Is God Anti-Gay? updated and expanded

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Author: Sam Allberry

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and other questions about Jesus, the Bible, and Same-Sex Sexuality

Is it ok to be gay and Christian? Does the Bible really say that homosexuality is wrong? Is sexual orientation fundamental to identity?

Author and speaker Sam Allberry has expanded and restructured his best-selling book, which draws on his own experience as a believer who experiences same-sex attraction. 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. It also challenges the current culture narrative, which inextricably ties sexuality to personal identity, and he shows that the gospel is good news for everyone, whatever their sexual orientation.

This sensitive exploration of the Bible’s teaching on sexuality has been written to help both Christians and non-Christians struggling with the Bible's teaching on this issue, whether they experience same-sex attraction themselves or not.

Includes answers to questions such as…

• Does Jesus ever mention same-sex relationships?
• Aren’t people just born this way?
• What should I do if a Christian comes out to me?
• Surely, isn't a same-sex partnership ok if it’s committed and faithful?
• Is it sinful to experience same-sex attraction?
• Isn’t the Christian view of sexuality harmful?
• Aren’t we just picking and choosing which Old Testament laws apply?
• Can’t Christians just agree to differ on this?
• Should Christians attend gay weddings?

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • 1. Jesus on Sexuality
  • 2. Facing Same-Sex Attraction as a Christian
  • 3. Same-Sex Sexuality and the Church
  • 4. Same-Sex Sexuality and the World Today
  • 5. Same-Sex Relationships and the Bible
  • Conclusion
  • Author’s Note

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About the author:

Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, and St Mary's, Maidenhead. He is now based at Immanuel Church, Nashville. A popular conference speaker, Sam has written several books, including What God Has To Say About Our Bodies, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, and 7 Myths About Singleness.

Endorsements:

Here is wisdom shaped by personal experience, but also shaped by things that are even more important: love of God, love for people, and a rich, street-level understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I can think of no other book that speaks so lovingly, clearly, practically, and helpfully to this significant issue of our day. ~ Paul Tripp

I was so impressed with how Sam’s first edition of Is God Anti-Gay? was able to engage the topic of sexuality with theological faithfulness and relational care. This is why I am excited to see Sam's new expanded edition of his important book! Sam’s book has always been one of my top recommendations for people wanting to engage the topic, and the new material in this new edition makes a great book even better. ~Preston Sprinkle, President of The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender

This is a plain, sensible, biblical and therefore necessary little book on sexuality that anybody can understand and one everybody can benefit from. Sexuality can be a messy subject and as Sam Alberry always does, he makes the messy stuff make a whole lotta sense.  ~Jackie Hill Perry, Author, Gay Girl, Good God and Holier Than Thou; Poet; Hip Hop Artist

What I love about this book is also what I love about my brother, Sam Allberry: Jesus is its central theme. Christian sexual ethics makes no sense without Jesus at its heart. But as Sam helps us see, with Jesus's love for us as the animating center, all other kinds of love click into place. Don't read this book if you don't want to know how much the Son of God loves you, and how much more his love is worth than any other merely human love. ~Rebecca McLaughlin, Author, Confronting Christianity

As you read this book you will find both conviction and compassion, thoughtfulness and gentleness, traits all too rare in our world right now.  ~Russell Moore, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today