Slouching Toward Sodom (12 of 34) by Jerry Vines

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Slouching Toward Sodom (12 of 34)
Jerry Vines
Genesis 13-14, 19
3/30/03

A number of years ago, Janet and I were on vacation and I had just finished reading Judge Robert Bork's book entitled, Slouching Toward Gomorrah. I went into the breakfast room and who should be sitting there but Judge and Mrs. Robert Bork. I introduced myself to them and told him I had just completed his book and it was a very interesting, very good book. He and I had a rather interesting conversation discussing the collapse of American culture. That's really what his book was all about. It was a discussion of the collapse of American culture. The title of the book is taken directly from the passage which I have read for you this evening from Genesis 13.
When you read the story of Lot, you have a picture of the collapse of a culture. Luke 17, verses 28 and 29 make this very plain. "Likewise also, as it was in the days of Lot, they did eat, they drank, the bought, the sold, they planted, the builded. But the same day Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all."
Jesus said, "As it was in the days of Lot." So it is important for us to study what kind of culture the culture was in which Lot lived. It is a picture to us of the culture of the last days. Not only is the story of Lot a picture of collapse of a culture. It is also a picture of the collapse of a believer.
Look at II Peter 2, verse 7 and 8. "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked. For that righteous man, dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds."
When you read about the life of Lot it makes you wonder if he was a believer at all. In fact, you have to read all the way through, almost to the end of the entire Bible to II Peter 2 to get any indication that Lot was a saved man. He is called JUST Lot. Then he is referred to as that righteous man. Then it makes reference to his righteous ...


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