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Matthew Henry on Genesis 13:10-13

Genesis 13:10-13 (ESV)

10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.
13 Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.

Matthew Henry on Genesis 13:10-13

Now Lot’s coming to dwell among the Sodomites may be considered,

(1.) As a great mercy to them, and a likely means of bringing them to repentance; for now they had a prophet among them and a preacher of righteousness, and, if they had hearkened to him, they might have been reformed, and the ruin prevented. Note, God sends preachers, before he sends destroyers; for he is not willing that any should perish.

(2.) As a great affliction to Lot, who was not only grieved to see their wickedness (2 Peter 2:7-8), but was molested and persecuted by them, because he would not do as they did. Note, It has often been the vexatious lot of good men to live among wicked neighbours, to sojourn in Mesech (Psalms 120:5), and it cannot but be the more grievous, if, as Lot here, they have brought it upon themselves by an unadvised choice.

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)



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The Sin in Lot’s Choosing

Genesis 13:10-11 (ESV)

10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.

There are so many sermons that attribute sin to this event in Lot’s life.  Mostly though they are just speculative ideas.  Scripture doesn’t itemize the sins of Lot.  Actually there is very little said about what Lot did right or wrong and without 2 Peter 2:7-8 we might would have to wonder if Lot was even a believer.

The ESV Study Bible has this note for Genesis 12:10-20:

The events described in this section raise many questions that go unanswered, creating a sense of ambiguity as to how the behavior of everyone involved should be judged.  As is common in biblical stories, the narrator gives no direct evaluation of the participants’ actions, leaving the reader to figure out the ethical questions.

We could speculate Lot sinned by:

  • Taking the first choice
  • Letting his herdsmen and animals interfere with his Father figure’s livestock and herds.
  • Not choosing to stay with Abraham
  • Choosing the “best” portion
  • Choosing an evil area

However there is one definite we are given “Lot chose for himself.

Lot didn’t choose what the Lord would have him do.  Lot didn’t choose what would be best for his family.  Lot didn’t choose what would be best for Abraham.  Lot chose for himself.  What appealed to Lot was the criteria for the selection.

Later in the Bible the Jewish people are told by Joshua to choose whom they will serve, either the foreign gods or the Lord.

Joshua 24:15 (ESV) And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Was Lot serving the Lord?  No, Lot served himself.  Being in Sodom was not the sin.  Why Lot was in Sodom was the sin.  Lot was in Sodom to serve himself.  Lot saw that the area around Sodom was fertile and well watered which would help increase his flocks and his wealth.  Was the choosing an area due to the potential wealth the sin.  No.  Not seeking the Lord’s will was the sin.

Lot did not seek the Lord for help in deciding what should be done about the situation between him and Abraham.  Lot did not seek the Lord for wisdom in making a decision.  Lot did not seek the Lord’s will nor did he seek the kingdom of God.  Lot sought for himself.

Matthew 6:33 (ESV) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Lot also didn’t seek what was best for his family, if he had one at the time, nor did he seek what would be best for his future family.  Lot sought the potential of the area of Sodom.  Lot was after financial gain and ease.  He took the easy way out to wealth.  Later in Genesis we start seeing mention of wells in Abraham’s portion (Genesis 21:25) and Isaac is known for his well digging (Genesis 26:18). But Lot chose the well watered portion that reminded him of Egypt.

Lot, the orphan who followed Abraham to a new country, failed to trust in the Lord.  The Lord that had made Abraham “very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold” (Genesis 13:2) and had also made Lot very rich in “flocks and herds and tents” (Genesis 13:5).  Lot couldn’t trust the Lord to continue to sustain him.  Lot must help himself to get and keep his wealth.

Where was Lot’s fear of the Lord?  If Lot had feared the Lord he would have been instructed in what he should choose.

Psalms 25:12 (ESV) Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.

Lot was in Sodom because he chose for himself instead of seeking the kingdom of God.  The Lord might have sent Lot to Sodom anyway as a witness to the people similar to a Jonah to the Ninevites.  But our first goal in any decision should always be to seek first the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33)



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What Did Lot Do Wrong Here?

Genesis 13:10-11 (ESV)
10 And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord  destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other.

What did Lot do wrong here?

Was it being selfish and taking the best Abraham offered like many accuse Lot of doing?



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Fleeing to the Lord – Psalm 11

If Sodom is all around us, even in secluded areas and our heart to some extent, how do we flee Sodom?  As I said in the post yesterday, we are to flee to the Lord.  All this time of study and just yesterday I found this Psalm.  Actually it wasn’t lost, but the meaning became clearer to me.  Notice this Psalm does not mention Sodom by name but who can miss the reference to Sodom especially in verse 6 “rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup”.

Psalms 11:1-7 (ESV)

1 In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,
2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
5 The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
6 Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
7 For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

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Psalms 11:1 (ESV) In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul, “Flee like a bird to your mountain,

The Psalmist David is amazed that he is being advised to flee to the mountains.  His refuge is in the Lord, not in the safety of the mountains.  There is no reason to despair when we take refuge in the Lord. The Lord is on His Throne (verse 4), why should David flee?


Psalms 11:2-3 (ESV)

2 for behold, the wicked bend the bow; they have fitted their arrow to the string to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart;
3 if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

In verses 2-3, David’s advisers warn him that the wicked are seeking to destroy him.  The wicked have destroyed the foundations and there was nothing left that the righteous could do.  Oh, how many times have we heard that!  There is no hope, the world will only get worse, America is to far destroyed to turn back now, it is useless to witness to them, they are too far gone ….

Yet David rebukes his advisers in verse 4.


Psalms 11:4 (ESV) The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.

The Lord is on His Throne and in His Temple; essentially, David is saying the Lord is still in charge.  If we today could still remember that the Lord is on His Throne and is ruling the world from there.  There is nothing to fear, the Lord is watching all.  Is not most of our fear and worry due to forgetting that the Lord is in charge of all, even the wicked for destruction? (Proverbs 16:4)

The Lord will hear His own.  But are His own crying out to Him?  (Genesis 18:20, Psalm 88:1)  It would be good to read the whole of Psalms 18, but here are some portions that apply to Psalms 11.

Psalms 18:6-17 (ESV)

6 In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.
7 Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
8 Smoke went up from his nostrils, and devouring fire from his mouth; glowing coals flamed forth from him.

12 Out of the brightness before him hailstones and coals of fire broke through his clouds.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High uttered his voice, hailstones and coals of fire.

16 He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.
17 He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.

The Lord will hear the cries of the righteous to come in judgment on the wicked and rescue the righteous.


Psalms 11:5 (ESV) The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

The Lord may test His own but He is still Sovereign and will work all things to the good of His own.  (Romans 8:28)  Yet the wicked and violent should tremble at the wrath and hate from the Lord.  Look at the punishment decreed for the wicked in verse 6.


Psalms 11:6 (ESV) Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.

This is the same as what Sodom received.  The same as what will be the fate of all who reject the Lord.

Galatians 5:19-21 (ESV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Revelation 21:8 (ESV) But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”


Psalms 11:7 (ESV) For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.

But the Lord loves those who do righteousness, they shall see His face.

1 John 3:2 (ESV) Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV) For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.


We aren’t to flee to the hills but to flee to the Lord.



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Where Is Sodom?

What is Sodom referring to in Scripture?

I have found three different types of references to Sodom.

1) Sodom the City

Sodom, of course, in Scripture refers to a real place, a real city.

We are told the location of Sodom.

Genesis 10:19 (ESV) And the territory of the Canaanites extended from Sidon in the direction of Gerar as far as Gaza, and in the direction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha.

Then later Scripture tells us about the men of Sodom.

Genesis 13:13 (ESV) Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.

Then the judgment of the Lord is given due to Sodom’s sin.

Genesis 19:13 (ESV) For we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”

Judgment came immediately and totally to Sodom.

Genesis 19:24-25 (ESV)

24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord out of heaven.
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

Another reference throughout Scripture to Sodom is as a picture of sinful cities.

2) A Type of City

Sodom is a type of other cities who are taken over by sin and due to receive the judgment of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 29:22-28 (ESV)

22 And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick—
23 the whole land burned out with brimstone and salt, nothing sown and nothing growing, where no plant can sprout, an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and wrath—
24 all the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?’
25 Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt,
26 and went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them.
27 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book,
28 and the Lord uprooted them from their land in anger and fury and great wrath, and cast them into another land, as they are this day.’

Isaiah 1:9-10 (ESV)

9 If the Lord of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

Zephaniah 2:9 (ESV) Therefore, as I live,” declares the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste forever. The remnant of my people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them.”

3) Spiritual Condition

Yet the most interesting reference to Sodom is spiritual.  The passage in Ezekiel 16 refers to Sodom both as Israel, particularly Jerusalem, and as a spiritual condition.  Reading the whole chapter would be helpful but here is a portion.

Ezekiel 16:46-51 (ESV)

46 And your elder sister is Samaria, who lived with her daughters to the north of you; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you, is Sodom with her daughters.
47 Not only did you walk in their ways and do according to their abominations; within a very little time you were more corrupt than they in all your ways.
48 As I live, declares the Lord God, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done.
49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
50 They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it.
51 Samaria has not committed half your sins. You have committed more abominations than they, and have made your sisters appear righteous by all the abominations that you have committed.

The whole chapter in Ezekiel lists sin after sin of Israel.  In just the above portion abominations, corruption, pride, excess of food, prosperous ease, not aiding the poor and needy, and haughtiness are listed.  Most of these are referring to the sins of the heart.  Even though they are called Sodom there is no specific reference to homosexuality.  Does that mean homosexuality was not a problem?   Of course not.  But homosexuality is the outgrowth or the fruit of the sins of the heart.

Jerusalem is also a symbolically Sodom because of false prophets and because they crucified the Lord.

Jeremiah 23:14 (ESV) But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his evil; all of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”

Revelation 11:7-8 (ESV)

7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,
8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

Throughout Scripture we are given lists of the sins of our heart and flesh.

Matthew 15:18-20 (ESV)

18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Galatians 5:19-21 (ESV)

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

When we relegate the sin of Sodom to just one particular sin, heinous though it may be.  We have missed the point.  Judgment will come to all whose hearts are defiled and are not turned to the Lord.  While one place may be characterized by homosexuality, another maybe characterized by murder, another by pride and striving and yet another by false teachers.

So if Sodom is everywhere and in our hearts.  Where do we flee?  We can’t flee from the cities because the country is just as sinful, maybe not as obvious, but sin does reign in the hearts of all mankind until the Lord calls them.  We can’t isolate ourselves in our homes because sin is there in our own hearts.

So how do we flee Sodom?

We flee to the Lord seeking His mercy and protection.  Otherwise we are still in Sodom.



Psalms 11:6 (ESV) Let him rain coals on the wicked; fire and sulfur and a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup.
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Compare These Passages in 2 Peter and in Jude

Both these passages are long, but it seems like they are speaking of almost the same issues.  Notice Sodom and Gomorrah are both mentioned.

2 Peter 2:1-19 (ESV)

1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
3 And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment;
5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked
8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard);
9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment,
10 and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority. Bold and willful, they do not tremble as they blaspheme the glorious ones,
11 whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord.
12 But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction,
13 suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you.
14 They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children!
15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing,
16 but was rebuked for his own transgression; a speechless donkey spoke with human voice and restrained the prophet’s madness.
17 These are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm. For them the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved.
18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error.
19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

Compare that to this passage in Jude.

Jude 1:4-16 (ESV)

4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day—
7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones.
9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”
10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.
11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion.
12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted;
13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.
14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones,
15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

How might these passages affect your understanding of Sodom when referred to in the Scripture?


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What Is Sodom?

Mary has suggested that maybe we have different definitions for Sodom. I agree that we must have correct definitions for words in order to have a serious discussion. But our definitions don’t really matter. We must see what Scripture says about Sodom and what Sodom is referring to throughout the Scripture. You might be surprised how many times Sodom is referred to beyond the account about Lot.

Terry mentioned one occurrence in Ezekiel 16:49-50 in her comments about Sodom.

Here is one other reference to Sodom which might surprise you:

Revelation 11:7-8 (ESV)
7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit  will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,
8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

So after you have a chance to find references to Sodom in the Bible; where is Sodom and what is Sodom’s problem based purely on the Scripture?



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What Are Your Thoughts About Leaving Sodom?

The posts on raising your children in Sodom and or Chorazin have caused some discussion about whether families should be getting out of Sodom.

Raising Your Family in Sodom – GTY

Sodom or Chorazin?

I know I typically never get a chance to read the comments left for another website’s post so often I do miss the best parts. So I’m encouraging you to read over the comments on Raising Your Family in Sodom.  It is a hard subject and there is no clear cut direction from Scripture such as once XYZ happens in a city we are to pack up and leave.

How do you determine whether or not to stay in a location?

What are the criteria?

I must add a disclaimer I’ve never really been to a big city.  Atlanta is the biggest city I’ve been in as an adult, I guess, and all the cities I’ve been in have been in the South which I’m sure is different from other big cities.  When I was 16, I traveled to London but that was a long time ago and the things I remember striking me there as bizarre; dyed hair, body piercing, tattoos, strange clothes and hair styles are pretty commonly seen today.

My best understanding that I arrived at is this:  (this is from a comment box yesterday)

Obviously homeschool is not a panacea for the evils of the world. There are many homeschooling families that I would not let my children spend much time with. However, homeschooling has the advantage of allowing parents to be with their children and know what is going on and being taught. That is one of the biggest advantages. There is a big difference in being in Sodom along with your children and sending your children out in Sodom alone.

Granted Lot was told to leave Sodom and we should all obey the Lord when and if He says leave. But while often the focus is on Lot and Sodom, we tend to forget that some of the biggest problems were when Lot withdrew to a cave with his daughters. He was out of Sodom and yet his “holing up” mentality is what led to his and his daughter’s sins. We are never as NT believers told to leave the world and “hole up” in a seemingly safe place; no place is safe without being in the Lord’s will.

We are told to not love the world:

1 John 2:15 (ESV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Nor to be transformed to the world:

Romans 12:2 (ESV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The problem is we do not distinguish between the world and brothers in Christ. When those who claim to be Christians are living like the world, we are to separate from them particularly, but not necessarily the unsaved world. Obviously there is a distinction to be made.

1 Corinthians 5:9-13 (ESV)
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world
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11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

America’s problem today is that there is no distinction between the world and the brothers in Christ. So maybe we should be running from the worldly churches. Yet not running from the unsaved world in the cities, but running toward them with the gospel.

So what do you think Scripture would have us do?



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Sodom or Chorazin?

Maybe instead of Sodom we are in Chorazin or Bethasada.  Are we not going to be judged more harshly than Sodom and Gomorrah?  Remember this passage:

Matthew 11:21-24 (ESV)

21  “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22  But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you.

23 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

24  But I tell you that it will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”

Are we not more likely to be considered like Chorazin and Bethasada due to the gospel being given to us in full?  There is no excuse for our not repenting in “sackcloth and ashes” because we have all the mighty works of Christ and his disciples recorded for us in Scripture.  Jesus says that Tyre and Sidon would have repented and that Sodom would have remained until that day due to the mighty works of Christ.

We in “Chorazin and Bethsaida” have free access to the gospel, bible study helps, and good solid teaching of Scripture.  It may be hard at times to find a sound Biblical church close by but there are solid churches around and free sermons on the internet.

Maybe we should consider that Christ might be saying now:

“Woe to you, Birmingham!”

“Woe to you, Atlanta!”

“Woe to you, Austin!”

“Woe to you, Snead Crossroads!”




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Raising Your Family in Sodom – GTY

I guess that in some ways we can’t judge Lot too harshly because we are finding ourselves in the same position.

Raising Your Family in Sodom

Although we’ve noticed the steady, pebble-by-pebble crumbling of the family for decades, we’re now watching the landslide. We live in an age where society is no longer content to simply ignore the sanctity of marriage and the family—it attacks it with a vengeance. God’s established order for life has become a threat to this culture’s pursuit of sexual freedom.

Consider the global range of attacks on the family within the last decade. Back in 2000, Dutch parliament passed the first legislation in history that granted same-sex couples the right to marry. Following the Netherland’s lead were Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), and Norway (2008). Although traditional marriage was challenged much earlier in the U.S. (1993), social conservatives and moral majority leaders quickly enacted protective measures, prompting Congress to adopt same-sex marriage bans nationwide. The bans didn’t last long. Conservative “victories” were short-lived as judges began lifting bans and pushing Congress to amend the constitution. Since 2008, opposition against marriage and the family has intensified in America, taking many unsuspecting Christians by surprise. …  Read More




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