- Series: Questions Christians Ask
- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: The Good Book Company; Questions Christians Ask edition (July 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1908762314
- ISBN-13: 978-1908762313
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Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, and St Mary's, Maidenhead. He is now part of the team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and also works as UK Editor for The Gospel Coalition.
Carl R. Trueman, Author, Pastor and Ref21 blogger
A truly marvellous book. A compassionate and compelling resource for pastors and elders to keep on hand, as this is an issue which will become more, not less, important.
Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College
Sam is a same-sex attracted Christian, and a faithful brother. I cannot overstate how grateful I am for his life and testimony. If you haven’t yet read Sam’s book, you need to.
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
Empathetic & wise, learned and clear, hopeful and kind - this book by Sam Allberry is on a topic that can be very challenging. It would be helpful for just about anyone to read.
Mez McConnell, 20Schemes
Simply the clearest, kindest and most helpful book I have ever read on this topic. Buy it. Give it away.
The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you.
--Russell D. Moore, President Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention Author, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ
EXCELLENT. Short, clear, kind, understanding... this needs to be widely distributed.
--Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks, blogger and author.
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Allberry addresses what the Scriptures say about the beauty of human sexuality, and how from page one God’s plan and standard for sex has always been single and celibate or marriage between one man and one woman as long as they both shall live. He further tackles what Scripture says with regard to homosexuality, both in its explicit statements and implicit. Beyond these important topics, he coaches the reader on how to graciously respond to someone who experiences SSA, while holding to biblical principles. The author approaches these sensitive subjects with gentle firmness and clear-headedness.
“Is God Anti-Gay” is a positive, pastoral presentation. It is succinct and sympathetic, written from experience and a desire to honorably serve the Lord Jesus. This little manual is a perfect addition to a church’s book table. But it is a volume for every Christian who wants to think straight while loving strong. I heartily recommend this book!
Before getting to those, the opening chapters give a biblical frame to the discussion. In Chapter 1 Allberry founds the discussion on a biblical understanding of marriage. He does this because scripturally, sexual intimacy is only rightly understood in the context of God's intended design for marriage.
Following this, in Chapter 2 he surveys the biblical data related to the main topic. He does so in an exceedingly readable and understandable way. Using commons, everyday language and a clear outline, Allberry sufficiently and succinctly covers the main "go-to" passages. More than this, his discussion in informed by how those verses are often misused and misunderstood. The outcome is a better understanding of what the Text actually says.
At the end of each chapter, Allberry gives a block discussion on relevant and applicable topics, helping his reader apply what he taught. This is a nice touch.
In Chapter 3, Allbrrey writes to the Christian struggling with same sex attraction. Now, before some label the author as homophobic or anti-gay himself, it is helpful to know that he writes as one duly qualified. Allberry is a pastor, author, blogger, and heads a ministry to those struggling with same sex attraction. More than this, Allberry writes as one who battles this particular temptation himself. This means that his advice in this chapter come from one who knows what it is like to not only live with such attractions, but one who does so to the glory of Christ.
Now, chapters 4 and 5 are where I think this short book shines. Friends, we are (for the most part) abysmal in our approach, handling, and (lack of) ministry to those who have same sex attraction. In many ways, our reputation of being crass and unloving is deserved. In these pages, is a call to set aside the political debates and to come along side our brothers and sisters in Christ to minister to them on behalf of the Lord.
The bottom line is this: our fellow Christians who have same sex attraction are made to live in fear, shame, embarrassment and isolation. Shame on us for making them feel as such. I can openly share a struggle with lust or anger or anxiety and no one bats an eye. But the moment a Christian even asks a question about same sex attraction or marriage we plow them over like Bobby Boucher taking out Col Sanders. This should not be so.
In these chapters Allberry presents an approach to minister to our brethren in truth, love and understanding. Let me be clear, his stance on same sex attraction and marriage is absolutely orthodox. He is not advocating compromise. He is, however, calling for biblical ministry in our Lord's name.
So, I say every Christian needs to read this because we need to read and heed these chapters. We need to do better at removing stigmas and sharing the light of the gospel with those who have been pushed into the dark corners of isolation.
Pick up a copy. It's short, inexpensive, and a fast read.
From Chapter 1:
Something new that I learned was about the trinity, when Allberry spoke about the relationship between Deuteronomy and Genesis. The Hebrew word ehad is explained that the same word in the Deuteronomy 6, “the Lord is one” (ESV) is the same word used to speak about man and woman becoming one in Genesis 2. This brings God’s power and sovereignty into the creation account and shows that the union of marriage reflects the union of God. He speaks of this in a gay relationship where two men or two women are not bonded this way as two of the opposite sex are; it is not designed that way. Grace is also a key here in that the union of Christ and the church is manifestly seen in the marriage of a man to a woman. A purpose of marriage is the worship of Christ and showing others exactly how Christ loved the church.
It helps to understand the struggles that actually exist and the church cannot ignore these situations anymore. Something that has been hard while reading through this is that we are fallen people and God does not say that he will cure us of our ailments and desires on this side of heaven. Allberry focused this on the fact that we will be made complete in Christ in heaven, but this life is full of hardship and pain because we still are living with the effects of the fall. Another thing that was good to read was that suffering is suffering is suffering. All people are living in a fallen world and all feel those effects and no one, Christian or not, is immune to this.
We should treat everyone the same: not singling out one sin over another. Treating them like anyone else would do volumes for the evangelical community and gay people. They would also be more apt to accept what Christ did for them if the church is open and inviting and not condemning and judging. We have been saved from horrible sin; to God they are the same as us before we came to the throne.
From Chapter 5:
What is important in this chapter to Christian leaders is how to respond to those in the church who come out as gay. Rejection and judgment cannot come off of their lips; the gospel and redemption of Jesus Christ should be the first thing a gay person sees. Relationships are key in this type of relationship and loving them as Christ loves them is a must for them to begin to loosen their hearts to the gospel.
Applying this book means loving people like Christ loves them - without condition. We love, share lives, and pray for all we encounter. I hope this book serves you will in your walk.