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Love Into Light: The Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church Kindle Edition

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This comes at just the right time. . . . Those who live under Scripture are increasingly eager to put on humility, speak with and learn from those who experience same-sex attraction, and consider what all this means for life in Christ's Kingdom. --Dr. Ed Welch, counselor and faculty member at CCEF<br ><br >Powerfully insightful book. . . . I am not aware of a more valuable first resource to help shape our thinking on this very contemporary issue. --Dr. Fred G. Zaspel, Calvary Baptist Seminary<br ><br >Peter Hubbard is a gifted teacher, and he wisely navigates what are uncharted waters for many Christians: How should churches relate to others with same-sex attractions? --Dr. Andy Naselli, Bethlehem College and Seminary

We live in a day where we face challenges that require God's wisdom. These challenges are designed by God to cause us to look to Him as to how He might use them to revive His church and equip it to be humble enough to love a broken world. This book reflects the wisdom from above which is described as both gentle and full of mercy as well as pure, unwavering , and without hypocrisy (James 3:17). It is a labor of love and contains vital truths that all of us need to hear and heed. --Dr. Bill Thrasher, Moody Theological Seminary and Moody Bible Institute, Author and Professor

Love into Light is a big welcome mat at the church's front door for people who struggle with same-sex attraction and for those who wish to love them in Christ's name. --Dr. Mark S. Gignilliat, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

About the Author

Peter Hubbard is Teaching Pastor at North Hills Community Church in Taylors, SC, where he has communicated the truth of the scriptures since the church began in 1992. Peter appreciates the never- ending opportunities to engage with hurting people and to apply the hope of the gospel to the messy places of our lives. He has earned two masters degrees. He has also completed a doctor of ministry degree in pastoral counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Peter and his wife Karen have been married for twenty-five years and have four children.

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  • File Size: 922 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
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  • Publisher: Ambassador International (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
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  • Language: English
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In Love Into Light Peter Hubbard delves into one of the most defining issues of our day. Homosexuality. While opposing sides hunker down in their trenches to wage a cultural war, I found it refreshing to drink deeply from a gospel-saturated perspective.

You should read this book if:

- You are a Christian who is uncomfortable with the false claim that homosexuals are "abnormal" or are unredeemable
- You struggle with same-sex attraction (SSA), you're lonely, and you feel hopeless
- You feel unsettled around homosexuals (or the thought of being around them makes you cringe)

Hubbard lays out three goals, which I've taken from the introduction:

- that ministry leaders would compassionately talk about and engage the SSA issue in a biblical way
- that lonely, silent SSA strugglers within our churches would feel loved
- and that the church, all believers, would shift from reacting to media and political stories, to proactively engage our homosexual neighbors with the same love and the same truth that Jesus is offering to us

Will ministry leaders engage? I certainly hope so. Because the church's silence on the issue is deafening. Will silent SSA strugglers feel loved? I believe they will, based on the grace-infused stories of hope given as examples in the book. Will believers shift from reaction to proactive engagement? After reading Love Into Light I feel so much better equipped to listen and engage someone with differing struggles than my own.

I hope my review encourages you to read Love Into Light. I found it thought-provoking, enlightening, and presumption-altering.
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Most Christians agree that we should "hate the sin but love the sinner" when it comes to our belief about homosexuals. But when it comes to our actions, we end up hating the sin but leaving the loving part to someone else. We are not sure what the loving part should look like and are afraid to try.

Love into Light challenges churches to begin thinking differently about people who struggle with same sex attraction, both in and outside of their assemblies. Having listened carefully to many homosexuals and to God's Word, Peter Hubbard's guidance is truthful, loving and practical. He generously illustrates his guidance with testimonies, many from the church where he is teaching pastor.

In his first chapter Hubbard lays the foundation by examining why Christians are silent. We think that: 1) homosexuals are abnormal and not welcome around "churchy" people; 2) homosexuality is uniquely insidious and unnatural; 3) homosexuals have an identity that prevents them from fitting in anywhere in church; and 4) homosexuals cannot have hope of ever really changing.

These reasons reveal not only a misunderstanding of homosexuality, Hubbard contends, but more importantly, a poor understanding of the Gospel. So he rewords each reason in light of how the Gospel can transform all of us.

He explains that 1) we are all image bearers of God marred by sin, so all sin is abnormal; 2) all sin is twisted, and although the Bible describes homosexuality as "contrary to nature," that is because it is "a physical illustration of our spiritual condition" as idolaters; 3) by receiving the righteousness of Christ by grace, we can all receive a new identity with Him, no longer defined by our sin; and 4) our "new identity `in Christ' is not simply individual, but communal.
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This book had some good thoughts about how Christians have failed to love people with same-sex attractions, and a reasonably sound response to claims that views affirming certain gay relationships can be compatible with Scripture. I could tell that Hubbard was motivated to see people with SSA overcome shame and live full lives in Christ. He also had some fantastic thoughts on how we ought to relate to those outside the church who disagree with us, and how we must be motivated by love and a desire for the other person to accept the Gospel rather than disgust.

I was concerned, however, with some of Hubbard's other ideas. I think he's bought into some of the extra-biblical thinking of the Restored Hope Network, whom he recommends.

For example, he was insistent on seeing same-sex attraction as a heart problem. I think some of his reasoning, taken consistently, can lead to problematic theology. For example, if attraction to people you can't have sex with is necessarily a sinful heart problem, then if Jesus was free of sin and marriage wasn't part of God's plan for him, he never experienced sexual attraction. That's hard to reconcile with Hebrews 4:15, so working backwards, I think there's a non-moral biological component to sexual attraction that shouldn't be confused with the biblical category of "desire." In a fallen world where your blood might not clot properly (hemophilia), your lungs may not work properly (cystic fibrosis), etc. for biological reasons outside of your control, is it really surprising that your biological sexual attraction doesn't necessarily work in line with God's original design? Why would this be the one component of your biology that is magically immune from the Fall?
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