How can you so close your eyes to the clear words of the text? Matt Kennedy’s about to find out, questioning the man who helped write the Lambeth Bible Studies:
Me: I have a question for Dr. West. Would you say that the author of the NT book of Jude was incorrect when he wrote this about Sodom and Gamorrah, “just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire…” that was from verse 7. Would you say that the writer of Jude got the context wrong?
A: No not at all, I think he was referring to the sin of inhospitality.
Me: When he uses the phrase “sexual immorality”?
A: Yes, that was the way they were being inhospitable.
Hover your cursor over this reference – Jude 7 – to read it in the ESV.
I don’t get the argument here. Is Dr West saying that they were inhospitable because they insisted on the strangers residing at Lot’s doing sexually immoral things with them, when the strangers refused. But, if the strangers (angels?) had agreed to commit sexually immoral acts that would have been OK?
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