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Is God anti-gay?: and other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction (Practical and sensitive exploration of the Bible's teaching on sexuality) (Questions Christians Ask)

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This identity factor is of utmost importance, because someone who identifies as “being gay” cannot reconcile that identity from a biblical worldview. My prayer is that people reading this book will see Christ for who he is and that we would love Christ and trust the power of his truth more than the power of our feelings.

What marks us out as Christians is not that we never experience such things, but how we respond to them when we do” (p. Another review pointed out that the book also fails to apologise for a lot of the ways the Christian community has harmed LGBT people in the past. While Allberry’s pastoral tone is limited by the violence of his interpretations, it is perhaps most remarkable to examine his intellectual approach to the issue. This re-balanced, full expression of the Gospel for individuals (with, I would say, a hint of the wider implications) is a helpful one, a positive one, and a good starting point for his discussion of a controversial topic.

Union with Christ forever is what the earthly states of both marriage and singleness actually point to. It's absolutely acknowledged, but since it's not addressed in detail, that will make it more difficult for people opposed to his message to hear him out. As well as exploring Bible passages that talk directly about homosexuality, this new edition frames the whole discussion with Jesus' general teaching on sex and marriage, as well as what Jesus teaches about finding ultimate satisfaction and happiness. Firstly, Allberry claims that queer expression is a byproduct of humanity’s depravity and sinfulness while simultaneously positioning the affirmation of queer persons as an issue that is more paramount to Christianity than even baptism.

Perhaps surprisingly, we learn that the Bible rarely addresses homosexuality directly and as such ‘it is probably not the first thing, or even the main thing. Perhaps you’re personally struggling to reconcile your sexuality and your faith, or are exploring Christianity but just feel deeply uncomfortable with what you’ve heard on sexuality. It is then that you show them what the rest of the Bible says about sexuality and marriage ordained by God. He challenges the current culture narrative and shows that the gospel is good news for everyone, whatever their sexual orientation. Although many believers seeking to justify homosexuality from a biblical standpoint by claiming that Jesus never talked about homosexuality, Allberry argues that homosexuality is included in the sexual sins that Jesus spoke of, and clarified in the writings of Paul the Apostle.This book is brief, which is the point, but such topics cannot be handled well in brief, simplistic writings. Because Allberry must reconcile the sum of the Biblical texts—not to mention articulate a consistent, linear argument from the diverse ideology within the texts—his argument’s main points are difficult to pinpoint. The Gospel declares that Jesus has come to save us from bondage, and that we are to ‘turn’ in repentance toward Him, which means we were not heading in the right direction in the first place. incredibly helpful, and I feel better equipped to answer both my own and others questions on the topic.

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