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Openly Gay, Openly Christian: A Gay-Friendly Approach to Scripture Paperback – July 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Leyland Publications (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943595789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943595788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Kader is a well known and respected Pastor.
James L. Chambers
This book is perfect for anyone who's gay and/or Christian, as well as for the loved ones of gay people.
Duane Simolke
The best part of this book, is that you don't HAVE to agree with every point the Rev.
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50 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Duane Simolke on July 3, 1999
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Rev. Kader has both a deeply analytical mind and a deeply loving spirit. In this well-researched and carefully phrased study, he challenges homophobic readings of the Bible and uses his knowledge of scripture to show the Bible as "gay-friendly." He also uses his experiences to show the results of homophobia within the church and the questionable value of "ex-gay" ministries. This is one of the best books of its kind!
Kader might overstate (and re-state) some of his points at times, but only because so many hearts are so hardened by arrogance, bigotry, or self-hatred. This book is perfect for anyone who's gay and/or Christian, as well as for the loved ones of gay people.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David on August 30, 2005
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(...) I say Openly Gay, Openly Christian is a must read for anyone who has not yet reconciled their faith in Christ with their sexual orientation.

I was born as a missionary kid in Kenya. The greatest challenge of my life was to accept myself as a gay man when I had been brought up to believe that being gay is unnatural, among other things. Although my family remains completely unsupportive after 11 years of knowing my sexual orientation, the dignity and strength that I've gained from self-acceptance has been invaluable.

This book and several others have a great help to me as I learned that the mainstream church is so mislead by mistranslation and misinterpretation, leaving thousands of people cut off from the church.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "dlcstories1977" on October 24, 2002
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Many years ago, I came to know of the salvation message of Christ, on Halloween night. That was about when I was eight. One problem: I soon discovered I was also gay. Homosexuality and the Christian faith has always held a strained relationship mainly due to doctrinal misunderstandings, and legalism. Two things that quite frankly, Jesus himself spoke vehemently against in his lifetime. As a result of this, people took the scriptures at face value, and by and large ignored the meanings of the words, in favor of the words themselves.
Rev. Kader takes twenty years of his own research, and backs them up with a step-by-step verbal archaeology dig to find the truth, using the legendary Strong's Concordance. ANYONE can follow along with his research, not just biblical scholars. This book should be a must-read on any Christian's book list simply because of it's message of healing, instead of hurting. Answers, instead of antipathy and animosity.
The best part of this book, is that you don't HAVE to agree with every point the Rev. Kader makes... though the ones he does make, are a little hard to ignore if you follow along with your own bible and concordance. I wish that somebody had come to me ten years ago with this kind of common-sense factual research, and walked me through my fears and doctrine-inspired confusion. It would have gone a long way towards my Christian walk with the Lord, to have been taught to accept myself before I could accept the message of Jesus Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul says we should examine ourselves, when partaking of Communion. Because Jesus never cared for what we did... all of us fall short of the glory of God, based on our actions alone.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
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When my 18 year old daughter came out as a lesbian two years ago I began desparely seeking guidance from God. My two daughters, son and myself are all Born Again Christians, but I was having a difficult time reconciling my faith (based on what I'd been taught and studied) with her sexual orientation. Openly Gay Openly Christian exposes the God-given truth about homosexuality and the church and takes an in-depth look at those passages that would suggest homosexuality is an awful sin, then goes right to the source (Hebrew & Greek alike) for the true definitions of these biblical texts. The author presents the facts in a loving but firm manner. The book is easy to read and defines the Christianity in my and my children's hearts. It's a must read for any parent, sibling or Christian in search of the truth!
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This reader has encountered and pondered quite a number of books which discuss Christianity in regard to what the Bible says about sexuality and gays, even some works that are by gay "Bible-believing" Christians. Most books on the subject either take, on the one hand, a "liberal" view, i.e. modernist and revisionist, somewhat Bible-doubting approach to the Scriptures in favour a "feel-good" approach that negates the importance of what the Bible states (or seems to say) about divergent sexuality, or, on the other hand, a Bible-believing view that nonetheless asserts that the interpretation of the Bible by those who find it to be anti-gay is misguided, an approach which proffers new, "gay-friendly" interpretations of passages (often defectively translated into English and other languages) which "gay-bashers" long have used to chastise gay men and women, but, in the end, without necessarily convincing many readers that the new interpretations, for all their good and orthodox intentions, really are sound rather than a bit too arbitrary.

This book is different. It tackes head-on the passages in the Bible that have been deemed to condemn homosexuality, but it offers a depth of examination, especially in regard to linguistic analysis and the historical practices, sexual and social, of ancient times with which the Old and New Testament writers were dealing. Other passages find a sexual meaning, a gay and positive one at that, very convincingly in accounts (e.g.
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