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Is God anti-gay

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MY REVIEW:

So much ink has been spilled concerning the topic of homosexuality, both for and against, and you might ask, “Why another book?”  What makes this one different?  I would say if one has to read only one book on this subject from a Christian perspective this would be it since the beauty of this book is its balance, simplicity, brevity, clarity, honesty and the author pastoral heart.

Right off the bat, the book opens up with a personal introduction from the author’s own life—and his struggle with homosexual desires at a young age.  Immediately I realized that this book isn’t just ABOUT homosexuals but also TO any possible homosexual readers.  That’s an important angle!  This book is gospel centered and not just a special condemnation of homosexuals.  For instance, he writes on page 8, “God’s message for gay people is the same as his message for everyone.  Repent and believe.”  Readers will discover that Sam Allberry makes an important distinction between “homosexuals” and those with same sex attractions (what he calls SSA for short).  I agree with Allberry’s rationale: He does not wish to ground his whole identity in his sexual struggle.  Having counsel people as a pastor myself, I see this is a crucial point for Christians to understand, that no matter what sexual sins one struggle with, a believer must ground their identity in Christ and that relationship and union with Christ is now what defines them rather than their pet sin.  What amazed me was how Allberry was able cover this within the first few pages into the book.

Allberry’s work is not just a collection of biblical proof texts that homosexuality is a sin though he does have a chapter on the Bible’s view of homosexuality. While a biblical view of homosexuality is foundational to the discussion, given that the book is written in mind for those who struggle with SSA and also the Church, Allberry moves beyond the thesis that homosexuality is a sin.  He has a practical and biblical perspective for those who choose to be single as a way of being obedient to Jesus.  There’s a chapter on the Church’s responsibility to those with SSA within the church and another chapter on the church’s relationship to homosexuals in the world.  He does not get into the political realm but focuses on witnessing and loving homosexuals to the Cross.

The format of the book was helpful in reinforcing the content of the book: I enjoyed the side bars throughout the book raising various questions of practical concern and objections.  Allberry provides a good answer to the objection of why can’t faithful homosexuals be married on pages 39-40.  I also appreciate the use of bold font to capture important points or terms throughout the book.  Allberry also had some good illustrations to communicate the point he is trying to make.

I recommend Pastors, believers struggling with SSA and all believers to get the book.

Rating: 5 stars of 5.

NOTE: This book is provided to me free by The Good Book Company and Cross-Focused Reviews without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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