In the May issue of The Outlook on page 7, there is a copy of a letter Rev. De Jong sent to President-elect William Clinton expressing his “convictions about how the country’s problems should be met.”
I was surprised Rev. De Jong goes along with the popular belief that Sodom was destroyed only because of its intolerable sexual vices with the implication that the practice of homosexuality was the main reason God lost patience with Sodom.
May I quote God’s reasons why He lost patience with the people of Sodom after telling Abraham, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know” (Gen. 18:20).
Then through the prophet Ezekiel, God explains why, after His investigation, Sodom was destroyed:
Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. Ezekiel 16:49–50
I would submit God lost patience with Sodom and Gomorrah because of the above sin of the people. The outcry that had reached God came from the poof, the needy, the repressed, suffering under the injustices brought about by the self-righteous, the arrogant, the overfed and unconcerned who were disobeying the laws of God. To find out what some of these detestable acts are, please read Ezekiel 18. The Book of Amos is also helpful.
Another disturbing part of the letter occurs where Rev. De Jong (or at least his missionary friends) describes the people of New Guinea as “a society newly emerging from savagery.” There have never been any savages in this world created by God, not even the people of Friesland. Savages only exist in the thinking of evolutionists and those people who in the past and still in the present believe in the superiority of their race, nationality or civilization.
Samuel E. Greydanus Jr.