Dear His Way Out Ministries…
My gay friend says that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for inhospitality, not homosexuality. Is this true?
Those who profess a pro-gay Christian ideology have long used this argument – and twisted Scripture in the process. At issue is the meaning of yada, a Hebrew word in Genesis 19:5: “They called to Lot, ‘Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we can (yada) them.’”
Yada has two meanings. One is simply “to know, be acquainted with”; the other is “to know in a carnal sense.” Gays seeking biblical approval of their homosexuality choose the former meaning, even though in doing so they ignore the clear context of the passage.
Are we really to believe that “all the men from every part of the city of Sodom – both young and old” (Genesis 19:4) – broke the ancient code of hospitality by surrounding Lot’s house and demanding that he send his angelic guests out so they could “get acquainted with” them?
Why would Lot do such a despicable thing – offer his daughters who had never yada-ed a man – unless these men had sexual intentions? They weren’t simply coming to check if Lot’s guests were intruders.
Also, Jude 7 says that “in a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion.” This clear and descriptive language does not refer to inhospitality, but plainly denotes homosexual activity.