In just a few short years, massive shifts in public opinion have radically reshaped society’s views on homosexuality. Feeling the pressure to forsake long-held beliefs about sex and marriage, some argue that Christians have historically misunderstood the Bible’s teaching on this issue. But does this approach do justice to what the Bible really teaches about homosexuality? In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word. Examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike—offering readers an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.
- Clear Guidance On The Biblical View of Homosexuality
What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung is a short but powerful book presenting the biblical view of homosexuality without appearing judgemental or preachy. He goes through the five key passages of the Bible relating to homosexuality and explains how they convey that it is sinful in the eyes of God not just in the Old Testament environment but also in a New Testament environment including our society today.
This is a very controversial topic in today's society that is very much accepting of homosexuality being normal and natural but I found it a very thoughtful and honest book. He also covers some objections in a reasonably solid manner but I would say there are better books out there in that regard.
The narration was good as it kept me engaged even when I was travelling home from a long, tough day at work.
This is a good book for anyone questioning exactly what the Bible says about homosexuality and looking for answers about how it relates to them in today's society.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- Just add pastoral wisdom
When it comes to the issues of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and gay rights in relationship to the Christian faith, the confusion is always mounting. More and more believers aren’t sure what the Bible really says or doesn’t say about these issues. Many theologians have suggested that Bible doesn’t even address homosexuality in the modern sense and the traditional beliefs on this subject have been misguided. Add to the mix some difficult questions like, “Why does the church focus so much on homosexuality while ignoring rampant sins like gluttony and divorce?” and what is a believer to believe?
This is where a book like What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung can feel like a welcome beacon of hope. And in many ways this book does bring much-needed clarity to some issues. However, it is vital we proceed forward carefully with a resource like this, but more on that later.
First of all, the good. The book is probably the best I’ve ever read on this subject when it comes to exegeting the pertinent passages of the Bible on the subject of homosexuality. The best part is, DeYoung builds his interpretations with both the larger story of the Bible and the character of God as a reference. In short, his aim is to be inclusive and comprehensive as he answers the question posed by his own book title.
Most of Part 1 one of the book is dedicated to the “big 5” scriptures related to homosexuality: Genesis 19, Leviticus 18/20, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6, and 1 Timothy 1. And like I mentioned above, this section alone makes the book worth owning and reading for at least every pastor, but possibly for any believer, who really cares about speaking intelligently on these issues. This is DeYoung’s sweet spot: getting into the text, considering historical context, expounding on historical theology. As a bonus, as DeYoung unpacks the Leviticus passages, we get treated to a phenomenal answer to the question, “How binding is the Old Testament law on the New Testament believer?”
Part 2, entitled “Answering Objections,” is not quite as solid, however. The issue is not DeYoung’s answers to objections like, “What about gluttony and divorce?” and “The church is supposed to be a place for broken people?” but rather the lack of any kind of pastoral warmth and humility coming through in his writing. I’m not saying DeYoung personally isn’t pastoral in his approach in personal relationships, but my fear is some may read this objections and employ them wholesale in conversations with gay and/or pro-gay acquaintances. Unfortunately, DeYoung’s answers, while biblically sound for the most part, won’t do much to elevate a conversation that is typically more about attacking than understanding. What’s missing is the sense that these objections are being voiced by a person that I am trying to reach with the gospel, and that I must love like Jesus in the process. So, reader, proceed with caution and implement with humility when it comes to Part 2.
Adam Verner does a great job on the narration of the audiobook version. It seems like he gets paired up with Kevin DeYoung’s books a great deal on christianaudio.com, and Verner always does well narrating DeYoung’s writing.
All considered, this book is an invaluable addition to a small library on this particular issue. Can I humbly suggestion a few other titles to round out said library?
Love Is An Orientation by Andrew Marin. This book gives an interesting counterpoint to DeYoung’s “big five” scriptures exposition. Also, it offers a useful framework for elevating the conversation between Christians and gays.
Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach. This book releases in October 2015. Kaltenbach was raised by gay parents and later became a pastor. His story is inspiring and calls us all to practice “messy grace,” particularly with gays and lesbians.
Is God Anti-Gay? by Sam Allberry. Allberry is a pastor who struggles with same-sex attraction. His look at what the Bible says about homosexuality is both conservative and compassionate. He brings an empathy to the conversation that we all could use more of.
The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage by Erwin W. Lutzer. This book focuses on the issue of gay marriage. What I appreciate about Lutzer’s approach is he argues as much from a cultural perspective as a conservative biblical one. This is definitely a must-read.
Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
- Great Book on this controversial subject
At first glance it could seem that I’m reviewing this audiobook because of the recent news about same-sex marriage, but the truth is I got this audiobook a couple of weeks before that. Or maybe I’m just trying to cover up my need for more traffic and visitors, choose the one option that makes me look better, lol.
This is a short audiobook, it starts with an introduction about the intention of the author, which us just to explain some controversial verses about the topic. He himself declares to be against same-sex marriage and defends the traditional view in Christianity through history.
Each one of the chapters deals with a verse or a passage, where DeYoung gives a broader view, putting into context the whole passage, giving more sense and meaning to the text. He compares his view with other revisionist views, the ones that are in agreement with the subject.
The audiobook finishes with three appendices covering some doubts or questions. Kevin DeYoung is careful to answer each one of them not according to his experience but always giving biblical background and putting the Bible as authoritative in every matter.
The chapters and subjects covered in this audiobook are easy to follow. Each chapter is short making easy the task to find a specific part.
The one thing that I found a little bit annoying was the voice of the narrator. It was clear but plain. He makes an excellent job but I feel that his voice lacks emotion and intention.
A recommended audiobook for, as DeYoung puts it, the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused. You’ll find a lot to chew on for many days and it’ll definitely help you to see this topic with a clearer perspective.
I received this audiobook for free from Christianaudio.com for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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- You can have this conversation without sounding like an intolerant weirdo
Recently ordained in the PCA, a prolific writer, and commentator while respecter of history, Kevin DeYoung brings us another very humble, but matter of fact work with a controversial topic. Primarily written to Christians, but available to all, this work summarizes all questions and concerns regarded this culturally brazen topic. If you are serious about asking the question (What does the Bible…) then this is the work for you.
I was a little ‘late’ with my review after my 3x listening on my forty-five minute drive in the morning. We are walking, no swimming, in a sex saturated culture, imprinted on everything, from commercials, magazine covers, and ‘supposed’ family stations. The depraved fallen condition focus of our culture is evidence that we have to be in control, we fear others, we look elsewhere, and we have to prove ourselves. Christians both with discernment and without, blowing up social media, also drinking deep of the depravity, there is no shortage of any sexuality discussion these days.
Twenty plus years ago, before Christ, I participated in a promiscuous homosexual lifestyle. Those temptations, lifestyle and dark nights of the soul, haunt me at times to this day, so I am going to stay read up, fill up, and study up on good biblical content and resources. Kevin’s work is that. Even the supplementals (appendixes) and availability of materials to accompany the book (good marketing by the way) are tastefully done and filled with humility. I also mentioned discernment, and Kevin’s work is dripping with that as well, one cannot review this work without being saturated in the gospel and presuppositional apologetics.
So yes, this work was interesting to me. It was challenging, inspiring, and enlightening, especially in light of recent societal events these days. Kevin makes you think that you can be engaging, humble, and biblical without compromising and shows you through is writing style that it is possible and what it looks like. Kevin holds your attention especially in understanding God’s word and answering objections. It was presented in a cohesive and appealing manner, and like I said, supplemental materials were also helpful and precise. Obviously Kevin successfully conveys Biblical truth and the work is exegetically sound, and contextually tasteful. I would you recommend this book to others, Christian and non-Christian alike, as I think it truly reflects what evangelical Christians believe regarding this topic and it needs to be communicated, just like ‘need’ is there to communicate and present yourself and your identity through your sexual orientation that is so prevalent in our culture today.
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- The title says it all
Sometimes a title says it all. Take Kevin DeYoung’s book, What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? DeYoung’s writing and style is as clear and straightforward as his title. He considers various Bible passages from the Old and New Testaments and gives logical arguments for why they should be understood to be prohibiting all homosexual behavior, something that has virtually been universally held within Christendom from New Testament times until today.
No one should be surprised by DeYoung’s conclusions. Those who already hold the position that homosexuality is sin probably don’t need DeYoung’s book to further confirm them in their belief. However, DeYoung’s pastoral concern for the church should serve as a model for others to follow, and his assessment and refutation of common arguments against a traditional understanding of homosexuality and marriage may help prop up those who have difficulty responding to the barrage of questions, challenges, and criticisms that come from close friends and complete strangers if the subject ever comes up in conversation.
Ultimately DeYoung’s book operates from the presupposition that the Bible is an authority in it’s own right, not a sourcebook of quotes or positive feelings to affirms us in what we chose to do. After (and even before) reading this book and weighing the evidence, I do not think anyone could logically argue that the Bible is in favor of homosexual behavior. But in my experience, and DeYoung attests to this as well, it’s not reverence for the authority of the Bible that leads people to view homosexuality as acceptable, but the elevation of some other “god”—relationships, experiences, the “wisdom” of modern society, etc.—over what they recognize to be the clear, though, in their opinion, misguided, teaching of Scripture.
For the audiobook edition christianaudio contracted the narration out to one of the best narrators in their catalogue, and one who has narrated a number of DeYoung’s books, Adam Verner.
Disclosure: I received this book from christianaudio in exchange for my honest review.
- Outstanding, Biblical, and Compassionate
Kevin DeYoung has written the best, short work on a biblical response to homosexuality that I have ever seen. In What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality, pastor and author DeYoung is clear, simple, biblical, and compassionate.
As DeYoung addresses the extremely sensitive issue of homosexuality and the biblical worldview, he is careful to begin by helping readers know that the Bible is about far more than our sexuality, but it does not avoid that issue. DeYoung then addresses the biblical understanding of human sexuality and works through the main biblical passages addressing the issue of homosexuality. The author then faithfully addresses the objections raised by those who would hope to liberalize the Christian response to homosexuality.
Kevin DeYoung is very clear in this book about his starting point, his standard of truth, and his conclusions. He lets readers know from the beginning that he believes that the Bible presents homosexuality as a sin. He clearly explains that the Bible is his standard for understanding the will of God in this area. And, as DeYoung works through the issue, his conclusion regarding homosexuality is also clear.
Of course some will read this book even though their view is different than DeYoung’s. Early on in the text, DeYoung expresses a hope that readers who disagree with him will not do so out of emotional responses, but only after faithful examination of his arguments. I believe that, if readers will take DeYoung seriously, they will indeed find that he has been faithful to the text of Scripture and clear in his argumentation.
While DeYoung argues against views that would embrace a homosexual lifestyle, he is not at all uncaring. He expresses a pastor’s heart in all of what he writes. He is clear, but kind. DeYoung expresses compassion and kindness toward those with whom he disagrees and for those who emotionally wrestling with this highly emotional issue.
I would recommend What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality to anyone interested in seeing a biblical argument regarding homosexuality. Pastors, Bible study leaders, and students can all benefit from DeYoung’s clear teaching. I would also have no hesitation suggesting that someone who disagrees with DeYoung take a look at this text.
I received a free audio copy of this book from ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. As always, the audio and narration of this work is outstanding. I also read this book using the brand new ChristianAudio app on my iPhone. The app is very convenient with chapter breaks and speed controls. My only suggestion here is that I would like the app buttons to be clearly labeled for Voiceover users.
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