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No Saints In Sodom
by Bishop Samuel Smith

It is important that these points are clearly understood before one reads the following, No Saints in Sodom!

  1. 1) This article is not homophobic; a true Christian cannot harbor hate nor prejudice.
  2. 2) A thorough research of history and Biblical study reveals that every culture and civilized people group have observed a definite moral code, and have soundly rejected homosexuality. That condemnation has not been based on mindless bias, but the realization that this behavior has, if not immediate, for sure, long-term detrimental effects upon society.
  3. 3) Every nation that has experimented with condoning what the Bible identifies as sin, has suffered greatly. “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

This article is not presented with unkindness towards anyone; but, firstly, a defense of a plainly stated Biblical standard, and secondly, a love for the soul who has been deceived. Either God’s Word is correct or it is not! Since we believe in the inerrancy of Holy Scripture, how can we love the transgressors of God’s Word without warning them? Thus, the premise for No Saints in Sodom!

Our nation has taken a dramatic wrong way turn on the road of righteousness. From the ruling of the United States Supreme Court overturning state anti-sodomy laws, the election of the first gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, to the ABC News Special, “America’s fascination with Gays;” the moral culture has been struck a devastating blow! In 1978, the homosexual lobby was just beginning their crusade promoting the gay agenda; responding to a newspaper column by a pro-homosexual pastor, Bishop Samuel Smith, in his weekly newspaper column answered with a three part series, entitled, “No Saints in Sodom.” The contents of that series then, compared to recent events, have proven to be prophetic, and the message more urgent now than ever before. Please read carefully the following.

No Saints in Sodom is a reprint from 1978; in view of current events, it was prophetic then and desperately needed now.

An area minister stated in the local newspaper: “In spite of the ‘present’ Judaeo-Christian interpretation of the matter, homosexuals can maintain a meaningful relationship in the church; to say otherwise is to submit to the ‘Archie Bunker’ syndrome.”

This utterly absurd and sinister statement prompted an immediate rebuttal from Bishop Smith in the form of a radio sermon and a three part series in his weekly newspaper column.

No Saints in Sodom

Part 1

The name “Sodom” lives on in infamy. In that wicked city, notorious for sexual perversion, the Lord could not find ten righteous men. Sodom was “judgment-bound,” but first, God willed to spare any righteous there. Two angels were sent to warn righteous Lot and his family to flee that wicked place before the wrath of God fell.

While the angels were in Lot’s house, the male population of Sodom, believing the angels to be men, demanded Lot to give up his guests to them, that they might “know” them. They desired “carnal knowledge” (sexual relationship), even as “Adam knew Eve, his wife; and she conceived and bare Cain …” (Gen. 4:1).

The writings of Jude make plain the sin of Sodom. “Even as Sodom … giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh …” (Jude 7). In the plan of God, man was made to love, provide for, and to protect the woman, and woman was made to reverence, accompany and complete the man. When man and woman marry, they form a spiritual and physical union so perfect, Paul explained it, “… and they two shall be one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). Man with man and woman with woman in carnal union is “strange flesh.”

After Lot and his family fled the city, God rained down fire and brimstone upon Sodom and its twin city, Gomorrah. The massive crater formed by the devastating wrath of God was overflowed by the nearby Dead Sea. Deep-sea divers have descended to the bottom of the Dead Sea, and have found charred masonry, bricks, and blocks, the remains of the fiery fate of Sodom.” Jude tells us that Sodom and Gomorrah “are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude 7). God did not approve of homosexuality then and He does not now! There were no “Saints in Sodom” then and there are no “Saints in Sodom” now!

The fact remains that although Lot, himself, was not a homosexual, his continued presence in that environment, with judgment near, would have been fatal to him. What fellowship does “light” have with “darkness,” or righteousness with sin? Likewise, the sin of homosexuality poses a threat to the purity and the purpose of the church. The church is to convert sinners, not to condone their sin! The church must remain pure to pursue its purpose! “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17).

The Apostle Paul referred to “… a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).

The Evansville Courier, July 24, 1977 carried an article stating that many Bible scholars now dispute the Biblical references condemning homosexuality. In the last couple of years, some leading Christian denominations have publicly gone on record as being sympathetic with the goals of the “gay rights” movement, and some have actually licensed known homosexuals into the ministry. Other groups are presently leaning in that direction. These events are a sad commentary on the state of many so-called Christian organizations. Sin cannot be whitewashed!

“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2). In the light of the unchanging Word of God, homosexuality must be viewed as an abnormality, and a sinful condition from which one cannot maintain a meaningful relationship within the church. Sodomy does not belong in the church!

God said, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination:” (Leviticus 20:13).

John the Revelator heard the voice of God and recorded His words, “… the abominable, the murderers, and whoremongers … shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:” (Revelation 21:8). Note that homosexuality is called an abomination in Leviticus, and in Revelation, the “abominable” have their place in the lake of fire.

God spoke again to John, telling him that the obedient would enter the gates into the Holy City; but, “For without are dogs, sorcerers, and whoremongers … “(Revelation 22:15). Male prostitutes in John’s time were called “dogs.” God said they could not enter the Holy City!

Apostle Paul wrote, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind” (I Corinthians 6:9).

Paul condemned those who ignored the truth of God and sought rather to indulge in carnal lust. “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves … For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly,” (Romans 1:24, 26, and 27).

Homosexuality cannot be condoned! According to the Bible, homosexuals are trapped in a grievous, vile, unnatural, unseemly, wicked, abominable practice, which separates them from the kingdom of God! To approve their sin is to seal their doom! According to the Bible, nothing could be clearer, to be saved, they must change. Christ died to save sinners. Sinners are commanded to repent, lest they perish. Repentance means to be sorry for, and to turn away from sin. It is the role of the church to maintain a standard that exalts the “saving, cleansing, and changing” power of Jesus Christ. If the church condones sin, it cannot convert the sinner!

PART 2

“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle” (I Corinthians 14:8)?

We are living in a “tumultuous age.” All around us there are conflicts – Jews and Arabs, racial injustice, communists and non-communists; but no conflict is as pronounced as that between “light” and “darkness,” righteousness and sin! Immorality, crime, alcohol and drug abuse are increasing. Our nation needs to return to God! The “faith” of our founding Fathers must be brought out of the dusty closet of neglect, polished up through “prayer and revival,” and put to use again. “Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).

In the front lines leading the call for moral restoration, spiritual renewal, must be the church! In view of the filth on TV, the rise in abortions, the popularity of porn shops and massage parlors, we should be able to plainly see the need for a “Revival of Righteousness.” It is time that the church stops “winking” at sin and, instead, becomes the “trumpet” Apostle Paul spoke of to the Corinthian Christians that prepares souls to be victorious in the spiritual battles we are now facing, and will continue to face, against the powers of darkness!

Homosexuality is a vile sin, totally condemned by the Holy Bible! Strangely, many “so-called” Christians are now joining the forces of evil and condoning homosexuality as an acceptable alternate expression, even going so far as stating that the homosexual can be a contributing part of the church. Nonsense! In the following passages of scripture, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, I Corinthians 6:9, I Timothy 1:10, and Romans 1:24-27; homosexuality is referred to as an abomination, abuse, defilement, uncleanness, dishonor, vile, against nature, and unseemly.

In Judges, chapter 19, we are given the account of a traveler who spent the night in the city of Gibeah. During the night, “…certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him (carnal knowledge)” (Judges 19:22). The host answered the sons of Belial (which means sons of the devil), “do not so wickedly…do not this folly…do not so vile a thing” (Judges 19:23-24).

How can any Bible believing Christian today ignore the fact that the sin of Sodomy is wrong and cannot be justified? If the church condones sin, how can it convert the sinner? The role of the church is to maintain a “standard” that so exalts Christ, that the sinner can take hope that there is a way out of his sin. The blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse all sins, if the sinner is led to repentance.

Repentance is a sorrow for sins committed, and an expressed willingness to change. Jesus said, “…and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (Saint John 6:37). Jesus Christ saves those who come to him through obedience, and furthermore, makes them new creatures. He said, “Marvel not that I said unto these, Ye must be born again” (Saint John 3:7).

Those whom Christ cleanses, He changes, and thereby saves. This is the hope of all mankind.

On the cross of Golgotha’s hill, Jesus Christ shed His blood to save sinners. Every murderer, thief, harlot, adulterer, and homosexual, therefore, has a way of escape! Where psychology, analysis, counseling, and rehabilitation fail, the blood of Jesus succeeds. Only Jesus can wash away past sins and change the heart of the sinner! For the church to now excuse sin and to permit the sinner license to continue his old ways is to betray the “old rugged cross.”

There are no true Saints in Sodom! True Christians adhere to the Word of God, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17).

The “hope of the lost,” is the message of the church. The church must be the “trumpet” of the “good news;” Jesus cleanses, changes, saves, keeps, and satisfies!

PART 3

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1)

The “good news” of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ has come to save sinners! His blood was shed as atonement for the sins of mankind.

The one who obediently comes to God will be a changed person! This is why the Apostle Paul asked the question of those Christians in Rome; “Shall we continue in sin?” He immediately answered the question by saying, “God forbid, we (born again Christians) are dead to sin.” The “true saint” has come out of sin through repentance (an expression of sincere sorrow for past sins, and a willingness to change), and has been born again, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (Saint John 3:5).

The process of the “new birth” was fulfilled and explained in full on the “Day of Pentecost,” when the Church was born. Read the second chapter of Acts! You will notice in verse 37, sinners cried out, “…what shall we do?” Peter answered, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). It is the promise of God to forgive the sinner, remit his sins, and empower him, through the Holy Ghost, to overcome sin! Thus, through the “new birth,” he is dead to sin, and has become a new creature in Christ.

The greatest lie Satan has ever concocted is, “that Christians may continue in sin and contribute to the good of the church!” There is a moral code definitely set forth in the Word of God. Whoever it is, disobedience is sin! “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23). The church cannot condone sin! The drunkard, adulterer, homosexual, thief, liar, must be converted, if they are to be saved! To excuse them and pretend they are part of the church is to leave them hopeless and to weaken the church.

There are no Saints in Sodom! Any and all sinfulness must be departed from, even as Lot departed from Sodom. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (II Corinthians 6:17).

In view of the “signs of the time,” the hour has come for honest people everywhere to look to the Bible for direction! The Word of God warns the world of the fate of those who reject righteousness. Likewise the church is ordained of God to raise a standard in these evil days. Sin destroys! Jesus saves! God hates sin, but He loves the sinner. The sinner must forsake his sins to be saved. For this reason: to save, cleanse, and change, Jesus suffered, bled, died, and rose again. To tolerate what Christ sacrificed to atone would be traitorous to the cross, betrayal to the church, and damning to the soul.

Remember, the true Christian is one who comes out of sin. There are no Saints in Sodom! The true church condemns sin and through the “power” of the Gospel converts the sinner to the saving of his soul!

 
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