With "Gay Pride Month" underway, it is important that Christians understand God's position on the detestable act of sodomy.
Unfortunately, a great majority of believers have allowed themselves to become desensitized to the abominations of our nation. It's for this reason that Christians have not only tolerated this perversion but have relinquished their responsibility to fight against its propagation. Churches seem to forget (maybe on purpose) that we have the responsibility to be a light in crooked and perverse generation by holding forth the Word of life.
Leviticus 18:22 "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
SODOMY IS A CRIME ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE
It doesn't require much study through the Bible to see that sodomy is sinful and even abominable in the Lord's eyes. However, Christians have overlooked key passages that clearly indicate that sodomy is not only a sin but also a capital crime punishable by death. In fact, prior to entering into the promise land, God commanded His people to permanently remove the Canaanites from the land for their perversion of sodomy, bestiality and infanticide.
Leviticus 18: 24 "Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants."
The Israelites, under a theocracy, were authorized to ensure that these crimes against nature would no longer resurface in the land and were commanded to execute anyone guilty of its act.
Leviticus 20:13 "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."
The death penalty for sodomy was instituted in Israel as a safeguard to protect the innocent from these violent predators. Israel was well aware of how violent sodomites were based upon the biblical account of Genesis 19 where the term "sodomite" comes from. Sodomy was allowed to go unfettered within Sodom and the surrounding cities and came with them no consequence. This gave homosexuals unbridled access to children thereby recruiting them as we will clearly see in the Genesis 19 account. Previous to its destruction, God had disclosed His plans to Abraham that He was going to judge Sodom for its wickedness. Genesis 18:21 says, "I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know." The sad reality was that the cry which came unto the Lord was the lamentation of the innocent who were being violated. Because these crimes against nature were not punished, the purity of the innocent was marred and morbidly transfigured eternally.
Genesis 19:4 states, "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..." According to this verse, even the youth were involved in the attempted rape of the celestial sojourners. Its sad to think that the "young" of Sodom could have been spared from such a tragic destiny had there been a law against sodomy. The offense of the city was so great that God Himself sought to destroy it by raining down fire and brimstone upon it in order to whip it from existence. This could have been avoided had the king of Sodom instituted the death penalty long ago.
Today, many Christians feel uncomfortable advocating for sodomites to be put to death via the government due to their lack of courage and/or understanding of Biblical precepts. Many have been deceived by watered down messages of the Bible by compromising pastors that seek to undermine the laws of God. Pastors who preach Leviticus 20:13 are vehemently condemned and deemed as unloving, cultish and evil. These false accusations are often coupled with erroneous claims that the New Testament doesn't advocate for the death penalty. These types of allegations stem from a false pretense that God's morality in the Old Testament has somehow shifted in the New. But the fact remains that God's laws of morality and crime have never been repealed in the New Testament nor have His views changed after His Son was crucified. Jesus didn't die on the cross to make beastiality acceptable or to approbate the violation of children, or for transvestites to freely roam and molest the eyes of men, women and little ones. To make the assertion that the New Testament brought a new era where crimes against nature are now permissible in the sight of God is wicked or at best ignorant.
Romans 1:32 "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."
The New Testament consistently teaches the death penalty for capital crimes. The apostle Paul, although living under the Roman government, still taught Old Testament laws as being relevant to God and esteemed by Christians. Regardless of the fact that the law of the land enforced otherwise, Paul understood his responsibility to preach the Word of God and proclaim His standard of purity and condemnation of perversion. Nowhere did he instruct believers to be God's hand of judgment but rather to expect the powers that be to fulfill their God given duties.
Romans 13:4 "For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
The New Testament also provides reminders of God's view of Sodomy by giving us true LGBTQ history in 2 Peter 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..." This is later reiterated in Jude 7, "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." Interestingly enough, these tend to be the passages that Pastors will avoid preaching from due to their "controversial nature."
It is high time that Christians and churches stand up and stand against this abomination. It is sad to think that churches today believe that "Saving America" from God's wrath can be done without our participation. We, as Bible believing Christians, need to make up the hedge and stand in the gap and preach the ENTIRE COUNSEL OF GOD regardless of the consequence that may ensue.