The lengths to which society and government have gone in order to force acceptance of certain sinful behaviors is nothing short of appalling. As of this year, 9 states in the United States have legalized same-sex marriage (Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, and Washington). Additionally, it is legal in the nation’s capital for two members of the same gender to marry. Those who know what the Bible truly says about homosexuality sigh in disgust at such abandonment of basic moral principles. Both Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of homosexuality (in spite of the efforts by some to suggest otherwise). Sodom and Gomorrha’s sin of homosexuality was at the heart of God’s reason for destroying them. As one recalls the incident at Sodom with Lot and the two angels who appeared as men (Gen. 19:1-3), the men of Sodom asked Lot, “Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them” (Gen. 19:5). The Hebrew word for “know” is the same word used in Gen. 4:1: “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.” Thus, it is obvious what went on in Sodom and it is clear that God destroyed Sodom because of their wickedness (Gen. 19:24-25). One might say the divine commentary on this event is found in Jude 7: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities around 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 [emphasis mine, SS].” A few passages in the Old Testament describe homosexuality as an “abomination” (Lev. 18:22; 20:13) which credible and reliable Hebrew lexicons define as “a disgusting thing.” Finally, Paul’s discussion of women changing “the natural use into that which is against nature” along with “the men, leaving the natural use of the woman” and consequently lusting after one another is a clear condemnation of homosexuality (Rom. 1:26-27).
Faithful gospel preachers have striven to inform folks of the sin of homosexuality based upon God’s Word. In addition to informing folks about this sin, there is a warning preachers sometimes attach to it. Namely, if homosexuality is viewed as “normal” and same-sex marriage is accepted, then what is to stop society from embracing other perversions of God’s definition of marriage? Now that homosexuality is being embraced by government and society, efforts are being made to suggest that pedophilia might be viewed as normal and acceptable behavior. Pedophilia is defined as “sexual desire in an adult for a child” (“pedophilia”). According to a recent article published in the British newspaper The Guardian, “There is a growing conviction, notably in Canada, that paedophilia [alternate spelling of the term, SS] should probably be classified as a distinct sexual orientation, like heterosexuality or homosexuality” (Henley). In this article, Sarah Goode who is both an author of two studies on pedophilia and a university lecturer is quoted as saying, “There are a lot of people […] who say: we outlawed homosexuality, and we were wrong. Perhaps we’re wrong about paedophilia” (ibid). This article underscores the fact that when sin is tolerated and accepted on any level, it opens the door for any and all toleration of sin. Returning to the first chapter of Romans, where he wrote of the condemnation of homosexuality, Paul went on to give a laundry list of other sins that Gentiles were openly practicing like fornication, covetousness, maliciousness and murder – just to name a few (Rom. 1:29-31). The final verse of that chapter says of these Gentiles: “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” (Romans 1:32). How is it that anyone could “take pleasure” in folks practicing these sins? How could American society and government take pleasure in championing the cause of same-sex marriage? How could anyone ever take pleasure in viewing pedophilia as “normal”? The answer is found in Romans 1:28 – “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge.”
The legalization of same-sex marriage and the acceptance of homosexuality as normal behavior is a clear step towards an all out rejection of God and His will. If the entire country legalizes same-sex marriage, it is only a matter of time before such perverted behavior as pedophilia is accepted as indicted by the article cited. Once this behavior is accepted, what is next? For instance, what will stop such perversions as bestiality (sexual desire of humans towards animals) from being viewed as normal behavior and just another “sexual orientation”? Long ago, Isaiah proclaimed, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20). In essence, government and society are “calling evil good and good evil” by accepting and legalizing these ungodly behaviors. It is important, then, that Christians stand against these behaviors and stand up for the Word of God (Jude 3). It is important that preachers inform congregations of the wickedness that continues to be promoted in society and government. It is important that Christians insist that the home be defined as God defines it and to teach others that definition (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-5; Eph. 5:31). Finally, it is important that every child of God beseech the Heavenly Father for help in stemming the tide of gross immorality practiced, endorsed, and legalized in this country.