The people of Sodom.
Genesis 13:12-13 "12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched [his]
tent toward Sodom.13 But the men of Sodom wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly'
Genesis 19:1-11 "1
And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing, 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 ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we
will abide in the street all night.3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto 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,
the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:5 And they called unto
Lot, and said unto him, Where [are] the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we *know them.6
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.8
Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them
as [is] good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.9 And they
said, Stand back. And they said, This one came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee,
than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man 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; and they smote the men that at the door of the house with
blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door"
*know = carnally (sexual),
the same word is used in Genesis 4:1 "And Adam *knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and
bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD"
Government, education and religion define a culture.
Leaders represent what is in the heart of the citizens of the land.
Iceland likely to name world's first
(CNN) -- A gay rights group is welcoming the likely appointment
of the world's first openly gay prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir of Iceland. Sigurdardottir, the country's 66-year-old
minister of social affairs and social security, is on track to succeed Prime Minister Geir Haarde, who resigned Monday following
the collapse of the country's main banks, currency and stock market. Negotiations are underway between Sigurardottir's Social
Democratic Alliance Party and potential coalition partners. If they succeed, she will become interim prime minister until
Iceland next goes to the polls, which must happen by May. "We really warmly welcome that," said Gary Nunn, a spokesperson
for Stonewall UK, a British gay-rights group. "At a time when we've just seen a black man elected to the highest office
in America, it gives us hope that we will see an openly gay prime minister here some day. It really does matter. It is helpful
to have an openly gay prime minister, Nunn said. We are trying to foster the ambition that young people can be anything they
want to be. Britain has only one openly gay member of Parliament, Angela Eagle of the Labour party, Nunn said. The United
States currently has three openly gay members of Congress -- Democratic Reps. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Barney Frank of
Massachusetts and Jared Polis of Colorado. Stonewall considers it a higher priority to have significant numbers of openly
gay lawmakers than an openly gay prime minister.
The second coming of Christ.
"28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they
builded;29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed all.30 Even
thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed"
2 Peter 2:6-8 "6 And turning the cities of Sodom
and Gomorrha into ashes condemned with an overthrow, making an ensample unto those that after live ungodly;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 unlawful deeds)"
Jude 1:7-8 "7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha,
and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth
for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion,
and speak evil of dignities"
Romans 1:22-32 "22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,23 And
changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts,
and creeping things.24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour
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 unto 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
recompence of their error which was meet.28 And even as they did not like to retain God in knowledge, God gave them over to
a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness,
covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful,
proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural
affection, implacable, unmerciful:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death,
not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them"
Lutherans consider noncelibate gay
(CNN) -- Members of one of the country's largest
Protestant denominations stepped up to microphones Friday, pleading with each other over a decision that could have ripple
effects throughout the nation.
Current Evangelical Lutheran Church policy allows gay and lesbian clergy, lay people to serve
only if celibate.
The question: whether the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) will accept noncelibate
clergy members and lay leaders who are in same-sex relationships.
The 1,045 voting members of the 4.6-million member
church supported a resolution Friday allowing congregations to support same-sex relationships among church members. But the
question about clergy loomed as the debate broke for lunch.
Current church policy allows gay and lesbian people to serve as clergy members and lay leaders only if they are celibate.
Some members meeting at a convention hall in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, argued that changing that would fly in the face of religious teachings.
"Brothers and sisters,
I ask you, before you dig yourselves deeper into this hole, if you are so absolutely certain that these behaviors are not
sinful that you are willing to place yourselves and this church at the spiritual risk that comes from encouraging sin,"
said Pastor Steven Frock of the Western Iowa Synod.
Among those on the other side was Alan Wold of the Northern Illinois
Synod. "If according to some I am going to be in err for supporting this... Let me err on the side of mercy, grace, justice,
and love of neighbor. Let me err on the side of gospel which makes all things new."
Many fear the emotional debate
could tear at the unity of the church. So the members voted to re-order their resolutions -- moving to the top a resolution
that the church "commit itself to bear one another's burdens, love the neighbor, and respect the bound consciences of
all." It passed with overwhelming support.
Other religious denominations, including Episcopalians and Unitarians,
have made moves to accept gay clergy, and Evangelical Lutherans would not be the first to accept those openly in same-sex
relationships, said David Masci, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. But ELCA would be the largest
to make such a move.
The church is the third largest Protestant denomination, representing 2 percent of the U.S. population,
according to the Pew Forum.
Gay Latino Americans
are 'coming of age'
-- Perez Hilton is a celebrity blogger who dishes out the latest Hollywood gossip, but there's something about his personal
life you may not know. Latino gays say they face a double dose of discrimination.
Hilton is a Latino pioneer. He is one of the first Latino public figures in the U.S. to be openly gay.
While Latinos have broken ground on the U.S. Supreme Court, in Hollywood and in professional sports, gay Latinos in the nation's
public arena remain largely invisible.
Hilton says deep-seated
homophobia within the Latino community has forced many gay Latinos to go underground, but attitudes are shifting.
the beginning, when I came out to my mom, she reacted with a sigh and said, 'You're my son and I have to love you,' "
Hilton says. "But now she says, 'You're the best son in the world, and we need to find you a man.' "
gay Latino leaders are starting to share Hilton's optimism. The Latino community has long had a reputation for being notoriously
homophobic. But some surprising developments within the Latino world -- in the United States and abroad -- suggest that may
be changing, gay scholars and activists say.
'Walls are starting to crumble'
"A lot of walls
are starting to crumble," says Charlie Vazquez, a New York-based author whose fiction has appeared in books such as "Best
Gay Love Stories: NYC."
"We're at a crossroads," he says. "A new generation of better-educated Latinos
is coming of age."
El Diario La Prensa, one of the oldest and largest Spanish-language newspapers in the U.S.,
recently endorsed the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
Within the past three years, lawmakers in countries as diverse
as Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico have passed laws granting rights and protections to gays and lesbians.
A 2007 survey
conducted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network discovered that at schools where a Gay Student Alliance club
existed, 59 percent of gay Latino students participated in the club, says Elizabeth Diaz, a senior researcher at the network.
The survey defined gay youths as those who were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.The network also says that since 1999,
at least 4,000 Gay Student Alliances have formed groups at public and private schools in the United States.
Timothy 3:1-5 "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, trucebreakers,
false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more
than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away"
2 Peter 3:1-3
"1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:2 That
ye be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the
Lord and Saviour:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts"
marriage support: Obama's most courageous move
10, 2012 -- Updated 1006 GMT (1806 HKT) (CNN)
-- President Barack Obama's blockbuster announcement that
he is in favor of full marriage equality is the most courageous thing he has done since he entered the White House three and
a half years ago. Coming after his successful strategy to get Congress to repeal don't ask, don't tell so that gays and lesbians
can serve openly in the military and the decision of his Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act
in federal courts, he has now done nearly as much for gay people as Lyndon Johnson did for African-Americans with the passage
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Obama: 'Same-sex couples should be able to get married'
Many polls have shown healthy majorities among Americans younger than 30 in favor of marriage
equality, and the president noted that even college Republicans who oppose the rest of his policies "are very clear that
when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation that they believe in equality."
New York City Mayor Edward Koch is a strong supporter of the president. The dean of New York Democrats also has one of the
oldest and strongest records in support of gay rights of any modern American politician, having first come out in favor of
the repeal of New York State's anti-sodomy law in 1962.
Campaigners push for marriage
May 11, 2012 -- Updated 0647 GMT
(CNN) -- Cushla wore a white dress for her big day, Tania, braces,
a hat and bow-tie. The couple, now wife and wife, tied the knot during a small ceremony led by an unregistered celebrant on
a farm west of Sydney, Australia. It had all the hallmarks of a "real" wedding. Except this one wasn't valid, at
least under Australian law. Australia is one of many countries around the world where same-sex couples
are not permitted to legally marry. And the law doesn't seem likely to change any time soon. Prime Minister Julia Gillard,
who has long opposed gay marriage, made it clear Thursday that her mind hadn't been nudged by a politically risky move by
U.S. President Barack Obama to back same-sex marriages Wednesday night.
to openly endorse same-sex marriage won plaudits from campaigners worldwide who have been pushing for more liberal laws since
the first same-sex couples walked down the aisle in the Netherlands
in 2001. Same-sex marriages are now allowed
in a number of U.S. states and in countries including Belgium
, according to Australian Marriage Equality
Leading human rights activist Peter Tatchell hailed Obama's move as evidence that
support for same-sex marriage was "an unstoppable global trend". "Gay marriage is all about love," he
said. "The love of same-sex couples is just as real, strong and committed as that of married heterosexual men and women.
Prohibiting same-sex marriage devalues and denigrates the love of lesbian and gay couples. It signifies our continuing second
class legal status."
"For they are nations void of counsel, neither understanding in them. O that they were wise, they understood this; they would consider their latter end!
For their rock is not
as our Rock, For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Their wine is the
poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps"
Leviticus 18:23-24 "22 Thou shalt
not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith:
neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it [is] confusion"
Leviticus 20:13 "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 upon them"
Isaiah 41:21-24 "21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong, saith the King
of Jacob.22 Let them bring forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they, that we consider
them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that
we know that ye gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we be dismayed, and behold together.24 Behold, ye of nothing, and your
work of nought:an abomination chooseth you"
1:14-18 "14 The great day of the LORD near, near, and hasteth greatly, the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man
shall cry there bitterly.15 That day, a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a
day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities,
and against the high towers.17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have
sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.18 Neither their silver
nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire
of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land"
you trusting in Christ alone for the salvation of your soul?
PRAISE THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!