My rating: 5 of 5 stars
BOOK DESCRIPTION: In just a few short years, massive shifts in public opinion have radically reshaped society’s views on homosexuality. Feeling the pressure to forsake long-held beliefs about sex and marriage, some argue that Christians have historically misunderstood the Bible’s teaching on this issue. But does this approach do justice to what the Bible really teaches about homosexuality? In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word. Examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike—offering readers an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books.
SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for my honest review.
MY THOUGHTS: If ever a topic has caused confusion and division among Christians, it is how to view and react to homosexuality. I was curious about this short, 160-page book, and happy to find that it cut through the cloudiness of the issue and went straight to the source of all truth, the Bible. However, he holds Christians to the standard of loving those who experience same-sex attraction and seeking to understand and reach out to them.
In the introduction, the author points out three classes of readers he expects to be speaking to--those already convinced that homosexuality is wrong, those convinced it is right, and those who are confused by the voices of our culture and their understanding of the Bible. With this audience in mind, the topic is dealt with in a direct yet compassionate way throughout the book.
The first section delves into what the Bible says about homosexuality, from the early laws of the Jews through the churches being established in the New Testament and including word studies in the original languages.
Part Two answers common objections heard within communities that are affirming homosexuality among Christians. The author presents solid Biblical proof against the arguments popping up all over social media and in sermons and blog posts across the country.
The conclusion sums up what is really at stake if the Church changes its stance on sexual sins. Appendices briefly address cultural topics such as same-sex marriage and attraction, and include ten commitments for Christians and churches to take into consideration.
I found this book to be a very thorough resource, concise and conclusive. Considering the relevance of the topic in today's world, I would certainly recommend it for any person in ministry, and I think it would make a great book for small-group study. A free study guide can be downloaded from the publisher.