Lot: Living With Homosexuals

Lot: Living With Homosexuals

September 21st, 1980 @ 7:30 PM

Genesis 19:1-11

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
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LOT: LIVING WITH HOMOSEXUALS

Dr. W.A. Criswell

Genesis 19:1-11

9-21-80    7:30 p.m.

 

 

We are in the midst of the beginning of the two tremendous series of sermons that the pastor is preaching; one series at the morning hours, which will last beyond three years, and the evening hour, a series on the problems of human life, that will continue this fall until Christmas time.  At the morning hour, the theme is the great doctrines of the Bible. 

This morning, it was Books and the Book, and next Sunday morning, it will be The Foundation for the Faith.   The sermon next Sunday night at seven o’clock here in the sanctuary on the problems of human life will be Achan: the Sin We Are Afraid to Confess.  Tonight the sermon is entitled: Lot: Living with Homosexuals.

And turn with me to 2 Peter chapter 2, 2 Peter chapter 2, and we shall read out loud verses 4 through 8; 2 Peter chapter 2, verses 4 through 8.  And share your Bible with your neighbor and all of us read it out loud together.  And on radio, if you have access to the Word of God, turn to the place and read it with us, 2 Peter 2, verses 4 through 8. 

Now all of us together:

 

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly;

And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.)

[2 Peter 2:4-8]

 

Lot: Living with Homosexuals.  The first part of the sermon will be a careful look at the words used in this passage and in the New Testament and in the Old Testament.  And the reason for this is a very obvious one.  I never heard of a thing like this until I was grown.  I didn’t know what it was until I came to the city, and I certainly was not introduced into its ramifications and intimacies until I began to study for this message several months ago.  So we are going to begin with a look at the words that are used in these Holy Scriptures concerning this subject. 

It says here in this text that the Lord delivered Lot.  And the word "vexed," kataponeō, that means "to be oppressed or distressed" [2 Peter 2:7].  And used here in the passive voice, "he distressed himself."  He oppressed himself, vexed with the filthy aselgeia; that refers to unbridled lust and carnal, shameless lasciviousness. 

The word "conversation," that’s an old-time Anglo-Saxon word referring to a manner of life, anastrophē, in this Greek; it means our behavior, our manner of life.  And then it says that righteous man, Lot, dwelling among those sodomites, seeing and hearing–and you have the word translated "vexed" here again [2 Peter 2:8]; it’s an altogether different word, basanizōBasanizō refers to examining by torture, something that has been outlawed I suppose for centuries and centuries, but a long time ago, if a man was accused, they tortured him in order to get him to confess.  Now that’s the word here.  So, translated here  "vexed" again, it refers to the word "torment."  He was tormented.  He was tortured by the unrighteous deeds of those among whom he lived. 

Now when I turn back to the story of Lot in the nineteenth chapter of the Book of Genesis, those two angels, who left Mamre and Abraham [Genesis 18:1-2, 22], came to the gate of the city of Sodom, and they were met there by the mayor [Genesis 19:1].  Isn’t that unusual?  His name is Lot.  This is a good and pointed illustration of what happens when we make worldly and carnal choices.  They always end in abysmal and dismal failure and despair.  Lot chose Sodom; pitched his tent toward the cities of the plain [Genesis 13:10-12].  He comes in as a sojourner first, then he’s a citizen, then he’s the mayor of the town [Genesis 19:1].  And when these two angels come to announce to him the judgment of God upon the city, he, of course, has lost his witness.  When he pleads with his sons-in-law to escape with him from the judgment of God, they mock at their father-in-law [Genesis 19:12-14]. 

The life of Lot in the city was one of despair and failure.  When he received into his home these two emissaries from heaven, why, the men of the city gathered around the house, and they demanded that Lot bring out his guests that they might in their sodomy use them for male prostitutes and perverts [Genesis 19:4-5].  And Lot, astonished at such perverted demands, said, "Here are my daughters, take them, chaste, and virgins, and do with them as you please, but not violate the integrity of these two emissaries from heaven" [Genesis 19:6-8]. 

And the Sodomites said, "Stand back.  This fellow, this guy– this fellow Lot, a sojourner, he will be a judge now, and we are going to deal with him worse than with these" [Genesis 19:9].  And they would have violated all that could be imagined of dignity and virtue had it not been that God smote them with blindness, and the angels pulled Lot into the house [Genesis 19:10-11].  And while they were blinded and groping, the angels delivered Lot, and he escaped with his two daughters and his wife [Genesis 19:12, 15-25], who–his wife, turning back, turned into a pillar of salt, and Lot escaped with just his two daughters [Genesis 19:26].

Now this thing of sodomy: the Lord has more to say about it than I ever dreamed for.  In the Mosaic legislation, in Leviticus 18, verse 22:

 

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.  Neither shalt thou lie with any beast . . . neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down . . . Defile not yourselves in any of these things:  that is what the nations did, they defiled the land before I cast them out . . .  For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.  You shall keep Mine ordinances.  You commit not any of these abominable customs . . .  Defile not yourself: I am the Lord.

[Leviticus 18:22-24, 29-30]

 

Now I turn the page to Leviticus 20, verse 13:

 

If a man lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.  And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.  And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

[Leviticus 20:13, 15-16]

 

I turn in the pages of the Bible to Deuteronomy chapter 23, beginning at verse 17:  "There shall no whore of the daughters of Israel be, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.  Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow: for even both these are an abomination unto the Lord" [Deuteronomy 23:17-18].

Now I turn to 1 Kings, chapter 14.  And this is in the reign of Rehoboam the son of Solomon, 1 Kings, chapter 14 verse 24: "And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel" [1 Kings 14:24].

Now chapter 15, in Asa’s good reign, verse 11, 1 Kings 15:11: "Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord .  .  .  And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that the fathers had made" [1 Kings 15:11-12].

And now I turn to the last chapter, chapter 22 of 1 Kings, which describes Jehoshaphat’s good reign.  Verse 43, in the last chapter of 1 Kings: "Now Jehoshaphat walked in all the ways of Asa, the good king, his father; he turned not aside from it, he did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord" [1 Kings 22:43].  Verse 46: "And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land" [1 Kings 43:46].

Now we turn to Romans, chapter 1.  Romans, chapter 1, beginning at verse 24; Romans, chapter 1, verse 24, "God gave them up" – talking about the Greco-Roman Empire, the culture of the people:

 

God gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: they changed the truth of God into a lie, worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator … For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change their natural use into that which is against nature – lesbians – 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, sodomites – homosexuals – and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

[Romans 1:24-27]

 

Now 1 Corinthians chapter 6, 1 Corinthians chapter 6, beginning at verse 9, 1 Corinthians chapter 6 beginning at verse 9:

 

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, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

[1 Corinthians 6:9-10]

 

Now there are some words in that that I had to look up.  It uses the word here "effeminate," translated "effeminate."  That word is malakos, and that’s a bad, bad word.  It is so bad that I could hardly find its meaning.  The dictionaries and the commentaries just referred to it as a bad, bad word and that’s all.  The word malakos means "soft to the touch."  And it came to refer to that relationship between the opposite sex that we refer to as the lesbian or as the sodomite. 

Now this word translated "abusers of themselves with mankind" [1 Corinthians 6:9], that’s arsenokoitēs; arsēn is the Greek word for "male," arsēn, arsēn, "male," and koites, that’s an unusual word.  It started as being the word for "bed," then it came to mean the "marriage bed."  Then it came to refer to sexual intercourse, and arsenokoitēs refers to sexual intercourse between males; a sodomite.  The Latin word for arsenokoitēs is catamite.  I never heard of it before, catamite, but it was a part of the Greco-Roman culture.  A catamite was a male that was kept for purposes of sexual prostitution.  So many catamites, I learned, were boys. 

When the Romans or the Greeks conquered a nation, they took the men and they took the boys and they sold them into prostitution, into catamite slavery.  And a man, or a woman if it were a female, could buy one of those slaves and use the child or use the man for sexual perversion, arsenokoitēs: in Latin a catamite.

Now underneath, in the substructure of the Greco-Roman Empire, there was a San Andreas Fault, the one that we just described, and it led to the decay of the nation.  Today when I am introduced to modern American life, I don’t recognize it, and I still can hardly believe the things that these physicians and psychologists and poll-takers avow.  For example, Kinsey, in his discussion on human sexuality, the Kinsey report says that 10% of Americans are homosexual; twenty million, he says.  I read another statistical report.  It said that 13% of all the males in America and 7% of all the females in America are homosexual; 13% of the men in America are sodomites, and 7% of the woman in America are lesbians. 

These things astonish me!  I’m overwhelmed by the statistical report.  They say, these same statisticians say that in a city like San Francisco one-third of the population is homosexual.  That means that in that one city alone there are something like two hundred thousand sodomites and lesbians.  I read and pay no attention to it particularly, but I read of the marching of these gay rights people in the cities of America. 

Recently, there was a march in Washington of over 25,000 of them.  Recently in Chicago there was a march of over 5,000 of them, and recently in San Francisco there was a march of over 100,000 them.  What are they marching for?  This is what they say: "We are marching for gay rights."  Number one, the repeal of all sodomite laws in the states, and 36 states have already repealed all of those sodomite laws.  Second, they say, "We are marching for an unbiased acceptance of us in the community and especially in the corporate world; that we have jobs without sexual bias, that we be able to teach in the school, that we be able to adopt children, that we be accepted as any other heterosexual is accepted in the community." 

But not only that, in the marching of these gays, a homosexual writer in a gay magazine said, and I quote from the article that he wrote: "The ultimate goal of the gay liberation movement is freedom of sexual expression for young people and children.  We gays, we gain nothing by limiting our defense of homosexual love to consensual sex between adults.  It is absurd to charge gay men who share their sexuality with boys as child molesters.  Those of us who are struggling for gay rights are moreover hypocritical if we limit our demands to the protection of consenting adults."  They are marching for the right to have lesbian or arsenokoitēs, homosexual relationships with children and with young people, if they so desire.  Freedom of expression – this is the gay rights movement. 

Now, how are they succeeding in America?  The changing attitude of America is no less astonishing to me!  About a day or two ago, I copied this out of "Dear Meg" which appears in the Dallas Morning News.  "Dear Meg, I know you won’t print this, but I feel I must take pen in hand to thank you for your answer to Sheila, who wrote she couldn’t understand her brother’s homosexuality.  You said, ‘Don’t try to understand, accept him as he is.’  Meg, if everybody felt this way, there wouldn’t be a homosexual left in a closet in the country.  I’m a homosexual, and I know I speak for thousands of others like me.  All we want is acceptance."  And then Meg replies, "I pray you will get accepted, but it will take a while.  Thank you for sharing.  Twenty years ago your letter and Sheila’s wouldn’t have appeared in print." 

That’s the new attitude.  It’s a new day.  I read in Business Week, which is one of the most acceptable economic and financial journals in America, I read in Business Week the results of a study made of modern homosexuality in the corporate world.  Five years ago, there were only five corporations in America who would accept homosexuals.  Today, there are more than one hundred and twenty corporations that will employ homosexuals in the same way that they will employ straight, heterosexual people.  Another thing that Business Week learned in an extensive poll: they learned that the majority of the people favor homosexuals teaching in the school systems, they favor homosexuals adopting children, they favor homosexuals being leaders of Boy Scout troops, and they favor homosexual rights, presented by and defended by the legislatures.  All of this is a marvelous and amazing turning to me.  But there’s nothing in the corporate world that begins to compare with the amazing turning in the religious world. 

For example, the Right Reverend Paul Moore, the head of the Episcopal Church in New York, recently ordained to the priesthood and to the ministry Ellen Marie Barrett, who is a crusading lesbian.  Recently, not long ago, the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church appointed a committee to study the homosexual, the sodomite, in the church, what they should do with them, ordaining them.  They appointed a committee, and when the committee brought its report, there were fourteen of them in favor and five of them against.  And the general assembly – all through it – there were great numbers of people who wore pink triangles.  In the days of Hitler’s Nazi Germany, Hitler made a sodomite wear a pink triangle.  And they were wearing pink triangles in the assembly of the United Presbyterian Church. 

There are more than one hundred – there are more than one hundred homosexual churches in seven different countries of the world, and their numbers exceed twenty thousand.  The amazing thing to me is the identification of the Christian church with the sodomite and the lesbian.  But what frightens me to death, what scares me no end, is what is developing in the public school systems of America with regard to what they call sex education.  And this last week, the board of the public school system of Dallas voted that we go into the sex education program for the children of the people of Dallas.  What is that? 

All right, let’s see what it is.  The curriculum guide drawn up for schools in Ferndale, California suggests that high school students work as boy-girl pairs on physiological definitions sheets in which they define foreplay, erection, ejaculation, and similar terms.  Whether or not students are satisfied with the size of their sex organs is a topic of class discussion in the curriculum.  These discussions are to help seventh graders to make an intelligent choice of a sexual lifestyle by selecting a personal standard of sexual behavior.  Religious or moral rules other than self-expression are not part of what is offered.  Self-gratification is the approved norm. 

Homosexuality – we’re talking about sex education in the school system – homosexuality is approved and, like masturbation, is prominent among the selections offered.  "Sex in Adolescence: Its Meaning and Its Future" distributed to high school teachers by Planned Parenthood, it stresses that we must finish the contemporary sex revolution.  Our society must strive to sanction and support various forms of intimacy between members of the same sex – sodomy and lesbianism. 

In sex education, values are not presented as such.  Sex education favors homosexuality, intimacy, masturbation, and sex.  "It is healthy," they say, "that’s what the teacher is supposed to teach."  And in the planning and presenting of it in the school system, homosexuality, students role-play the parts of effeminate men and masculine women.  And they collect magazines and articles and pictures, and the unit culminates with the vocabulary list of such words as – and I won’t read them.  "This is essential knowledge for your children in the sex education program."

You stand aghast, overwhelmed, by what is happening in the culture of America.  Now, I have just a few minutes to conclude the message.  There is a solution to this problem, and these messages concern the problems of human life.  There is a solution to this.  I point out to you first of all, that "gay" may not be so gay.  It may not be as these sodomites and lesbians may think. 

God says, in the first chapter of Romans that we read a moment ago, that these women who burn toward other women and these men who work with other men what is unseemly – now you look at what God says, "They receive in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet" [Romans 1:27], which was right.  God says that gay sodomy, lesbianism, carries with it a concomitant, a corollary, a judgment that you cannot escape.  That’s the reason for the great rate of suicide among them. 

I had an associate here, a minister here, my first associate.  He went to the cemetery and blew his brains out, killed himself.  He was found molesting little boys, and rather than face the judgment, he destroyed his own life.  There is a carrying of a heavy and grievous burden.  "Gay" may not be so gay.  God has a solution; God has a deliverance and a way of victory and triumph. 

I one time heard it said that it is morally wrong to paint a picture of a forest without a way out.  It is always morally wrong, I think, to preach or to present a subject without showing the way to life and light and liberty and victory.  Even Masters and Johnson, in their long extended study with homosexuality, avowed that it is possible, it is possible for the homosexual to change if he has a deepening motivation. 

All right, you look at the Word of God: in this passage we read in 1 Corinthians chapter 6, you look at what God says: "Some of you" it says, writing to the church at Corinth, "were fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, malakos" – translated here "effeminate": lesbians, abusers of themselves with mankind, arsenokoitēs, sodomites.  Now you look at what he says: "Some of you were thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners" [1 Corinthians 6:9-10].

 Now look at what the apostle says: "And such were some of you" [1 Corinthians 6:11].  Some of you were malakos.  Some of you were arsenokoitēs.  Some of you were idolaters.  Some of you were thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortionists. Some of you were, "but"–he says–"but now you are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" [1 Corinthians 6:11].  A man doesn’t have to be anything wrong and sinful and perverted. 

One of the things that I read over and over again in my study is some of these psychologists avow that homosexuality is genetically conditioned; that we inherited it.  That’s not so!  Let me read a report from Lorne Brown, M.D. in the University Health Center of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Now you listen to what he says: "Let me dispel the great myth about homosexuality, that it is a condition one does not choose and for which one is not responsible.  A homosexual becomes one by a series of choices.  These choices may seem imperceptible to him because they’re not at first conscious choices to overt homosexual activity.  Most frequently, they are those of social attraction, for reasons other than sexual, to a person of the same sex.  As the friendship becomes more intimate, some sexual stimulation occurs; and if there is not a prior commitment to its wrongness, the homosexual conduct, this develops into overt acts.  The pattern, if not abruptly broken off, develops more rapidly if the person or persons with whom the novice associates is already a practicing homosexual.  As the friendship deepens, the values and lifestyle of the friends become accepted, then one day he "discovers" that he really has a preference for homosexuality.  This is entirely because of the conditioning that has taken place and has no basis whatever in his genetic, anatomic, or physiologic makeup."

And then I have here a study from Dr. Ruben, M.D., who says that in psychology, it is definitely proven that homosexuality is not inherited.  It is an acquired characteristic.  It is a learned sin, an act of perversion.  You don’t have to be a homosexual.  You don’t have to be a sodomite.  You don’t have to be a lesbian.  It is a learned and practiced sin.  Now, Paul says to this church in Corinth, "Some of you were malakos, some of you were arsenokoitēs.  Some of you were thieves, and covetous, and drunkards, and revilers, and extortioners, but now – but now – you are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" [1 Corinthians 6:11].

May I point out one amazing thing here?  Do you notice that this sin of homosexuality is not set aside as a special or an unusual sin?  It is one out of a whole list of them.  You find that in the Mosaic legislation.  Homosexuality was one out of pages and pages and pages of wrongdoing.  And so here in the New Testament, it is one out of many, many, many sins. 

In other words, what Paul – and what God – is saying to us: that these things that we express in our lives are but concomitants and corollaries and addenda of our fallen nature.  And some of us sin in this way, and some of us sin in that way, and some of sin in still other ways, but all of us are sinners [Romans 3:23].  And there’s no need for some of us to point to others of us and say, "Look at that vile sinner," when we ourselves are vile sinners.  In our own different ways, we transgress the laws of God and do violence to the wonderful expectation of God in calling us into the glory of His name. 

What shall we do?  We shall die in our sins and in our depravity were it not that God in His mercy from heaven looked down upon the children of old man Adam and said, "Thus will I do, that they might be saved" [Matthew 1:21].  And He came in His incarnate Son [Matthew 1:23], and suffered for our sins, all of them [1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 10:4-14], and paid that penalty of death on the tree [1 Peter 1:24], and was raised that we might be justified [Romans 4:25], and stands at the right hand of the throne of God in heaven, our great Mediator and Intercessor [Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25, 12:2].  The way of devotion and acceptance and forgiveness is open to all of us.  No matter what our propensities or propinquities or affinities, alike we are acceptable in the sight of God, through the blood of Jesus [Revelation 1:5], in the mercy and grace of our wonderful Lord [Ephesians 2:8]. 

And it remains for me, having accepted the grace and love and forgiveness of Christ, to walk in the shadow of His lordship – what Jesus is able to do, to deliver us.  A hetero- can be as full of lust as a homo-.  Chastity and holiness are never easy.  This vile world is no friend of grace to carry us on to God: some of us tried in one way, some of us tempted in another way, all of us stumbling in some way.  But when we stumble, we ought to reach out to the hand of the Lord Jesus and ask God to pick us up, to raise us up, to set our feet upon the Rock, and to give us strength and His gracious presence that we might walk in His way, pleasing to the Lord, useful in His service.  And that is God’s invitation to us all. 

We need the Lord.  We need God’s forgiveness.  We need the mercies of Jesus, open toward us like a fountain flowing to cleanse and to save.  And to all of us who find refuge in our blessed Lord, there comes the fullness of the joy that’s beyond any joy comparable in the earth – the joy of the Spirit, the joy of the fullness of the meaning of life, the joy of walking in the light of the Lord.  And that is God’s message of salvation and invitation to us.  "This is the way, walk ye in it [Isaiah 30:21].  This is My Son to love, to adore, to bow in His presence in deepest gratitude.  This is the church, the community, and the communion of the family of God.  Come and walk with us in the love of the Lord.  God bless us as we respond to this gracious appeal of Jesus with our lives. 

Now may we stand together?  Our Lord in heaven, when it says, "You were tried, You were tempted in all points such as we are, though You were without sin; Lord" [Hebrews 4:14-15], were You tried as I’m tried?  Were You tempted as I’m tempted?  The Book says You were.  Then the Book says because You were, You can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities [Hebrews 4:15].  You know all about us.  Then Lord, the wonderful invitation: "Wherefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that ye might find strength and help in the day of need" [Hebrews 4:16].  O blessed, blessed, Jesus, what a wonderful friend Thou art, forgiving us, helping us, strengthening us, blessing us, walking with us, receiving us, dying for us.  We could never ever thank Thee and praise Thee enough. 

And our Lord, in this appeal tonight, in the great throng in God’s house, may the Holy Spirit speak to a family, speak to a couple, speak to one somebody lost, that they might find in Thee a Savior, a friend, tonight. 

In a moment, we shall sing our invitation hymn.  And in the balcony round, you, on this lower floor, you: "Pastor, the Spirit of God has come into my heart and spoken to me, and I’m answering with my life.  I’m bringing my family.  We’re all coming tonight."  "This is my friend, both of us are coming."  "This is my wife, the two of us are coming."  "This is my child; bringing this youngster to the feet of the blessed Jesus."  Or, "Pastor, I’m coming myself.  I am accepting the Lord as my Savior, and I am coming." 

As the Spirit shall press the appeal to your heart, answer with your life.  And our Lord, we pray for the family, and for the people, and for the couple, and for that one somebody to whom the Spirit makes appeal this holy hour, in His saving grace, amen. 

Down one of those stairways, down one of these aisles, with our ministers present, with our deacons welcoming, a family, a couple, you, "Pastor, tonight I’ve decided for God and here I am."  While we pray, while we wait and while we sing.

LOT: LIVING WITH HOMOSEXUALS

Dr. W.A. Criswell

Genesis 19:1-11

9-21-80

 

I.              Scripture concerning homosexuality

1.    2 Peter 2:6-8 – Lot distressed over the unbridled lust of Sodom

2.    Genesis 19:1-11 – Lot chooses worldly Sodom to live

3.    Sodomy references in Scripture

a.    Mosaic Law: Leviticus 18:22-23; 20:13; Deuteronomy 23:17-18

b.    1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46

c.    Romans 1:24-28

d.    1 Corinthians 6:9

II.            In American society today

1.    Kinsey report – 10% of Americans are homosexual

2.    Survey – 13% men and 7% women are homosexuals

3.    Marching for their right to be perverse – demand that a homosexual relationship with a minor should not be a crime

4.    Goals are to encourage young people to become homosexuals

III.           Changing attitudes in America

1.    Dear Meg letter in Dallas News

2.    Business Week poll of open homosexuality in businesses

3.    Christian churches openly accepting homosexuality

4.    Public schools encouraging homosexuality

IV.          God’s solution

1.    God’s judgment of lifestyle is inescapable Romans 1:24-27

2.    1 Corinthians 6:11: sinful evil lifestyle is escapable through God’s power and love

3.    Scientific studies claim homosexuality is a choice and not pre-determined

4.    Homosexuality is not singled out in Scripture but in 1 Corinthians 6:10 is listed with other sinful lifestyles.  It is something God can eliminate in someone’s life.  1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 1:9

5.    Jesus is the solution to every sin problem and every evil, sinful lifestyle