Excellent book: ‘Is God anti-gay?’

is God anti gay‘Is God anti-gay’ is a terrific little book by Sam Allberry published by The Good Book company. Here is their description:

‘It’s the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view to the culture’s. So is God homophobic? And how do we relate to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction?

In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures. Drawing on his own experience, he offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.’

Sam, a minister, himself experiences same-sex attraction, and deals with all the big questions Christians are asking: ‘surely a same-sex partnership is OK if it’s committed and faithful?’, ‘but Jesus never mentions homosexuality so how can it be wrong?’, ‘aren’t we just picking and choosing which Old Testament laws apply?’, ‘can’t Christians just agree to differ on this?’, ‘what should I do if a Christian comes out to me?’

Note that a revised and expanded edition has just been published (in 2015) and Sam addresses these additional questions: ‘is it sinful to experience same-sex attraction’, ‘isn’t the Christian view of sexuality dangerous and harmful’, ‘should Christians attend gay weddings’.

It’s short, only 91 pages, biblical, clear, loving and gracious. It’s perfect for Christians wanting to understand the issues, non-Christians wanting to understand the Christian viewpoint, and older Christian teens. It’s not necessarily the book for a Christian who is struggling with same-sex attraction themselves, (unless they are unsure of the Biblical position) but for everyone else, it’s perfect. Highly recommended.