Objection Stated

The rest of Scripture, Old and New Testament, does not identify the sin of Sodom as homosexuality, but instead speaks of inhospitality, mistreatment of the poor, and other general sins of behavior as the basis of God’s judgment. This silence regarding homosexuality proves that the traditional reading is in error.

Daniel Helminiak, a Roman Catholic priest, is representative of this argument when he says,

But in this particular case the meaning of the text is obvious from other parts of the Bible. For the Bible often refers back to the story of Sodom and says outright what Sodom’s sin was. The prophet Ezekiel (16:48-49) states the case boldly: “This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.” The sin of the Sodomites was that they refused to take in the needy travelers.

Biblical Response

Is this the conclusion one must draw from an examination of this and other passages in the Bible concerning Sodom and Gomorrah? Surely not. In the above citation, Helminiak stops too early. Note the full passage: