Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Fall of A Nation And Sodomy

Temple Baptist Church - 5-20-2012
Leviticus 20:13


A. On May 8, the state of North Carolina voted on the Marriage Amendment and voted 69-31 percent in favor of marriage being defined as the union of a man and a woman. It was a slap in the face to the sodomite crowd as well as the Democratic Party. I included the Democratic Party because, though they pretend to be for one man and one woman, they are in favor of giving sodomites their “rights” to be treated as a married couple with all of the social benefits that go along with such a union. Thank God for the “Tar Heels!” They became the 31st state to do so. I may not be either a Duke or UNC fan but I am proud of those who withstood the bombardment by the social liberals.

B. I am glad that Billy Graham made public his stand against sodomy in his support for the amendment. 

"Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern. I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected … At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage. The Bible is clear — God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. I want to urge my fellow North Carolinians to vote for the marriage amendment.”

C. As everyone now knows, President Obama and Vice President Biden “came out of the closet” in support of one of their most important voting blocs: sodomites! Heretofore, these two politicians had refused to show the public where they stood on the subject but now voters can vote either for or against them in November knowing exactly where they stand. The President and Vice-President’s “Coming Out Party” did some things both good and bad:
1. It strengthened the “Gay Agenda” by throwing the confidence and support of America’s most prominent people into “bed” with the sodomites. It will certainly influence some of their followers to become more vocal in their position.

2. It will further embolden the sodomite crowd in their tireless efforts to push their sin on American society by becoming both socially acceptable as well as setting forth an acceptable alternative to heterosexual unions.

3. It further solidified the press (both written and spoken) behind their agenda (as if they were not liberal enough as it was).

4. It brought millions of dollars in to the support coffers of President Obama and the sodomite agenda. The “Gay Movement” has asked every sodomite as well as sodomite supporters to give liberally to his re-election campaign.

5. It influenced America’s youth because of the liberal mindset of both public schools on the grade, elementary, and high school levels as well as the socialistic teachings of secular colleges from which President Obama gets his radical support.

6. It has brought about a maligning of all churches or organizations that stand up for biblical relationships. Good has certainly become evil and evil has become good. Morally upright people have become immoral while immoral people have become upright and the victims.

7. It gives more credence to the Hate Crime Bill in its relationship to sodomites. Now the real reason for the Hate Crime Bill has been brought to the forefront. It is not about white and black; it is not about male and female; it is about same sex relationships and benefits.

8. I am sure that more things can be enumerated but I think this is sufficient.
1. It has identified clearly prominent re-election positions as to where they stand both politically and socially. Heretofore, the President and Vice-President were vague at best on this issue as they straddled the “Political Fence” while catering to both sides of the issue. NC was the 31st state to vote against the sodomite agenda with more to come. That is over 60 percent of states already reporting being in favor of biblical marriage with some of these “swing states” having voted for President Obama in the last term. Senators take notice please as your seat is up for vote in November. Don’t make the same mistake that the Obama Care supporters made and were ousted.

2. It clearly defined both sides of the issues at stake. You are either for same sex marriage or you are against it. There can be no middle ground as the ballot is either “YES” or “NO”. It has caused an otherwise non-committed populace to have to publically side one way or another.

3. It shows the liberal bias of both the news media and the polls that they present to the public. The polls show the greater percentage of people to be in favor of same sex marriages but this is inconsistent with the percentage of states voting to define marriage as one man and one woman. 

4. It has awakened the slumbering moral conscience of or nation by showing the people of America just how far our society and government have meandered from what God said in the bible. It is a “wakeup call” for every church going American of all denominations. Eternal vigilance is still the price for liberty!

D. Far from an "alternate lifestyle," the Bible specifically places homosexuality and homosexual behavior on the abomination list. BUT, fifty years ago, it would not have ever reached a public referendum much less have gotten 31% of the vote in the Bible Belt. I thank the Lord that there is still a moral majority in our country who, though they may remain for the most part politically quiet, still stand for morality and right. God bless America!

E. America has followed in steps of Sodom and Gomorrah in many ways with the end result of perversion of all kinds. The following verse shows the cause, the effect, and the result of willful disobedience to God:

Ezekiel 16:49-50 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, (1) 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 (2) they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore (3) I took them away as I saw good.

F. Though many of the Gay Rights supporters go to church, the Bible is clear in its language concerning the sin of sodomy:

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. (God labels such sin as an abomination and places the participants under a death sentence!)

G. America is permeated with sodomy as we are in the “Days of Lot” that precedes the Second Coming of our Lord. (Luke 17) We need to see as God sees:

1. The Seriousness of The Sin - Genesis 18:20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;

2. The Sinfulness of The Saints - Genesis 19:7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. 

Judges 19:22-23 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. (23) And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. (Notice that in both references, God’s people call the Sodomites “brethren!” Even God’s people have been “brain washed” with “political correctness” on what God calls an abomination. Sodomy is neither normal nor is it an alternate lifestyle acceptable to God.)

H. Bible believing people have become the “bad guys” in the fight against sinfulness in our society. They call us intolerant (and we are) and try to use public opinion to force acceptability. They blame God as the creator of sodomy by claiming that sodomites are born that way. Sodomy is a learned behavior! God created Adam and Eve! Sodomy is acquired behavior, not an inherent one! 

I. Sodomy is now acceptable:

1. By Law - in most places, it is still on the “books” as unlawful. Sodomy is a felony offense anD yet the law is not enforced. It is not only no prosecuted, it is protected by the Hate Crime Laws of our nation. The FELON has become the FRIEND in the court system.

2. By Public Opinion - Sodomites are heralded as martyrs and heroes on television; Sodomites are accepted as good citizens and parents; Sodomites are portrayed as people to be emulated. Because of Hate Crime Bills and fear of reprisal, little negative is mention concerning them.

3. By Liberal Churches – Sodomy is a forgotten subject in America’s pulpits. The Liberals receive them and ordain them and so-called conservatives refuse to preach against their sin.

J. In Romans chapter 1, we see that sodomy is the end result of a reprobate mind. I want us to take a simple look at 4 triplets:
1. A Three Fold Rejection
a. Rejection of God’s Revelation - Romans 1:19-24 – Heathenism – (Psalms 19)
b. Rejection of God’s Word – Romans 1:25-27 – Humanism
c. Rejection of God’s Person – Romans 1:28-32 – Atheism
2. A Three Fold Progression
a. Idolatry – Romans 1:22-23
b. Promiscuity – Romans 1:24
c. Sodomy – Romans 1:26-27
3. A Three Fold Judgment (gave them up; gave them up, gave them over)
a. A Darkened Heart – Romans 1:21
b. A Seared Conscience – Romans 1:24
c. A Reprobate Mind – Romans 1:28
10 Reasons Why Homosexual “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed
1. Sodomy Is Not Marriage
a. Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses.
b. The promoters of same-sex “marriage” propose something entirely different. They propose the union between two men or two women. This denies the self-evident biological, physiological, and psychological differences between men and women which find their complementarity in marriage. It also denies the specific primary purpose of marriage: the perpetuation of the human race and the raising of children.
c. Two entirely different things cannot be considered the same thing. “Things that are different are not the same” applies here as well as with the bible variations.

2. Sodomy Violates Natural Law
a. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law.
b. Natural law’s most elementary precept is that “good is to be done and pursued, and evil is to be avoided.” By his natural reason, man can perceive what is morally good or bad for him. Any situation which institutionalizes the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates natural law and the objective norm of morality.
c. Being rooted in human nature, natural law is universal and immutable. It applies to the entire human race, equally. It commands and forbids consistently, everywhere and always. In the Epistle to the Romans it is stated that the natural law is inscribed on the heart of every man. (Rom. 2:14-15)

3. Sodomy Always Denies a Child Either a Father or a Mother
a. It is in the child’s best interests that he be raised under the influence of his natural father and mother. This rule is confirmed by the evident difficulties faced by the many children who are orphans or are raised by a single parent, a relative, or a foster parent.
b. The unfortunate situation of these children will be the norm for all children of a same-sex “marriage.” A child of a same-sex “marriage” will always be deprived of either his natural mother or father. He will necessarily be raised by one party who has no blood relationship with him. He will always be deprived of either a mother or a father role model. Same-sex “marriage” ignores a child’s best interests.

4. Sodomy Validates and Promotes the Homosexual Lifestyle
a. In the name of the “family,” same-sex “marriage” serves to validate not only such unions but the whole homosexual lifestyle in all its bisexual, cross dressing, and transgender variants.
b. Civil laws are structuring principles of man's life in society. As such, they play a very important and sometimes decisive role in influencing patterns of thought and behavior. They externally shape the life of society, but also profoundly modify everyone’s perception and evaluation of forms of behavior.
c. Legal recognition of same-sex “marriage” would necessarily obscure certain basic moral values, devalue traditional marriage, and weaken public morality.

5. Sodomy Turns a Moral Wrong into a Civil Right
a. Homosexual activists argue that same-sex “marriage” is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s. This is false. Same-sex “marriage” opposes nature. Two individuals of the same sex, regardless of their race, wealth, stature, or fame, will never be able to marry because of an insurmountable biological impossibility.
b. First of all, sexual behavior and race are essentially different realities. A man and a woman wanting to marry may be different in their characteristics: one may be black, the other white; one rich, the other poor; or one tall, the other short. None of these differences are insurmountable obstacles to marriage. The two individuals are still man and woman, and thus the requirements of nature are respected.
c. Secondly, inherited and unchangeable racial traits cannot be compared with non-genetic and changeable behavior. There is simply no analogy between the interracial marriage of a man and a woman and the “marriage” between two individuals of the same sex.

6. Sodomy Does Not Create a Family but a Naturally Sterile Union
a Traditional marriage is purposed (procreation) and those who would frustrate its end must do violence to nature to prevent the birth of children by using contraception. Traditional marriage’s result naturally tends to create families.
b. On the contrary, same-sex “marriage” is intrinsically sterile. If the “spouses” want a child, they must circumvent nature by costly and artificial means or employ surrogates. The natural tendency of such a union is not to create families. Therefore, we cannot call a same-sex union marriage and give it the benefits of true marriage.

7. Sodomy Defeats the State’s Purpose of Benefiting Marriage
a. One of the main reasons why the State bestows numerous benefits on marriage is that by its very nature and design, marriage provides the normal conditions for a stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere that is beneficial to the upbringing of children—all fruit of the mutual affection of the parents. This aids in perpetuating the nation and strengthening society, an evident interest of the State.
b. Homosexual “marriage” does not provide such conditions. Its primary purpose, objectively speaking, is the personal gratification of two individuals whose union is sterile by nature. It is not entitled, therefore, to the protection the State extends to true marriage.

8. Sodomy Imposes Its Acceptance on All Society
a. By legalizing same-sex “marriage,” the State becomes its official and active promoter. The State calls on public officials to officiate at the new civil ceremony, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes any state employee who expresses disapproval.
b. In the private sphere, objecting parents will see their children exposed more than ever to this new “morality,” businesses offering wedding services will be forced to provide them for same-sex unions, and rental property owners will have to agree to accept same-sex couples as tenants.
c. In every situation where marriage affects society, the State will expect Christians and all people of good will to betray their consciences by condoning, through silence or act, an attack on the natural order and Christian morality.

9. Sodomy Is the Cutting Edge of the Sexual Revolution
a. In the 1960s, society was pressured to accept all kinds of immoral sexual relationships between men and women. Today we are seeing a new sexual revolution where society is being asked to accept sodomy and same-sex “marriage.”
b. If homosexual “marriage” is universally accepted as the present step in sexual “freedom,” what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, pedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behavior? The railroading of same-sex “marriage” on the American people makes increasingly clear what homosexual activist Paul Varnell wrote in the Chicago Free Press:
"The gay movement, whether we acknowledge it or not, is not a civil rights movement, not even a sexual liberation movement, but a moral revolution aimed at changing people's view of homosexuality."

10. Sodomy Offends God
a. This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex “marriage” does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.
b. Marriage is not the creature of any State. Rather, it was established by God in Paradise for our first parents, Adam and Eve. As we read in the Book of Genesis:
Genesis 1:27-28, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
c. Traditional marriage was taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ, in Mark 10:6-9: “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. (7) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; (8) And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. (9) What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Conclusion: Now, what does God say? Not what I say nor what man thinks but what God says:

1. They are under God’s death sentence - 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 Aids epidemic is now doing what the laws of the land will not do.)

2. They are to be rejected by the church - Deuteronomy 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel. (They are more than welcome to come and hear God’s Word but they cannot be members of God’s church!)

3. They are to be driven out of the land - 1 Kings 15:11-12 And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father. And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

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