Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a short paper for my history class

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was born Michael (later Martin) Luther King Jr. on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, GA. He went on to become a fourth generation preacher; his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle (father’s brother) were all preachers.1

Dr. King was more than just another preacher following behind his father; Dr. King was a freedom fighter, a civil rights activist, and a momentous humanitarian. There is so much anyone or I for that matter can write about Dr. King but I will focus on two things; one would be what shaped his thinking and his civil disobedience-nonviolence resistance approach to social and racial injustices, and the other would be his relationship with Lyndon B. Johnson.

Social reform was Dr. King’s goal; to change the consciousness of American as it pertained to its citizens who were discriminated against by law. He conceded that the love teachings of Jesus Christ pertained only on a individual level; one individual to another and could not work effectively for a class of people to a nation. That was his resolve until one Sunday when he went to Philadelphia to hear a sermon by Dr. Mordecai Johnson, president of Howard University. Dr. Johnson spoke about the life teachings of one Mahatma [Mohandas Karamchand] Gandhi and it move Dr. King some much that he went and purchased a half-dozen books on Gandhi; life and works. Dr. King was particularly moved by Gandhi’s Salt March to the Sea and his fasting. More particular was the Gandhi’s concept of Satyagraha (Satya is truth which equals love, and agraha is force; -truth force or love force) which gave Dr. King the answer he was looking for in the resolution of conflicts between racial groups and a nation.

The Gandhian approach placed emphasis on love and nonviolence and gave Dr. King the intellectual and moral satisfaction that he did not get from the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and Stuart Mill; the revolutionary concepts and methods of Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin; or any other of the subscriptions of such people as Thomas Hobbes and his social contracts theory; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his ‘back to nature’ optimism; or the superman theory of Friedrich Nietzsche.2

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 that President Johnson signed on Tuesday, July 2, 1964 was sent to Congress by President John F. Kennedy (JFK) as part of his comprehensive civil rights bill that he introduced to Congress (focusing on the desegregation of schools, restaurants, hotels and other public facilities and venues) following his Radio-TV address on June 11, 1963 where it remained stalled [filibustered] when he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. This legislation came about as a result of a meeting President Kennedy had with Dr. King on the issues of civil rights, civil unrest, and racial holocaust stemming from the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama where four little girls were killed as a result.3

LBJ needed Dr. King far more than Dr. King needed him; in fact LBJ used Dr. King to gain support for his social reforms that claimed to benefit the Negroes [African-Americans] while Dr. King insisted that Negroes [African-Americans] representation in his cabinet and the fair voting registration practices was a far more pressing issue. President Johnson’s aide, Joseph Califano, makes claims that the ‘Voting Rights Act’ was viewed by LBJ as his great legislative achievement and viewed himself and Dr. King as partners in that effort.4, but that was not exactly true stemming from the recorded phone conversation between Dr. King and President Johnson on January 15, 1965 where LBJ dismissed Dr. King choices for Cabinet members in the persons of Roy Wilkins, A. Phillip Randolph, James Farmer and wanted Whitney Young in a much lesser role. I guess because it was a call from President Johnson to Dr. King that it was more of a monologue with LBJ pushing his ‘Great Society’ initiative than a dialogue with Dr. King expressing his concerns for voting rights for Negroes [African-Americans].5

President Johnson urged Dr. King to get the most compelling acts of discrimination that he can find in the blatant denial of voter registration and publicize it; the events of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965 sure did get the attention of the nation with the attack of unarmed protester on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.  This led to the ‘Voter’s Rights Act of 1965’ signed on August 6, 1965. The event that occurred on that day could have easily been avoided because President Johnson’s 1964 election brought about as much racial discrimination, intimidation, killings in the ‘Deep South’, Mississippi and Alabama, in particular, than one can shake a stick at. President Johnson himself called those tactics employed in the southern states including this home state of Texas in a conversation with Vice President Hubert Humphrey as “…the meanest, dirtiest, low-down stuff I’ve ever heard.”6

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director J. Edgar Hoover who harbored great personal animosity toward Dr. was constantly before President Johnson in audience criticizing Dr. King during the first four years of LBJ’s presidential tenure. President Johnson was and viewed Dr. King as an ally and deflected the harsh criticism. Dr. King’s last phone call to President Johnson would be late in 1966 to discuss the situation in Vietnam.7

Dr. King applauded Robert F. Kennedy’s statement against the Vietnam War on March 2, 1966 invoking the legacy of his brother John, “Your great brother, carried us far in new directions with his concept of a world of diversity; your position advances us to the next step which requires us to reach the political maturity to recognize and relate to all elements produced by the contemporary colonial revolutions”.8

President Johnson tried unsuccessfully to meet with Dr. King on two occasions and had asked of his aides to inquire why Dr. King was avoiding him. The answer to President Johnson’s question came on April 4, 1967 from a speech that Dr. King delivered at Riverside Church located in New York City in conjunction with the Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam (CALCAV) breaking his silence about the war in Vietnam in spite of his close relationship with President Johnson.9

Feeling betrayed by Dr. King President Johnson had succumbed to the pressure applied by J. Edgar Hoover and released to the press that he deemed reliable the FBI’s information gathered on Dr. King, especially his association with Communist Stanley Levison10 whom Harris Wofford warned Dr. King to cut ties with, (Jack O’Dell was another who Dr. King did sever ties with), which Dr. King refused to do. Robert F. Kennedy was for forced to have Dr. King’s home and office wiretapped because of his ongoing relationship with Stanley Levison.11

On March 26, 1968 during a press conference for the Poor People’s Campaign Dr. King announced that he would not be supporting President Johnson in the upcoming election, and on March 31, 1968 President Johnson shocked the nation when he announced that he would not seek reelection; four days later on April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.1

Notes

  1. Carson, Clayborne. “Early Years.” In The Autobiography of Martin Lther King, Jr., 1. New York: Intellectual Properties Management, 2001.
  2. Carson, Clayborne. “Crozer Seminary.” In The Autobiography of Martin Lther King, Jr., 23, 24. New York: Intellectual Properties Management, 2001.
  3. “Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963).” Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Accessed January 29, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_kennedy_john_fitzgerald_1917_1963/
  4. Schantz, Kristy. Miller Center University of Virginia, “Selma: Film, Fiction, Fact, and the Tale of the Tapes.” Last modified January 23, 2015. Accessed January 28, 2015. http://millercenter.org/ridingthetiger/selma-film-fiction-fact-and-the-tale-of-the-tapes.
  5. Miller Center University of Virginia, “Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Recordings: Johnson Conversation with Martin Luther King on Jan 15, 1965 (WH6501.04).” Accessed January 28, 2015. http://millercenter.org/presidentialrecordings/lbj-wh6501.04-6736.
  6. DeRise, Robert. “Miller Center University of Virginia.” “Just the Meanest, Dirtiest, Low-Down Stuff That I’ve Ever Heard”: LBJ and Voter Intimidation-. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://millercenter.org/presidentialclassroom/exhibits/civil-rights-lyndon-johnson-voter-intimidation-1964-election.
  7. “Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973).” Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_johnson_lyndon_baines_1908_1973/.
  8. “Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963).” Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Accessed January 29, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_kennedy_john_fitzgerald_1917_1963/.
  9. “”Beyond Vietnam,” Address Delivered to the Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam, at Riverside.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project. December 18, 2000. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/kingweb/publications/speeches/Beyond_Vietnam.pdf.
  10. “Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973).” Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_johnson_lyndon_baines_1908_1973/.
  11. “Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973).” Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle. Accessed January 30, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_johnson_lyndon_baines_1908_1973/
  12. “Kennedy, Robert Francis (1925-1968).” Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Global Freedom Struggle, Accessed January 30, 2015. http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_kennedy_robert_francis_19251968.
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Let him/her without sin cast the first stone

Let him/her without sin cast the first stone

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7 (KJV)

This is dealing with accusations and charges brought up on a woman for adultery; which she was found in the act thereof. Here’s how it reads:

John 8 King James Version (KJV)

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Sin is sin no matter which shape, size, or form it comes in. The problem with people is that they become self-righteous when it comes to sin. They will say ‘I don’t this, and I don’t do that’, but all-in-all they do the other. They tend to strain out the gnat and swallow the camel. In other words, people tend to find the smallest of sins to weed out but will go and commit a larger sin.

So let’s look at what these sins are. Let’s look at Galatians 5 where Paul is speaking of walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh; this is deep.

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

 

According to the scripture above I myself am guilty of sin and I can choose more than one; like most people. Here it is in a nutshell. Walking in the Spirit means one is lead by the Holy Spirit/Ghost to subdue and have our flesh come under or into order. Prayer is one of the key ways to walk in the spirit for it feeds our spirit man. Walking in the flesh means that one is contrary to the things of God which is the spirit. One cannot walk in the spirit and walk in the flesh at the same time; they are only fooling themselves. The main thing here is not to continue to walk in the flesh. Once a person is saved by grace he/she is to walk in the spirit. Now there are times when one will backslide or stumble because it happens, I can testify to that, but one must get back up and repent; not wallow in self-pity and continue on in sin as if nothing happened.

Going with the flow seems to be the biggest issue people have, whether they are saved or not. They a following the world which is governed by laws that seem to change from day to day.

Romans 12 King James Version (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

It is easy to sit and quote scripture, the funny thing is that I cannot quote scripture like most people can, but what sense does it makes to be able to quote scripture if you don’t know what it means. Satan can do that much better than any preacher and he knows the Word of God better than you and I will ever know it. The above scripture is referred to as a ‘Sense of Values’; Romans 12:1-8. We are to give our whole body over to God as a living sacrifice. You can’t put up a goat as a burnt offering and consider yourself atoned. Offering up a sacrifice to God no matter what it is can be deemed unacceptable to God as it was in the case with Cain; his attitude stunk like garbage sitting in the sun during a heat wave throughout a sanitation strike. The world here is not the physical world as we know it to be, but ‘the age’ of evil. Believers must them live in the tension-filled present ‘evil age’ as members of the age to come; being in the world and not of the world in other words.  I am not going to sit here and type out a sermon but it is important to know why we all must answer the call to walk in the spirit; those of us that consider ourselves saved. But be careful not to develop a ghetto mentality and a greenhouse environment when protecting your spirituality.

Paul even asks the question in Roman 6:1

Romans 6 King James Version (KJV)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The problem with being LGBT is that it requires you to live in sin; and same-sex marriages are supposes to give the same spousal protection to the other person in the same like manner of rights with legitimate heterosexual marriages; -health, economic support, .. etc; -spousal support. This, in my earnest opinion, is only a law to remedy the sin of ‘fornication’, which is the single most performed sin by both the saved and the unsaved. Homosexuality and fornication thus becomes a double sin. Those who advocates for same-sex marriages are not saved people. Listen, it is not that God hates people individually; God hates sin and He hates classes of sinners who perpetrate sin as a lifestyle. Sodom and Gomorrah was a place where the practice of homosexuality was a lifestyle. They became defiled and grotesque when they decide to engage in homosexual conduct/relationship with strange flesh; that being Angels. Selah

~Clarence

The devil is a liar, God does not love LGBT!

The devil is a liar, God does not love LGBT

Who said God loves those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, or Transgender? Where in the Bible is this written? I use the KJV: King James Version of the Bible so you may find that written in some other Bible but I have yet to see it.  Who said God loves the sinner but hates the sin? Can God punish sin; no, but he sure can punish the sinner.

I think people get interpretation confused with the actual Word. In fact most people try to use Leviticus 17:7 to rationalize Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13 stating that God was speaking about occultism of Molech where such acts are performed while discounting the act itself being performed outside of the cult. In other words, God only condemns the act of homosexuality as it pertains to Molech. Their claim is the people were using sex to worship goat idols and false gods. I must say that is utterly nonsense. True, God was speaking to Moses about Molech, but do not get it twisted; God does not condone homosexuality of any kind.

Let’s look at the word abomination: detestable, repulsive, or offensive to’ebah.

Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 – If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Going back to Leviticus 18, the scriptures from Lev.18:6-18 deals with incest for the most part, which for some reason black people have managed to involve themselves with.

Now let’s look at sin: actions by which man rebel against God, miss His purpose for their life, and surrender to the power of evil rather than God. Sin is the most serious of humanity’s problems for every sin is against God. The wages of sin is death.

Luke 6:27-35 speaks nothing of a sinner and loving them; it speaks of not loving or doing for people who love or do for you because a sinner is capable of loving and doing for those that love and do for them. It does not justify the silly statement, Jesus loves the sinner. Where is it written in the Bible that God said to love the sinner but hate the sin? There is no scripture in the Bible that states that. The above scripture speaks on loving your neighbor and those who do wrong to you; treat them as yourself.

So people would contend that the above is from the Old Testament and that there is a New Testament to deal with. OK, there is a New Testament and let’s look at Romans 1:18-32.

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:

27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Need I say more? Paul is explicit in his condemnation of homosexuality in Romans 1:26-28, there is simply no way to spin those words into a notion that somehow homosexual conduct is compatible with a life committed to Christ. The guilt of mankind as the scripture is reference to.

You cannot say that you were born this way unless you are willing to conceive that it is a birth defect. It cannot be of the spirit for it is considered an unclean spirit and Jesus can clean a spirit and wash a sin away, but you won’t be LGTB anymore. You can’t!

Looking at 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; one need to get the understanding of the word effeminate: marked by qualities more typical of women than men; this includes traits, tastes, and habits.

1 Timothy 1:8-10

8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Notice that the scripture is a warning against false doctrine and that the law is made for unrighteous people. Pay close attention to v.10 (for them that defile themselves with mankind).

The purpose of me writing this is not to condemn anyone I am writing this because this should not be accepted as normal behavior. What I mean by that is LGTB has become the new normal where children are being raised by two women, two men, and roles that are combined backwards (Transgender). If you cannot see the dangers behind this, God help you.

It’s OK to say ‘God loves everybody’ and feel safe in saying such but you are missing the main point, God hates sin; -period. A man lying with a man as he would with a woman is a sin; a woman lying with a woman as she would lay with a man is a sin.

Here is my final note on the subject and you can find it in Genesis 19

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

1 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;

2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

3 And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

7 And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.

14 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.

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

It wasn’t so much that the men wanted to have sex with another man, if that was the case they would have snatched Lot up. No, this is far worst; if fact this was the very reason God destroyed the Earth (mankind) in the first place with a flood. These men wanted to have sex with strange flesh, an angel. The angels came down and had sex with the daughters of man and created giants; God eschewed giants.

Look at what happened to lot’s wife. Once you are saved and cleansed of your sins, do not turn back to it lest something worst will happen to you.

Saved by Grace

Ephesians 2

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

This does not justify the behaviors of LGBT like most people would like us to be. We are saved by grace; that does not mean we can be saved and live in sin at the same time. If you read carefully Paul said ‘were’ which speaks of the past tense of ‘be’ the same as ‘was’.

Final note, Jude who is Jesus’ half brother left us with this

Judgment on False Teachers

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Those who turn God’s grace into lasciviousness do in effect deny God and our Lord Jesus Christ for they are ungodly.

~ Clarence