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I Timothy 3:15
From The Burning Bush, Northern Ireland
Billy Graham is reported as saying in December, 1994, on the Larry King Television Show in the U.S.A., that sodomites are born sodomites, since, as he put it, “it is in their genes” (Calvary Contender, vol. XII, No. 3). Such a statement is heretical and must prove comforting and encouraging to the evil cause of the sodomites.
Sodomites have long claimed that they were born deviants and that therefore their sodomy may be traced back to God. It is a slanderous and wicked indictment of God. It not only makes God the author of their sin, it makes Him hypocritical and unjust for punishing sodomy, the best example of which is seen in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Genesis 13:13, 18:20-21; 19:24-25; II Pet. 2:6-8; Jude 7.
The origin of sin is not to be found in man’s genes. The genes are the biological factor that determines the physical and personality characteristics which we inherit from our progenitors. Sodomy is a sin. It is listed with the vilest of sins in Romans 1:24-32. If a sodomite can not be blamed for his wickedness, then neither can the murderer, the robber or any other wicked person whose ways are contrary to God’s law, be blamed for their behaviour. If one form of sin may be traceable to the human gene, so must all.
The truth is: man’s propensity for sin is derived from his utterly corrupt and depraved nature which he inherited from Adam, the father and federal head of the human race. Our genes make us individuals, who display characteristics and personality traits that link us to our forefathers. Our depraved natures link us to Adam and his transgression in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:16-17; 31-24.
The depravity of the human heart is such that ALL are capable of the most wicked actions, including sodomy. That such wickedness does not break out in the life of all the unregenerate must be put down to the restraint that is exercised upon many by the environment created by the redeemed of God. The public testifying to Christ through the preaching of the gospel, prayer and the general influence exercised by those who are called the ‘salt of the earth’, Matthew 5:13, greatly hold in check the sinful inclinations of man’s depraved heart. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah, Isaiah 1:9.
As evil company corrupts moral character, I Cor. 15:33. So the holy influence of believers restrains wickedness. Billy Graham’s statement is not one that will restrain wickedness but will positively encourage it. Even Lot was vexed with the filthiness of the Sodomites and remonstrated with them. Do not so wickedly, Genesis 19:7. It says something for Billy Graham when his witness against sodomy is weaker than that of Lot!
Murder or Robbery
Sodomy is a work of the flesh, an offshoot of human depravity. As such it can be no more acceptable than murder or robbery. The fact that it is not so equated in our day is but part of the rebellion against God’s truth that has broken out on every hand and at every level in society. It is part of that latter-day throwing off of the restraints that God has imposed upon mankind that is referred to in Psalm 2. Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us, verse 1-3.
The result of this apostasy is the decriminalizing of those things that God has condemned. Murder is no longer a crime punishable by death in our land. The present campaign to release those terrorists who are guilty of the most awful murders indicates that, and shows that the apostasy is to be found in the highest positions in the state and the professing church of Christ.
The legalizing of the murder of the unborn, the legalizing of killing of the old and infirm, crimes of violence amongst adolescents are blamed upon so-called deprivations and environmental influences and must be treated by foreign trips at public expense. These are but further examples of mankind’s re-categorizing of sin.
A leading campaigner for sodomites, actor Sir Ian McKellen, recently tore up a Bible on the stage of a theatre in which he was working, as a protest against the condemnation of sodomy that is contained in it. He urged others to do the same. He particularly objected, he says to Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination, and if a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death: their blood shall be upon them.
McKellen said that he made a practice of tearing those chapters out of hotel Bibles. He may tear all the pages from all the Bibles that he can get his hands on but the words remain in force. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away, Matthew 24:35. His actions provide us with a perfect commentary on the whole issue. It is a conflict between men and the Word of God.
Dr. Billy Graham, whose departure from the Word of God in many areas is well documented, may not have been as dramatic in his action but his comment on the Larry King show is of the exact same spirit as McKellen’s brazen defiance of God. To all his other unscriptural actions and utterances Billy Graham has now raised his voice in assisting in the normalizing and approving of this most heinous of debauched practices.