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DR. ERWIN LUTZER (B.Th., Winnipeg Bible College; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., Loyola University) Since 1980, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer has served as senior pastor of the world-famous Moody Church in Chicago, where he provides leadership to Chicago pastors. Dr. Lutzer is the featured speaker on three radio programs including "The Moody Church Hour", the popular evening program "Songs in the Night," as well as the daily broadcast called "Running to Win". Dr. Lutzer is an award-winning author of numerous books. His speaking engagements outside the pulpit of The Moody Church include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and in other parts of the world. He has led tours of the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe. Dr. Lutzer and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and are the parents of three grown children and eight grandchildren.

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What would we say to the gay community if we were actually granted a hearing? Let's admit that there are many radicals who will not listen; their ears are closed, their hearts are hardened so nothing we say will make a difference. They have dismantled any bridges of communication with those who disagree with them, except to call them names. But there are others-perhaps a majority-who are in the homosexual lifestyle and would leave it if they thought they could. Their consciences are awakened to the wrongness of what they do, and yet they feel trapped. I believe that we as evangelicals have failed these people, many of whom populate our churches. As a pastor I've listened to their stories of brokenness and heartache. I've heard stories of molestation, of the emptiness of sex without commitment, without love, without caring. No matter what we see on television, the gay community is hurting, compulsively acting out behavior to cover their pain. These are the people for whom we must have compassion, understanding and care. It's a hurting world out there, and all of the wells are dry.<br>
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (May 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802491766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802491763
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,045,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erwin W. Lutzer is senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and Loyola University, he is the author of numerous books, including the Gold Medallion Award winner "Hitler's Cross" and the best seller "One Minute After You Die." He is also a teacher on radio programs heard on more than 700 stations throughout the United States and the world, including "Songs in the Night," "The Moody Church Hour," and the daily feature "Running to Win." He and his wife, Rebecca, live in the Chicago area and have three married children and seven grandchildren.


Rebecca Lutzer

Rebecca Lutzer is the wife of Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, where they have enjoyed 28 years of ministry. For more than 30 years, Rebecca has been a pastor's wife and has used her gifts of hospitality, mercy, and teaching to minister to many women. She has taught Bible studies, counseled and discipled women, organized conferences and seminars, and spoken to women's groups. Rebecca was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas, where she attended Dallas Bible College. She is an RN and enjoyed working as a surgical nurse for several years. God provided numerous opportunities for her to bring comfort and peace to those going into surgery by sharing the love of Christ with them. It has always been Rebecca's passion to teach women how to grow in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. The heart of her message focuses on helping women learn how to live faithfully in the seasons of life, waiting for God to meet their needs in His time and way. She is the mother of three lovely married daughters and the grandmother of six adorable grandchildren. Rebecca and her husband coauthored "Jesus, Lover of a Woman's Soul," a book about Jesus' real relationships with women throughout His life--and how He changed their worlds.

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This book is an easy read.
Kate Torgerson
Lutzer is very much upfront in redressing the Church for being so insensitive, and sometimes, downright hateful.
Daniel M. Hixon
This book was excellently written, and used good examples and metaphors.
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75 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Daniel M. Hixon on December 9, 2005
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To be honest, this book gets 4 stars, but I couldn't help but note the very low ratings it got from those who, apparently, disagree with the author's argument. That is fine. But labeling someone a hate-filled bigot, just because they express their opinion (which happens to disagree with your own) is not discourse at all, but a short circuit of discourse using very emotion-filled language that does little to address the particulars of the argument. This has been the problem with alot of the homosexual-marriage related debate, on both sides, there has been alot of fear, defensiveness, finger-pointing, and unrestrained anger. None of those things will serve the cause of truth (though they will most certainly help to further polarize us). Erwin Lutzer makes an argument (in my opinion, a very good one). If you disagree with him, propose a counter-argument and meet every one of his objections head-on and demonstrate the flaw in his thinking (if you do so, I promise to read your book too!). But don't label him a bigot just because you disagree with him; please, for all our sakes, don't do that. Lutzer is very much upfront in redressing the Church for being so insensitive, and sometimes, downright hateful. He calls upon her to repent of her genuine evils toward homosexual persons. He calls for Christians to love homosexuals, to end the sinful rancor, and work for the redemption of us all in the belief that Christ really has the power to make a new creation. Upon reading some of the reviews on the other hand, I began to wonder if I accidentally skipped the chapter entitled "Burn the Heretics and Gays!" So I checked again, and it is still not there! There is obviously much fundamental disagreement on this issue. That is fine. Are we willing to talk to one another and seek consensus together, or not?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wallybabe on February 18, 2013
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Erwin Lutzer puts this whole idea into perspective. How it all began and how we as a church should take action towards this issue in a very loving "Christian" manner. Christians are followers of Christ, and we should behave as such, not bashing anyone but loving on them and praying for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2004
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In the first chapter of THE TRUTH ABOUT SAME-SEX MARRIAGES, Dr. Erwin Lutzer lists the purposes that he wrote the book: to encourage and equip God's people to defend marriage, giving reasons why its definition should not be broadened to include same-sex marriages; written as an illustration of compassion to the gay community to illustrate that the Church (the true body of Jesus' believers) still offers a place of understanding, direction, and hope for all sinners; and finally that the book is written primarily intended for the Church as a call to action and a reprimand for the double-standards and hyporicy in our own lives and for not truly following Christ. The book is divided into 6 short chapters. The book briefly explores how things got to way they got to be, offers solid reasons why Christians should should oppose same-sex marriages, and provides a few tips about what Christians can do to influence our society and culture and return to being the salt and light of the Earth.

Lutzer's book is in no way defamatory or hateful towards homosexuals. The book was written in a spirit of mercy and grace. The only people that the book condemns are the members of the Church and how we have failed to live the life God has called us and lived lives full of hypocrisy by treating some sins more or less sinful than others. Sin is sin, whether that sin be lying, murder, adultery, child abuse, or homosexuality. In fact, THE TRUTH ABOUT SAME-SEX MARRIAGES makes a point at illustrating that those who struggle with the sin of homosexuality are no less human or loved by God than any other believer who sins (which is all of us).

The book is informative, but it is quite short, too.
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Konstantin on May 29, 2009
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Well, as you probably know homosexual indoctrination have led to the point in USA where it is needed to argue that homosexuality is a anomaly and sin, as if this is not obvious.
The only reason why this seems not so obvious is due to the enormous efforts (and money) injected in culture to redefine and subdue it into something completely twisted and perverted.
This book [which I listened to on CDs] will not be sufficient to inform you about all issues and challenges homosexual agenda introduces, but it will be good starting point for any concerned Christian, or otherwise moral person.
This book exposes homosexual agenda, it's threats to society, and prompts Christians to be loving to homosexuals, but at the same time stand strong on the Biblical position regarding this sin.
If this happens to be your first book on the issue, make sure to read other important books that deal with homosexuality:
-- The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today This is FOUNDATIONAL book that presents facts and statistics of homosexual movement to destroy traditional marriage and compromise health of society. If you think, my statement is an exaggeration, simply read the book, filled with facts, quotes and statistics...
-- Correct, Not Politically Correct; How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone This little book deals with dangers of homosexuality for the society, families, and most importantly kids. This book does not touch on the Bible verses at all. This gives it somewhat faith-neutral perspective on the homosexual issue.
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