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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736918345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736918343
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"More than ever, Christians are challenged to articulate and defend the Bible's position on homosexuality. In The Gay Gospel? Joe Dallas--one of Christianity's most able and articulate spokesmen on human sexuality--codifies the arguments and arms us with clear, concise, and convincing answers. This resource is both compelling and compassionate."
--Hank Hanegraaff, President of the Christian Research Institute and host of The Bible Answer Man


"The Gay Gospel? is a must read for all who sincerely seek the cleanest explanation yet for the Christian attitude toward homosexuality. I pray that this work will have the impact on all segments of our society that it deserves."
--D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., Coral Ridge Ministries


"To be caught in the trap of homosexuality is difficult enough, but to be held captive in a strong delusion of a false gospel requires the strong arm of truth. Writing the truth in love, Joe Dallas reveals how to set the captives free."
--Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated radio host


"A powerful resource for those combating pro-gay theology, whether in their family, church or denomination. A former insider, Dallas used to ardently defend the same arguments he now skillfully demolishes."
--Bob Davies, former Executive Director, Exodus International--North America


"Joe Dallas' new book, The Gay Gospel?, is a must read for anyone seeking truth regarding pro-gay theology and reaching those bound by same-gender attraction. Once again, Joe has thoroughly and clearly presented biblical truths while offering practical steps and tools to be more effective in evangelizing the gay community. Ultimately, the content of Joe's book cements the fact that the entire issue of homosexuality is really about the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture."
--Pastor Phillip Lee, Executive Director, His Way Out Ministries


"As a pastor of a church in the heart of the gay and lesbian community of San Diego, I am very pleased to recommend Joe Dallas' book, The Gay Gospel? Joe does an excellent job of helping us understand what happens when two of our most basic drives are in conflict: the desire for an intimate relationship with God and the desire for an intimate relationship with another. It is necessary to understand not only the way Scripture is adjusted to meet the demand of a biased viewpoint but it is also necessary to understand the motivation behind doing so. Joe helps us come to a compassionate understanding while still holding firm to the Gospel. If you want to engage the people in your congregation who are struggling to balance their spiritual desires with their sexual drives, this book is a must read. If you want to understand the process by which one comes to embrace error in order to accommodate desire, you need to read this book."
--Rev. Jack M. Sampier, Senior Pastor of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God

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"More than ever, Christians are challenged to articulate and defend the Bible's position on homosexuality. In The Gay Gospel? Joe Dallas--one of Christianity's most able and articulate spokesman on human sexuality--codifies the arguments and arms us with clear, concise and convincing answers. This resource is both compelling and compassionate."
-Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible answer Man broadcast

"The Gay Gospel?" is must reading for all who sincerely seek the cleanest explanation yet for the Christian attitude toward homosexuality. I pray that this work will have the impact on all segments of our society that it deserves."
-D. James Kennedy, PhD , Coral Ridge Ministries

"To be caught in the trap of homosexuality is difficult enough, but to be held captive in a strong delusion of a false gospel requires the strong arm of truth. Writing the truth in love, Joe Dallas reveals how to set the captives free."
-Janet Parshall, Nationally syndicated radio host


More About the Author

I'm a Christian author, husband and father of two, married to my lovely wife Renee since 1987. We fellowship at Newport Mesa Church in Orange County, CA, and I run a ministry in Tustin, CA, called Genesis Counseling. Most of my writing has focused on sexual issues from a conservative Christian perspective, and since 1987, I've been honored to work with men who want to resolve conflicts between their sexual behavior and their relationship with Christ.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand this subject better.
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I found this book really helpful to settle some questions I had about the synchronization of Christianity and homosexuality in today's culture.
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His discussions are calm and well documented allowing me to further my inquiry into the subject.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C. ODonnell on March 9, 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand this subject better.

As someone who has friends and relatives who are gay, I was concerned about what "Christians" say about homosexuality. So I read the Bible through, cover to cover. To me it was very clear, and repeated often, that the Bible considers homosexual activity a sin. This only increased my concern for my loved ones' life choices.

Next, I discussed this with my pro-gay minister, and asked him to show me in the Bible where homosexuality is not condemned. He gave me four books to read on the subject. The authors were impressive (but biased) and the theology and writing creative. The writers claimed that the Bible was repeatedly misinterpreted, or just plain wrong.

I wasn't convinced so I ordered The Gay Gospel and it helped me understand homosexuals better, and confirmed my own research that according to the Bible homosexuality is a sin -- no worse or better than others we struggle with -- and we need to help those struggling with this sin, or any other sin, as we are able.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on February 23, 2013
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Joe Dallas is a good spokesperson for this topic as a former member of the gay Christian movement and staff member of a gay church. He systematically builds his case against the notion of pro-gay theology, but he does it with gentleness and love, and he encourages his readers to use the same tact.

While readily admitting that too many so-called Christians bash homosexuals, he does not give homosexuals a free pass just because they have been victims. He continually walks a fine line of balancing truth in love, and his civil tone allows him to present a good conclusion.

Dallas lists all the pro-gay lines he used to use, but uses Scripture, science, and other resources to refute them.
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71 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Joshua V. Schneider VINE VOICE on July 19, 2007
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Joe Dallas is to be commended for writing a fine book on such a thorny issue as homosexuality in the church. He does not lower himself to the level of name-calling, stereotyping, or denigrating homosexuals or the proponents of their theology. Having come from the Gay Christian community himself, he is thoroughly knowledgeable in their arguments, rationale, and the mistreatement they have endured. He evaluates their reasoning from a sympathetic and balanced tone, yet argues firmly and without apology against them. Much of the book is set forth in an argument and response format, with brief dialogues following each chapter to present how a hypothetical discussion might go.

The most important thing about the book and Dallas' approach is that he holds unswervingly to the Bible as the divine standard by which all our actions are to be held to account. He describes his own inner struggles as he attempted to reconcile his homosexual desires with his Christian faith, and how he ultimately came to the conclusion that he was living in contradiction to God's desires for him.

An important point that is brought up in the book is whether a person is believing what they believe because it is what makes them comfortable, or do they believe it because it's the truth (which often makes us uncomfortable). He steers the reader away from emotionally based and subjective argumentation, and locates the debate on the sure foundation of Scripture, our objective standard. He shows how pro-gay theologians have misread the Scriptures, and does an excellent job of dismantling their arguments. Yet he does so without any rancor or ill-will, and treats their contentions fairly. I found very little to quibble with in terms of his handling of Scripture and responding to the pro-gay arguments.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. C. Thompson on July 7, 2013
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Joe Dallas has nailed this topic on the head!
It is very well written, perfect for anyone to understand.
He himself comes out of the gay lifestyle and the gay church.
No one brainwashed him...the Holy Spirit guided him to holiness.
He expertly displays both sides of this issue with grace and truth.
I recommend this book for all pastors and church leaders as a tool to equipping themselves for the challenges of this day and age.
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This is a book that got many things right but failed in one crucial area. As an introduction to a traditional viewpoint on homosexuality it's very useful and could prepare the reader to grapple with the most complex arguments presented by Gagnon. It's two great strengths are its scripture based approach (which was used to skillfully demolish the less convincing arguments promoted by the Gay Christian lobby) and it's account of the historical origins and colorful personalities involved in the American strand of pro-Gay Christianity. Adding extra interest to these accounts is the fact that Dallas played a highly active role in the development of this movement. As a historical source it would have some use. Also shining through is the author's honesty. He is very aware of his own past failing and he is wise enough to avoid falling into the kind of elephant traps that many Conservative Christians fall into. This is demonstrated in chapter 14 which give a lot of wise advice on how to respond (and not respond) to the issue of homosexuality in the Church. Arguably this was his most helpful chapter and on a stand alone basis would have merited five stars. So why did this this book tumble to three stars?

Curiously enough this was because of a failure in empathy. This was in spite of the fact that Dallas had been a very active and promiscuous participant in the Gay Christian Scene. Present in some of writing was a coldly disapproving tone of the reformed sinner. This could deter those Christian readers who are on the fringes of adopting a same-sex lifestyle. It's almost as if Dallas had to so detach himself from his past life that he lost any sense of empathy for those still engaged in it. This by far was the most frustrating feature of his book.
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