The Bible and Homosexuality
What does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?
(Publisher: IVP £7.99)
(Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan)
In this book the American pastor Kevin DeYoung offers us some clear Biblical insights into the current debate on this subject. Making the clear distinction, between same-sex attraction and same-sex activity, this book is conveniently divided into two sections.
The first part ‘Understanding God’s Word’ DeYoung covers various portions of Scripture where homosexuality is dealt with. For example Genesis 1 & 2, Genesis 19, Leviticus 18 &20, Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6 along with 1 Timothy 1.
He argues, in terms of God’s covenant relationship, that He established normative marital sexual relationships in Genesis1 & 2. As he examines Romans1 he affirms that Paul concludes ‘that same-sex sexual activity like idolatry, is an affront to the creator’. (Page 49)
After careful examination of the Scriptures he concludes:
‘Homosexual activity is not a blessing to be celebrated and solemnised but a sin to be repented of, forsaken, and forgiven.’ (Page 67)
In the second part ‘Answering Objections’ he deals with various common objections to the orthodox Biblical teaching, which we hear in the current debate. This includes ‘The Church is supposed to be a place for broken people’, and the more recent ‘You’re on the wrong side of history’. DeYoung deals with all these objections is a sensitive pastoral manner.
Likewise in the three Appendices dealing with, ‘Same-SexMarriage?’, ‘Same-Sex Attraction’ and ‘The Church and Homosexuality’ DeYoung’s pastoral consideration shines through.
For those who want to be faithful to God and pastorally sensitive to their people, this book is essential reading.
This review appeared in the May 2016 edition of The Presbyterian Herald