Weekly Commentary on the Social Gospel Blog for 03/27/22 with Author Rev. Paul J. Bern: Bringing an Old Bible Story Back to Life

Minister Paul J Bern
7 min readMar 27, 2022

The Sins of Sodom and Gamorrah and What They Have to Do with the Abortion and LBGTQ+ Controversies

Bringing an Old Bible Story Back to Life With a Modern Interpretation

(Ezekiel 7, verse 27; Matthew 7, verses 1–2; James 4, verses 11–12)

by Rev. Paul J. Bern

Growing up in the Catholic church and recalling my years in the privately owned Catholic school that I was sent to, homosexuality was never discussed except in whispers. God condemns it, or so I was “taught”, and there is something seriously wrong with people who have non-heterosexual self-identities. Those who disagree, or who carry on just because they don’t believe there is a God, a heaven and a hell will wind up in hell for eternity. Ignore God and He will ignore you. Period, end of story. You might say that my childhood church community’s approach to the taboo topic of homosexuality was riddled with self-serving double standards and much condemnation.

Homosexuality Is One Thing, But Forcible Rape Is Another

Although there can be no argument that the sins of the city-state of Sodom and Gomorrah cried to heaven for justice, I do question whether the sin that cried to heaven was simply homosexuality. A reading of the biblical text shows the sin of Sodom was not its permission of homosexuality but the intention to Lot’s visitors to rape two Angels of the Lord (see Genesis chapter 19, verses 1–11). In this passage, the Bible states that the crowd wished to sexually assault Lot’s visitors. One does not demand the “right” to rape 2 of God’s angels and expect to come away unscathed.

Sexual Mores and the Apostle Paul

Rape was the sin of Sodom, and I firmly agree that this did indeed cry to heaven for justice. I don’t doubt that the one New Testament author who wrote on the subject of male-male relations thought it to be a sin. In Romans chapter 1 the apostle Paul called it “unnatural.” Problem is, Paul’s only other moral argument from nature is the following: “Does not nature…

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player