Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program "WE BELIEVE"
Program #54, CT#1732
"LAST NIGHT OF SODOM"
There are men in the Bible such as Paul, Barnabas, David and Joseph,
whose lives we would do well to imitate. There are men who, despite
having sinned just like every human being, have lived wonderful lives.
On the other hand, there are some men in the Bible such as Balim, Sampson,
Saul, and Solomon, that we don't want to follow or pattern our lives
after. These were men who began right, but who faltered along the way.
When we look at the man, Lot, a man who began with Abraham, the father of
faith, started out his journey in a right way but pitched his tent in a
wrong direction, we see a life that we do not want to imitate but a life
we can learn from.
Every once in a while I even hear somebody say, "Well, you know the
Bible is pornographic." When we get into pornography fight, that's one
argument that you hear time and time again from those folks on the other
side. They'll say, "Well, the Bible is pornographic. If you read all
the stories in the Bible and all the things that happened in the Bible, why
some of the things that you read in the porno stores aren't like that."
But there is one difference! Not only does the Bible say it with taste, but
God always puts those stories in there as a warning against that kind of
depravity. He never puts it in there just to tell a story or to move and
stimulate man's mind and their desires and passions. All of the stories of
incest, adultery and homosexuality, indeed all the things the Bible deals
with always have a point, and that is to warn men of God's judgment and
to point them to His mercy. Whenever somebody throws that argument at you,
you be sure to tell them why God puts them in there and how He deals
with it tastefully and always to teach.
Here was a man named Lot who lived in a wicked city. Somebody said
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