The Fertile Fields of Sin in Sodom

Text: Ezekiel 16:49-50

“The men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord” (Genesis 13:13). Their notable sin was homosexuality (Genesis 19:4-5) and this was why they were destroyed (Jude 7). But how did they reach that point? How has our country reached the point where it is today? The explanation is given in our text, and also explains how our country is in the shape it is in. Conditions were favorable for sin to abound.

Arrogance

  • This is a universal and ageless problem (Romans 12:3) – pride goes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:12); God demands humility (James 4:6, 10)
  • Arrogance causes one to oppose the truth (James 3:14) and oppose God (James 4:6) – ignores his place before God (Psalm 8:3-4); ignores his need for God’s blessings (Colossians 1:16-17); ignores the severity of sin (1 Corinthians 5:1-2) and takes pride in sinful behavior (Ephesians 5:12)
  • God will exalt us, but only if we humble ourselves (James 4:10)

Abundance

  • It is not wrong to be rich (1 Timothy 6:10), and many faithful individuals were wealthy – Abram (Genesis 13:2), Job (Job 1:3), Joseph of Arimathea (Matthew 27:57-60), Mary (Acts 12:12-13)
  • Having an abundance is not wrong, but it does present various challenges – tempting to put our trust in riches (1 Timothy 6:17); tempting to become comfortable and ignore the state of our soul (Luke 12:16-21); tempting to become arrogant against others (Ezekiel 28:4-5; Galatians 3:28)
  • No matter how much of an abundance we have, we must still rely upon God (1 Timothy 6:17)

Laziness

  • Sodom enjoyed “careless ease” or an “abundance of laziness” (KJV) – nothing wrong with rest and relaxation (Ecclesiastes 5:18-19), but there is a problem with excessive idleness; God wants us to be hardworking (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
  • Why excessive idleness is a problem – gives us more opportunities to sin (1 Timothy 5:13; 2 Samuel 11:1); gives us a warped sense of personal responsibility (2 Thessalonians 3:10), and harms society as a whole (Proverbs 30:21-22); gives us a false expectation of our spiritual obligation, as it takes diligent effort to be saved (Philippians 2:12)
  • We should fill our free time with good things – study (2 Timothy 2:15), prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17), meditation (Philippians 4:8)

Selfishness

  • They “did not help the poor and needy” – contrary to the attitude of love that we must have (1 Corinthians 13:5; 10:24; Matthew 22:39)
  • We cannot follow Christ if we will not deny self (Luke 9:23) – causes us to refuse to help those who need it (Proverbs 3:27; Galatians 6:10); causes us to deny God what He deserves (Matthew 22:21; cf. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 12:1); causes our faith to become dead (James 2:14-17)
  • We are to have the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) – put others ahead of ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4)

Conclusion

  • We remember Sodom for homosexuality – they were punished for this (Jude 7)
  • But these other attitudes and circumstances provided conditions that were favorable for that sort of wickedness to develop – is it any wonder then why our society is in the state that it is?
  • We must be different from the world (Romans 12:2) – avoid these attitudes that lead to further sin

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