© 2011 John Casimir O'Keefe

I Have Come To The Conclusion That God Hates Sodomites

I have to admit this was a hard road to walk. The journey my faith has taken me down some pretty weird roads, but none weirder than this one. To be honest with you I did not feel comfortable with the idea that Sodomy was not a sin (yes, I said sin). On the one hand I wanted to stay true to the Scriptures, yet on the other hand I wanted to stay true to culture; but in the end Scripture had to win.

You see, culturally I had no issue with Sodomy, but Scripture opened my eyes to the amazing reality that I was wrong all along. I needed to give in and invite God’s word to take over my cultural desires. Scripture had to be my “go to” point, and my cultural desires needed to take a backseat. I needed to push aside my cultural ideas and allow the Holy Scriptures to form my views on this absolutely disgusting act of Sodomy. I needed to move me aside and allow God to speak to me in God’s way and allow God’s word to direct my life. When I did that, when I pushed myself and culture aside it was only natural that I would come to the conclusion that God truly does hate Sodomites, and the act of Sodomy.

My heart has changed so much on this topic that I have decide that there is no way I can connect with any Church, Theologian or Pastor who believes and teaches that Sodomy is not a sin – I just cannot place my faith walk in the hands of those who walk so contrary to the teachings of God.

Here is how I came to this enlightened state. I read Ezekiel and Isaiah, two of the Major Prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures; two extraordinary men of God who had the ear to hear God’s word and bring it to life and help in my faith journey. By reading their words and hearing the voice of God in my heart they showed me the light, they shared with me the heart of God in relationship to this evil sin, yes I said sin again, of Sodomy. As I was reading Ezekiel and Isaiah there it was, placed right in front of me – the horrors of such an immoral act, the disgust of this horrific sin and how it destroyed two great cities of Scriptures and how God was displeased with their actions. I was enlightened by how this sin destroys families and communities. I read how those in the cities engaged in activities that would make any moral, just, loving and kind person shake on the insides. As a believer there was no way I could accept the sin of Sodomy as natural, as God blessed, as acceptable to God in any way. I was saddened by the way men treated men – and women treated women – it caused me to go deep into prayer and surrender my own pride, my own cultural ideals and my own personal desires. It caused me to come to the conclusion that God truly does hate the sin, yes I said it again – sin, of Sodomy, and with that hates those who live in that sin – the Sodomites.

Let me share with you what God shared with me about the sin of Sodomy, and the disgusting life of a Sodomite.

In Ezekiel he shares the words of our LORD who says this about the sin of Sodomy: Ezekiel 16:49-50. “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.” – There it was, laid out before me, the Sin of Sodomy – Greed, Arrogance, Gluttony, No Care for the Poor and Needy – My stomach turned at such acts – such total disregard for humanity and the Word of God.

But, as I read Isaiah, my disgust grew deeper because this second Major Prophet backed up what Ezekiel had shared. Isaiah, sharing what the LORD had shared with him, said, “Hear the word of the LORD, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our God, You people of Gomorrah. … Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

There is was, laid out before me “The Sin of Sodomy” – greed and want, not caring for those in need, not helping the oppressed, not showing justice and mercy to those in need. Yes, the sin of Sodomy is centered on Greed, on profit, on taking from others so you have while others starve. It is not sharing, not caring, not helping – it is Capitalism at its core and Corporatism at its finest hour. Sodomites are those who are making billions in personal gain while millions go hungry; Sodomites are the Elected Officials who place their needs and wants above the needs and wants of others, Corporate Executives who take millions for their own benefit while giving those who work for them little, Wall Street Traders who make nothing productive for the social good except money to line their pockets and the pockets of their largest clients. Sodomites are those who seek for themselves, while adding nothing to the Social Good.

Yes, it is true God does hate the sin of Sodomy, and God is not very big on those who are Sodomites.


  1. Posted 2011/11/03 at 4:20 pm | #

    Amen and amen! On a related note, see this blog that I wrote last year which was inspired by a profound article in The Wittenberg Door magazine several years ago. That article was written by a former Republican lawmaker who repented of his sin of having been a sodomite.


  2. Posted 2011/11/03 at 4:37 pm | #

    john c. o’keefe

    My diligent search has lead me to the same conclusion the SIN (there, I said it!) of Sodom is the Sin God seems to hate most. I must confess that I’m often guilty of Sodomy myself.

    Ken Loyd

  3. James E. Dick
    Posted 2011/11/03 at 4:42 pm | #

    I hope everyone reads this article in its entirity.

  4. Joe Stanley
    Posted 2011/11/03 at 5:17 pm | #

    Blessings to you John! Aren’t you glad that God is still working on all of us? I take great comfort from the fact that God can still change my mind, theology, and practice!

    Joe Stanley

  5. Posted 2011/11/03 at 5:46 pm | #

    While your conclusion is sound, you need to do a better job of exegesis. Sodom & Gomorrah were destroyed around 3,000 BCE. Ezekiel and Isaiah wrote in the 700-600 BCE era. When Ezekiel refers to the sister city of Jerusalem as Sodom, he is referring to Samaria which had been destroyed nearly a century earlier by the Assyrians. Isaiah was more direct in calling Jerusalem Sodom and Gomorrah. Basically, he was calling them nasty names of the most vilely insulting he could think of .

    It’s pretty clear from the context that these prophets are speaking to people who feel pretty good about themselves because they’re not as bad as “those people” when in God’s eyes their greed, selfishness, and idolatry are. Yes, you arrived at the right conclusion and yes,greed and all the rest are as detestable to God as sodomy, but to say the sin of Sodom was greed, etc. is an error. That was the sin of Jerusalem and Samaria who ended up like Sodom and Gomorrah, totally destroyed by 70 AD.

  6. Joshua
    Posted 2011/11/11 at 4:15 pm | #

    Rick’s analysis is fail. Ezekiel 16:46 establishes Samaria and Sodom as separate “sisters” of Jerusalem. So no, Ezekiel is not referring to Samaria, he is referring to… oh, Sodom. The city he specifically and very un-metaphorically named. Soooo, Rick needs to work on HIS exegesis.

    Srsly, people, it took me about 90 seconds between Google and BibleGateway to see what Rick either didn’t know, missed, or ignored to make his point.

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