Satan and Sodomy

The supernatural monster who orchestrates the kidnapping, enslaving and thousand-fold drugging, selling, raping and killing of girls around the globe is the same one who has masterminded the murderous cultural delusion—from the highest court to the lowest porn-flick—that the practice of sodomy is delightful, not deadly.

Among the several, carefully chosen, understated, inflammatory words in that sentence, let’s start with “monster.” I’m talking about Satan. We do not feel what we ought to about this fiend. In Revelation 12:9 he is called “the great dragon that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world.”

The scope and horror of this being is hinted at with images. He is not a mere garden snake. His tail sweeps down a third of the stars. He crouches at Bethlehem to devour the newborn Son of God (Revelation 12:4).

Which brings us to another inflammatory phrase, “murderous delusion.” Those two words capture the essence of Satan. He is a liar and a murderer. He deludes and, by deluding, he kills. Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Hence, he is a murderer and a liar. His aim is to kill people—forever. He is a lion who devours (1 Peter 5:8). Partly by pain, partly by pleasure. But always by deception—just as with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.

A third extreme phrase in that first sentence is “around the globe.” Satan is not a tribal god. His global reach and pervasiveness is stunning. “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).

Then there is the inflammatory statement that one of Satan’s “murderous cultural delusions” is the lie that “the practice of sodomy is delightful, not deadly.” If someone should wonder why I would use language like that in the present cultural milieu, the answer is that I think it is an abdication of truth and love to participate in the destigmatization of a practice that is more lethal than death.

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John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. John is the author of more than 30 books and more than 25 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at © Desiring God.