“The Sodomites”

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Death, Jude, Salvation

Many people erroneously think that there are no consequences for their lawless behavior. They act like God is unaware of their behavior and that He will not hold them accountable (Psalm 10:11). Jesus told His disciples that when the Holy Spirit came to make His residence on earth, He would convict unsaved people of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8-11).

Judgment. “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There are several judgments mentioned in the Scriptures, but the Great White Throne judgment is reserved for the unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15).

Creeps. We are called upon to be on guard against those who would creep into the church to disrupt the believers’ fellowship with God, and who would try to keep the unbelievers from trusting in Christ for their salvation. We can/should learn some valuable lessons from the Lord’s half brother, Jude who wrote a short letter to believers much like Peter’s second letter.

Israelites. After spending about 400 years in Egypt as slaves, the children of Israel were freed from bondage. By means of 10 plagues God brought to nothing the false gods whom the Egyptians worshipped. As they left, the Egyptians piled on the Jews much wealth. But a mixed multitude came out with them (Exodus 12:38). They were like the “tares among the wheat” or like unbelievers who are members in local churches along with believers. (Matthew 13:25-30). Many churches have unbelievers who teach heresies in the church and who mislead people away from God and the truth that is found in His Word. They preach another gospel and often appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15).

Demons. In the beginning God created spirit beings: cherubs, seraphs, and angels (Job 38:7; Colossians 1:16). Lucifer (Satan) was and is still the highest of all the spirit beings (Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28). In his pride he convinced a third of the angels in the lower two categories to follow him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4; Ephesians 6:12). He wanted to be “like God” or independent of all other authorities. As a result of his rebellion, he became God’s enemy – Satan. Some of the fallen angels are currently bound in Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4). Other “free fallen angels” are still around to afflict people, especially Christians (Ephesians 6:12).  Some do terrible things to men and then blame God for it and call it “an act of God.”

Tartarus. There are Bible scholars who believe that some of the fallen angels, now in Tarturus, took on humanoid form, cohabitated with women, and produced the giants on the earth who were also men of great reputation (Genesis 6:1-4). It’s true, the angels “in heaven” don’t reproduce themselves (Luke 22:30). But God may have permitted the devil to enable fallen angels and women to produce such half breeds.  To those who wanted strong sons to take care of their farms, it was appealing to have their daughters cohabitate with such creatures.  Some scientists, I’ve heard, are tying to mix the genes of men and animals to formulate supermen. Satan may have been trying to pollute the human race so the promise of a God-man Savior couldn’t come to save us (Genesis 3:15).

Sodomites. Not only did the residents in Sodom and Gomorrah engage in homosexual behavior, the Scriptures tell us that they engaged in perverted sex with animals (i.e. “strange flesh” – not human). This is the kind of behavior that can occur when men and women don’t glorify God (Romans1:18-32). Can such people be saved? Absolutely! The Apostle Paul told the believers in Corinth that some of them used to behave like this (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).  Only living people on earth have hope of being saved.  But once a person dies physically without Christ as his/her personal Savior, it is impossible for that person to be saved from hell and enter heaven. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. It is a place of outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:30, 41, 45). In heaven there will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:4). If you’re reading this, you can be saved and know it (1 John 5:13).

Consequences. Sin (lawlessness) has terrible consequences. It leads to physical death and spiritual death (Genesis 2:17; 5:5; Roman 6:23). Someone has to die for sin. The sinner, without a Savior, will suffer forever in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8).

Thank God. The Lord Jesus Christ (the God-man) took our place and died for all our sins and then rose again bodily from the grave. He can/will save any and all who put their faith in Him alone for their salvation (John 3:16). But the lost won’t know how to be saved unless Christians tell them this Good News. If you’re saved, will you help us get the Gospel to them?

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