Abomination and Confusion

From Leviticus: Volume III of Commentaries on the Pentateuch by R. J. Rushdoony

Chapter Thirty-Five: Abomination and Confusion (Leviticus 18:20-23)

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  1. Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.
  2. And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
  3. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
  4. Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. (Leviticus 18:20-23)

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  • no adultery,
  • no child sacrifice (this includes abortion),
  • no child dedication (sacrifice) of your children to some other god
    (so, no government schooling, to train your child to serve the State and its Corporate friends),
  • no sodomy,
  • no bestiality.

None of these commandments are particularly difficult to obey… excepting, in some nations, the one on government schooling.

There are various governments – see Germany, France and Sweden – that demands child indoctrination by the State in the schools as well as the abortuaries, as do various Communist/ Collectivist States. It can be difficult to get out from under their thumb, but with some discretion it is usually possible, by means legal or otherwise.

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These verses are titled by Wenham, “Other Canaanite Customs to be Avoided.” [201] In v. 21, we have the heart of the problem, Molech worship, which could mean child sacrifice, as in Carthage.[202] It could also mean, as Snaith suggests, that possibly children were given to the authorities to be trained as male and female prostitutes; the fact that this law comes together with prohibitions of various forms of sexuality and is followed by references to sodomy and lesbianism certainly is evidence of this.[203]

[201] Gordon J. Wenham, The Book of Leviticus (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985), 258.

[202] Ibid., 259.

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“… children were given to the authorities to be trained as male and female prostitutes”

You might want to take a careful detailed look, at exactly what is in your public (or even Christian!) school library, as well as what’s in their government-approved textbooks and curricula.

Expect unpleasant surprises.

“But this takes time and effort, and I just can’t be bothered to do it.”

Christian losers are forever losers.

Big surprise.

Thankfully, God is careful to discuss the scale and ferocity of vengeance He has planned for those servants of His that pervert, destroy, and out-and-out murder the small and weak people He has placed under their charge.

Especially His littlest ones.

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The word Molech (Melek, Milcom, Melcom) means king, the king as a god, and the primary reference is to state worship. Normally, passing a child through the fire to Molech was not human sacrifice, although emergency situations could lead to such acts; under normal circumstances it was the dedication of the child to the state, a statist analogue to baptism whereby the child was to live and die for the state. While Snaith’s suggestion is valid, and some children were dedicated to prostitution, this was not true of all children, and yet all had to be taken to the fire of Molech for dedication in this religious faith. If the central meaning were sexual, the law would openly say so. We have such a law in Leviticus 19:29, “Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore: lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.” Thus, the primary reference is to Molech worship. At the same time, it is set in the context of a table of sexual sins. What is the connection?

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Note that every nation in the West is full of wickedness, so far as God is concerned.

But then again, the State is the functional God of all secular societies. So this doesn’t come as such a surprise.

“But most secular states used to be Christian states!”

Those who know God most grow to hate Him most. Or love Him most.

God isn’t interested in building a lukewarm, middle of the road, kinda-sorta future of partial believers. Instead, He will sniff out our evil, drive it into the open, and crush it under His heel.

Or, we will repent, obey Him, and receive ever-greater blessings… and ever-greater responsibilities, which comes with ever-greater demands on obedience, self-control, disciple, and patience.

God will build His people, and train, test, and discipline His kings and priests.

The rest will burn: suffering on Earth, and then in Hell, followed by the Lake of Fire…

…. or just in Hell and then the Lake of Fire. Having received no punishment on Earth, they will receive their due wages – extra punishment – after they die.

The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’
-- Luke 16:22-26, ESV

Rich men generally discount eternity to zero, choosing to focus only on what they can get in this life.

Men – rich and poor – really do choose to go to hell.
Often in a knowing, self-aware fashion.

Or – if God wills, if a man is chosen by Christ as His adopted brother – a man may be moved by the Holy Spirit to turn to Christ, repent of his evil, and live under God, in obedience to His Law-Word. Regardless of the trials God will most certainly place in his path.

No believing Christian escapes the cross God has chosen for him.

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Molech worship shifts the center of the moral universe from God to the state. Molech worship is very much with us in the ancient and modern priority of the state over the triune God. By giving centrality to humanistic concerns, men enthrone Molech and his worship. Those who champion cultural conservatism are thereby affirming Molech because they shift their moral concern from the will of God to pragmatic considerations. Thus, Finn believes that the goals of Christians can be achieved by an abandonment of a Christian perspective for “cultural conservatism.”[204] In every such compromise venture, the goals of the lowest common denominator prevail.

Molech or state worship gives priority to political and pragmatic considerations and is thus the analogue to all the sexual sins cited in Leviticus 18:6-19. These practices are man’s property and power considerations made paramount, and they also involve his perversity in setting his will
against God’s moral law.

[204] Chester E. Finn Jr., “Giving Shape to Cultural Conservatism,” The American Spectator, vol. XIX, no. 11 (November 1986): 14-16.

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The games of Cultural Conservatism has boiled away, as was completely obvious to everyone except politically-focused Christians. All that remains is the demand of obedience to Properly Certified Leaders, and obedience to both the letter and the spirit of pointedly anti-Christian laws.

Pragmatic considerations, not the demands of God and His Law-Word, come first in a secular society.

Death in exalting the word of Man is preferred to Life in exalting the word of God.

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This is what Paul tells us in Romans 1:16-32. Men who will not live by faith change the truth of God into a lie; they enthrone the creature rather than the Creator. This is the greatest act of perversion. It leads logically to the burning out of man; the Greek word in Romans 1:27 is exekauthesan, to burn out, from ekkaio. This burning out begins with the abandonment of God’s law for man’s will, and it concludes with homosexual practices. Such people receive for their practices, in their bodies, “that recompense of their error which was meet.” (Rom. 1:27). There is no reason to suppose that diseases like AIDS did not occur in earlier eras, as in the Roman Empire. The poet Catullus, for example, belonged to the “bisexual” set where, according to Horace Gregory, “sex and madness, art, beauty, grief, guilt, slander, even murder were accepted as the order of the day or night.”[205] It must be added that disease was an even more present fact.

Thus, Leviticus 18:21 cites Molech worship as the prelude to the burning out of man and the defilement of the earth which leads to the expulsion of man.

[205] Horace Gregory, translator, with introduction, The Poems of Catullus (New York, NY: Grove Press, 1956), xiv.”

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The West is near to being burnt out. Madness and sterility are here: poverty and death will be here presently.

Christians must walk with God, and so inherit the land after the wicked have been burnt to powerless ash, by their own choice and by their own hand.

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Turning now to v. 20, the law against adultery, it is important to note that in Biblical law adultery means sexual intercourse with a married or betrothed woman. With an unbetrothed girl, the law specifies the required payment of the “dowry of virgins.” The girl’s father could require or reject marriage, but in either case the dowry was mandatory (Ex. 22:16-17; Deut. 22:28-29). The penalty for adultery is death for both the man and the woman (Deut. 22:20-25; Lev. 20:10) because the society of God’s Kingdom is family based, and adultery is thus treason to society. In Canaanite society, which was Baal or Molech based, adultery was not treasonable and might be religiously required. Note that the law speaks of adultery as self-defilement,
or, to “make thyself unclean.” Marriage and the family are the foundations of society, and also of our personal lives. Because of the centrality of the family, sins against it are seen in Scripture not only as very serious offenses, but also as self-defilement and stupidity. According to Proverbs 6:27-33,

  1. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not
    be burned:
  2. Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
  3. So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.
  4. Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry:
  5. But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
  6. But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding, he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
  7. A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

Rabbi Hertz said of adultery:

This prohibition is so vital to human society that it is included in the Ten Commandments, immediately after the protection of life, as being of equal importance with it.[206]

[206] J. H. Hertz, editor, The Pentateuch and Haftorahs (London, England: Soncino Press, 1962), 492.”

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Note that the society of God is a family-based society.

Not a society based on ecclesiastical priesthoods and temples.

Incidentally, while Western elites always had a soft spot for homosexuality (see their love of all things Greek), I would suggest that the stronger driver was the desire for penalty-free adultery among the European Nobles, coupled with the more abstract, intellectual hatred of God among the priest and thinkers.

“How dare God see what is in my mind, and judge my thoughts?

Just unite both groups under their shared love of power, free of the constraints of the Law of God — as per Psalm 2, but also Psalm 110 — and you get the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern Secularism.

Then comes disgrace, poverty, and death.

“So what? That’s someone else’s problem.”

“I will enjoy life, die with the most toys… and that’s all there is.”

That’s the plan.

Plans have a way of blowing up, after contact with reality.

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In v. 22, homosexuality is condemned, and in v. 23, bestiality. The two verses are properly one sentence and one subject. Two terms are applied to these sins: abomination and confusion. Abomination means filth, and, according to W. F. Lofthouse, confusion means “a disturbance and violation of the order of nature, and therefore something repulsive.”[207] Bonar rendered the meaning of confusion as “audacious depravity.”[208]

Both homosexuality and bestiality are acts of chaos. Religions of chaos believe in evolution out of a primeval chaos, and hence social revitalization requires a regular return to chaos by performing acts of chaos. Herodotus spoke of witnessing, in the Mendesian district of Egypt,
the public copulation of a goat and a woman.[209] According to Gill, Strabo, Aelianus, and Plutarch reported like religious acts.[210]

[207] W. F. Lofthouse, “Leviticus,” in Arthur S. Peake, editor, A Commentary on the Bible (London, England: T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1920), 207.

[208] Andrew A. Bonar, A Commentary on Leviticus (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust,
1966 reprint), 337.

[209] Henry Cary, translator, Herodotus, “Euterpes,” 46 (New York, NY: Harper’s Classical Library, 1879), 113.

[210] John Gill, Gill’s Commentary, vol. I, Genesis to Joshua (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980 reprint of 1852-54 edition), 513.”

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People hate God, His Law, and His judgement.

So they rebel against His Law… incur His judgement… and are destroyed.

Those who fear and obey God must walk the path He has commanded us to follow, to gain a different reward.

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The penalty for homosexuality is death (Lev. 20:13; Rom. 1:32), and also for bestiality (Lev. 20:15-16; Ex. 22:19). As we have noted, Lofthouse describes “confusion” as the violation of the order of nature,” and Porter speaks of homosexuality and bestiality as a “violation of nature.”[211] This is certainly true if we recognize the order of nature to be God’s created order, but the text declares these sins to be an abomination and confusion because they violate God’s law and purpose, as the natural world itself does in its fallen estate.

[211] J. R. Porter, Leviticus (Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1976), 148.

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Christians MUST obey God in all matters – including sexual matters. For the reward of sin is death. This is especially true when we lie about reality, driven into demonic madness by our hatred of God Most High.

Don’t lie to yourself, or to others. Know the truth, live the truth.

We must obey God, and live, for we carry the future with us.

If we fail, God’s vision, plans, goals, and desires will STILL come to pass… but our part in the Holy Future of Christ’s Victory on Earth will be cut off and burnt up.

As will we be, body and soul.

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For Knight, these laws were given to Israel “to fit that stage” in their education in which, because they were comparable to children, “they required clear guidelines.”[212] Ostensibly, we are more mature and do not need the law! How anyone living in the twentieth century can be patronizing of the Hebrews and assume that churchmen and non-churchmen today have a maturity which invalidates the law is amazing.

Even more amazing is the insistence of homosexuals that all the references to homosexuality in Scripture do not actually condemn that practice! The books written to defend this view are marvels of evasive scholarship.

[212] George A. F. Knight, Leviticus (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1981), 106-110.”

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There are many ways to express your contempt for the untouchable, high, holy, and perfect Authority above our heads. Being a lying and deceptive scholar, telling a evil and dying people what they want to hear, is one way.

Worthless physicians and worthless servants are much alike.

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Not only does the Bible without exception or qualification condemn the practice, but it also uses language of a particular bluntness in describing homosexuals. Sodomites are called dogs in Deuteronomy 23:18 and Revelation 22:15; the latter text declares that they are outside God’s Kingdom. According to Harrison, the term dogs was applied to “male cultic prostitutes or to homosexuality generally.”[213] This means that dogs applies to sodomites and lesbians alike and has reference to activities which have a resemblance to canine practice

[213] R. K. Harrison, Leviticus: An Introduction and Commentary (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1980), 192. Italics added.”

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Men want their pleasures, and are willing to destroy themselves to get it.

When a society has deepened and strengthen its hatred of God past a certain point, God let’s them destroy themselves to get their suicidal and self-destructive pleasures.

Christians MIUST avoid that dark and deep pit.

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With his usual insight, Wenham calls attention to the statement in v. 21, “neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God,” which occurs also in Leviticus 19:12; 20:3; 21:6; and 22:32. To profane is to make unholy.[215] Profaning God, not the “violation of the natural order,” is the key to these laws; we cannot impose the psychiatric opinions of earlier eras, i.e., 1850-1950, onto Scripture. The opposite of holiness is profanity, the unclean. Leviticus 10:10 requires that we put a “difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean.”

[215] Wenham, op. cit., 259.”

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The entire point of secular societies is to profane God, and despise His Law.

Secularists work hard, to make ALL of society unholy, defiled, corrupt, and filthy.

To poison, enslave, delude, sicken, and eventually kill everything, everywhere.

All that they can touch.

Regardless of the benefits, profitability, rationality, and reasonableness of obedience to God.

Or the punishing costs, impoverishment, insanity, and unreasonableness of disobeying God.

We Christians must choose life, and walk away from death.

We carry the future.

And the future must LIVE.

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According to Grayston, “holiness is the condition of approach to God, cleanness of intercourse with all society.” While uncleanness is closely tied to sin, there is a difference. Sin essentially
comes from within, whereas uncleanness comes from outside, and it is man’s moral duty to avoid whatever is unclean. Cleanness is thus essential to holiness. In the law, washing purifies one from many forms of uncleanness, and baptism thus symbolizes this cleansing, i.e., “the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5). Christ “gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar (or,
unique) people, zealous of “good works” (Titus 2:14).[216] These laws are given to make us holy (Lev. 19:2), and to keep us from defilement (Lev. 18:24-30).

Profanity leads to uncleanness, to blindness, and to judgment and death, as Jeremiah 6:10-19 makes clear.

[216] Kenneth Grayston, “Unclean, etc.,” in Alan Richardson, editor, A Theological Word Book of the Bible (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1960), 272f.”

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Christians must change the world, starting with ourselves.

But we can’t really change the world, to lead it from death to life, under our own power.

We must invite and obey the Holy Spirit, the wise counsellor from God, who will enable us to obey His commandments, and teach others to do the same.

And so lead the world from death and madness, to life and sanity.

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