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Sodomy Is a Crime

Covenant News, April 11, 2001

By Jim Rudd

After confronting people out on the street with what the Word of God says and then reading what is happening in the news, I have to ask the question, "Why are the pro-family groups having such a hard time discussing the crime of sodomy?" What has become evident to me is the fact that most of these groups do not publicly address sodomy as a crime and then demand that our civil authorities arrest, prosecute, and punish the sodomites.

Christians need to understand that this is the same mistake that the pro-life groups made years ago by not addressing the criminal activity of murder — by abortion. In the 60’s and 70’s when criminals began to proclaim a right to commit murder (abortion right), pro-life groups capitulated to the false notion that a "right" to murder innocent people by abortion, in fact, existed, which led them to erroneously conclude that a particular method of murdering people could then be regulated legislatively (abortion regulations). Many Christians who bought into that tragic mind-set now find themselves entangled in endless debate over medical procedures, licensing regulations, etc., while criminals are allowed to murder children with impunity.

We see exactly the same thing happening with the false claim of gay rights. Many pro-family groups are capitulating to the false notion that "gay rights," in fact, exist and therefore, are not maintaining their focus on addressing the truth that sodomy is a crime.

Consequently, these groups are now finding themselves in protracted, defensive strategies while criminals are allowed to sodomize each other and members of society with impunity.

When ministering to these people, one of the first things we let them know is that there is no such thing as a right to commit sodomy.

Sodomy is a crime, and for Christians to publicly refer to this criminal activity as "gay" or as a "life style" is an anti-Biblical presupposition that suggests to the public, and to our civil officials, that the laws against sodomy can be ignored. To ignore what God says is to mock God, and for Christians to suggest that it is permissible for civil officials to ignore the Commandments of God is iniquity — anomia — Greek for lawlessness (Matt. 7:23).

The legitimate American English word to describe these people is sodomite. The term sodomite describes the nature of their crime and the sin they must repent from. Just like adulterer, rapist, and murderer are all proper terms for people who commit these crimes, each also describes their sin. Sodomite is the correct term for people who commit the crime of sodomy — not homosexual or gay.

Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language defines a sodomite as "one guilty of sodomy." Black’s Law Dictionary defines a sodomite as "one who has been guilty of sodomy." The final authority on the subject — the Word of God — defines both the sinful and criminal acts and pronounces the method of punishment to be carried out (Lev. 20:13) by the civil officials "...upon him that doeth evil" (Rom. 13:4).

Sodomy is not a light or transient crime. It is an abomination (Lev. 18:22). It is the culmination of man’s apostasy and hostility toward God and His Church (Rom. 1:18-32). For lawmakers and judges to approve of sodomy brings eternal damnation upon themselves (Rom. 13:2) and God’s righteous judgment of death on the society as a whole (Gen. 19:24, II Pet. 2:6).

Therefore, such lawmakers and judges are not only anti-Christian by approving of sodomy, they make the civil government a vile cesspool from which the abominations vomit out across the land. By displaying such a contempt for the administration of Justice, such civil officials are not only the source of the defilement (Lev.18:24-25), they are the criminals (Rom.1:32), and a hostile enemy authorizing the destruction of the society in which we live (Jude 7).

Not only should Christian men fight for the safety of their families by demanding that these civil officials repent, or resign from office immediately, Christians should be demanding the strongest laws and punishments against sodomy be put into effect so as to cleanse the pestilence from our society. (Lev. 20:13)

Sodomy is an "abomination" (Lev.18:22), and those who engage in sodomy are so vile that their very presence defiles the land (Lev. 18:22,25). Through the administration of Justice, God gives the civil officials the authority to prevent society, the land, from being defiled. The civil officials swing the sword to "...execute wrath upon him that doeth evil" (Rom. 13:4) — and in this case sodomites — "...shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them" (Lev. 20:13).

Notice where it says "...their blood shall be upon them"? By the administration of Justice the sodomites’ defilement is prevented from defiling society as a whole. (Lev. 18:24) The administration of Justice always protects the innocent people in society. And there is not a single text in all the New Testament to suggest that this penalty has been altered or removed, in fact, Romans 1:32 confirms it.

It should also be noted that because of the pro-active, intrinsic nature of God’s judgments upon any society defiled by these abominations (Lev. 18:25-30), it is impossible for Christians to passively coexist in such a vile society. Our demand that the civil officials administer Justice is based upon the concern for and protection of innocent people, and what iniquities will come upon us all should Justice not be upheld.

Jim Rudd
Washington, D.C., Director
Christian Street Preachers Alliance

Please, please, please try enforcing laws prohibiting consensual sex between adults in private. It makes for great cases to repeal the laws and builds public awareness of the laws which are nearly universally reviled, once people learn what they are. 

— Bob Summersgill 

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