Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review: Sam Allberry - Is God Anti-gay?

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/files/2013/07/allberry.jpgThe subject of homosexuality is very controversial these days. Just bringing up the subject tends to drive people's blood pressure up. With the changes in law concerning same-sex marriages, this book seems very timely. It brings a balanced tone to the subject .
Here, Sam Allberry takes us through the bible and exegetes the main scriptures concerning homosexuality. He shows us that the Bible does considers it as a sin, but we have to recognize that it should be treated just like all other sins people fall into. We become devastated when we find out that someone we know has an attraction to the same sex, but have no problem when someone is a gossip or gluten. The Bible speaks of all kinds of sins: gluttony, hatred, lying, etc. We tend to think that those sins are not as bad as homosexuality.
Here, Allberry shows his own  personal  struggles with what he calls SSA.  SSA stands for same sex attraction. This is something that many people deal with and the church needs to be there to help them cope with their struggle.
I thought this book was very good. It is short and to the point. It puts a different light on the subject. He is compassionate but firm.  The bible says that there is no temptation but those that are common to man. That means that others go through the same problems as each of us.
As Christians we should have a balance with law and gospel and should discern when to use each. Some people need the law to show them they are in sin, but others know they are in sin and need the Gospel to cleanse them from the same.
If you have never delved into the subject of homosexuality and the Bible, this would be a good introduction. If you struggle with SSA or just want to explore a biblical prospective, pick up a copy.
I recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book, free of charge, from The Good Book Company and Cross Focused reviews in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Roger,

    Thanks for contributing to the blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused Reviews