I want to tell you about a certain society — one that cast God aside and consequently sunk into a pit of gross darkness. Despising the Light, this society became a magnet for every kind of evil spirit. Law and order collapsed; every man was a law unto himself. The entire society was abandoned to the devil, and no moral force remained to hinder its headlong rush into hell.
There was no honor, decency or self-respect left among them, no reverence for life whatsoever. Justice and kindness faded away, and the people were overcome with lust and licentiousness. They sneered at virtue, their consciences seared and calloused. They scoffed at the fear of God and mocked righteousness.
They became totally inhospitable, possessing the heart and indifference of a beast. They had no pity for the poor. All spiritual desire was extinguished, and gross materialism and fleshly lusts became their gods. The people became totally shockproof, so that the vilest, bloodiest crimes were accepted as normal behavior.
I am actually describing two societies here: Sodom and America. We know of Sodom's terrible end — and Scripture shows us that America is fast becoming another Sodom!
Homosexual Sodomites came out of their closets and became activists, casting a demonic spell over a whole generation of men and boys. They grew politically powerful, controlling everything. Sodom became the world's gay capital, a society so vile, wicked and crazed with violence that its sins thundered throughout the heavens, filling God's holy environment with a hellish cry.
God dispatched two angels to Sodom, and it seemed even they were shocked by the utter degradation and wickedness they saw. The society mocked marriage and left children abandoned, scared and confused. (How could any society ruled by a homosexual spirit not witness the destruction of decent family life?)
No visiting male was safe in Sodom. Roving gangs of homosexuals freely cruised the streets and alleys, looking for rape victims. And no one dared stop them — no politician, no police officer, no uprising of enraged parents.
Yet the generation living in Sodom at this time had received a blessing from God: He had delivered them from a bloody war. While Bera was king of Sodom and Birsha was king of Gomorrah, four powerful nations came against them and took the people captive, plundering everything. God sent Abraham to rescue King Bera and his nephew Lot, and everything was recovered. But even that great deliverance did not change Sodom's wicked ways. The people took God's blessing for granted and didn't give Him credit.
Like Sodom, America was delivered by God, in the desert of Kuwait. Yet for us, as for Sodom, this was not preservation — it was merely a reprieve. We have not so much been preserved against judgment as we are being reserved for judgment, if we do not humble ourselves before God.
The Lord demonstrated His great mercy toward Sodom just before He destroyed it. And He did the same for us in Kuwait. But like Sodom, America will not change. Homosexuals will advance unchallenged and sin will reign!
The roving gay crowd of Sodom heard that two handsome men were visiting Lot's house. Within hours, they had surrounded the place, trying to knock down the doors to gang-rape the visiting angels. So where was King Bera then? Nobody raised a voice against what was happening. It had become a society full of lust-driven men!
The angels struck these men blind — yet in their blindness, they still groped for the door to pursue their raging lusts (Genesis 19:11). If angels can weep, those two most certainly wept over the sad sight of these men, made in God's image, who had sunk to the level of groveling beasts. These depraved men were ready to kill to satiate their demonic lust.
Lot was so vexed by these men that he told them, "Here are my two daughters. Take them and rape them all night long!" Now, I'm the father of two daughters. And I can't imagine the kind of power a society could have to drive a man to hand over his virgin daughters to a raving mob. But the mob didn't even want them — they wanted men!
Scripture says these homosexuals were not an isolated minority, but the majority (Genesis 19:4, 14). Did God overlook their sins? Did He put off their day of reckoning? How long did God wait, once this raging homosexual spirit became so bold and brazen it would trample what was holy?
The two angels sent to Sodom represented God's interests on this earth — that which is of heaven, divine, spiritual, supernatural. Yet the men of that city were so bold, proud and arrogant that they attacked the very thing representing God's interests.
In the very hour this homosexual spirit in Sodom attacked the house of righteous Lot, God said, "Enough — I will destroy them!" And the next morning, while that gay manipulated society slept off the night's debauchery, fire and brimstone fell on Sodom. The cup of God's wrath and His fierce anger wiped them from the earth, as one would wipe filth from a dish. David was right: "Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross...thou hast trodden down them all" (Psalm 119:118-119).
But, you say, this can't happen to us — because Sodom was not like America. Sodom was born heathen and lived and died heathen. America was born Christian — and still remains Christian.
Well, let me tell you about another degenerate society — one born of God, of the seed of Abraham, a people once entrusted with the covenants and promises of Jehovah God. This story, found in Judges 19, is about the tribe of Benjamin and a little town called Gibeah.
A Levite came to Gibeah to take home his runaway concubine. The girl's father found the Levite camping on the streets late at night, and he begged him to come to his house because the streets were not safe.
Unsafe streets in a small town? This was a dwelling of Benjamites, children of once-valiant soldiers of the Lord who had marched under Jehovah's banner. This was once a godly place where children frolicked in the streets, and the praises of God were constantly on the lips of its citizens.
But now another spirit had arisen — a spirit from hell that had taken control. Gibeah had become the homosexual capital of the Benjamites, a hotbed of perverted lust. And now a foreboding spirit of violence hung over the town.
The children were not longer safe on the streets. God's name was no longer praised, but cursed. This society, born in the heart of God and carried for so long in His loving arms, was now ruled by murderous Sodomites. And — as it happened in Sodom — a homosexual spirit had risen up to trample was holy.
"As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial [the devil], beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him" (Judges 19:22-28). They were so bold, so fearless of God, they were ready to rape a preacher!
Again, that which represented God's interests on earth became a target of vile spirits. It wasn't enough for these men to have the young men and boys in town — they had to touch God!
"And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing" (verses 23-24). Like Lot, this man was saying, "Here's my daughter. Take her — abuse her all you like!"
"But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.
"Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light. And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way; and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold" (verses 25-27).
The poor creature had probably been scratching half the night to get back into the house before she died. But the man of the house had gone to bed!
"And (the Levite) said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel" (verses 28-29). The Levite sent a piece of her body to every tribe! What a bloody, macabre scene.
The people of Israel were horrified. They said, "Never in our history has something happened so low and so vile that someone should cut up a body. What would cause someone to do such horrible things?"
"And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds" (verse 30).
Beloved, the carving up of a dead body was horrible enough. But the worst sin of all was that Gibeah had become a homosexual center, and the whole tribe of Benjamin was ready to fight for their right to be homosexuals. By their actions they were saying, "Our brothers had the right to do what they did."
But God sent judgment, and in the ensuing battle 65,100 men were killed (40,000 Israelites and 25,100 Benjamites). The town was burned to the ground, with all its homosexuals. Gay Gibeah was left in smoldering ashes.
A Dallas father recently traded his four-year-old son for a $40 hit of crack. When the mother rescued her boy the next day, the father became angry and violent. Imagine — a boy's life for a single fix! Yet the father, now facing prison, showed no regrets.
In March, a Brooklyn woman and her teenage daughter kidnapped and murdered 19 year-old Raquel Montano so they could steal her three-month-old baby. The mother-and-daughter team bludgeoned Raquel, suffocated her, put her in a pushcart, left it at a gas station and set her body on fire.
Picture that horrible scene — then witness the mother and daughter as they were indicted: nothing but hardness, coldness, indifference.
America has become sick! I can't believe that God is not angry, that He is overlooking it all! I received a note recently from a well-known evangelist, saying, "Don't speak against America. Her best days are ahead. God is pleased!" Beloved, that is exactly what the Bible says the false prophets will claim in the last days!
Almost daily, we hear of bloody, senseless mutilations across the nation. New York City does not even shed a tear when the Daily News reports:
"Baby found in plastic bag near Fulton Street in garbage can...."
"19-year-old socialite discarded, wrapped in rug — lying on top of garbage pile outside wealthy East Side apartment house...."
"Police discover parts of four-year-old girl stuffed in suitcase, left in hallway of Bronx apartment house, set on fire...."
How can we parade proudly about our victory at war when our public schools are turning into disgraceful sex-abuse centers? The New York Post reported on March 20: "School Sex Shocker! Probe finds shocking sex abuse in schools. Millions victimized nationwide. One in five girls abused before age 16...."
Teachers, custodians, superintendents, security guards — every level is involved in abusing our children. An executive assistant of a Bronx school board lured a thirteen-year-old boy to his apartment to watch porno movies and have sex. The American Association of School Administrators was shocked to find out that one in seven boys have been abused by school personnel.
Today we see the sad, frightened faces of millions of innocent children who have been raped by men, forced into incest by their own parents, and seduced by teachers, preachers and priests. You can't tell me God is smiling on America! You can't say our holy, just Lord will sit by as millions more of our children are plundered, raped and destroyed.
Has America reached the flash point of God's judgment? Are we already like all past societies that permitted the rise of a dominant, defiant homosexual spirit? I wonder if angels are already walking our streets, aghast at the speed at which we're racing toward hell.
Rest assured, there is one thing God will not permit. And when it happens, you can know the hour of judgment has come:
Cardinal John J. O'Connor has taken a strong stand against homosexuality here in New York. Now he is being mocked by the press. Even Calvin Butts, a prominent Baptist preacher here, called O'Conner a "gay-basher." Norman Lear is producing a TV series called "Sunday Dinner." The lead character is a flaky, legalistic Protestant girl who serves as the punching bag of homosexuals and New Agers. The show is going to mock every moral standard left in America. God will be ridiculed and made the butt of their jokes. You see, it's all part of the humanistic homosexual rights movement that's moving in now to trample all that is sacred and holy. You can hear the blasphemers crying, "God is gay!"
The final proof that America will soon be judged is in our pandering to homosexuals. For years now, the key word in America's attitude toward gays has been "tolerance." New York Mayor David Dinkins has said, "We cannot flinch in our responsibility to widen the circle of tolerance."
In Maine, the Portland Press Herald (serving a conservative county) recently ran this story: "Presbyterian Task Force Recommends Ordaining Homosexuals." It says that a study called the Majority Report claims that homosexual activity is not a sin; rather, all sex is morally neutral.
The report also contained this stand on adolescent sex: "Advocating 'just say no' is not the answer. What we hope to teach young people is to make good choices — that when it's right to say no they will say no, and when it's right to say yes they will say yes." I ask you: When in the world is it right for a child to say yes to sex?
In the same newspaper, the Rev. Rose Mary Denmore, a lesbian, says she is angry that homosexual and lesbian ministers are kept from working with children. She says, "Keeping adult homosexuals separate from youngsters who may be homosexuals deprives them of adult confidantes they may need." Do you hear what she is saying? Now they want access to our children!
It is one thing for homosexuals to come out of the closet and demand equal and special rights...to move into all levels of government and to influence the media...to lobby for privileges as married couples and adoptive parents...to gain enough power to insist that the Empire State Building be bathed in lavender lights in celebration of Gay Pride Week...and to have New York's mayor lead their parade, dance with them half the night, call them a discriminated minority and equate them with civil rights leaders and Martin Luther King....
But it is another thing entirely when that spirit rises up to touch God's interests on this earth. That's when God says, "Enough!" And all through the Bible, that is the moment God moved.
Beloved, God's judgment is already in motion. You can read it in the headlines. Consider the following:
On February 14, USA Today reported two big stories on the same page. The first read: "San Francisco Takes Steps Towards Homosexual Matrimony." On Valentine's Day, dozens of gay couples walked arm-in-arm down the steps of City Hall to be legally recognized as a union. One lesbian said, "At last, the world will know how much we love each other."
The other big story read: "California Cursed By Drought: Water rationing coming to California...five straight years of drought...reservoirs bone dry...." The drought threatened the state's entire agricultural economy. Governor Pete Wilson stated, "This stubborn drought is a biblical curse." Rain has since come to California — but the drought is not yet over.
A March 26 headline read: "Rain, Drought — Twin Threats to Much of USA." Who is sending the rain in some places and drought in others? "And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city" (Amos 4:7). God is behind it all!
I honestly believe God delivered us from disgrace in the desert of Kuwait. Yet this nation is not turning to the Lord, apart from a holy remnant. "I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord" (Amos 4:11).
America can read of its own destiny — and doom — by simply blowing off the dust of historical accounts of God's dealings with other nations who continued in their sin. Romans 1 shows clearly why God's wrath is going to be poured out. This passage tells how homosexual lust tramples the truth, debauches society and brings down God's wrath.
It is also time we faced the truth about AIDS. I feel I need to say this to you precious workers who minister to AIDS afflicted people: You have no right to preach Christ to them until you see their disease as God sees it — as a penalty for raging lust. "God gave them over to degrading passions...receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error" (Romans 1:26-27, NAS).
There can be no white-washing of AIDS. Like it or not, the Bible calls it the due penalty of sin. No, it isn't the due penalty for innocent babies or those who got AIDS through blood transfusions — but for homosexuals who flaunted their sins. It is a curse straight out of Leviticus 26.
The church has but one message for homosexuals and lesbians. It is the same message we preach to addicts, alcoholics, and all who are enslaved by sin: "You must be set free — and only Christ can do it!"
Saints of God, take a hard look at the power and influence that is rising up now. Radical ACT-UP homosexuals spat and vomited and disrupted Cardinal O'Connor's services at the cathedral. But who among the mocking media raised their voices then?
God is trying to show us something prophetic: When this homosexual spirit rises up, its final move is against everything that is sacred, holy, righteous and moral. It wants to destroy everything godly — and to proclaim that theirs is the preferred life-style of society.
The judgment on the Benjamites cost a total of 65,100 lives. AIDS has already cost America more than that. Within five years, 200,000 will be dead with AIDS. By the year 2000, more will have died than in all our country's wars combined!
AIDS...drought...failing banks...growing homosexual power...mockery of all that is holy.... The evidence of awesome judgments is on America! Let us give the Lord the righteous, reverent fear that is due Him:
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell...to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the world, but saved Noah...a preacher of righteousness, bringing in a 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 ensample unto those that after would live ungodly....
"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished" (2 Peter 2:4-6, 9).
God is saying to us very clearly, "I judged angels, which I created, and I didn't spare Noah's sinful age. How can you expect to escape judgment if I had to destroy Sodom? Why should I spare America, when you flaunt the same sins?
You ask, "But what does all this have to do with me?" Simply this: "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall we not escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven" (Hebrews 12:25). "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation" (Hebrews 2:3).
America is reserved for judgment and the wrath of Almighty God, unless we cry out to Him. The church of Jesus Christ needs to pray and to take authority against this evil!