The Bible declares, “the wages of sin is death…”(Rom6:23). This teaches that sin possesses a consequence. In this case, the consequence of committing sin is a payment of death. Two questions:
1.What kind of death?
2.Is there a specific sin that leads to death?
The answer to question 1 is sin causes death in spirit, soul, and body. Therefore, the death to which Romans 6:23 refers occurs in one or more of these three areas depending on the sin committed.
The answer to question 2 is the focus of this tidbit. As the title of this tidbit suggests I will endeavor to give God’s view on the sin of sexual perversion.
In Noah’s day, Genesis 6:5 declares, “GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” So, what was the wickedness of man that was so great? And what were the thoughts of man’s heart that were only evil continually?
The description of the wickedness begins in Genesis 6:1,2, where the sons of God took the daughters of men as wives. The traditional interpretation of this passage is that angels slept with humans…but this is controversial and not agreed upon by all theologians. While initially, the action of intermarriage appears innocuous, Genesis 6:7 reveals God’s view of mankind’s actions: “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”
Genesis 6:11-13 continues:
11.The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12.And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13.And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
In verses 11 and 12, the Bible declares the earth was “corrupt”! Not mincing any words, the scripture goes on to declare: “all flesh had corrupted his way”, and even worse, “the end of all flesh is come before me.”
Tragically, the scripture describes the consequence of the “corruption”: “for the earth is filled with violence”, with special emphasis on “filled”!!! Yet, what is perplexing is that the words “wives” and “children” are used to convey the idea of marriage—all of which are good (Gen2:18-25), but the Word of God still describes all the events here as “great” wickedness (6:5)!!
Obviously, something more is going on here!
Incredibly, the context simply moves on to Genesis 7 where God commands Noah to build an “Ark” to preserve the land animals of the earth. Immediately, God sends a flood in His wrath and “And all flesh died that moved upon the earth” (7:21). Once again, the context provides no details of the earth’s corruption and violence!!!
In Genesis 8, God used a wind to blow the waters from the earth after 150 days (v3)! The Ark lands on Mount Ararat and God commands the 8 people and the animals to leave the Ark, where
they build an altar and sacrifice to the Lord. And still, throughout chapter 8, the context provides no details of the earth’s corruption and violence!!!
In chapter nine, God renews His initial command given to Adam in Genesis1:26-28, but this time to Noah: “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth” (Gen9:1). NOW…God begins to crack open a door of understanding, declaring: “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man.” In other words, God sternly warns man for murder. Yet, there are still no details of how or what man did to earn such a warning.
Moving forward, God makes a covenant with Noah to never again flood the earth destroying all flesh, and gives a rainbow as a sign of keeping that covenant (9:16,17).
However, arriving at Genesis 9:20, the crack in the door now opens wide revealing why God judged the entire earth for its corruption, tragically ending in the violence of man, i.e. murdering one another!!!
“20.And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21.And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22.And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.” -Gen9:20-23
Verses 24-25 describe Noah’s reaction to Ham’s behavior:
“24.And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25.And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
But, why would Noah curse Ham for what appears to be something as simple as 'seeing' his nakedness?
In order to understand the phrase “saw his nakedness”, we have to go elsewhere in scripture. In Leviticus 18:6-19(20:17-20), the Bible repeatedly uses this specific phrase to convey sexual activity. However, Leviticus 20:11 directly declares it: “And the man that lieth with his father’s wife hath uncovered his father’s nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.”
This means Ham did not simply look at his father without clothes on. The term “saw his nakedness” means Ham committed a homosexual act on his father!
Returning to the question at hand: What then was the corruption of Noah’s day that ultimately ended in corruption and violence? The earth was full of sexual perversion!!
What does sexual perversion have to do with murder? Sexual perversion ignites the sin nature in man. The sin nature in man (Rom7:17-18,20) is used by Satan to inspire an ever descending spiral downward into unmitigated debauchery! Remember, the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy(Jn10:10), and Jesus called him a murderer from the beginning (Jn8:44)!!!
This does not mean every fornicator, adulterer, homosexual, or transgender will become a murderer…but it does mean once inside the lifestyle of sexual perversion…as sexual sins are given time to mature, they will end with violence, i.e.murder!
Remember, the Bible declares just before Jesus returns…will be like the days of Noah: “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mat24:37). In other words, just before the return of Jesus, murder, mayhem, chaos ---will reign!
Are we seeing increasing sexual perversion in America today? Answer: we are seeing unmitigated sexual perversion! And…are we seeing murder, mayhem and chaos in America today?!?!? Like never before in American history!
Remember: The wages of sin is death (Rom6:23)!!!