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  1. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    the best book I've read on the subject
    September 15, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Is God Anti-Gay?.
    I have been reading books dealing with Christianity and the homosexual lately because the denomination I grew up in is moving towards ordaining practicing homosexuals.

    I think I have just read the best book on the subject yet. And it is short — only 83 pages of text.

    Allberry is himself a pastor in the UK who experiences same sex attraction. What he writes is not from a hypothetical position. He lives with being a Christian and having same sex attraction.

    He answers the argument that Old Testament prohibitions of homosexuality deal with pagan worship practices or rape. He looks at Lev. 18:22 and 20:13 and the surrounding verses and their forbidding homosexual behavior. "None of these have any connection with pagan temples or idolatry. These things are morally wrong, irrespective of who is doing them and where they happen." (27) Noting that both parties are prohibited equally, "We can't write it off as only prohibiting things like gay rape or a forced relationship. Leviticus prohibits even general, consensual homosexual activity." (27)

    Then he addresses another argument I recently read from a professor at a denominational seminary. Allberry looks at the Romans 1:26-27 passage, arguing that the words "against nature" do not refer to "our subjective experience of what feels natural to us, but instead refer to the fixed way of things in creation." (29) He notes, "All of us have desires that are warped as a result of our fallen nature." (30) It is the case for all of us, "...we find ourselves craving what we are not naturally designed to do." (30)

    With great care he goes through each of the Bible passages dealing with the issue. His conclusion: "In each instance where the Bible directly addresses homosexual behavior it is to condemn it. The consistent teaching of the Bible is clear: God forbids homosexual activity." (36) "As far as Jesus is concerned, the godly alternatives before us are (heterosexual) marriage or celibacy." (36)

    He has suggestions for those experiencing same sex attraction, writing about the struggles of the homosexual Christian. This is a great section for Christians who are critical of homosexuals to read.

    He explores how sinful tendencies can be part of God's "all things" that work together for good. He writes about what the church can do for people facing this issue. He reminds us, "All are sinners, and all need God's grace." (62) We are all sick. We all need help. He encourages us to deal with biblical models of masculinity and femininity, not the cultural stereotypes.

    Allberry is very clear. "A church leader who teaches that even certain kinds of homosexual activity are OK is actually sending people to destruction." (70) The gospel is at stake, he says. So he ends with a section on responding to someone who reveals same sex attraction — with our love and the grace of the gospel.

    I highly recommend this book.
  2. A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A much needed voice of biblical reason
    July 21, 2013
    A Cluttered Mind
    Rochester, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Is God Anti-Gay?.
    Before I say anything else by way of review, let me say this:

    If you are an evangelical Christian wondering how best to think and speak into the current debate about same sex unions and relationships, then this is the book for you.

    Allberry's book, almost more of a booklet, from The Good Book Company, should provide a valuable asset for the Church. He's biblically-grounded, Gospel-concerned, Christ-exalting, God-focused in his approach. He handles the subject with respect and empathy, having struggled with and against same sex attraction (SSA) a good portion of his life. The author knows by knowledge and experience what repentance is. He preaches this to all sinners, but especially in the focus of this small book, to those who struggle with SSA. Compassion seems to exude from the pages of this book as well: compassion for those who are fighting the fight for faith, as well as those who need to repent and believe. For only 88 pages in length, Allberry packs it in well.

    If Allberry had written nothing but an even shorter booklet containing just the message in Chapter One, this still would come highly recommended by this reviewer. He lays out, in a succinct manner, the Bible's teaching on marriage (from Genesis 1—2), sex within and outside the bounds of marriage and what principles derive from this:

    Human marriage is meant to reflect something of God's nature.

    This one-flesh union is designed to be the way in which Adam and Eve fulfill God's command to 'be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth'

    It is also meant to reflect the grace that, in Christ, God shows to his people.

    Allberry goes on to show, in a very meaningful manner, how homosexuality is a sin to be repented of and forsaken, because it does not reflect God's nature, it does not fulfill God's design and it is clearly sex outside the bonds of marriage. I so greatly appreciate the author's usage of SSA to describe this effect. He does so, because he does not want his identity to be his sexuality, no more than you or I should want this to be the case. For the Christian, our identity is found in Christ, not in ourselves, and especially not in any sort of deviant, sinful lifestyle.

    The use of Old Testament and New Testament was actually well-done in chapter three. I enjoyed this, because watching Christians and non-believers alike butcher what the Word says regarding this particular sin has been painful. Allberry deals with the notion of O.T. law adequately in just a few pages and then moves on the the New Testament. In his use of 1 Corinthians 6, the author clearly lays out that homosexuality (either in a passive partnership role or an active partnership role) as a gospel issue. Only the gospel, as embodied by Jesus Christ, can bring repentance, forgiveness and true, faithful, life-long obedience to the will of God, in this area of sin, or in any other.

    Throughout Allberry's book, there are introduced short sections, almost in a magazine-type format, where questions might be addressed, or a hot-button topic in this category would be discussed. All in all, I believe this will be a very helpful book. There may be others, longer, more thorough, even more clinical, but none that I'm aware of so far that will easily be put into anyone's hands and be of benefit to them.

    I highly recommend this book.
  3. 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.
  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. 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.
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