Editor’s note: The Rev. O’Neal Dozier is pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach, where he delivered his Sunday, June 30 sermon excerpted here.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage is ungodly because homosexuality is ungodly and is an abomination in the sight of God.
In Leviticus 18:22, we find the Lord God through Moses, the man of God, telling the Hebrew people of that day and us today that God forbids the practice of homosexuality and has made it a biblical crime and a very bad sin. Leviticus 18:22 says, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind. It is abomination.”
Now, in order to have the accurate meaning of the Old Testament scriptures, we must translate back from the original Hebrew text and its dictionary because the Old Testament scriptures were originally written in Hebrew.
Therefore, when translating we find that the word “thou” refers to “you men” and “shalt” denotes that this is a law of God. Now, the word “lie” in this particular verse has three main meanings, which are “to connect
sexually,” “sleep” or “lay with.” The word “mankind” here means “a male” or “another man.” The phrase “as with” here means “in the same way.” The word “womankind” means “a female.”
Now, the word “abomination” in Leviticus 18:22 has several extensive definitions when translated from the original Hebrew text and its dictionary. It means “something disgusting and nasty in the sight of God,” “an enormous sin” and a very bad sin.
HARM TO SOCIETY
Yes, God says that homosexuality is “a very bad sin” because this sin really hurts society in many ways and it goes against God’s original design for man and woman. God Himself calls homosexuality a very bad sin in Genesis 18:20, which says, “And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous.” The phrase “very grievous” in Hebrew means “severe” and “very bad.”
Subsequently, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the sin of homosexuality. Please see Genesis 19: 24-25, which reads, “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.”
The question is why did God destroy all of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah? The answer here is simple. God destroyed all of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah because those who were not homosexuals had become desensitized to the sin of homosexuality. They had evolved into accepting homosexuality as a normal, good and honorable lifestyle.
LORD CHANGES NOT
The same thing is happening today. People of today are emulating the people that were in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
We must keep in mind that God does not change. In other words, God does not evolve as we see in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I change not.” This means that if we keep going down this path God will eventually destroy America also.
We must understand that God ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman, not between two persons of the same sex. Please see Matthew 19:4, which reads, “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female.”
As we can see, God made no in-betweeners. Homosexuals need to know that they will not inherit the kingdom of God; that is to say they will not go to heaven. According to I Corinthians 6:9-10, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
You see when translated from the Hebrew text, the word “effeminate” means homosexuals. As we can see from the foregoing scriptures, homosexuality is ungodly and must not be practiced in a godly society.
I close with this: From a biblical standpoint, the rise of homosexuality is a sign that a society is in the last stages of decay.