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  1. JDB
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredibly Compassionate Book Answering Tough Questions
    July 30, 2020
    JDB
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Is God Anti-Gay?.
    May God continue to bless this thoughtful, sensitive author. The issues of homosexuality, Christianity and the culture at large continues to be a stumbling block for me on my continued walk with the Lord. This book has given me some wonderful Biblical truths to ponder and write on my heart. Thank you so much.
  2. Vic
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblical and graceful
    July 27, 2019
    Vic
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Is God Anti-Gay?.
    Is God anti-gay? A controversial question on a controversial topic. The answer Sam Allberry offers in the introduction to his book Is God Anti-Gay? is No. "But he is against who all of us are by nature" Allberry immediately follows his answer by saying. The author affirms the love God has for his people but also maintains the sinfulness of homosexuality throughout this work.

    Reading this book it's clear that Allberry cares very deeply about this issue and for those struggling with same-sex attraction, whether inside or outside the church. He knows what it is to experience this unwanted attraction so he is able to speak tenderly about this issue, but does not deviate from the truth of scripture.

    In the first chapter, Allberry lays out what biblical marriage is. I absolutely love that he begins here because it's easy to focus on the few passages dealing with homosexuality and ignore the positive case that scriptures makes about God's design. He lays out his case that God is not against sex, "Genesis 1-2 shows us that God is for sex. It also shows us that sex is for marriage." Various scriptures are examined, especially the words of Jesus regarding marriage and sexual immorality to make his points that marriage is based on gender rather than feelings of commitment. Again, it is great he starts here because, as he notes at the end of the chapter, "The Bible's teaching on sex and marriage is the foundation for how Christians are to think about the whole issue of sexuality today."

    Chapter two is equally important as he examines the passages dealing explicitly with homosexuality. He explains the meaning of the Greek words Arsenokoitai, Malakoi, and porneia and presents a solid, if brief exegesis of key texts like Genesis 19, Romans 1, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Here he also deals with the issue of Christians experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction, addressing concerns such as if we can really expect these Christians to live celibate. He shows readers that however ingrained it may be, homosexual behaviour is not inescapable. It's possible for someone living a homosexual lifestyle to be made new by God.

    In his last three chapters, Allberry looks at homosexuality both inside and outside the church. How should Christians handle it when they find themselves with these unwanted attractions? How should churches deal with homosexuality? He offers multiple ways churches can help same-sex attracted members and offers encouragement to those struggling with temptation. Allberry points out in chapter three that we live in a culture that defines our core identity by our sexuality. Though some temptations may remain, the fundamental identity of the same-sex attracted Christian has been radically changed. Each chapter is handled with care as he addresses topics like how to share Christ with homosexual friends and how to respond when a friend comes out to you.

    This little book is only 91 pages, but contains a lot of grace and truth with many scriptural quotations. The author does not shy away from sobering truths. He states plainly that homosexuality is outside of God's design and a sign of God's judgement. But something unmistakable is Allberry's tenderness in dealing with this topic.

    At the end of a few of the chapters, Allberry tackles multiple questions of relevance such as Should Christians attend a gay wedding? Aren't Christians being inconsistent regarding old testament laws? or Can't we agree to disagree?

    We have to think carefully when dealing with this issue as Christians. Homosexuality is a very real issue and unfortunately many Christians experience same-sex attraction. Is God Anti-Gay will equip readers to know how to respond to certain objections with truth and grace and to share their faith with their gay friends. While not exhaustive, this is an important work and short enough to keep its readers attention. Christians who struggle with same-sex attractions will also be encouraged by this book and be assured that there is repentance and their identity is in Christ, not their sin.

    Many thanks to the Good Book Company for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
  3. Kay
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Is God anti-gay?
    October 6, 2018
    Kay
    This review was written for Is God Anti-Gay?.
    Very informative and Bible based.
  4. nachum
    Kansas City, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Start Here
    August 4, 2015
    nachum
    Kansas City, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Most of us can benefit from a quick review of the Bible's stance on sexuality as we think about the culture shift that is occurring around us. Written by a celibate Christian homosexual, Allberry's book is a well-organized and well-written presentation of biblical material. No diatribe here, no special pleading, but a commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have recommended this book to every person with whom I have discussed homosexuality. It is a great starting point for Christians and for non-Christians who wonder what is the biblical view.
  5. Matt Mitchell
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Winsomely written while biblically firm.
    April 25, 2014
    Matt Mitchell
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Is God Anti-Gay?" is my new go-to book on the hot topic of homosexuality as a succinct introduction and guide. It's winsomely written while being biblically firm and written by someone who experiences same-sex attraction himself. There are a lot of books out there on this issue right now that explore the topic from many other important angles, but Sam Allberry's book is concise, clear, and helpful. I will be recommending it to many.
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