Is God anti-gay?: and other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction (Practical and sensitive exploration of the Bible's teaching on sexuality) (Questions Christians Ask)
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Many quotes of the Scriptures are cited in both the English Standard Version (ESV) and New International Version (NIV), the latter being cited to prove something that is never precisely articulated.
I am, as I said at the beginning of this review, very grateful for Sam Allberry and this little book. Maybe not, but DNA analysis indicates that polygamy was the norm for long periods of human existence. I'm not gay but I'm also not a huge jerk, so I've struggled a lot with these kinds of resources in the past.Along with this statement, Allberry charges the church to stop putting marriage on a pedestal in the same way. the text appears to portray LGBTQ+ individuals as deeply flawed and in especially great need of “redemption” (or for Allberry, carrying one’s cross in an act of self-crucifixion). When we take Jesus as a savior, we also need to take him as our Lord, and that is when our heart is changed. Allberry is firm to tell readers that SSA does not disqualify you from accessing God’s grace, mercy, and love. Many negative reviews of this book are negative because they don’t feel like anything Allberry is saying is loving if he is telling them that acting on their desires is wrong.
It’s key because it reminds us that we may not let the sloganeering between conservatives and “the gay Christians” turn into an agree-to-disagree, permanent standoff. However, this is an incredibly helpful, clear guide to what the Bible actually says about homosexuality and what that means for Christians. He leads by example on this, putting what the Bible says on homosexuality in the wider context of the gospel. This identity factor is of utmost importance, because someone who identifies as “being gay” cannot reconcile that identity from a biblical worldview. Allberry’s book serves those who have decided in their hearts there is no reconciliation, rather than accomplishing his goal of converting others to his position.Young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 who identify themselves as evangelicals are almost as sexually active as their non-Christian peers. I definitely recommend this book, and I appreciate Sam’s willingness to make himself vulnerable before the Christian community for our own good. Heterosexual rape is just as wrong, but no Christians claim that therefore consensual sex between men and women is wrong, too. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes
On this point, he helpfully cautions: “I believe change is possible, but a complete change of sexual orientation is never promised in the Bible” (46). The cross that leads from our churches, our parents, our siblings, our belonging, and sometimes our livelihood or fundamental way of life is agonizing and tortuous. He said he wouldn’t make their sexual activities the first item of discussion—and I can certainly understand that.Sam’s excellent book has already profoundly helped tens of thousands in its first edition—I’m sure this updated version will wonderfully increase its positive impact long-term. Nate and his wife, Sara, live with their two sons in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is pursuing a PhD in New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A good marriage is one of the life factors most strongly and consistently associated with happiness, says psychologist Jonathan Haidt in The Happiness Hypothesis. You could easily hand it to a Christian struggling with same-sex attraction—or a church struggling with how to help its members bear that particular temptation. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.