What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? (Crossway, 2015)

As a seismic shift occurs within culture and the church, Kevin DeYoung calls Christians to examine the teaching of the Bible on this subject of homosexuality. This book will be a go to source for those who hold to a high view of Scripture. For those who allow experience, relationships or culture to serve as their authority on faith, it will not be so well received.

I appreciate DeYoung’s tone as well as the substance of what he writes. It may be a surprise to learn that I have had many close connections within the homosexual community. I pray that they will be convinced from God’s Word that sexual sin – whether homosexual or heterosexual – must be repented of in order to find the true joy that comes from knowing the Lord.

From the outset, DeYoung lays his cards on the table,

This is a Christian book, with a narrow focus, defending a traditional view of marriage.

The book is his attempt to answer this question,

Is homosexual activity a sin that must be repented of, forsaken, and forgiven, or, given the right context and commitment, can we consider same-sex sexual intimacy a blessing 
worth celebrating and solemnizing?

The book is divided into two major sections. The first examines the biblical texts which speak to the subject of homosexuality. In this part DeYoung employs solid interpretative skills and avoids reading into the text what he wishes it said. The texts he considers are Genesis 1-2, Leviticus 18 & 20, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6 and 1 Timothy 1. Get your Bible out and learn what the Bible actually says about this hot topic.

The second section deals with some of the objections to this biblical view. You certainly will not want to miss his discussions on these objections. In the end you will see that none of the objections trump the biblical teaching consistent with the traditional view related to homosexuality.

These are the objections he answers:

  1. The Bible hardly ever mentions homosexuality.
  2. Not that kind of homosexuality.
  3. What about gluttony and divorce?
  4. The church is supposed to be a place for broken people.
  5. You’re on the wrong side of history.
  6. It’s not fair.
  7. The God I worship is a God of love.

In conclusion DeYoung calls for a Christian response characterized by both truth and grace.

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