Is God Anti-Gay? explores a variety of questions Christians may have regarding homosexuality, same sex attraction, what the Bible has to say about these topics, and how Christians ought to respond. In this brief, yet thorough book, author Sam Allberry provides helpful, biblical answers to these questions. This is incredibly important as homosexuality is such a prevalent topic in American culture today, and many Christians are still uncertain about how they ought to address it.
Throughout this book, Allberry deals with the area of sexuality with immense grace. Many Christians are quick to condemn anything that resembles homosexuality or same-sex attraction, but Allberry reminds the reader that it is incredibly important to recognize that struggling in this area of homosexuality is no different than people who struggle with lustful desires, pornography addiction, or otherwise. For some reason, many Christians have come to view homosexuality as the “ultimate” sin, the sin that is worse than all others but the Bible points out that this is not the case. Allberry guides the reader to remember this, and to remember that we live in a fallen world and each of us is tempted to sin. While individuals sins may be different, the end result is the same: we all fall short of the standard of perfection that is required by God. Apart from His amazing grace and the substitutionary death of His Son, our sins (note that this is all sins — not just sins in the area of homosexuality) would condemn us all. Allberry concludes the final chapter of Is God Anti-Gay? by reminding the reader that God lovingly offers everyone the opportunity to be saved; and that salvation is a precious gift from the Lord.
One of the things celebrated throughout this book is the viability of celibacy, and the beautiful gift of singleness. I really appreciated this section of the book, because it served as an encouraging reminder to me, as a single twenty-something in my church, that even though singleness may not be my desire it is a gift from the Lord that I should be thankful for and I should use this time to serve others in my church, and develop deep friendships. Singleness should not be looked upon as a curse, but rather as a gift.
Over the past several months, I have been enjoying learning more about various issues that we’re currently facing. I have read many books on the topics of homosexuality, the sanctity of life, among other things. Is God Anti-Gay has perhaps been one of the most helpful books I have read on the topic of homosexuality and same-sex attraction. Allberry’s humility in sharing his struggles in the area of same-sex temptation is something that I am incredibly grateful for. It takes a lot of courage to openly admit your temptation to sin, especially in an area that so many Christians view as the most despicable sin. Being able to learn about how Christians interact with homosexuality and same-sex attraction from someone who has experienced these feelings is extremely beneficial. While there is a lot that can be gleaned from authors who have studied same-sex attraction and homosexuality, and have developed a theology of it from the outside, I think it is also important to gain understanding from an ‘insiders perspective’.
I strongly recommend that pastors, leaders, seminary students…pretty much any believer, should add this book to their library. It is an incredibly valuable resource dealing with a topic that is increasingly important in our culture. Is God Anti-Gay? provides Christians with solid, gospel-centered perspectives on how Christians can graciously and lovingly interact with friends and family members who identify as homosexual, as well as members of our church who may be experiencing homosexual feelings or same-sex attraction, making it an essential book for this year.
Allberry, Sam, Is God Anti Gay?. Surrey, UK: The Good Book Company, 2015. 91pp. Paperback, $7.99.
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Thanks to The Good Book Company for the review copy!