In most civilizations traditional marriage is considered a fundamental institution and the backbone of a stable society.
Yet today we’re seeing one of the greatest attempts at social reengineering in history in the fight to uproot the definition of marriage to include same-sex partners. It threatens the very foundation of the traditional family already battered by the prevalence of premarital sex, unmarried couples living together and rampant divorce.
As most of our Good News readers know, we view trends and events in culture and society through the prism of the Bible, the revealed Word of God. When societal changes run contrary to biblical revelation, it’s necessary for us to keep our readers informed of influences that are detrimental to their future and that of their families. So what’s going on? What’s behind the gay agenda that’s sweeping in this dramatic change?
What is the gay agenda?
If you were to ask gay activists about their agenda, the vast majority would insist there is no such thing as a gay agenda. In fact, proponents instruct their followers that such terminology should be avoided. A good example can be found on the website of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) under “GLAAD Media Reference Guide—Offensive Terms to Avoid”:
“Offensive: ‘gay agenda’ or ‘homosexual agenda’
“Preferred: Accurate descriptions of the issues …”
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are motivated by many of the same hopes, concerns and desires as other everyday Americans …
“Notions of a so-called ‘homosexual agenda’ are rhetorical inventions of anti-gay extremists seeking to create a climate of fear by portraying the pursuit of equal opportunity for LGBT people as sinister …”
So while the gay activists clearly have an agenda, they want to hide that fact by replacing the word “agenda” with more euphemistic terms.
But is it really sinister to provide an honest evaluation of what is really taking place? The fact is, there is a gay agenda. Simply put, it’s an organized effort to produce political, social and religious change within society that will lead to tolerating—and eventually accepting as normal—homosexual relationships.
Let’s define our words
In this article, “gay” (or “lesbian,” if female) refers to one who is actively engaging in a homosexual lifestyle, indulging in sexual relationships and activity.
We are not using the word “gay” to refer to someone who merely has a homosexual attraction or leaning but does not act out on his or her temptations by engaging in sexual actions. This attraction or leaning is often labeled same-sex attraction, or SSA for short.
To understand the struggles of those with SSA who are sincerely trying to resist sexual temptations and who are trying to “be transformed” to follow “the perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
American King James Version×), please see “The Human Side of Homosexuality: From One Who Has Struggled “).
What drives the aggressiveness of the gay agenda?
Why is there is so much zeal—and at times militant rhetoric and actions—behind the gay agenda?
In part it’s reactionary against the past. It’s understandable that gays want to avoid persecution as severe as they once felt from some religious, social and political groups. They want to avoid this deeply painful treatment fraught with fear, isolation and ridicule.
Until recent years, many homosexuals felt publically scorned by some who view homosexual acts as the worst of sins—usually with little or no mercy shown.
But the apostle James points out that, spiritually speaking, if a person stumbles in one point of God’s law, it’s as if he is guilty of breaking all of it (James 2:10-11 James 2:10-11 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law.
American King James Version×). And he warns that God will judge individuals as they judge others (James 2:13 James 2:13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment.
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Another aspect, though, is that, as increasing numbers in society drift further from traditional values, they inevitably join ranks to push acceptance of them and their values by wider society. And the more gains they make, the more brazen they become in their efforts—even to the point of tearing down traditional values. The root of the problem, however, is ultimately spiritual, as we will later consider.
Many organizations with specific plans
While not all homosexuals support the gay agenda or are actively involved in trying to redefine marriage, many gay organizations are involved, as Michael Brown points out in his 2011 book A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.
As he documents, “There are well-funded, highly-motivated, sharply-focused gay activist organizations such as HRC [Human Rights Campaign] and NGLTF [National Gay and Lesbian Task Force] and PFLAG [Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays] and GLSEN [Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network] and GLAAD [Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation] and Lambda Legal—just to mention a few” (p. 40).
But, again, the activists would have us believe there’s no such thing as a gay agenda!
Brown shows that many of these organizations have specific plans with targeted goals. These include creating visibility, increasing awareness and fostering community. To promote their agenda they utilize task forces, policy institutes, organizing and training programs and even an annual “Creating Change” conference (p. 37).
Later Brown categorizes some of the movements. “There is a gay revolution, a gay liberation movement, a plethora of gay activist organizations with clearly identified missions and goals, but no gay agenda … How can that be? …
“Ironically, when it comes to denying the existence of a gay agenda, there is ‘immense unity’ in the gay community. Why? It is because the denial of that agenda is part of the agenda … It must be a stealth agenda. Otherwise, its progress will be thwarted and its success greatly impeded, because the open, unambiguous, full disclosure of the goals and ramifications of the gay agenda would stop that agenda in its tracks” (pp. 42-43, emphasis added throughout).
How far have they come?
It’s the view of many that the impact the gay agenda is having on society is a bellwether indicator of just how far society has morally degenerated and where it’s ultimately headed.
The Los Angeles Times summarizes the growing impact in an article titled, “Gays May Have the Fastest of All Civil Rights Movements” (May 20, 2012).
The article notes that “attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed so much in just the last 10 years that, as Gallup reported last week, ‘half or more now agree that being gay is morally acceptable, that gay relations ought to be legal and that gay or lesbian couples should have the right to legally marry.’ (In 1996, when Gallup first asked about legalizing same-sex marriage, 68% of Americans were opposed).”
In about a generation we have seen society transformed from considering homosexuality to be a psychological disorder to the point that those who do not accept or affirm homosexuality are themselves called homophobic and viewed as mentally abnormal!
Homosexual behavior, once considered morally wrong and outlawed in many countries and U.S. states, is now largely immune from public condemnation or even public criticism. And in some countries those who do criticize it face fines and/or imprisonment!
The term “tolerance” is now employed to mean the complete acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyles and ideology—in the family, in the workplace, in education, in media and in religion. Those who do not accept this definition of “tolerance” are often labeled intolerant.
Today the term “diversity” means more than seeking women and minorities to join a company or organization. It often includes embracing homosexuality, LGBT behavior and showing solidarity with the gay agenda.
The gay agenda, along with the sexual revolution that began half a century ago, has transformed America’s moral standard that was once based on biblical values to one that accepts as commonplace the homosexual lifestyle and many other biblically condemned behaviors.
Ironically, while gay activists demand tolerance toward themselves, they are quick to slam anyone who dares to disagree with them as intolerant, biased, bigoted or homophobic. In demanding their “rights,” they not only demand that everyone else recognize their self-proclaimed rights, but they actually strip away the freedoms and rights of those who disagree with them and who are standing up to their agenda.
Growing support at many levels
This powerful political and cultural current is explosively impacting society. Due in part to the activists’ hype and that of the media, most Americans think the size of the homosexual community is seven or eight times larger than it actually is. The title of the most recent Gallup poll on the subject explains: “U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian” (Gallup.com, May 27, 2011).
The actual number, confirmed by surveys going back several decades, is 2 to 4 percent—admitted even by researchers supportive of the gay-rights movement.
In recent years the gay-rights movement has changed the target of its agenda. Thirty years ago gay activists made little effort to try to change the definition of marriage. But today this change is central to the gay agenda in most of the Western world.
And they have gained considerable political support. American President Barack Obama’s policies have consistently favored the expansion of gay rights. On June 29, 2009, the 40th anniversary of what established gay pride month, Obama welcomed 300 gay activists to the White House, stating, “Welcome to your White House,” assuring them that their goals would be realized in his administration.
Another example is his pushing for the 2011 ending of restrictions on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. military, a practice which had been in existence since the time of George Washington.
Last summer U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta went so far as to give a thank-you speech for homosexual, lesbian and bisexual military service members as part of the Pentagon’s first-ever celebration of gay pride month.
Last spring Obama became the first sitting president to publicly declare support for the legalization of same-sex marriage. This was followed by the Democratic Platform Committee unanimously endorsing it for the 2012 presidential elections—a first for a major-party platform.
More than a year ago the Obama administration ordered the Justice Department to halt any legal defense for the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was passed by Congress in 1996 to preserve marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Since DOMA passed, 42 states have instituted their own support-of-marriage acts, defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. This helps ensure that children, the next generation of taxpayers, grow up in a stable family unit. So far, eight states have approved gay marriage by legislative or court-ordered action—though none by popular vote of citizens.
Why is there so much sound and fury coming from so many quarters demanding a change to the definition of marriage?
One reason is that the gay agenda has successfully changed the public focus away from the fundamental biological difference between same-sex couples and heterosexual partners. They may be able to fool some people some of the time, but they cannot fool God. There is simply no way to magically erase the inherent biological differences.
Think about it! If everyone took up the homosexual lifestyle, populations would begin to rapidly dwindle and the human race would eventually die out. It should be evident to everyone that, barring some artificial outside assistance, biological procreation is only possible in heterosexual relationships.
God designed marriage to provide a husband and wife the opportunity to raise their own biological children in a caring, balanced family environment conducive for developing their children’s personal identity (Genesis 1:28 Genesis 1:28And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
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God “seeks godly offspring” and hates anything that undermines or destroys marriage because of the harm that creates (Malachi 2:14-16 Malachi 2:14-16 14 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously: yet is she your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, said that he hates putting away: for one covers violence with his garment, said the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that you deal not treacherously.
American King James Version×). The inherent contradiction between what God designed marriage relationships to be and same-sex marriage cannot be changed by altering the definition of marriage or carefully couching arguments to make alternative lifestyles seem more acceptable.
How far will they go?
It appears that those pushing the gay agenda won’t give up until the definition of marriage is changed in law and common language and their influence is felt in every aspect of society, as Brown documents:
“Children in elementary schools will be exposed to the rightness and complete normality of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgender expression … Opposing views will be branded as dangerous and homophobic, to be silenced and excluded from the classroom. Middle schools, high schools, and colleges will go out of their way to encourage both the celebration of homosexuality and deep solidarity with gay activism” (p. 49).
In addition, Brown believes that pressure will build for American businesses to openly embrace every aspect of these biblically immoral practices to the point that employees who resist or refuse to follow suit will be dismissed.
Pastors and religious groups teaching that homosexual behavior is immoral will increasingly find themselves being accused of “hate speech.” In some countries ministers have already been convicted and fined for simply teaching the biblical truth on the subject.
Lasting impressions on our children
When you realize where their agenda is headed, it’s extremely disconcerting to see gay activists targeting younger and younger children—the most impressionable among us. American schools have become bastions of homosexual and transgender activism beginning as early as kindergarten.
Brown provides an example of the efforts of one homosexual advocacy organization over the past two decades: “This is the day of the ‘queering of elementary educations’ —to quote the title of a highly-praised book —and much of this is due to the influence of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educational Network (pp. 87-88).
“GLSEN wants homosexuality and transgenderism completely normalized—and even encouraged, celebrated, and nurtured—in the educational system … Gay-inspired curricula and gay-affirming educational programs are now everywhere today” (p. 89).
In addition, GLSEN offers a comprehensive training program for teachers called GLSEN Lunchbox 2, which is designed for educators to use beginning at the kindergarten level. It comes with a training video, a 141-page trainer’s manual, game cards with gay or transgender historical figures and terminology cards designed to teach a variety of sexual lifestyle alternatives.
It offers activities designed to subvert the family, including one titled “Deconstructing Definitions of Family.” Brown summarizes, “In short, say goodbye to male and female, to masculinity and femininity, to ‘biological sex,’ and say hello to genderqueer, gender non-conforming, transgender, and transsexual” (p. 95).
In the United States GLSEN also sponsors the rapidly growing Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) in middle schools, high school and college campuses. There are now more than 4,000 student clubs on campuses, and the number continues to grow rapidly.
These do far more than just provide a “safe place” for homosexual, bisexual and transgender students to hang out. They have become a springboard for pro-homosexual advocacy. They seek to alter curriculum and silence dissent. They push for the full acceptance of homosexuality in schools.
And they encourage children as young as 11 years old to declare themselves gay in GSA meetings, often without the knowledge of their parents.
Civil rights cover-up
All these blatantly aggressive efforts are a direct assault on the God-designed family unit. And they are cleverly hidden under the banner of “equal opportunity” or “civil rights.”
Activists even guide the media in how they want their agenda positioned. The GLAAD Media Reference Guide, quoted earlier, points out the terms they expect to be used or not used: “Offensive: ‘special rights.’ Preferred: ‘equal rights’ or ‘equal protection.’”
But is the real motive behind their agenda simply to gain the same rights as others?
In most states gays already can gain most if not all the rights heterosexual marriage partners have by voluntarily entering into a private, informal domestic partnership agreement specifying their mutual obligations. And they can even hold private religious marriage ceremonies.
Likewise, nothing prohibits private companies from offering benefits to same-sex partners of their employees. In fact, the majority of Fortune 500 companies already do.
A deeper question is: Does it make logical sense to form a special class of people based purely on sexual orientation and then equate it to a race or ethnic group’s push for civil rights?
There are at least three reasons that the two are not a legitimate comparison.
First, homosexuals (of both sexes), bisexuals and the transgendered are not all united by having the same sexual attractions—each subgroup is different.
Second, the black civil rights movement was united around those who had the same skin color, which does not change. On the other hand, the LGBT community was artificially linked together based solely on sexual orientations, which can change over time.
Third, there is no moral difference between being black or white (or yellow or red). But romantic attractions and sexual behavior often have moral (or immoral) qualities.
The underlying moral issues
Society places way too much emphasis on sex, and gay activists are trying to convince everyone that you can have it your way, their way or any way.
One of the critically destructive forces behind this gay agenda is the idea that everything is malleable to accommodate changes in society. But no matter what the changing vagaries of fickle public opinion, God’s principles of right and wrong do not change (see Malachi 3:6 Malachi 3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed.
American King James Version×; Hebrews 13:8 Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
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God set certain natural laws in motion at creation that were designed to govern and support humanity’s existence on earth. His Word tells us that sex was designed exclusively for only one relationship—that between a man and a woman in marriage.
Because homosexual activity, premarital sex and adultery are all outside of marriage, all are violations of God’s instructions. These sins exact negative penalties, whether a person understands God’s laws or not. And unless they are repented of, the ultimate consequence is death (Romans 6:23 Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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The Bible contains specific passages condemning both male and female homosexual behavior (Leviticus 18:22 Leviticus 18:22You shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
American King James Version×, Leviticus 18:24-30 Leviticus 18:24-30 24 Defile not you yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof on it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants. 26 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojournes among you: 27 (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) 28 That the land spew not you out also, when you defile it, as it spewed out the nations that were before you. 29 For whoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 Therefore shall you keep my ordinance, that you commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that you defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.
American King James Version×; Romans 1:24-27 Romans 1:24-27 24 Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
American King James Version×; 1 Corinthians 6:9 1 Corinthians 6:9Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
American King James Version×; 1 Timothy 1:9 1 Timothy 1:9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for murderers,
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When it comes to sexual relations, the only two options affirmed for Christians are God-designed marriage or abstinence (no sexual relationships).
It can be a struggle for those who desire to leave the gay lifestyle (again, see “The Human Side of Homosexuality: From One Who Has Struggled “). And like other human temptations, it may be a battle they fight all their lives. But God knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations (2 Peter 2:9 2 Peter 2:9The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust to the day of judgment to be punished:
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And it is encouraging to see there is clear biblical evidence that God can help change wrong behavior—including homosexuality and sodomy, as some of the Corinthian church members were able to do (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 9 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
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Marriage cannot be redefined
In law and society, marriage touches every aspect of life from birth to death. Since God is the Creator of human beings and marriage, only He has the right to define what the marriage relationship should be.
Human beings were created with a deep need to bond to others. And there is no deeper bonding relationship among human beings than the one that can be achieved between a husband and wife. Eve was created so that Adam would not have to live alone (Genesis 2:18 Genesis 2:18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
American King James Version×). The two were directed to be fruitful and multiply through the only physical union capable of producing new life (Genesis 1:28 Genesis 1:28And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
American King James Version×).
The institution of this marital union was one of the very first actions God took to establish the basic structure of human society (Genesis 2:24 Genesis 2:24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall join to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
American King James Version×; Genesis 4-6; Ephesians 5:31 Ephesians 5:31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
American King James Version×). It is a natural union and a divine institution ordained of God.
Like no other institution, it can provide material and emotional support as well as a sense of safety and love for as long as both husband and wife are alive (Romans 7:2 Romans 7:2For the woman which has an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he lives; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
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Our loving Father gave us the institution of marriage and the blessing of family so that we might learn to love one another as He loves us (Ephesians 5:25-33 Ephesians 5:25-33 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
American King James Version×). Because of the importance of this divine institution, Jesus Christ stood up to those who wanted to adapt marriage to the changing whims of society and brought them back to God’s original instructions regarding the sanctity of marriage (Mark 10:1-12 Mark 10:1-12 1 And he arose from there, and comes into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort to him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. 2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. 3 And he answered and said to them, What did Moses command you? 4 And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorce, and to put her away. 5 And Jesus answered and said to them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and join to his wife; 8 And they two shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder. 10 And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. 11 And he said to them, Whoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.
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Notice Christ’s instructions: “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:6-9 Mark 10:6-9 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.
7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and join to his wife;
8 And they two shall be one flesh: so then they are no more two, but one flesh.
9 What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.
American King James Version×).
Sign of the times
What this all adds up to is that the gay agenda has become one of the greatest attempts at social reengineering in history. The fight to uproot the definition of marriage to include same-sex partners is just one more social trend threatening to further undermine the very foundation of the family unit and the stability of society itself.
The sad reality is that our society is continuing headlong down the moral spiral prophesied for the end time before Jesus Christ’s return (2 Timothy 3:1-7 2 Timothy 3:1-7 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
American King James Version×, 2 Timothy 3:13 2 Timothy 3:13But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
American King James Version×). God’s Word says the family will continue to be under assault as we approach the end of this age.
Perhaps not so coincidentally, Jesus Christ compares the days leading up to His second coming to the destruction of Sodom in Lot’s day (Luke 17:28-30 Luke 17:28-30 28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
American King James Version×). Thanks in part to the gay agenda, our society is headed in the same direction. Nearly all the people of Sodom had turned away from God’s way of life (Genesis 18:16-22 Genesis 18:16-22 16 And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; 18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring on Abraham that which he has spoken of him. 20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; 21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come to me; and if not, I will know. 22 And the men turned their faces from there, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
American King James Version×). There were not even 10 righteous people to be found in the city. The men of the city threatened to sexually violate the two angelic messengers God sent to warn Lot to leave before He destroyed the city (Genesis 19:1-29 Genesis 19:1-29 1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; 2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, No; but we will abide in the street all night. 3 And he pressed on them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat. 4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: 5 And they called to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men which came in to you this night? bring them out to us, that we may know them. 6 And Lot went out at the door to them, and shut the door after him, 7 And said, I pray you, brothers, do not so wickedly. 8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out to you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes: only to these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. 9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with you, than with them. And they pressed sore on the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. 10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12 And the men said to Lot, Have you here any besides? son in law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whatever you have in the city, bring them out of this place: 13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD has sent us to destroy it. 14 And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked to his sons in law. 15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take your wife, and your two daughters, which are here; lest you be consumed in the iniquity of the city. 16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold on his hand, and on the hand of his wife, and on the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful to him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. 17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for your life; look not behind you, neither stay you in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. 18 And Lot said to them, Oh, not so, my LORD: 19 Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed to me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die: 20 Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live. 21 And he said to him, See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which you have spoken. 22 Haste you, escape thither; for I cannot do anything till you be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23 The sun was risen on the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; 25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew on the ground. 26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. 27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, see, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace. 29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the middle of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelled.
American King James Version×; Jude 7).
While Lot and his family were in some ways negatively influenced by the evils of the society around them, he is called “righteous Lot” (2 Peter 2:7 2 Peter 2:7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
American King James Version×). He felt tormented, oppressed and distressed by the immoral and degrading ways of those around him (2 Peter 2:7-8 2 Peter 2:7-8 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
American King James Version×).
We must remain vigilantly on guard against letting a morally degenerating society pull us down with it—as Christ warned: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12 Matthew 24:12And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
American King James Version×).
Thankfully, our loving and merciful Savior will return to heal the hearts and minds of all humanity (Isaiah 9:6-7 Isaiah 9:6-7 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
American King James Version×). He will save mankind from complete depravity and self-destruction (Matthew 24:21-22 Matthew 24:21-22 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
American King James Version×). He will establish a healthy, wholesome and happy world. May God speed that day!