Sodom and Gomorrah: Why God destroyed them

I think that we have all heard or read the text from Genesis 19 where the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is attributed to it’s sexual sin. But as Paul Harvey would have said – here’s the rest of the story;

The sins of those two towns doesn’t begin and end with Genesis 19. For a glimpse at the remainder of the tale, we need to look at Ezek 16:49. It reads as follows;

“‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.”

I think that it’s easy for us to condemn homosexuals – their sin is so obvious on the outside and they are an easy mark for us to focus on. We also sin similarly, but on the inside, where nobody except God can see. Jesus said that whenever we look at a woman with lust in our heart, we commit adultery. Think of pornography, have you looked at pornography in the last month or two? Have you looked at a woman in the supermarket, or in the street, and entertained lust in your heart? Then don’t criticize homosexuals, it is hypocrisy. Jesus condemned the Pharisees most severely for doing just this.

If this (pornography) isn’t America’s worst sin, then it’s the next one; “arrogant, overfed and unconcerned – they didn’t help the poor and needy”. Gluttony (being overfed) is listed as one of the worst of sins, as in Phil 3:18-19;

“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears,many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.”

You haven’t heard these verses preached on in your church lately, have you? It might upset some of the paying customers in their seats. We, as the church, have to repent of our own sins – pull first the plank from our own eye, then after we have fixed that, concern ourselves with the splinter in our homosexual brother’s eye. And not by condemning him or her, but by praying for them!


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20 Responses to Sodom and Gomorrah: Why God destroyed them

  1. Andy says:

    I couldn’t agree more Dave. Good word.


    • Thanks Andy. It means a lot to me. I’m new at this after being sidelined for so long. I know that the Lord used me even through all the issues involved in my disability. I’m still trying to learn a balance between what I think that I can do, and what the Lord really wants me to do.



  2. William Stewart says:

    It is one thing to think of something and have lust (one sin) and another sin to actually carry out an act of it. Sodom was destroyed and record their desire to actually carry their lust out again the angels from heaven, but Romans 1 shows the actions of homosexuals as the final state of rebelion against the knowledge of God and is a sign of the final departure of our nation and the world from God.
    Thanks for a very good website, and being open for a comment. William


    • I agree with your comment William – the action is different from the thought. From human eyes, there appears to be a vast difference between “just” the thought vs. the enormity of the deed. But when you look at it from God’s point of view, He appears to look at the two in very much the same way. Let’s look at a few scripture references that illustrate this;

      – In Matthew 5:27-28, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (ESV).

      Obviously, in this case, God tells us that there is zero difference between allowing lust to run on in your mind and the actual deed of adultery. To any man with heterosexual tendencies, this seems a daunting, if not impossible, command to obey.

      – Matthew 5: 21-26. “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment’ …. and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.”

      Here again, and throughout Matthew 5, Jesus vigorously points out that the punishment for a thought or a mere statement is just the same as it is for the deed of murder! Who can obey and live with commandments such as these? James shows us the principle behind these instructions from our Lord;

      – James 2:10 “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”

      William, you probably haven’t heard the above scripture from James discussed much in your church. Not in any that I’ve attended either, so don’t feel bad! In God’s mind, we are guilty of breaking the entire law if we break just a single part of it! Let me state it in a more precise way. If we just once allow lust for a women (or man) to run on willfully, with intent, in our mind, then He will hold us guilty of having had sex with her too. Furthermore, that one lustful thought that we deliberately allowed to continue on in our mind, makes us just as guilty as any one of the practicing homosexuals who were destroyed in Sodom and Gomorrah. God sees NO difference between the thought and the deed in terms of eternal judgement.

      Now He may decide, just as He did in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, to utterly destroy a town and it’s occupants because they were sexually immoral, failed to take care of the poor and practiced gluttony. Presumably, from God’s position of perfect morality and foreknowledge, He knew that these twin towns had reached a point from which they were irredeemable. In His eyes, they appear to have had nothing positive left to offer the world. He may have even had the intent to use them as an example to the rest of us.

      But the mistake that we often make as Christians is to somehow think that their sins were worse in His judgement than ours, and nothing could be further from the truth. Remember James 2:10, if we break any single point of the Law, then we are responsible for breaking it all. You and I are no more righteous than the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah. If you alone had been the only human being that ever existed on the face of the Earth, then your personal sins would have made it necessary for Our Saviour Jesus to come done and die in agony on the cross for your salvation. And He would have still willingly suffered through it all, just for your salvation William.

      The Message of the Cross is that each one of us is individually responsible for His death. As long as we continue to think that homosexuality (or anyone else’s sin) is somehow a greater wrong than the ones that we have personally committed, then we are deceived. It’s the equivalent of walking around with a plank in our eye criticizing others for their shortcomings.

      Romans 1 does indeed state that homosexuality is a sin. But I don’t see in the chapter a statement from God that homosexuality is a symbol of a nation’s “final state of rebellion”. Perhaps you can show me where it says that William.

      Romans 1:18-19 states that the “wrath of God is revealed from heaven against ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them. for God has shown it to them”. (my emphasis).

      Romans 1:20-23 continues on (imo) to condemn those who consider random evolution and not God’s Creation to be the method that caused the universe to come into existence. “Professing to be wise, they became fools,” – to me, a perfect description of the majority of today’s scientific community.

      Romans 1:24-27 is probably the passage that you were referring to. It says that as a result of the above mentioned sins that God gave them over into abnormal sexual lusts such as homosexuality and lesbianism. But it isn’t stated to be the “final state of rebellion” of a nation.

      Romans 1:28-32 goes on to list man’s sins that are consistent with total decline, but nowhere is homosexuality listed specifically as one of them. It’s included in a long list of sins under “sexual immorality” which includes heterosexual sins also (e.g. lusting after a woman in one’s thoughts). Equally condemned are “inventors of evil things” and those who are “disobedient to parents”.

      I remember the sermon from the radio that you are referring to, but that pastor simply skipped reading the parts of Romans 1 that didn’t agree with the point that he wanted to make – that homosexuals are the worst sinners in the U.S. It was popular because it allows Christians to avoid taking responsibility for their own terrible sins, myself not excluded.

      I hope that I haven’t gone on too long here William! I just wanted to do justice to your comment. Please reply back if anything that I’ve written seems to be out of step with the Bible.



      • William Stewart says:

        A few thoughts:
        All sin in principle may be equal in their nature deserve eternal punishment from a righteous God. Jesus spoke in the verses you quoted to reveal their own inner sins in judging the woman, however there are several other verses that indicate they are treated differently in God’s judgments.
        Note 1 John 5:16-17, If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
        Another verse that indicates our thought is one thing and our actions are another thing, both sins, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold (Ephesians 4:26-27 quoting Psalms 4:4).
        Another portion that divides our sinful nature and acts following is Romans 6:12-13, Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God…
        For instance, at the judgment of the lost there will be one book revealing they were not saved, the book of life; then there will be other books opened recording what they had done (Greek: NT:2041, ergon, from a primary (but obsolete) ergo (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act ).
        It states In Matthew 5:29-30, If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. This I believe is describing the future instant judgment during the earthly kingdom of Christ but seems to distinguish between two sins.
        This is not an argument just my thoughts. Bless you in your work.
        From Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.


        • There is no sin that “deserves” eternal punishment. Such a position is immoral.


          • William Stewart says:

            You can say anything as free speech in the U.S., but that doesn’t make it so, I believe every word and a Hell with torment and a Lake of fire reserved for eternity for all those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord according to Romans 10:9-10.


          • Hi William. As you may have guessed, I do not take the whole Bible as being the literal word of God. And, if God does exist, then I may have an opinion as to His will that may be different from Paul’s view. I am fond of Jesus, but I don’t believe in the supernatural.


          • But, getting back to torture. I think the story of Hell is a warning to us of how life on Earth will become if we make the wrong choices and live in sin. Sodom was an example of Hell. So is the condition in Syria today where no one is safe and everyone is surrounded by destruction. That could be us. Christianity is, I believe, one of the reasons why that isn’t us. On the other hand, we have moderated our religious extremism through a secular government, where extremism, like torturing a child to “cast out a demon” is not allowed by law.


  3. William, your comment has been sitting there for a few months now without a response from me – perhaps God is trying to tell me something about procrastination! He’s right, as always, but also forgiving of my sins through the wonderful blood of Jesus.

    In response to the Scripture quotes that you have have mentioned, I would respond that they mostly refer to punishment that the sinner receives in his/her physical lifetime. For example, in your first quote, I John 5:16-17, it seems pretty clear to my eyes that John is referring to sins that result in physical death, not spiritual death. The same for Romans 6:12-13 and Ephesians 4. Some sins that we commit result in a physical punishment in addition to the spiritual offense.

    I continue to believe that the Bible tells us that God judges or assesses our sins spiritually as being of the same value. That is not to minimize any sin, but just to emphasize the quote from James 2:10;

    “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.”

    It’s always worth remembering that if you (or I) were the only person to have ever existed, your first sin would have necessitated Jesus’ perfect blood sacrifice in order to allow us to enter into God’s presence in heaven. Now that first sin could have been as simple as picking a fruit from a forbidden tree, not the deliberate massacre of 6 million Jews. Are you any better or different from Hitler at God’s Great White Throne judgement? No, I don’t think so, because the scripture cannot be broken. Failing in one single point, i.e. the fruit from the tree, is as accountable as breaking the entire law.

    I know that this is a tough lesson for our eyes. Hitler was an evil, evil man. But answer this for me; would Jesus’ sacrifice have to have been anything less than His death to pay for yours and my sins, or Hitler’s? In my opinion, the Bible teaches that our sins demand the same awful sacrifice as Hitler’s, even though he appears to us to have been one of the very worst men to have ever lived. Don’t forget, of course, that Hitler had to die a death of ignominy. He was forced by his circumstances to commit suicide in a death that to him must have seemed absolute failure.

    When you and I meet our own death, I hope and believe that we will be looking forward to being with our Lord Jesus, the Alpha and Omega. His love, compassion and forgiveness have no match in this earthly existence. Hitler, on the other hand, no doubt had nothing good at all to look forward at, except perhaps the deception that his suffering was about to end. He received an earthly punishment that was death in both this life and the next.

    I hope that I have made sense here, and I apologize for taking so long to answer your question.

    God bless you William …. Dave


  4. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Best wishes! Where are your contact details though?|


    • Hi Isabelle! I’m glad that we see eye-to-eye on this issue! I would be pleased to discuss all things political and theological, or maybe just chat about whatever might be on your mind. I can be reached privately at my email address at Looking forward to hearing from you.

      In Jesus’ name



  5. Westenbarger says:

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your weblog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!|


    • Hi there Westenbarger! Thank you so much for your encouraging message. Atascocita in Texas, that’s a new one on me! I looked it up and it shows it as a suburb of Houston (?). Am I correct? And it also says 84% population growth since 2000! Growing quick.

      I’ve been to Houston many times, also to Waco on multiple occasions. My wife and I used to be part of a loose grouping of churches that were advised by Robert Ewing, a remarkable and humble man. He was based in Waco. I loved the Alamo too! Texas is a great place with wonderful folks.

      I can be reached at if you have any questions, or if you’d just like to chat.

      In Jesus’ precious name,



  6. Maribel says:

    It’s hard to come by experienced people on this subject, but you
    sound like you know what you’re talking about!


  7. William Stewart says:

    Many things in the Old Testament are revealed in the New note Jude 7: In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion… The Greek word for sexual immorality is, ekporneuo, meaning from the source of porneuo, unlawful lust or sex. The Greek words for perversion are two words: hetero, meaning different or other; and sarx, meaning the soft covering of the bones of the body.
    Then the verse ends with the warning , They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.


    • I agree with your comment William. What is your point though? I’m not arguing with anyone who would say that homosexuality is a sin. But I think that by over focusing on others homosexuality, you are overlooking your own sins. What sins are you committing, perhaps in secret, when no-one can see you (except God and your memory)?

      There is a source of forgiveness for you, you know. If you seek it.

      ps. I’m here to help you, that’s the real purpose of this blog. Nothing that you have done could be worse than my own sins, practiced or considered. I’m always here at if you need a more private help than this public blog.


  8. A handicap impairs someone’s ability to do what people are normally able to do. People can normally see colors, but some are born colorblind. People can normally hear, but some are born deaf.

    A person is normally attracted to the opposite sex. This is nature’s way to encourage mating and offspring.

    But the gay person’s mating attraction is to someone of the same sex. This impairs, but does not necessarily prevent, normal mating. Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson married, had two daughters with his wife, and only later chose to follow his natural desire. He was honest with his wife from the beginning and his new life partner is loved by his ex-wife and daughters.

    Like any other handicap, being gay is limited and specific. You probably would not know someone is gay until they tell you.

    A caring community normally supports individuals with handicaps. We reject prejudices that some people may have about them. We try to imagine what it would be like to walk in their shoes. We admonish our children to not make fun of someone who is different from themselves. And, to the degree possible, we accommodate that person’s special needs.


    • Marvin – let me make sure that I make clear the basis from which I write on the subject of homosexuality. In my opinion, the Bible states that it’s no more or less a sin than any other one of the 613 that God specified to Moses as a part of the Law. About 1,400 years later, Jesus went a step further in that regard, and told us that it was God’s intention all along that our hearts match our actions, so that we don’t merely suppress our lusts and make an outward show of “holiness”.

      Consequently, it would be hypocritical for me to criticize another man or woman for their sexual desires and actions. I am heterosexual and married, but I have lusted in my heart after many other women and have therefore failed to live up to the standard set forth by God, ie. that I be pure in my heart. A major factor in my giving my life over to the Lord Jesus is that He lay down His life as a sacrifice in payment for my sins, specifically including my inability to live up to God’s standard in controlling my thoughts. He did for me what I was unable to do for myself – paid the price so that I might stand before God and be pure in His sight despite my own failings.

      The Bible tells us that homosexuality is an identical failing. For someone who is gay, lusting after someone of the same sex is a sin, just as lusting after a another woman is a sin for me. God provided only one outlet for our sexual desires – marriage between a man and a woman, anything else is missing the mark of perfection, regardless of the circumstance, be it male/male, female/female, or male/female outside of marriage. Having, hopefully, expressed that in an understandable fashion, it leads me into why there is a heaven and a hell.

      God is perfect, pure and totally holy without sin in any way, shape or form. He is love with a capital L. In a similar sense He is compassion, forgiveness, and mercy. He desires that all human beings would live with Him for eternity in heaven in a setting of perfect love. But since He is absolutely perfect, holy and pure, no imperfection (no sin) can exist in His presence. And critical to understanding this question is remembering that He is the Being who created the Universe by simply speaking it into existence. We cannot hope to stand before Him with any portion of sin upon us.

      It was never His desire that any person be apart from Him – He wants us all to live with Him in perfection. And so He made a way that all of us could reach that perfect purity, by simply asking Him to wash us clean of our sins, our imperfections, through the blood that His Son, the Lord Jesus, sacrificed on the cross at Calvary. Jesus told us that if we come to Him just as a little child would, admitting our faults before Him, and asking Him to wash us clean, He will do just that.

      But what is it that makes us reject this simple truth? Our pride. In my own case, it took me 30 years until I finally came to the point where I found myself forced to abandon the hope that I could ever make myself holy enough to enter into His presence. From the age of 18 until I was 30, I practiced Zen Buddhist meditation in the vain belief that it would make me, step by step, free from my attraction to lust, drugs, booze and any other momentarily pleasurable habits and experiences. These were all actions that I knew were wrong, but I simply didn’t want to admit to myself that I lacked the willpower to control them.

      Now, even though I’ve bent my knee figuratively before God and admitted my weakness, that I needed the forgiveness that He had already provided through His Son, I certainly can’t claim to be any holier than anyone else. That’s not what being a believer in Jesus does for you. Instead it provides forgiveness for those faults that I was unable to cure through my own efforts. It’s the anti-thesis of pride – admitting that you are imperfect and need help before you can ever hope to come before Him after you die and be forgiven of your sins.

      Of course, for someone who thinks that God doesn’t exist and that the Universe somehow created itself, despite the logical leaps of faith that one has to make to get there – this is all foolishness, with a capitol “F”. But to me, as a child up to about the age of 13, it was obvious that a personal God existed. As a child, I prayed to Him often when I was alone, even though both my parents were professing atheists, and I’d never regularly attended a church or synagogue. In fact, in the era that I grew up in London, England, it was obvious to me that all the organized religious activity that I was exposed to was empty formalism, without any inner meaning, without any life changing and real contact with God at all.

      It was not until I was about 29 that I met anyone who really showed the effect of having a real and true relationship with God. Up until that point in my life, I thought that any truth and meaning that Jesus brought to the earth had been lost 1,900 years ago. It was only when I started to meet people who described themselves as “born again Christians” that I saw that there was a life changing experience to be had in Christianity. When I met them, it was obvious that something had radically changed their lives. Now THAT interested me – not the dry and dead formalism that I associated with “churches”. I have written an entry in this blog titled “My Son, Jesus, Has Already Done It All” that describes how I reached that born again experience myself.

      If you too would like to experience that same life changing presence of God that I have had in my life for the last 32 years, it’s available to anyone who can humble themselves before God. If you’re afraid that you might miss the opportunity to live with the Lord Jesus in bliss, in heaven, for all eternity, there is a simple prayer that you can say to ask Him into your heart and change your life forever;

      “Heavenly Father, I admit to you that I have fallen short of your perfection in my life. I’ve sinned in many ways, and on many occasions. Will You please forgive me? I know in my heart that you sent Your Son, the Lord Jesus, to live the perfect life that I could not lead. Please send Your Spirit to live within my heart from this moment on. Cleanse me within Lord, and enable me to live a life pleasing to You. Please speak to me Lord – I want to hear Your Voice.”

      If you prayed that prayer as sincerely as you could, you are now a born again Cristian. I can be contacted at , and I will be pleased to help you take whatever further steps the Lord guides you on.

      In Jesus’ precious name …. Dave


      • 1) There is nothing wrong with holding the position that it is morally better for a homosexual to seek a normal relationship with someone of the opposite sex. However, it would be wrong to force that choice upon someone who, by nature or by God’s own creation, has the incompatible sexual orientation. It’s like forcing a left-handed person to use his right hand.

        I would agree with you that lust for someone other than your partner might be considered a precursor to sin, but your parallel fails unless you also grant the right of the homosexual to have a life partner as you do.

        2) Moral judgment should not be a matter of “might makes right”. Therefore it should make no difference whether God created the universe or not. It should only matter whether He is right or wrong. Considering the fact that the Bible reflects the ethical norms of the cultures at the times it was written, the only way to secure God’s perfection would be to divorce his voice from the voice of the fallible humans who wrote what they, at the time, thought God would say. For example, today, God would no longer support slavery.

        3) The point of penalty is first correction, but if the offender is incorrigible, then prison offers protection for the rest of us against further harm. By human moral standards torture cannot be justified, because it goes beyond what is reasonably required. And there is nothing that can be done in a finite time on Earth that could justify even having one’s knuckles rapped throughout eternity. At some point in eternity, the harm of the penalty would outweigh the harm done on Earth.

        Heaven and Hell are real. But they are two different outcomes of our choices that will occur here on earth. We have seen both in the evening news.


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