“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 18:23
“And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:15,16
“Cursed be he that lieth with any manner of beast. And all the people shall say, Amen.” Deuteronomy 27:21
First, there was the push to get sodomy declared normal throughout the western world. It took decades, but in the end… they succeeded.
Now there is the push to get “transgenderism” declared normal. This is ongoing, but it is certainly succeeding, all over the western world.
What will be next? Right now there are two abominations running almost neck-and-neck in this race to become the next protected, then celebrated “poor marginalised minority”, and time will tell which one will win. It doesn’t really matter, because whichever one it is, the other won’t be very far behind. The two I am referring to are bestiality, and child sexual molestation (given the “nicer-sounding” name of paedophilia).
And thanks to Canada’s almost unbelievable supreme court decision in June 2016, bestiality is inching ahead in the race.
The supreme court of Canada declared that most sex acts between people and animals are now legal. Yes, Canada’s supreme court. Let that sink in. Not some barbarous, savage society somewhere which also practices other unspeakable deeds? Nope. Canada.
The case involved a man from British Columbia, who was convicted of 13 counts of sexually assaulting his stepdaughters, but was acquitted of bestiality because what he forced dogs to do did not involve penetration. What it did involve was so vile that we will not repeat it here.
To her everlasting credit, the only dissenting voice in the 7 – 1 ruling, Judge Rosalie Abella, said that penetration should not be considered essential when defining bestiality. “Acts with animals that have a sexual purpose are inherently exploitative whether or not penetration occurs,” she said.
Western society has fallen so far, morally, that not only did a majority of the supreme court judges of Canada legalise most forms of bestiality, but there was a hue and cry from various animal rights organisations, who bemoaned the fact that animals are not being protected from such acts. True enough, and disgusting enough, certainly – but one would think that protecting humans would raise far more of a hue and cry. Alas, no. Not in today’s western society, where “animal rights” trump any supposed rights of humans in the minds of millions. To give credit where credit is due, Camille Labchuk, executive director of the animal rights organisation, Animal Justice, did make the following comment: “People who sexually abuse animals are sometimes linked to sexually abusing children as well, as the accused did in this case. That’s a really good reason parliament needs to act.” But this was just one organisation. What about all the others? Their anger and shock was reserved for the animals, not the humans.
But bestiality has been on the increase in various parts of the world for some time now. This is not surprising, given mankind’s fallen state and the increasingly immoral state of all western societies. After all, a society which not only permits, but actually promotes, pampers and protects sodomites, making them a favoured group with special “rights” above everyone else, and then does the same for “transgenders”, is sending a very strong signal to the practitioners of every other bizarre sexual practice out there: if the “gays” can come out the closet, so can you! So they have become much bolder, more demanding, and definitely more out in the open.
They have even given themselves their own name. Remember those far-off days when “gay” meant bright and colourful and cheerful? If you are under a certain age you won’t have any memory of that at all, but that’s what the word meant, once upon a time. Then the sodomites hijacked the word and now it has lost all meaning except this new one, which it never had before. Well, those who commit bestiality are well aware that this word reveals the revolting, disgusting nature of this sin. They needed a word that would sound more gentle and acceptable, and even more “scientific”. So what are they now calling themselves? Here it is: “zoophiles”.
Now most readers may not know that the word, “zoophile”, or “zoophilist”, until very recent times referred to “a lover of animals; an opponent of cruelty to animals”. That’s from the Oxford Universal Dictionary, published in 1964. I wonder how future reprints will define the word? The online Collins Dictionary already defines it as “a morbid condition in which a person has a sexual attraction to animals; bestiality.” Nothing about the older meaning. And so, with the passing of time, those who commit bestiality will become known by the more innocuous term of zoophiles. It’s all part of the conditioning process for the rest of society. You know, the normal people. The ones who still insist on that outdated concept that sexual relations are to be between one man and one woman in marriage. What? They dare to do that? Those unloving, intolerant, right-wing, fundamentalist bigots!
Those who commit bestiality are becoming increasingly emboldened. Canada’s supreme court decision has shocked all normal people, but in Germany, for example, bestiality is legal as well. And in that country there are now a great many so-called “erotic zoos”. What exactly is an “erotic zoo”? To make it easier to get one’s head around this revolting concept, let’s just call them “bestiality brothels”. For that is what they are.
No, this is not made up. It’s real, and it’s right now. In Germany and elsewhere too.
Madeleine Martin, a livestock protection officer in Germany, told a German publication that current laws were not protecting animals from those with a lust to commit bestiality. She highlighted a case where a farmer in the Gross-Gerau region of southwest Germany noticed that his once-friendly flock of sheep were now shying away from human contact. He therefore set up a CCTV camera in the rafters of his barn, only to discover that not one, not two, but multiple men were sneaking into the barn at night to commit acts of bestiality.
And Martin had “a host of similar case studies” on file.
Once upon a time, those committing these unnatural, filthy acts would have remained deep in the shadows. No more. Not only are there websites actively promoting bestiality all over the internet, but those calling themselves “zoophiles” are starting to “come out of the kennel” and mount legal challenges. As German authorities began to reconsider the need to reinstate the old bestiality legislation, a German pro-bestiality organisation named ZETA announced that it would mount a legal challenge should bestiality again be outlawed.
This is how far the West has fallen.
And if you ask how much further it may yet fall into sexual sin, all I can say in reply is: what’s next after bestiality? The acceptance of child sexual molestation. And after that? Necrophilia?
And to those who delight in saying that bestiality was condemned in Leviticus, but that is an outdated law: the New Testament strongly condemns sodomy (Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10; 2 Pet. 2:6-8; Jude 7), and as sodomy is so strongly condemned, bestiality, by logical consequence, is condemned as well. For it is self-evident that if men burning with lust toward other men is vile and unnatural (Rom. 1:26,27), then men burning with lust toward animals is just as vile and unnatural.
What should the Christian’s response be to this wickedness?
The world is demanding that Christians not only accept these wicked lifestyles, but join in celebrating them along with everyone else. This, however, is something no true Christian may ever do. What, then, should our response be to those committing such acts?
Yes, the Lord commanded the death penalty for such acts, under the law of Moses. It was to be meted out by the authorities in Israel in those times, for (as the Scriptures teach) such abominations defiled the land, as they still defile any country today; and for this reason these things were crimes in all kinds of countries, worldwide, until very recent times. But no, Leviticus does not sanction the murder of sodomites, or those who commit bestiality, by private individuals. Those who are ignorant of the Bible love to say that Christians want to harm or even kill sodomites and others. This is not what Leviticus teaches, nor is any such teaching found in the New Testament, which is what true Christians use to interpret the Old. “Gay-bashing”, as it is called, in the sense of physically harming or killing sodomites, is completely contrary to the Word of God, and true Christians do not engage in such sinful behaviour. And by extension, it is just as sinful for individuals, including Christians, to harm or kill those who commit bestiality.
Nevertheless, the teaching of Leviticus, as well as that of other parts of the Bible (including the New Testament in no uncertain terms, as shown above), is that sodomy, bestiality, and other unnatural acts are great sins, and that they should be forsaken by true repentance. 1 Cor. 6:9-11 shows that there have been those guilty of terrible sins, including sodomy (and by implication bestiality, which is even lower on the scale of abominable deeds), who have been brought, by sovereign grace, to repent of these sins and all others, being truly converted to Christ. And for this reason, the Lord’s people are to preach the Gospel to all men and women, for regardless of what they may have been guilty of committing, if they turn to the Lord in true repentance, believing in Jesus Christ for salvation, they will be saved.
This, then, must be the Christian’s response to bestiality: it is a sin, a great sin, a vile and unnatural sin, and those who commit it will not inherit the kingdom of God; but those who turn from it, forsake it, and cast themselves upon Christ by faith, will be saved from this and all sins, and set free from its power over them.
Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher. He runs Bible Based Ministries. For other articles (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, pamphlets, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below. If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, to receive all future articles, please send your details.
. The Christian Post, June 11, 2016, art. “Canada Legalizes Most Sex Acts with Animals.” www.christianpost.com.
. The Christian Post, June 11, 2016.
. The Daily Mail, 1 July 2013, updated 1 February 2016, art. “Bestiality brothels are ‘spreading through Germany’ warns campaigner as abusers turn to sex with animals as ‘lifestyle choice’.” www.dailymail.co.uk.
. The Daily Mail, 1 July 2013, updated 1 February 2016.
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