God Hate Homosexuals?

Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. God’s Ten Commandments do not “categorize” sin. Sin is the transgression of the LAW (1 John 3:4), and the wages of sin is DEATH (Romans 6:23).

Homosexuality is a SIN! It is a lie, and a satanic, subtle excuse that sexual perversion is something that is innately present in a human individual from birth. God said, “...the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly” (Genesis 13:13).

Homosexuality can be REPENTED of! It is a sin of human appetite, just as is gluttony, alcoholism, smoking, and drug abuse. But homosexuality is a perversion; a sin of the innermost psyche. I have received letters from homosexuals who HATE their appetites, and who want to repent; to be delivered from their perversions!

God does not hate homosexuals. He LOVES them, just as He loves all mankind! But He HATES WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO THEMSELVES! Like a loving Father, He sees His children destroying themselves; destroying their chance for a wonderful, fulfilling, productive, successful life; a life of obedience to God; a life of the God-ordained kind of love in MARRIAGE between a man and a woman.

Marriage is a type of the relationship between God and His church! Paul wrote, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

“Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

“Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

“That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

“So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

“For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

“For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church” (Ephesians 5:15-32).

Satan the devil is the author of homosexuality! He is UNABLE to procreate! But God is PRODUCING CHILDREN - RECREATING AFTER HIS OWN KIND!

Satan is JEALOUS of God! He HATES what God is doing on this earth; he hates the plan of God, and hates human kind! The devil is NOT THE FRIEND of homosexuals! He is their bitter ENEMY, instead!

How Satan must chortle and cackle in glee as he sees people giving in to his subtle whisperings; his magnetic, enticing appeal to the basest of human appetites!

Satan seeks to destroy the family; the home. He wants to destroy America, because he knows America is (or should be) a nation which stands for the noble values of liberty, freedom, law, justice, and peace.

How long, now, until America will continue its long “slouch toward Gomorrah,” its “parade toward Sodom?” Or will Americans REPENT of their sins, and turn to God in time to avert national destruction?

Ezekiel pled, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezekiel 33:11). If you are in doubt whether this prophecy applies to the modern United States, please read my book “Europe and America in Prophecy” published on our web site, or available in hard copy by calling (903) 561-7070.


Garner Ted Armstrong
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