«No. 12-144 ================================================================ In The Supreme Court of the United States -DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, et ...»
“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of [America’s] genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” See Online at http://bit.ly/RAyU0r.
Psalm 9:17, Holy Bible.
This commentary by British Methodist theologian and biblical scholar Adam Clarke (1762-1832) can be found Online at http://bit.ly/VEndpW.
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”7 “But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”8 It is no small matter for a nation to accept the sin of sodomy, and the lifestyle or agenda9 that it entails.
The description of the utter annihilation of Sodom and Gomorrah and three nearby cities is stark, and directly tied to homosexuality. This historical event described in Genesis 19:1-28, Holy Bible, must be
considered at this hour:
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;
Proverbs 14:34, Holy Bible.
Acts 10:35, Holy Bible.
We use the term “agenda” advisedly. Justice Scalia in his dissent in Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558, 123 S. Ct. 2472, 156 L. Ed. 2d 508 (2003), said: “Today’s opinion is the product of a Court, which is the product of a law-profession culture, that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda, by which I mean the agenda promoted by some homosexual activists directed at eliminating the moral opprobrium that has traditionally attached to homosexual conduct,” 539 U.S. at 602, 123 S. Ct.
at 2496, 156 L. Ed. 2d at 541. An essential part of this agenda is the government’s blessing on these unscriptural unions in the form of a marriage license, which as the Ninth Circuit discussed, and the trial court found, has unique meaning, see Perry v.
Brown, 681 F.3d 1065, 1075, 1078 (9th Cir. 2012), cert. granted by Hollingsworth v. Perry, 2012 U.S. LEXIS 9416 (Dec. 7, 2012).
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.
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.
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:
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.
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
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.
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.
But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my
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:
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.
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.
Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the
And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
Every adult, child, suckling and animal – utterly destroyed. Sodom is held forth as an example in the New Testament, for instance: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, 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.”10 Concerning this event, Christ said, “Remember Lot’s wife,”11 because she looked back on a people God judged to be sinful to the point of destruction, with
fondness and longing. Dr. John Gill on this passage:
Jude 1:7, Holy Bible.
Luke 17:32, Holy Bible.
“[T]he reason of her looking was either to see what would be the end of her father’s house and family; or as others, because her heart yearned after her daughters, and she looked back to see if they followed her.”12 Jamieson, Fausset, Brown: “Her heart was in Sodom still.”13 Space does not permit recounting the horrific historical description of the civil war that erupted in ancient Israel after sodomites of the tribe of Benjamin raped a woman to death, and the men of that tribe fought for that sin. The tribe of Benjamin was nearly wiped out, as you can read in the book of Judges, chapters 19-21, Holy Bible. It is not a small thing in God’s eyes for a nation to embrace proud sin, let alone the sin of homosexuality.14 This commentary by theologian, English Baptist preacher and biblical scholar Dr. John Gill (1697-1771) can be found Online at http://bit.ly/VTT56Q.
This commentary by theologian, Scotland preacher and biblical scholar Robert Jamieson (1802-1880); theologian, England preacher and biblical scholar A. R. Fausset (1821-1910);
and Scotland preacher, professor of theology and biblical scholar David Brown (1803-1897); published in 1871, can be found Online at http://bit.ly/11hJDkp.
Many more passages are found in the Scriptures condemning homosexuality, including the Mosaic code forbidding and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality, Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13, Holy Bible, reiterated in the New Testament at Romans 1:32, Holy Bible, as a crescendo at the end of an exhaustive description of men with men and women with women, calling it “uncleanness” and “vile affections,” Romans 1:21-31, Holy Bible. The Bible refers to practicing homosexuals as dogs because of their nature, see Philippians 3:2 and Matthew 7:6, Holy Bible; and they are described as being “without” (Continued on following page) Worse still is same-sex marriage, in its destructive effect on society. The old Jewish writings report that the final offense that brought Noah’s Flood was the making of marriage contracts between men.
Here it is described in A Spiritual and Ethical Compendium to the Torah and Talmud by Rabbi Arthur
Segal with Frank Dunne, Jr., 2008, at 46-48:
[Genesis] Verse 6:11 says that the world was corrupt and filled with robbery. God was going to destroy the world for this corruption and robbery. This seems awfully harsh, especially in today’s world where corruption and theft seems commonplace. Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaki, 1040, France) says a better translation of corruption is immorality and idol worship. The Midrash15 says that adultery, incest and stealing were all part of man’s daily schedule. Powerful men would take any women that they chose. The heaven in the end, Revelation 22:15, Holy Bible. The Apostle Peter describes them as “natural brute beasts made to be taken and destroyed,” 2 Peter 2:7-12, Holy Bible; and Christ describes the conditions in the last days – at the time of his Second Coming to earth in power and glory – as like the days of Lot and Noah, with men marrying “wives” (divorce/remarriage) and men being “given in marriage,” Luke 17:27, Holy Bible (traditionally the woman is given in marriage). The inescapable conclusion is that the Bible condemns and prohibits homosexuality and samesex marriage.
According to JewishEncyclopedia.com, Midrash means “to study,” or “to investigate,” and is a term “denoting ‘exposition,’ ‘exegesis,’ especially that of the Scriptures.” See Online at http:// bit.ly/WlrjiK.
Midrash also says that a major sin of this generation was sexual relations purely for lascivious gratification. Talmud Tractate Sanhedrin 57A says that the world was immersed in jealousy, greed, theft, violence, lying, impatience, intolerance, deception and fraud. The worst of all the transgressions according to both Rashi and Ibn Ezra was that people exploited each other sexually. Sounds rather familiar, doesn’t it? Hold on, there’s more.
The Midrash Vayikra Rabbah says: “Everyone and everything became amoral. Even animals became so morally corrupt and decadent that one species mated with another species – dogs with wolves, horses with donkeys, snakes with birds. The generation of the Flood was finally wiped away when they started writing songs extolling cohabitation of males with males and males with animals.” Another Midrash says that males just didn’t sodomize other males, but that they signed ketobot (marriage contracts) legalizing these relationships. (Emphasis added.) Since the Generation of the Flood, all generations have known of Noah’s flood. It bears attending to the details briefly here. Noah preached to his generation for 120 years. None attended to his words, and only he, his wife, his three sons, and their wives, boarded the ark.
The description of the complete destruction of all mankind – a population as or bigger than today’s population16 – is starkly described in Genesis 7:11-23, Holy Bible:
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
May this suffice on the subject of the physical world before the Flood. Much more could be said. What has been said is sufficient to show that the world of Adam, Methuselah, of Enoch and Noah, was a wondrous world. A world rich in plant and animal life. A world which yielded food of every kind for man and beast without any great effort on the part of either, a world which could therefore support a population many times greater than our present population. * * * It is reasonable to assume that the population was at least equal to the population of the world today.
Alfred M. Rehwinkel, The Flood in the Light of the Bible, Geology and Archaeology, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 8th ed., 1962, at pp. 15, 19, available Online at http://bit.ly/ 109Pt8h. A recent ABC special by Christiane Amanpour, “Back to the Beginning,” included a segment, “Noah’s Biblical Flood: New Evidence Suggests It Happened,” with information about archeological finds by Robert Ballard (founder of the Titanic), in the Black Sea in Turkey that support the account in Genesis, available Online at http://abcn.ws/TYwIyr.
They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth, and every man: