By Wu Meng
It is recorded in the Bible that God once destroyed Sodom with brimstone and fire. As we can imagine, the scene must have been startling. From it, we can see adequately that God’s righteous disposition is intolerant of man’s offense. We, however, just know from the Bible that people in Sodom were filthy, licentious, corrupt, and evil, abandoned themselves to luxurious and remained impenitent. But is it only because of these behaviors that they offended God’s disposition and got destroyed in the end? Next let’s begin with what happened in the period before the destruction of Sodom.
Genesis 19:4-9 records, “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 to Lot, and said to him, Where are the men which came in to you this night? bring them out to us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door to them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brothers, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out to you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes: only to 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 you, than with them. And they pressed sore on the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.”
From these verses, we can see that when the two angels came to Sodom and were received by Lot, the people in this city intended to harm them as well as Lot wantonly. They did not know who the two angels were, where they came from, and why they came here, much less did they ask about it, yet they tried their utmost to break the door to kill the two angels. Besides, when Lot attempted to give his two daughters in exchange, they rushed to him ferociously and even wanted to murder Lot. It showed that the people of Sodom were corrupt to the extreme so that they did not let go of even the messengers of God. Did they have a place for God in their heart?
God’s word says, “A humanity had become corrupt to the extreme. They did not know who God was or where they had come from. If you mentioned God, these people would attack, slander and blaspheme. Even when God’s servants had come to spread His warning, these corrupt people not only showed no signs of repentance; they did not abandon their wicked conduct. To the contrary, they brazenly harmed God’s servants. What they expressed and revealed was their nature and substance of extreme enmity toward God. We can see that these corrupt people’s resistance against God was more than a of their corrupt disposition, just as it was more than an instance of slandering or mocking stemming from a lack of understanding of the truth. Neither stupidity nor ignorance caused their wicked conduct; it was not because these people had been deceived, and it was certainly not because they had been misled. Their conduct had reached the level of flagrantly brazen antagonism, opposition and uproar against God. Without a doubt, this kind of human behavior would enrage God, and it would enrage His disposition—a disposition that must not be offended. Therefore, God directly and openly released His wrath and His majesty; this is a true revelation of His righteous disposition. Faced with a city overflowing with sin, God desired to destroy it in the swiftest manner possible; He wished to eradicate the people within it and the entirety of their sins in the most complete way, to make this city’s people cease to exist and to stop the sin within this place from multiplying. The swiftest and most complete way of doing so was to burn it down with fire” (“God Himself, the Unique II”).
In fact, there were sufficient opportunities for the people of Sodom to repent to God. However, not only did they not repent, but worse still they attempted to murder the two angels and even Lot, the only person worshiping God in this city, when the two messengers followed God’s will to save Lot and his family. The essence of what they did was opposing and resisting God stubbornly. Their evil deeds of hating God, hating the truth, and driving out justice once again provoked God’s anger and offended God’s righteous disposition. Thus they were destroyed by God finally. Contrarily, Lot was the one worshiping God. In such a fortress of demons, He received the messengers of God and protected them at all costs instead of following people to do evil. God remembered Lot’s righteous deeds and then made his two daughters and him survive from this destruction.
Look at China. Just as alluring and bewitching as Sodom of that time, it is full of evil. Throughout the country are a myriad of star hotels and nightclubs. The Chinese Communist Party promotes an anti-vice campaign outwardly but supports these nightclubs and gives business licenses to prostitutes in secret, in order for those high officials to solicit prostitution and indulge in their desires. Meanwhile, it turns around and takes the opportunity to make money and accept bribes on the excuse of shutting these yellow venues. From the common people to senior officials, no one loves justice and pursues the light. Instead, all the people live in eating, drinking, and having fun, enjoy making merry, and pursue position and power.
Recall that since the founding of the People’s Republic, the CCP’s persecution of Christianity has become more and more serious. In the recent ten or so years, countless Bibles have been burnt off and dumped into the river, thousands of churches have been sealed up and demolished, myriads of crosses have been forcibly demolished, countless Christians have been imprisoned, many leaders were sentenced to 20 years, and some have even been persecuted to death. … China is exactly the modern Sodom! All that the CCP does is opposing God and has already provoked God, and it will surely be punished by Him in the end. Have a think: Besides China, how many other cities are becoming Sodom now? And what should people in such cities do so as to avoid repeating the mistake of the men of Sodom and walking the path of destruction of China?
Since I’ve made it this far, let’s think about the people of Nineveh. They were deeply corrupt and suffered God’s loathing, just like those of Sodom. However, when hearing the warning spread by Jonah from God, they believed it was from God and He would surely, according to His own will, destroy this city after 40 days if they didn’t repent. Hence, from the king to the common man, all of them wore sackcloth and ashes, confessed their sins and repented, abandoned the violence in their hands, and turned away from their evil ways. Because of the Ninevites’ true repentance before God, God had mercy on them and did not destroy the city, so that they could survive.
Similarly, in the final age, the will appear to us the second time. The Bible prophecies, “And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6). Then someone is to preach the gospel of God to us. Never should we be like the people of Sodom who opposed God by wantonly condemning, attacking, and afflicting God’s servants when we are hazy about the salvation and gospel of God. It is because from the outside we are condemning and resisting a person, but actually this is not the case. If the Lord has really appeared, and these people are indeed spreading God’s will, then opposing them is opposing God, and it will lead to us being punished by God and walking toward destruction in the end. Hearing the gospel of the Lord’s return is like hearing Jehovah God’s will conveyed by Jonah. If we can believe God’s words and have true repentance before God like the people of Nineveh, we will surely gain God’s forgiveness, His mercy as well as blessings. Our attitude toward God decides our outcome.
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