By Norman Midgette
There are those today who would like for you to think that the events recorded in Genesis 19 are fiction not fact. The record shows that these cities were cremated by God overnight with fire and brimstone because of their wickedness, including homosexuality. The sodomites and lesbians today, who want religious respectability and church membership, try to claim this story is fiction not fact. It is their claim that their lifestyle is not an abomination to God but is acceptable to him. After all, this story is buried far back in the book of Genesis and has questionable authenticity. This is what they would have you believe.
If this story if fiction, Moses did not know about it just before his death. He said God overthrew those cities with brimstone and burning in his anger and wrath (Deut. 29:23). Neither did Isaiah believe it was fiction. He referred to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah three times and speaking of the brazenness of their sin said, “they hide it not” (Isa. 3:9; see also 1:9, 10, 13:19). Jeremiah also referred to this event three times, likening the wickedness of Israel and Judah to that of Sodom and Gomorrah (Jer. 23:14; see also 40:18, 50:40). In Lamentations 4:6 he speaks of Sodom again. Ezekiel elaborated on Sodoms sin and destruction in 10 verses of Ezekiel 16 and there is no hint of him believing it is fiction not fact. He says they committed, “abomination” before God and he, “took them away” (16:50). And the prophet Amos records Jehovah as saying, “I have overthrown cities among you as when I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Amos 4:11). Then finally Old Testament testimony comes from Zephaniah who affirms, “Therefore, as I live saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation” (Zeph. 2:9)
The first three books of the New Testament record Jesus talking about Sodom and Gomorrah as fact not fiction and saying in Luke 17:29,”but in day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.” Peter said, God, “turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemning them with an overthrow” (2 Pet. 2:6). And, Jude writes with this devastating conclusion: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, having in like manner with these given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal life” (June 7). The last biblical reference to Sodom is in Revelation 11:8.
From Genesis to Revelation God affirms this story of the homosexual character and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah as fact. No religious respectability can be given this sin.
Guardian of Truth XXXVII: No 19, p. 4
October 7, 1993