A Sin Worse Than Sodomy
Rev. Angus Stewart
Sodom was destroyed by God with fire and brimstone
from heaven chiefly because of its homosexuality (Gen. 19:4-5, 24; II
Peter 2:6-8; Jude 7). Yet Jesus Christ spoke of a sin worse than sodomy:
"But I say unto you [people of Capernaum], That it shall be more
tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee"
(Matt. 11:24; cf. 10:15). Sodom’s punishment on the Judgement Day will
be less ("more tolerable") than Capernaum’s, because Capernaum’s sin was
worse. This sin was rejecting the testimony of God through Jesus’
miracles or "mighty works" (11:23) and despising the gospel and
messengers of Christ (10:14). This sin of unbelief, committed by many
"respectable" people who would not dream of committing homosexual acts,
is worse in God’s eyes than sodomy. Let us, therefore, not despise the
gospel of Christ, for "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great
salvation?" (Heb. 2:3).
John Calvin explains this more fully: "Christ
mentioned Sodom rather than other cities, not only because it went
beyond them all in flagitious crimes, but because God destroyed it in an
extraordinary manner, that it might serve as an example to all ages, and
that its very name might be held in abomination. And we need not wonder
if Christ declares that they will be treated less severely than those
who refuse to hear the gospel. When men deny the authority of Him who
made and formed them, when they refuse to listen to his voice, nay,
reject disdainfully his gentle invitations, and withhold the confidence
which is due to his gracious promises, such impiety is the utmost
accumulation, as it were, of all crimes. But if the rejection of that
obscure preaching was followed by such dreadful vengeance, how awful
must be the punishment that awaits those who reject Christ when he
speaks openly! Again, if God punishes so severely the despisers of the
word, what shall become of furious enemies who, by blasphemies and a
venomous tongue, oppose the gospel, or cruelly persecute it by fire and
sword?" (Comm. on Matt. 10:15).
See also "The
Presbyterian Church in Ireland and Sodomy."
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