Those who viewed the first installment of The History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ miniseries know that far more than merely utilizing creative license, the producers of this series woefully and sinfully altered not simply the biblical text, but biblical truth. Among many grave and concerning alterations, one particular omission stood out, and it seems important to highlight it, especially considering the current moral state of society.
The producers of ‘The Bible’ appear to have taken it upon themselves to alter the story of Sodom and the reason for God’s destruction of this city. Perhaps they did not have access to a dictionary so that they could look up the term ‘sodomy,’ or perhaps they simply forgot to glance at the biblical narrative that clearly explains the sins of this city. Regardless of the reason, the unfortunate result is that the sin of homosexuality, and God’s righteous judgment and wrath upon those who were impenitently engaged in this sin, were ignored. Instead, ‘The Bible’ depicted the sins of Sodom as men behaving promiscuously with women, rather than with those of the same sex. Other significant discrepancies occurred in the telling of this narrative, but this element strikes one as the most notable in a time when many are seeking to normalize the sin of homosexuality.
God was quite clear, however, about the sins of Sodom when He inspired Moses to record this story in Genesis 18 and 19.
Then the LORD said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.
But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.” Lot went out to the men at the entrance, shut the door after him, and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly. Behold, I have two daughters who have not known any man. Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please. Only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.” But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he has become the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door down. But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them and shut the door. And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.(Gen. 18:20–21; 19:1–11)
The men of the city sinfully sought out the two angels, who they knew only as strangers to their city, so that they might “know them.” The context implies that the men of the city desired to know these men sexually, i.e., to have homosexual relations with them. No doubt this is why Lot earlier implored them not to spend the night in the town square.
So consumed with their sinful lusts and unsatisfied with Lot’s cowardly offer of his two virgin daughters, the men nearly broke down the door of Lot’s house so that they could act upon their homosexual desires. It seems undeniable that the story of Sodom and Gomorrah acts as a vivid description and validation of Paul’s words in Romans:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Rom. 1:18–32)
Truly the men of Sodom were clear and real examples of those who had been given over to a debased mind “to do what ought not to be done.”
In the world today, there is a constant push for men to come to accept, and even celebrate, the sin of homosexuality. Scarcely a day goes by that so-called gay ‘marriage’ is not found in the headlines. From government to churches, the cry for tolerance of this sinful behavior is declared from every sector of society. Yet the Christian knows that the Bible cannot be denied. Thus, no matter what the culture proclaims, the man who hopes in the Lord and who trusts in and lives by the truth found in His Word, knows that such debauchery should never be celebrated as morally right. The Christian must stand firm on these truths of Scripture as found in the written Word, not as found in a television miniseries.
Perhaps the most wonderful news, however, is that even those who are bound by the sin of homosexuality can find forgiveness and freedom in Jesus Christ. The Lord will forgive any man who comes to him in repentance and faith, believing and trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.