Why Were Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed?

Jude 7 – …just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

In Genesis, God eviscerates a place called Sodom and Gomorrah and there are six reasons. At least one of the primary reasons God killed everyone but one family in this area is for sexual sin, as the men wanted to gang rape what they perceived to be men (but were angels) visiting the city: 

  1. The sexual sin of Sodom and Gomorrah has long been held to be homosexuality as our English word “sodomy” indicates. 
  2. God warned earlier in Genesis 13:12-13, “Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.”
  3. Genesis 18:20-21 reports, “Then the LORD said, ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.’”
  4. Genesis 19:5 says, “They [the men of Sodom] called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.’” This Hebrew word for sex is consistently translated as “sex” (e.g., 4:1, 4:17, 4:25, 24:16). Furthermore, the same word is used in Genesis 19:8 in saying that Lot’s daughters had not had “sex” with any men. 
  5. The parallel account of Genesis 19 in Judges 19 likewise speaks of homosexual gang rape, which is likewise condemned there also.
  6. Jude 7 says, “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

In Jude’s day, in our day, in the days of Genesis, and in every day in between, people find new ways to commit the same sexual sins. The same demons that empower people to commit sexual sin in Scripture are the same demons empowering the rainbow parade towards Sheol in our day. 

Read Romans 1:18-32 to learn more about what Jude means by the phrase “sexual immorality” and “unnatural desire”.

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