Homosexuality and the Scriptures

The Word of YAH, Blessed be HIS NAME

By

Dr. James Robertson

Homosexuality is not a new way of living. So why has it come to the forefront of cultural issues in the past generation? Is it true that because I, like many, oppose homosexuality are called prudes, homophobes, gay-bashers, and self-righteous bigots?

 Yahshua is our model for the acceptance of other people.

Yahshua invited people from all walks of life to come follow him. He loved and he welcomed many. Yet Yahshua’ words and demands offended a lot more than they attracted, because Yahshua would not tolerate sin. He gave a stinging rebuke to the Pharisees and scribes for their sins of oppression and pride, he scolded the man he had recently healed at the pool of Bethesda for turning back to sin, and after forgiving the woman caught in adultery, he told her go and sin no more.

Yahshua tells us that one cannot be his disciple unless one is willing to forsake all, even his or her own life in order to follow Him.

The challenge to forsake everything is the same and is yet very different for each of us. One the Day of the Festival of Weeks, when asked what should they do to be saved, Kefa replied, “Repent, and let each one of you be immersed in the Name of Yahshua Messiah for the forgiveness of sins”, that’s Yahshua HaMashiach.

Homosexuality is discussed directly in the Scriptures, and it is referred to as SIN.

Chris Glooser, one of the leaders in the Homosexual movement of the Presbyterian denomination ignored this at his own clergy meeting by saying, "homosexuality was so insignificant that Yahshua did not even mention it in his teachings."

 

Yahshua does not mention rape, incest, bestiality, kidnapping or wife abuse, yet we would not argue that his silence on the issues indicated approval of the actions, now would we? Yahshua affirmed his position on homosexuality by his open declaration and admission of the Hebrew Writings to be the Word of YAH.

(Note here: Psalms 68:4, Sing to Elohim, sing praises to His Name. Raise up a highway for Him Who rides through the deserts, By His Name Yah, And exult before Him. That is the Yud * Hei, the abbreviation of Yud * Hei * Vav * Hei YAHWEH)

Yahshua indicated that the only alternative to heterosexual was celibacy.

Matthew 19:10

(10)  His taught ones said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is good not to marry.”

Yahshua viewed the Word of YAH as absolute standard for all behavior. He asked the religious leaders of his day, “Why do you also transgress the command of Elohim because of your tradition?”

The strongest condemnation of the practice of homosexuality is found in the Messianic writings. It is found in the book of Romans; a book which is one of the most important books of the core of Mashiach and gives us the doctrine of justification by Belief.

The Romans passage illustrates that the practice of homosexuality spread because of a rejection of the true worship of YAHWEH. 

Romans 1:21-27

(21)  because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning's, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.

(22)  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

(23)  and changed the esteem of the incorruptible Elohim into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds and of four-footed beasts and of reptiles.

(24)  Therefore Elohim gave them up to uncleanness in the lust of their hearts, to disrespect their bodies among themselves,

(25)  who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amĕn.

(26)  Because of this Elohim gave them over to degrading passions. For even their women exchanged natural relations for what is against nature,

(27)  and likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing indecency, and receiving back the reward which was due for their straying.

Those who desire to practice homosexuality seeks to distinguish between the wild gay lifestyle with the multiple partners, to the lifestyle of two people who want to commit similar acts but limit themselves to each other.

The Scriptures do not make any such distinction. The Hebrew Writings states in:

Leviticus 20:13, ‘And a man who lies with a male as he lies with a woman: both of them have done an abomination, they shall certainly be put to death, their blood is upon them.

The penalty for this violation was death.

There are six passages in the Scriptures that bear on homosexuality and it is condemned in each of them. How can we overturn the word of YAHWEH and claim that the Scriptures are in error and homosexuality is actually a gift from YAHWEH?

The Scriptures teaches there is to be a separation between the Believers and the world. In the world those who commit acts of homosexuality should have the same rights as adulterers, fornicators, and any other sexually immoral group. The world sets its own moral standards. In the assembly however, those who practice homosexuality should be offered the same standard of entrance into the kingdom as any other group of sinners and that’s to repent of one’s sin and submit to the authority of YAHWEH’s word.

Love and Truth demands that we lead people out of darkness rather than encouraging others into this lifestyle.

The Boy Scouts is considered by some to be a dangerous and bigoted group. On March 23, 1998 the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Boy Scouts of America. A lawsuit had been filed by homosexual activist because an openly homosexual man was denied the position of Scout leader. The Supreme Court decision stated that since the Boy Scouts were a private organization, they could not be forced to alter their admittance requirements for Scout leaders and other executives within the organization.

The result of this decision and a major push by the media to condemn the Scouts has brought about withdrawal of funds from organizations like the United Way. Cities across the nation have withdrawn their financial grants and even permission for the scouts to use public facilities.

The gay activist and media have for years tried to have the issue of homosexuality looked at by the same standards of other minorities. They say it is unloving to attempt to "Help" a homosexual out of their lifestyle. This is an out and out LIE!

On the Unitarian Universalistic Church website, the boy scouts were blasted for their stand. One person from this group said "Maybe it is time to add Tolerance to the list of things in the Boy Scout oath. Five years ago in a sermon I gave I said about the Ruach HaKodesh, “He is quenched when rejoicing is absent, prayer is neglected, gratefulness is uncommon, truth is ignored, and compromise is tolerated.” So in the case of TOLERANCE, what do you think?

http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/socialjustice/statements/14228.shtml

The APA (American Psychological Association) a few years ago said it was harmful and against ethical standards to counsel a homosexual with the intent of changing behavior. In the year 2000 legislation with this group was introduced to threaten the revoking of license of any psychologist or psychiatrist who continued to do so. Homosexuals are born that way and have no choice. Have you ever heard that statement? I have heard homosexuals make this statement, why would anyone choose a lifestyle that is so filled with self righteous judgments of others?  

Scientist Dr. Dean Haymer a geneticist from the University of Hawaii claimed to have found a Homosexual Gene that predisposed people to homosexuality. What he failed to tell is that he is a homosexual activist and his study was not scientifically handled. This study was later sent to an independent group of scientist for study. After spending a year trying to confirm this study they determined that no such gene existed. Wow folks, imagine that. Since that time Dr. Haymer has admitted that it was a lie. When asked about this he and others in the movement have said, “It doesn’t matter now, people already believe it and it has made life easier for homosexuals.” 

Homosexuals are not born that way but even if they were, are we not all born with a sin nature? Does YAHWEH not still require us to choose the cure for that nature? The cure is Yahshua HaMashiach.  They say there were homosexuals in Scripture. Davvid and Jonathon. This is a pure lie of Satan. It is another example of Satan twisting Scripture to get people to disobey YAHWEH. There are homosexuals mentioned in Scripture but never in a positive context.

YAHWEH’S WORD ON HOMOSEXUALITY:

Leviticus 20:13

(13)  ‘And a man who lies with a male as he lies with a woman: both of them have done an abomination, they shall certainly be put to death, their blood is upon them.

Deuteronomy 23:17-18

(17)  “None of the daughters of Yisra’el is to be a cult prostitute, nor any of the sons of Yisra’el be a cult prostitute.

(18)  “Do not bring the gift of a whore or the pay of a dog to the House of YAHWEH your Elohim for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to YAHWEH your Elohim.

Romans 1:19-32

(19)  because that which is known of Elohim is manifest among them, for Elohim has manifested it to them.

(20)  For since the creation of the world His invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, both His everlasting power and Mightiness, for them to be without excuse,

(21)  because, although they knew Elohim, they did not esteem Him as Elohim, nor gave thanks, but became vain in their reasoning’s, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.

(22)  Claiming to be wise, they became fools,

(23)  and changed the esteem of the incorruptible Elohim into the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds and of four-footed beasts and of reptiles.

(24)  Therefore Elohim gave them up to uncleanness in the lust of their hearts, to disrespect their bodies among themselves,

(25)  who changed the truth of Elohim into the falsehood, and worshipped and served what was created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amĕn.

(26)  Because of this Elohim gave them over to degrading passions. For even their women exchanged natural relations for what is against nature,

(27)  and likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing indecency, and receiving back the reward which was due for their straying.

(28)  And even as they did not think it worth- while to possess the knowledge of Elohim, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper,

(29)  having been filled with all unrighteousness, whoring, wickedness, greed, evil; filled with envy, murder, fighting, deceit, evil habits; whisperers,

(30)  slanderers, haters of Elohim, insolent, proud, boasters, devisers of evils, disobedient to parents,

(31)  without discernment, covenant breakers, unloving, unforgiving, ruthless;

(32)  who, though they know the righteousness of Elohim, that those who practice such deserve death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Are some of our popular views toward homosexuality correct? Even among the heterosexual population many of these views are accepted and unchallenged. The only place we can find our answers is in the Scriptures!

Why is there a debate in our land between folks about homosexuality? The Scriptures are crystal clear concerning this issue. We have allowed the media to control our thinking. That is probably because the average believer spends much more time listening to the media than they do study and listening to YAHWEH’s Word.

Stand true on the Word of YAHWEH as our standard.

Hebrews 12:6-13

(6)  for whom YAHWEH loves, He disciplines, and flogs every son whom He receives.”1 Footnote: 1Prov. 3:11-12.

(7)  If you endure discipline, Elohim is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?

(8)  But if you are without discipline, of which all have become sharers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.

(9)  Moreover, we indeed had fathers of our flesh disciplining us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?

(10)  For they indeed disciplined us for a few days as seemed best to them, but He does it for our profit, so that we might share His apartness.

(11)  And indeed, no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but grievous, but afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.1 Footnote: 1Dt. 8:2.

(12)  So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees,

(13)  and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed.

YAHWEH chastens his children, He judges nations. Why? So that we will walk a clear and straight path that will lead others to Him. He calls us to stand on the truth of His Word.

Mar 2:16-17

(16) And when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His taught ones, "Why does He eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"

(17) And hearing this, Yahshua said to them, "Those who are strong have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners."

Yahshua never condoned sinful behavior. He didn’t partake in sinful behavior. But He loved the sinful person in an attempt to reach them. We should reach out to others who are hurting, confused and wicked. We share the truth of Scripture and offer a way of salvation through Yahshua HaMashiach. Some have said to me “In the Old Testament they killed them as justification for hate.” Some have also said to me “Judge not that you will not be judged” as justification for condoning sinful behavior. Under His favor, we are not to take matters in our own hands. We are to reach out to them. But make no mistake. YAHWEH is not mocked. One day He will judge those who refuse to accept Him.

The popular view is that the Scriptures does not condemn homosexuals, only intolerant religious people do. We are told that YAHWEH still loves the practicing homosexual and won’t demand that he betray his sexual orientation. Is that what the Scriptures say? YAHWEH does love the homosexual, enough to send His own Son to die, so He can forgive one who will repent of his sin and turn from that lifestyle!

Born From Above Believers are accused of singling out homosexuality as the worst of sins. This is not true. The reality is that this is the only group which demands that we accept its sin without asking them to repent. The group cloaks its sin in all kinds of deception by claiming the issue is a civil rights issue.

Regardless of how sincere one is that the Scriptures teach that the practice of homosexuality is a sin. He or she is deemed to be a bigot and obviously is homo-phobic and is need of repentance of homo-phobia. This is merely an attempt to silence all opposition.

 We find in: 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

(9)  Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the reign of Elohim? Do not be deceived. Neither those who whore, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

(10)  nor thieves, nor greedy of gain, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall inherit the reign of Elohim.1 Footnote: 1Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:3-5.

Does this passage make us thieve-a-phobic, adultery-phobic, swindler-phobic or slander-phobic? Are men and women of YAHWEH not to tell the truth about sin, lest they show themselves to be bigots and manifest sin-a-phobia? No! This passage shows us those who need the liberating power of Yahshua HaMashiach to regain control of their lives. This also shows the power of Yahshua HaMashiach to transform people lives in that the next verse reads:

1 Corinthians 6:11

(11)  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were set apart, but you were declared right in the Name of the Master Yahshua and by the Spirit of our Elohim.

There were those involved in homosexuality in the Corinthian assembly but they did not start a Corinthian Gay and Lesbian Group. They yielded themselves to the Word of YAHWEH and left that lifestyle behind.  

Why is it that YAHWEH created sex, and why it is that sex outside of marriage is sin? Part of the purpose of marriage is to give us insight into the nature of the relationship between Yahshua HaMashiach and the assembly. It is a relationship that is to be based on purity, commitment, sacrifice, and total surrender to the Word of YAHWEH. In both the Hebrew and Messianic writings we find the words “For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” We do not understand all that takes place in two individuals becoming one flesh. The emissary Sha’ul writes of this verse “This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about HaMashiach and the assembly.”

Without a willingness to yield themselves in obedience to YAHWEH’s Word, it is impossible for two people to totally become one flesh because YAHWEH’s spirit is not involved in the process. We are told that our bodies are not to be used to simply please ourselves, but they are to be the temples of the Ruach HaKodesh, which resides within us, and that we should not pollute them by any means, be it heterosexual or homosexual relationships.

This is not an issue of can homosexuals preach, teach, counsel, love and minister in the name of Yahshua as well as any heterosexual can. Of course they can. But so can adulterers, fornicators, child molesters, and wife abusers. All sorts of people can quote on quote “do ministry”, including buckshot. Yahshua said that there would be many false prophets. But not only does Yahshua call us to do ministry, he calls us to follow Him. The test is going to be one’s capacity for ministry, and one’s obedience to the Word of YAHWEH.

1Timothy 1:9-10

(9) knowing this: that Torah is not laid down for a righteous being, but for the lawless and unruly, for the wicked and for sinners, for the wrong-doers and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

(10) for those who whore, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for whatever else that is contrary to sound teaching,

James 1:13-15

(13)  Let no one say when he is enticed, “I am enticed by Elohim,” for Elohim is not enticed by evil matters, and He entices no one.

(14)  But each one is enticed when he is drawn away by his own desires and trapped.

(15)  Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. And sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death.

 So, what are we as the children of YAHWEH doing to stop this?

Perhaps there is another reason more groups are defining their view of homosexuality -- specifically, the organized effort to normalize and promote this sinful behavior. During the 1970s, homosexuals organized and started promoting their lifestyle. What Born from Above Believers know to be sin, this movement calls “alternative lifestyle”; what Born from Above Believers know to be aberrant, this movement calls “normal” ; what Born from Above Believers know to be a choice, this movement calls “genetic”. The national news media and entertainment industry joined this campaign and are careful to present homosexual-friendly images. Because of this campaign, morality has been breached.

Christian denominations are now trying to establish the level of sin that is acceptable. Some are even trying to redefine what sin is, these are the ones who believe the only sin is to speak out and hold firm to moral truths. This overt campaign to normalize the abnormal and sinful brings up another question: Where will we stop redefining YAHWEH’s Word?

And when will we stop removing Scriptures to suite our lifestyles?

There are people in the Christian churches actively committing adultery, including some who are leaders. Sure, they try to hide it, but others know their secret. Maybe there is a reason some people are confused and think Believers are “singling out” homosexuals. Could it be the overwhelming lack of moral discipline? No one wants to be accountable for their actions so, no one holds anyone else accountable. It is a shame to think there are those who call themselves Bnei Yisra’el including assembly leaders and even ministers, who are cheating on their spouses, taxes, and who knows what else. But what is even more of a shame is a Believer to be aware of this and do absolutely nothing!

Are we willing to send people to an eternity in misery just so that we can boast of being inclusive? Yahshua was not driven by a desire to be inclusive. His focus was to do His Father’s desire in total obedience regardless of the cost. The assembly cannot afford to sacrifice truth and obedience to the Word of YAHWEH under the guise of compassion. We hear a lot about the pain of homosexuals who feel as though the assembly has turned them away. “When will we start to hear and listen to the pain of those who feel as though the assembly is pushing them out because of their commitment to the scriptures, the Word of YAHWEH?” Excuse ME!!

You must have a commitment to the teachings of the Scripture, and to the Scriptures being the Word of YAHWEH. Yet because of the loud voices of the Christian denominations they seem more willing to please those whose lives are contrary to the Word, than to stand with those who want to preserve the truth of YAHWEH’s Word. Why is the pain of the one who chooses to live contrary to the Word of YAHWEH more valid than the pain of those who feel they are being forced to compromise the Word of YAHWEH in order to condone sin within the assembly?

If my brothers and sisters who seek to practice homosexuality are genuine in their concern for the unity of the body of HaMashiach, let them pick up their stake and follow Yahshua as all the rest of us are commanded to do. We all have desires and passions that need to be crucified daily. As BORN FROM ABOVE BELIEVERS we have control over our desires for pleasure. That’s why HaMashiach died and rose again on our behalf. Nothing is to be in control of our lives except the desire to obey the Word of YAHWEH. We as Born from Above Believers are making a decision to be guided by the Scriptures in terms of sexuality, or by the wisdom of this world? If we start to pick and choose which sins in the Scriptures we like and which we do not, we will no longer have any impact on this world for Yahshua HaMashiach. For whatever the world approves, will eventually be approved by the people.

Those who desire to participate in homosexual acts can be saved and enter the Reign of YAHWEH on the same basis as everyone else. That is with a belief in Yahshua HaMashiach, and a repentance of sin and getting away from that lifestyle.

Yahshua loved, accepted, and protected the woman caught in adultery. We are called to do the very same thing. Yet his final words to the woman were, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more” Let the Mashiach be a beacon of light for those who want to leave any sinful lifestyle.

The popular view is that gays should “come out of the closet,” be open and proud of their lifestyle, and we should not oppose their choice. Is that right? Do we leave them alone now that they are open about it?

Ephesians 5:11-12

(11)  And have no fellowship with the fruitless works of darkness, but rather reprove1 them. Footnote: 1Or confute, or expose.

(12)  For it is a shame even to speak of what is done by them in secret.

There is nothing noble about sinning openly:

Isaiah 3:9

(9)  The look on their faces witnesses against them, and they declare their sin as Seḏom; they do not hide it. Woe to their being! For they have brought evil upon themselves.

There may be physical or sociological factors that make the temptation to be homosexual stronger for some people, but there is nothing natural about it! If someone convinces us that there is, it becomes easier to accept the sin.

We are told to leave others alone and let them have the freedom to choose it even though we might not. Yet, the important question pertains to whether YAHWEH has ever accepted this as an alternate lifestyle. He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, in part because of this “grievous sin” *(Genesis 18:20-21; 19:1-13; Jude 7)*. He charged that those who were guilty of this “abomination” were to be put to death under Torah law (Leviticus 20:13). And He gave them up to their “degrading passions” (Romans 1:26-27,32). Would YAHWEH punish and condemn men and women whom He had created that way?

“Passages used to condemn homosexuality are taken out of context.”

I can find no merit to this contention. Read the context of each passage for yourself. I do not know how it would be possible to take passages like Leviticus 18:22, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, or 1 Timothy 1:9-10 out of context. Look at the passage in Timothy. Am I to conclude that murderers, kidnappers, and liars are also not being condemned by this passage? Whatever negates the condemnation of homosexuals in this passage also negates the condemnation of these other sinners.

“The passages cited are only condemning such evils as rape, idolatry, and non-monogamous relationships. If two G-d-fearing people of the same sex make a life-long commitment to each other, then there is no sin.” HUH!!???

Again, a study of each passage demonstrates that this argument is not valid. For instance, if only non-monogamous relations are meant by the prohibition in Leviticus 18:22, what are we to do with the following verse? Is Sha’ul only referring to the idolatrous aspects of the sins he describes in Romans 1:26-27? It is clear that the homosexual act itself is indecent. The word for homosexuality used in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1Timothy 1:9-10 simply refers to homosexuality. We are given no qualifiers by which some particular kind or version of the homosexual lifestyle can be justified.

 “Homosexuality is condemned in the Scriptures because the Scriptures writers were swayed by the narrow views of their culture. We know better today.”

This argument denies that the scriptures are inspired, and thus it is a rejection of the Almighty’s Word. The Scriptures claims that it was written by men moved by YAHWEH and that it does not contain human theory or opinion, 2 Kefa 1:20-21, But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoken from YAHWEH.

If you reject this claim then nothing the Scriptures says should matter to you anyway.

Leviticus 18:22

(22)  ‘And do not lie with a male as with a woman, it is an abomination.

Leviticus 20:13, ‘And a man who lies with a male as he lies with a woman: both of them have done an abomination, they shall certainly be put to death, their blood is upon them.

Judges 19:22-23

(22)  They were making their hearts glad, and see, men of the city, sons of Beliya’al, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, so that we know him!”

(23)  But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers! I beg you, do no evil! Since this man has come into my house, do not do this folly.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

(9)  Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the reign of Elohim? Do not be deceived. Neither those who whore, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

(10)  nor thieves, nor greedy of gain, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers shall inherit the reign of Elohim.1 Footnote: 1Gal. 5:19-21, Eph. 5:3-5.

 Homosexuals, Gay’s Lesbians…“WILL NOT” inherit the reign of GOD!

Normalizing wrong behavior and endorsing wrong behavior and dulling the senses from wrong behavior are, harmful for persons and destructive to society. Stand firm. Don’t let public opinion direct your moral compass. Support those that stand for truth. You see, homosexuals-gays-lesbians can be saved by Yahshua HaMashiach, our Master and Savior! Let us offer all people the power of Yahshua HaMashiach to bring healing in their lives, to set them free from sin, and to be made a new creation in HaMashiach YAHSHUA.

 *Genesis 18:20-21

(20)  And YAHWEH said, “Because the outcry against Seḏom and Amorah is great, and because their sin is very heavy,

(21)  “I am going down now to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry against it that has come to Me, and if not, I know.”

Genesis 19:1-13

(1)  And the two messengers came to Seḏom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Seḏom. And when Lot saw them, he rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground,

(2)  and he said, “Look, please my masters, please turn in to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet, and rise early and go your way.” And they said, “No, but let us spend the night in the open square.”

(3)  But he urged them strongly, and they turned in to him and came into his house. And he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

(4)  Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Seḏom, both old and young, all the people from every part, surrounded the house.

(5)  And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, and let us ‘know’ them.”

(6)  So Lot went out to them through the doorway, and shut the door behind him,

(7)  and said, “Please, my brothers, do not do evil!

(8)  “Look, please, I have two daughters who have not known a man. Please, let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you wish, only do no deed to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof.”

(9)  But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This one came in to sojourn, and should he always judge? Now we are going to treat you worse than them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.

(10)  But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

(11)  Then they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, and they wearied themselves to find the door.

(12)  And the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city – bring them out of this place!

(13)  “For we are going to destroy this place, because the cry against them has grown great before the face of YAHWEH, and YAHWEH has sent us to destroy it.”

Jude 1:7

(7)  Even as Seḏom and Amorah and the cities around them in a similar way to these, having given themselves over to whoring and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, undergoing judicial punishment of everlasting fire.

Leviticus 20:13

(13)  ‘And a man who lies with a male as he lies with a woman: both of them have done an abomination, they shall certainly be put to death, their blood is upon them.

Romans 1:26-27

(26)  Because of this Elohim gave them over to degrading passions. For even their women exchanged natural relations for what is against nature,

(27)  and likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing indecency, and receiving back the reward which was due for their straying.

Romans 1:32

(32)  who, though they know the righteousness of Elohim, that those who practice such deserve death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

1Timothy 1:9-10

(9) knowing this: that Torah is not laid down for a righteous being, but for the lawless and unruly, for the wicked and for sinners, for the wrong-doers and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,

(10) for those who whore, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and for whatever else that is contrary to sound teaching,

Proverbs 3:11-12

(11)  My son, do not despise the discipline of YAHWEH, And do not loathe His reproof;

(12)  For whom YAHWEH loves He reproves, As a father the son whom he delights in1. Footnote: 1Verses 11 - 12 are quoted in Heb. 12:5-6.

Hebrews 12:5-6

(5)  And you have forgotten the appeal which speaks to you as to sons, “My son, do not despise the discipline of YAHWEH, nor faint when you are reproved by Him,

(6)  for whom YAHWEH loves, He disciplines, and flogs every son whom He receives.”1 Footnote: 1Prov. 3:11-12.

2 Peter 1:20-21

(20)  knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture came to be of one’s own interpretation,

(21)  for prophecy never came by the desire of man, but men of Elohim spoke, being moved by the Set-apart Spirit.

 

(*** NOTE Yahshua = JESUS, Kefa = PETER, Sedom Amorah = Sodom Gomorra, YAHWEH = God or Lord. This author does not use the Greek rendition of the names because the Greeks changed the names to their god’s. I use the Scriptures 98 translation of the Bible. Remember, in Israel they spoke Hebrew and Aramaic, thus having Hebrew names. As in Psalms 68 gives us the Name of the Creator of the universe as YAH and not Jah, nor God.***)

 ©Beyth Lechem 2004