It's become popular to claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was something other than homosexuality. What does the Bible say?
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00:05 What Was the Sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? Here's the answer.
00:11 So here's a big question and a tough issue:
00:15 What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah?
00:18 Before I answer, I just want to make a couple of comments. First of all, my goal
00:23 here is not to bash anybody, to make anybody feel bad.
00:29 My goal is simply to figure out what the text intends to teach us. What does the
00:36 biblical material tell us about the reason God destroyed the cities of Sodom
00:44 and Gomorrah? Not just those two, but all the cities around them according to Jude.
00:48 So what's the setting here? In Genesis 19 you have two men that come into town,
00:53 they're gonna stay in the square. Lot sees them, he talks with them, he says
00:59 don't stay in the square. Urge them strongly. So they come under the
01:03 protection of Lot's home, and all of the men of the city, both young and old, the
01:08 text says, gathered around Lot's house and are banging on the door, and they want
01:13 Lot to release the two men so that they can have sexual relationships with them.
01:19 Pretty straightforward, okay. In fact, they are so intent that they disregard the
01:25 available women that are offered to them that Lot offers. They want the men, and
01:30 the angels pull lot in. They blind the men who are banging on the door. The
01:37 angels then take them up out of the hills, drop the bomb on Sodom and
01:42 Gomorrah, and that's the end of that. So why did God bring that judgment?
01:47 Now there are a couple of possible explanations that people have offered.
01:50 Okay, for one, and this was a standard for a long time,
01:54 God was mad at the residents of Sodom and
01:57 Gomorrah because they were inhospitable. Well they were. But it kind of misses the
02:03 point, doesn't it? Because it's kind of like saying that a man who murdered his
02:06 wife was an insensitive husband. I mean yeah, sexual assault on visitors,
02:14 that's not good manners. But having bad manners is not a crime according to God.
02:22 Well maybe it's the sexual assault itself. So, the rape. People say that, but
02:28 there was no rape as it turned out, there was just an attempted rape. So we just
02:33 understand that God delivered the most powerful and devastating judgment in the
02:41 entire Old Testament, save for the flood, on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
02:46 because they had bad manners and because they tried to do something that they
02:50 weren't able to do? It doesn't make sense to me, okay? One other option. Jude says
02:58 that they went after strange flesh, that is, they left their proper abode and went
03:04 after strange flesh. And so maybe the crime was trying to have sex with angels.
03:09 The problem with that explanation is there is no indication whatsoever that
03:14 the men of the city, or even Lot, knew that the men that were visiting were
03:21 angels, okay? So that's not going to work either.
03:23 We get a little bit more information, though, from another part of Scripture
03:28 that I think really zeroes it down. First of all, notice that we're running out of
03:33 options. And Peter says in 2 Peter 2:7-8, he tells us
03:39 that Lot – what's the words – oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled
03:48 men that tormented him day after day by what he saw and what he heard.
03:55 Doesn't sound like inhospitality to me. Doesn't sound like attempted rape.
04:00 Doesn't sound like having sex with angels.
04:02 In fact, there is not a single thing that happened on that day that is the reason
04:09 that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because in chapter 18, when God was
04:16 talking with Abraham at the Oaks of Mamre and sent the Angels down into the
04:20 valley, that's when God decided to destroy those cities. There was something
04:26 else that was going on on a regular basis in those cities that was
04:32 characterized by Peter as sensual conduct done by unprincipled men that
04:39 Lot saw and heard, and it tormented him as he watched day, after day, after day.
04:46 Let's be honest. Let's be fair with the text. That is homosexuality.