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Publication Date: 2015
Christians who are confused by the homosexuality debate raging in the US are looking for resources that are based solidly on a deep study of what Scripture says about the issue. In People to Be Loved, Preston Sprinkle challenges those on all sides of the debate to consider what the Bible says and how we should approach the topic of homosexuality in light of it.
In a manner that appeals to a scholarly and lay-audience alike, Preston takes on difficult questions such as how should the church treat people struggling with same-sex attraction? Is same-sex attraction a product of biological or societal factors or both? How should the church think about larger cultural issues, such as gay marriage, gay pride, and whether intolerance over LGBT amounts to racism? How (or if) Christians should do business with LGBT persons and supportive companies?
Simply saying that the Bible condemns homosexuality is not accurate, nor is it enough to end the debate. Those holding a traditional view still struggle to reconcile the Bibles prohibition of same-sex attraction with the message of radical, unconditional grace. This book meets that need.
Preston Sprinkle (PhD, Aberdeen) is a teacher, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author. He has written several books including People to Be Loved, Living in a Gray World, Charis, and Erasing Hell, which he co-authored with Francis Chan. Preston has held faculty positions at Nottingham University, Cedarville University, and Eternity Bible College. He and his family live in Boise, Idaho, and he currently helps pastors and leaders engage the LGBTQ conversation with thoughtfulness and grace.
SkotiadGender: male2 Stars Out Of 5Interesting, but disappointingDecember 13, 2015SkotiadGender: maleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Most Christians today have acquaintances or relatives who are openly gay, some of whom claim to be Christians themselves. Obviously the secular culture has shifted hugely in its acceptance of behavior that Christians have regarded as a sexual perversion for the past 2000 years. This book accepts the traditional view that homosexuality is sinful, but it places more emphasis on Christians and how we are to relate to people practicing sinful behavior. The book seems to be trying to guilt-trip Christians over how we have treated homosexuals in the past and urge us to be more welcoming of homosexuals, but that is an ill fit with the fact that as Christians we really can't condone something so obviously contrary to the New Testament. How can we be "gay-affirming" and still practice the Christian rule of "hate the sin but love the sinner"? Is it even possible to do both?
The book looks at the Bible verses that specifically condemn homosexuality. I don't think much of the author as a Bible scholar, it is obviously not his strong suit. He refers to Paul's use of the Greek term para phusin - "against nature," a phrase also used by the Greek philosopher Plato. I would like to have seen him include some data on just what behavior that is para phusin results in - namely, the high rates of fatal STDs (AIDS and many others), the high rates of alcoholism and drug abuse among homosexuals, also the high rates of depression and suicide, and domestic abuse also. I think an atheist who looked at homosexuality objectively would have to conclude that the lifestyle is extremely unhealthy, both physically and mentally, so would any sensitive, clear-thinking person want to "affirm" such a lifestyle? Even if the Bible verses that condemn homosexuality are explained away, the Christian is still left with the reality that no loving person would want a friend or relative to enter into a self-destructive lifestyle.
Overall, not an impressive book. Robert Gagnon's book is still in print (I think), and is a much better treatment of this important subject.
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