PARABLE OF CHURCH IN SODOM
1. PARABLE OF CHURCH IN SODOM is the story of a Church weighed in the balance and found wanting.
Lot started so well, but Sodom was something else, ”… (For that RIGHTEOUS MAN dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, VEXED HIS RIGHTEOUS SOUL soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)” [2 Peter 2:7-8] Things got so bad in Sodom, the Lord decided it was time to deliver JUST Lot and separate WHEAT from CHAFF, “And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because THEIR SIN IS VERY GRIEVOUS; I WILL GO DOWN NOW, and see whether they have done altogether according to the CRY of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know” [Genesis 18:20-21] A rejuvenated Sodom is taking shape before our eyes; an evil and adulterous generation has redefined and repackaged ABOMINATIONS for global consumption and the Church is not immune. We are at the cusp of another VISITATION, when the SON OF MAN shall be revealed to DELIVER and RECEIVE His BRIDE, “… AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF LOT; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; … Even thus shall it be in the day when the SON OF MAN IS REVEALED” [Luke 17:28-31]
2. PARABLE OF CHURCH IN SODOM is the hypocrisy of a generation entrusted with unsurpassed revelation of GOD’S WORD but totally lacking in HOPE of His PROMISE, “For WE ARE SAVED BY HOPE: but HOPE THAT IS SEEN IS NOT HOPE: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” [Romans 8:24] The pedigree of CHURCH IN SODOM was in the WORD; when God called Abraham to receive the PROMISE of SALVATION through FAITH, Lot went with him, “So ABRAM DEPARTED, as the LORD had SPOKEN unto him; and LOT WENT WITH HIM … “ [Genesis 12:4] Lot dwelt with Abraham as strangers and PILGRIMS in the Promised Land, and flourished in HOPE of God’s PROMISE, for they desired a “… better country, that is, an HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath PREPARED FOR THEM A CITY” [Hebrews 11:6] When Lot went down to Sodom, His FAITH was intact but no longer in HOPE of God’s PROMISE. He saw in the plains of Jordan the end of his pilgrimage, the “HEAVENLY CITY” of his dream was in sight, as it is written: “And Lot LIFTED UP HIS EYES, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, … EVEN AS THE GARDEN OF THE LORD, … “ [Genesis 13:10] We are the CHURCH IN SODOM, a generation whose EVIDENCE of FAITH is GAIN and every mention of HOPE in God’s PROMISE is the subject of “Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, SUPPOSING THAT GAIN IS GODLINESS: from such withdraw thyself” [1 Timothy 6:5]
3. PARABLE OF CHURCH IN SODOM is the tragedy of the Church whose cup is filled with INIQUITY and PRIDE is her undoing, but she would not relent, “Behold, this was the INIQUITY of thy SISTER SODOM, PRIDE, FULNESS OF BREAD, and abundance of IDLENESS was in her and in her daughters, NEITHER DID SHE STRENGTHEN THE HAND OF THE POOR and needy” [Ezekiel 16:49] We are the Laodicean Church, rich in goods beyond measure, whose heart is lifted up in PRIDE, as it is written: “By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou INCREASED THY RICHES, and THINE HEART IS LIFTED UP because of thy riches” [Ezekiel 28:5] No Church has ever been this rich, there is “FULNESS OF BREAD” and sadly, “ABUNDANCE OF IDLENESS”; the sort that made Lot to relocate his seat from the altar to the gate of Sodom, “And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and LOT SAT IN THE GATE OF SODOM: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground” [Genesis 19:1] Shepherd of CHURCH IN SODOM left his flocks, “POOR and NEEDY” of instruction, to fraternize at the “GATE OF SODOM” with rulers of the land. Are we not the CHURCH IN SODOM, whose Pastors disdain their “FIRST LOVE” to hobnob with politicians? “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because THOU HAST LEFT THY FIRST LOVE” [Revelation 2:4] When a man leaves his “FIRST LOVE” to follow others, he becomes an ADULTERER, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” [James 4:4]
4. PARABLE OF CHURCH IN SODOM is the dilemma of men like Demas, “For Demas hath forsaken me, HAVING LOVED THIS PRESENT WORLD, and is departed unto Thessalonica … “ [2 Timothy 4:10] When the angels arrived Sodom, Lot was quick to call his flocks to ESCAPE looming damnation, “And LOT WENT OUT, and SPAKE unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But HE SEEMED AS ONE THAT MOCKED unto his sons in law” [Genesis 19:14] The angels are here and the MESSAGE is the same; the Lord is calling His SHEEP to ESCAPE to higher grounds in preparation for His imminent appearance, “But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and THEY FOLLOW ME” [John 10:26-27] When Lot was done speaking, only his wife and two unmarried daughters believed; even so, Lot’s wife fell away and was damned. “REMEMBER LOT’S WIFE”; it is not enough to BELIEVE for a while, only those who HOLD ON to the end shall be saved,” [Luke 17:32] Anchor your FAITH in sure HOPE of His appearance and you will not be ashamed in the day of His VISITATION.