I just happened to be at Genesis 19 in my daily Bible reading. This is the chapter where the men of Sodom are so intent upon raping the angels that they try to tear down Lot’s house to get at them.
I read what Matthew Henry had to say about this. It is shocking.
I am going to quote him at length. My comments are going to be in parentheses.
Verses 4-11 Now it appeared, beyond contradiction, that the cry of Sodom was no louder than there was cause for.
This night’s work was enough to fill the measure. For we find here,I. That they were all wicked, v. 4. Wickedness had become universal, and they were gi in any vile design.
Here were old and young, and all from every quarter, engaged in this riot; the old were not past it, and the young had soon come up to it. . .
This is also true of our nation. The old and the young boldly engage in sexual sin as a matter of course. It isn’t only young unmarried people who shack up, but also people my age and older.)
Note, WHEN THE DISEASE OF SIN HAS BECOME EPIDEMICAL, IT IS FATAL TO ANY PLACE.
(THINK ABOUT THIS! Is or is not the sin of homosexuality and every other sexual sin not become epidemical in our nation? OF COURSE IT HAS!)
Isa. 1:5-7 .II. That they had arrived at the highest pitch of wickedness; they were sinners before the Lord exceedingly ch. 13:13 ); for,
1. It was the most UNNATURAL AND ABOMINABLE WICKEDNESS that they were now set upon, a sin that still bears their name, and is called Sodomy.
They were carried HEADLONG BY THOSE VILE AFFECTIONS (Rom. 1:26, Rom. 1:27 ), WHICH ARE WORSE THAN BRUTISH, and the ETERNAL REPROACH OF THE HUMAN NATURE WHICH CANNOT BE THOUGHT OF WITHOUT HORROR BY THOSE THAT HAVE THE LEAST SPARK OF VIRTUE AND ANY REMAINS OF NATURAL LIGHT OR CONSCIENCE.
(This part of what Matthew Henry’s comments that rang so strongly in me:
WHICH CANNOT BE THOUGHT OF WITHOUT HORROR BY THOSE THAT HAVE THE LEAST SPARK OF VIRTUE AND ANY REMAINS OF NATURAL LIGHT OR CONSCIENCE.
We don’t think about homosexuality or other sexual sins like this anymore. We as individuals and as a nation or community are not horrified by homosexual behavior or by fornication or adultery or porn or any sexual sin any more.
It is completely accepted and EXPECTED by the wicked and tolerated by those of us who are Christians.
I count myself as one of these. I DO NOT ACCEPT homosexuality as normal behavior at all, but I am not horrified by the homosexual couples that come into my place of business.
I should be. God is.
I am not horrified about the homosexual characters in sitcoms or movies. I take as a matter if course in this nation. I am not horrified by the Chew or other TV shows.
I should be. God is.
I AM HORRIFIED by the. of homosexual marriage. I AM HORRIFIED by homosexuals adopting children.
I should be. God is
I am not horrified by the men and women who are shacking up. It is wrong. I tell people that it is sin when asked, but I am not horrified by the couples shacking up in my extended family some of whom go to church.
I should be. God is.
I am sad when people around me are shocked by a couple who decide to remain pure until AFTER marriage. A co-worker asked in shocked horror, “How will they know if they are sexually comparable if they wait until after they are married?”
Her attitude is common among sinners.
I was sad, but I was not horrified. I should have been. God is.
I am still horrified and angered at pedophiles, but not everyone is any more.
Remember the horrible story from a small town called Rose Something in Michgan? A teacher was sentenced to jail for raping a 14 year old. Six of his fellow teachers wrote letters to the judge asking for leniency for that pedophile. One actually said the victim didn’t suffer any real harm. Another stated that the pedophile only slipped with one student. The town split right down the middle over this issue with those who agreed with the immoral teachers on one side and those who wanted the six teachers fired on the other. Those six filthy individuals are still teaching.)
http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/07/s ick-teachers-beg-judge-for-leniency-for-p edophile-colleague/
http://www.ogemawherald.com/stories/Vic tims-parents-speaking-out-against-WB-RC-b oard-member-teachers,97542
i quote Matthew Henry again.
Note, Those that allow themselves in unnatural uncleanness are marked for the vengeance of eternal fire. See Jude. 7, .
THEY WERE NOT ASHAMED TO OWN IT, and to prosecute their design by force and arms. The practice would have been bad enough if it had been carried on by intrigue and wheedling; but they proclaimed war with virtue, and bade open defiance to it. Hence daring sinners are said to declare their sin as Sodom, Isa. 3:9 .
(Homosexuals of today are not afraid to own it. They love it. They are proud of it. They have parades to celebrate their sin.
Today if anyone says homosexuality is a sin or unnatural or wrong, that person is accused of being unnatural or vile but not the homosexual! We as a nation are backwards. We have lost all sense of right and wrong.
We are doomed)
Note, THOSE THST HAVE BECOME IMPIDENT IN SIN GENERALLY PROVE IMPENITENT IN SIN; and it will be their ruin. THOSE HAVE HARD HEARTS INDEED THAT SIN WITH A HIGH HAND, Jer. 6:15 .
When Lot interposed, with all the mildness imaginable, to check the rage and fury of their lust, they were most insolently rude and abusive to him. He ventured himself among them,
(This nothing but sound evidence of the natural depravity of man. ALL PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT BORN AGAIN ARE LIKE THIS. Want proof? Witness. Be as kind as possible but do not spare the truth. You do not have to say, “You are a sinner. You do this or that.”
Just say, “The Bible says that this or that is sin.”
People will turn on you in a heartbeat and gnash upon you with their teeth. I know. I witness on college campuses with campus preachers although it has been a couple of years since I have been able to go. I LOVE IT!
Many times I have seen a preacher say, “God says that this or that is sin,” and heard many of the crowd of listeners shout, “Are you calling me a fill in the blank?”
It is part of the war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. )
v. 6. He spoke civilly to them, called them brethren (v. 7), and begged of them not to do so wickedly; and, being greatly disturbed at their vile attempt, he unadvisedly and unjustifiably offered to prostitute his two daughters to them, v. 8. It is true, of two evils we must choose the less; but of two sins we must choose neither, nor ever do evil that good may come of it.
(Many including me have had problems with Lot’s offering his daughters. We need to remember that this is a factual accounting of what happened. It DOES NOT mean that GOD APPROVED of Lot’s choice here. )
He reasoned with them, pleaded the laws of hospitality and the protection of his house which his guests were entitled to; but he might as well have offered reason to a roaring lion and a raging bear as to these head-strong sinners, who were governed only by lust and passion. Lot’s arguing with them does but exasperate them; and, to complete their wickedness, and fill up the measure of it, they fall foul upon him.
(1.) They ridicule him, charge him with the absurdity of pretending to be a magistrate, when he was not so much as a free-man of their city, v
9. Note, It is IT IS COMMON FOR A REPROVER TO BE UNJUSTLY UPBRAIDER AS A USURPER; and, while offering the kindness of a friend, TO BE CHARGED WITH ASSUMING THE AUTHORITY OF A JUDGE: as if a man might not speak reason without taking too much upon him.
(2.) They threaten him, and lay violent hands upon him; and the good man is in danger of being pulled in pieces by this outrageous rabble. Note, [1.] THOSE THAT HATE TO BE REFORMED HATE THOSE THAT REPROVE THEM, though with ever so much tenderness. Presumptuous sinners do by their consciences as the Sodomites did by Lot, baffle their checks, stifle their accusations, press hard upon them, till they have seared them and quite stopped their mouths, and so made themselves ripe for ruin.
(The homosexual community of our nation has succeeded in doing this. They have shut us up.
If a business refuses to serve a homosexual “wedding,” those wicked sinners run the business out of town.
If a public person speaks out against the sin of homosexuality, he or she is fired from his or her job and hounded by the homosexuals and those who approve of their sin.
Those on the job dare not speak out against the sin of homosexuality.
A parent dare not speak out against sexual education that condones homisexuality in the school.
Schools must allow boys who like to wear girls clothes to do so and to use the girl’s bathroom and be elected homecoming queen. Woe to that the town or parent or school system that says differently.
The homosexual community of today ARE EXACTLY LIKE those men who wanted to pull down Lot’s house so they could rape themselves some angels
They are as arrogant and vile. They have baffled the checks of the godly, stifled the accusationsof the righteous, pressed hard upon God’s people till the homosexual community has seared us and quite stopped our mouths. They have.most certainly made themselves and our nation ripe for ruin.
We let it happen.
Pay attention to what Matthew Henry has to say about these kinds of sinners.
[2.] ABUSES OFFERED TO GOD’S MESSENGERS AND TO FAITJFUL REPROVERS SOON FILL THE MEASURE OF A PEOPLE’S WICKEDNESS AND BRING DESTRUCTION WITHOUT REMEDY. See Prov. 29:1 , and 2 Chr. 36:16 .
If reproofs remedy not, there is no remedy. See 2 Chr. 25:16 .III.
(THIS NATION IS AT THIS PLACE. I am convinced that we have indeed reached the full measure of our wickedness. I cannot believe that God is going to put up with much more.
God did this to Israel. He took Ezekiel back to the temple and showed him the sin going on there. It was sexual sun including the sin of homosexuality. Ezekiel 8:1-18
God had an angel make his people with a seal. Then he had the sinners destroyed. This IS going to happen to us. I think it will be soon.
More from Matthew Henry.
That nothing less than the power of an angel could save a good man out of their wicked hands. It was now past dispute what Sodom’s character was and what course must be taken with it, . . . 2. They chastise the insolence of the Sodomites: They smote them with blindness, v. 11. This was designed, (1.) To put an end to their attempt, and disable them from pursuing it. Justly were those struck blind who had been deaf to reason. Violent persecutors are often infatuated so that they cannot push on their malicious designs against God’s messengers, Job. 5:14, Job. 5:15 . Yet these Sodomites, after they were struck blind, continued seeking the door, to break it down, till they were tired.
NO JUDGMENTS OF THEMSELVES, WILL CHANGE THE CORRUPT NATURES AND PURPOSES OF WICKED MEN. If their minds had not been blinded as well as their bodies, they would have said, as the magicians, This is the finger of God, and would have submitted. (2.) It was to be an earnest of their utter ruin, the next day. When God, in a way of righteous judgment, blinds men, their condition is already desperate, Rom. 11:8, Rom. 11:9 .
( We as Christians Had better make sure that we are on the right side of this issue. We most certainly cannot tolerate any sexual sin of any kind in our own lives. We must be absolutely pure.
And we cannot be a part of the society that accepts homosexuality Or any other sexual sin.
This doesn’t mean we’re going to be like that weird church in Kansas. It doesn’t mean that we cannot be merciful.
But it’s certainly means that we need to stand up and speak the truth about homosexuality and every other sexual sin.
No more acceptance. No more just Accepting that this is just the way our society is today. We must preach the truth. We must stand for the truth. We given up too much ground.
Will we take our nation back? No. Not by any means. Our nation is too far gone to be reclaimed. This nation is already under the judgment of God.
Our job is to represent Jesus Christ in this godless society With courage and conviction and the Bible.
Our job is to rescue as many singers from the fire as we can.
And weak lukewarm liberal accepting of anything kind of Christians will not be able to fulfill this duty.
The only true Christians that are going to stand in these days are going to be Christians that know the Bible and no there God And are filled to overflowing with the Holy Ghost. We all had better make sure that describes us. http://m.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/genesis/19.html