Sermon: Return To Sodom 2: Homosexuals

We also (sent) Lut: He said to his people: “Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation (ever) committed before you?” “For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: Ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” (Quran 7:80-81)
The prohibition of homosexuality is rooted in the theologico-juridical corpus of Medieval Islam. This corpus consists mainly of jurisprudence of the major Islamic Schools of Thought madhhab or fiqh, within Sunni Islam, and is followed by most contemporary Islamic scholars. Their views are based principally upon the Quranic parable of the Prophet Lūt as expounded in Sura Hud in the Quran 11:69-83. When our decree issued, We turned (the cities) upside down, and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay, spread, layer on layer. (Quran 11:82)
Sexual immorality has been a part of human society since the earliest times. Sexual misconduct is commonly referred to as immorality in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament it goes by several terms, including lewdness, whoring, depravity, perversion, harlotry, prostitution and very often, abomination.
In Lev. 18, God describes the offenses for which He will judge men. Those offenses include incest, lewdness, menstrual intercourse, adultery, homosexuality and bestiality. We are here mostly concerned with homosexuality.
An act which defiles the land is an act which is contrary to creation. That’s why several of the Lev. 18 offenses were historically known as crimes against nature.
All aspects of human sexual behavior are things which inherently partake of the original creation. The creation of man as male and female, the institution of marriage and the family, and the nature of individual sexual identity all go back to the very beginning of time. Nothing God has ever done since creation has changed the rules of human sexual behavior.
Sadly, the West has become the land of the depraved, and the home of the immoral: And they are now trying to sell the decadence and depravity to the rest of us. And if you want to know the will of God about sexual immorality, you should consider 2Pet. 2:4-19. “Sexual activity is personal and should be private,” they say. Except, of course, unlawful sexual relations have a nasty habit of becoming public, open and notorious.
Today, immorality has become the everyday fabric of entertainment, which takes every possible opportunity to normalize the unlawful. Immorality isn’t private any more – it has taken over the entire culture openly and notoriously.
But God doesn’t take too kindly to having His authority challenged. However, when people turn their backs on God, he brings conquest, disease, pestilence, natural disasters and economic upheaval, political turmoil and unrest: And that’s before the final Day of Judgment, in the here and now. Fifty years ago, what were the levels of HIV, AIDS and genital herpes compared to now? Is the threat of a viral pandemic lesser or greater? How about outright attacks on nations in the form of terrorism – are they better or worse now? What about earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornados, fires and droughts or our so-called natural disasters? To the extent any of these things have gotten worse, is it a mere coincidence? Are we just in the bad years of a 100 year cycle? Or are we experiencing the wrath of God for our transgressions and iniquities.
The Prophet Lut is one of the Prophets and Messengers of Allah who was sent to the people of Sodom and Gomorrah; a people with hard hearts and harsh natures – they gathered together deviation in belief and moral character. A deviation in morality that opposed the nature of humanity itself from the dawn of its creation till their time – something unheard of in the history of mankind.
Do you approach males among the worlds. . .And leave what your Lord has created for you as mates? But you are a people transgressing.”(Quran 25:165-166) See also: Quran 27:55; 4:16.
The above verses clearly say sodomy is not allowed in Islam and is punishable. However, in the hadîths, homosexuality is rebuked in even stronger words:”This sin, the impact of which makes one’s skin crawl, which words cannot describe, is evidence of perverted instincts, total collapse of shame and honour and extreme filthiness of character and soul…
The heavens, the Earth and the mountains tremble from the impact of this sin. The angels shudder as they anticipate the punishment of Allah to descend upon the people who commit this indescribable sin.” This strong rebuke merely comes from the fact that society has always condemned sodomy.
The case of our so-called men of God is even pitiable. Whether it is a mosque, a church, a temple, a synagogue or a religious school, people view these places as sacred. To take advantage of their trust in this abhorrent manner is disgusting. There was a time when these religious institutions were sanctuaries for the faithful and the faithless – a place for prayer, safety and self-reflection. It would be very sad to see them reduced to another dark alley in which people would have to exercise utmost vigilance. Like the biblical false prophets, they come in sheep’s clothing. But inwardly, they are ravening wolves.
These days, some clerics have metamorphosed into the proverbial dog that eats the bone left in its care. They have taken sexual perversion to another level by betraying the trust reposed in them. And by their actions, they put other spiritual leaders under the microscope.
It happens daily, and the stories are as horrid as the acts. The rape of innocent, vulnerable children by clerics who have obligations to mentor, counsel, protect and guide them spiritually, unfolds each day. As the day breaks, the air is replete with mind-boggling reports of underage children defiled by clerics in whose care such innocent victims are entrusted.
Controlled by an unbridled sexual urge, these individuals have continued to soil their robe of spirituality to become equated with perverts who rape toddlers, underage housemaids and naive pupils.
These ignoble acts committed by these ‘men of God’ are too numerous to mention as more sordid and mindboggling acts keeps unfurling by the day. Catholic sex abuse scandals again prompt a crisis of faith. The Vatican referred to this as “the summer from hell for the Catholic Church.”
The Church was a thousand years old before it definitively took a stand in favour of celibacy at the Second Lateran Council held in 1139, when a rule was approved forbidding priests to marry. In 1563, the Council of Trent reaffirmed the tradition of celibacy. Ever since then, priests have broken this rule serially and have continued to engage in the far more odious sin of sodomy: Even Popes have not been left out of breaking this vow of celibacy. History is repleat with stories of Popes indulging in the sins of the flesh.
The case of Rodrigo Borgia or Pope Alexander 1492-1503 is an all time classic. He had illegitimate children Cesare Borgia, Giovanni Borgia, Gioffre Borgia, and Lucrezia. A later mistress, Giulia Farnese, gave birth to a daughter (Laura) while Alexander was reigning as pope. Alexander fathered at least seven and possibly as many as ten illegitimate children.
He appointed Giovanni Borgia as Captain General of the Church, and made Cesare a Cardinal of the Church.
However, if one understands the peculiar nature of the priests, what excuse can we give for the prevalence of homosexuality among Moslems who have been given dispensation to marry more than one wife? There are some wealthy Moslems who have a harem as large as that of Solomon but who relish the practice of sodomizing youthful boys. Is it a fad, fashion or proclivity to sin?
The wrath of God will surely come and when it does, some innocent souls will share in the punishment for many looked on while the crimes were being committed; sometimes treating the abominable sin with levity.
Barka Juma’at and a Happy Easter!

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