Sodomy Is A Crime
After confronting people out
on the street with what the Word of God says and then reading what is happening in the
news, I have to ask the question, "Why are the pro-family groups having such a hard
time discussing the crime of sodomy?" What has become evident to me is the fact that
most of these groups do not publicly address sodomy as a crime and then demand that our
civil authorities arrest, prosecute, and punish the sodomites.
Christians need to understand
that this is the same mistake that the pro-life groups made years ago by not addressing
the criminal activity of murder -- by abortion. In the 60's and 70's when criminals began
to proclaim a right to commit murder (abortion right), pro-life groups capitulated to the
false notion that a "right" to murder innocent people by abortion, in fact,
existed, which led them to erroneously conclude that a particular method of murdering
people could then be regulated legislatively (abortion regulations). Many Christians who
bought into that tragic mind-set now find themselves entangled in endless debate over
medical procedures, licensing regulations, etc., while criminals are allowed to murder
children with impunity.
We see exactly the same thing
happening with the false claim of gay rights. Many pro-family groups are capitulating to
the false notion that "gay rights," in fact, exist and therefore, are not
maintaining their focus on addressing the truth that sodomy is a crime.
Consequently, these groups
are now finding themselves in protracted, defensive strategies while criminals are allowed
to sodomize each other and members of society with impunity.
When ministering to these
people, one of the first things we let them know is that there is no such thing as a right
to commit sodomy.
Sodomy is a crime, and for
Christians to publicly refer to this criminal activity as "gay" or as a
"life style" is an anti-Biblical presupposition that suggests to the public, and
to our civil officials, that the laws against sodomy can be ignored. To ignore what God
says is to mock God, and for Christians to suggest that it is permissible for civil
officials to ignore the Commandments of God is iniquity -- anomia -- Greek for lawlessness
The legitimate American
English word to describe these people is sodomite. The term sodomite describes the nature
of their crime and the sin they must repent from. Just like adulterer, rapist, and
murderer are all proper terms for people who commit these crimes, each also describes
their sin. Sodomite is the correct term for people who commit the crime of sodomy -- not
homosexual or gay.
Noah Webster's American
Dictionary of the English Language defines a sodomite as "one guilty of sodomy."
Black's Law Dictionary defines a sodomite as "one who has been guilty of
sodomy." The final authority on the subject -- the Word of God -- defines both the
sinful and criminal acts and pronounces the method of punishment to be carried out (Lev.
20:13) by the civil officials "...upon him that doeth evil" (Rom. 13:4).
Sodomy is not a light or
transient crime. It is an abomination (Lev. 18:22). It is the culmination of man's
apostasy and hostility toward God and His Church (Rom. 1:18-32). For lawmakers and judges
to approve of sodomy brings eternal damnation upon themselves (Rom. 13:2) and God's
righteous judgment of death on the society as a whole (Gen. 19:24, II Pet. 2:6).
Therefore, such lawmakers and
judges are not only anti-Christian by approving of sodomy, they make the civil government
a vile cesspool from which the abominations vomit out across the land. By displaying such
a contempt for the administration of Justice, such civil officials are not only the source
of the defilement (Lev.18:24-25), they are the criminals (Rom.1:32), and a hostile enemy
authorizing the destruction of the society in which we live (Jude 7).
Not only should Christian men
fight for the safety of their families by demanding that these civil officials repent, or
resign from office immediately, Christians should be demanding the strongest laws and
punishments against sodomy be put into effect so as to cleanse the pestilence from our
society. (Lev. 20:13)
Sodomy is an
"abomination" (Lev.18:22), and those who engage in sodomy are so vile that their
very presence defiles the land (Lev. 18:22,25). Through the administration of Justice, God
gives the civil officials the authority to prevent society, the land, from being defiled.
The civil officials swing the sword to "...execute wrath upon him that doeth
evil" (Rom. 13:4) -- and in this case sodomites -- "...shall surely be put to
death; their blood shall be upon them" (Lev. 20:13).
Notice where it says
"...their blood shall be upon them"? By the administration of Justice the
sodomites' defilement is prevented from defiling society as a whole. (Lev. 18:24) The
administration of Justice always protects the innocent people in society. And there is not
a single text in all the New Testament to suggest that this penalty has been altered or
removed, in fact, Romans 1:32 confirms it.
It should also be noted that
because of the pro-active, intrinsic nature of God's judgments upon any society defiled by
these abominations (Lev. 18:25-30), it is impossible for Christians to passively coexist
in such a vile society. Our demand that the civil officials administer Justice is based
upon the concern for and protection of innocent people, and what iniquities will come upon
us all should Justice not be upheld.
Part 2 of this commentary
Calling Sodomites to
Repentance Through Jesus Christ
Washington, D.C., Director
Christian Street Preachers