Thursday, March 19, 2015

Questions About Homosexuality & The Bible

Lately at DPC we've been surveying what the Bible has to say about homosexuality.  One of the books I've recommended is Sam Allberry's "Is God anti-gay?," subtitled "And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction."

I highly recommend every adult Christian spend some time with this book.  This is an arena of culture where Christians need to be faithfully present, with the gospel.

Below is a list of the "other questions" that Allberry—who has himself struggled with same-sex attraction, but has found rest in Christ—treats in this book:

  • What does the Bible actually say about marriage and sex?
  • What does the Bible actually say about homosexuality?
  • Would a same-sex partnership be ok with God if it's committed & faithful?
  • Does Jesus himself ever talk about these issues?
  • What should a Christian do if he/she finds himself/herself experiencing same-sex attraction?
  • Can God change our sexual desires?
  • Can we really expect unmarried Christians with same-sex attraction to remain single?
  • Can singleness be healthy?
  • What are the main struggles for a Christian dealing with same-sex attraction?
  • How can all of this be part of God's purpose?
  • What do Christians say to people who accuse the church of picking and choosing which Old Testament laws to apply?
  • How should the church regard someone in their midst who is struggling with same-sex attraction?
  • What should we do if a gay couple starts coming to church?
  • Why can't Christians just agree to disagree on this?
  • How should a Christian respond to an unbelieving friend who announces that he/she is gay?
  • What's the best way to bring the gospel to a homosexual friend?
  • How can the church be an effective witness to the world with regard to this issue?
  • What should a Christian do if a Christian friend confesses this struggle to you personally?
  • What does Jesus have to offer the homosexual?
All good questions.  And, Christian, you're going to need to have good answers.  This book is a great place to start.

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