In What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality, Kevin DeYoung writes a helpful guide for lay Christians on the Bible’s teachings against homosexuality, how to approach arguments by those who support homosexual practice, and how to witness faithfully to those who are unfamiliar or opposed to the Christian worldview. DeYoung divides the book primarily in two sections with the former part addressing Scriptural texts that are often debated and the latter part on answering arguments of those who favour same-sex marriage and homosexual practices. In the first part, the author carefully exegetes the relevant Scriptural texts to establish that God, as shown in His character and His Word, considers homosexual practice a sin. Furthermore, DeYoung points out that Christians throughout the centuries have embraced this fact as shown in the writings of the early church fathers, scholars, and other historical witnesses. In the second part, DeYoung offers responses to common questions from objectors who view the traditionalist view as being too strict, unloving, and contradictory. In this section, I found DeYoung’s answers to be logical and sound yet still retaining gentleness and respect to the opposing parties.
In this book, I believe DeYoung achieves his goal in introducing the lay person to what the Bible teaches on this topic and how to lovingly respond to those who oppose the Bible’s teaching. Without going into deep theological arguments, DeYoung succinctly points out that the Bible and the historical orthodox Christian faith have always viewed homosexual behaviour as being a sin. He also provides insightful advice on how to respond to those common questions that Christians are bound to face sooner or later by those around them. Moreover, DeYoung writes with a pastoral heart that preserves Christian charity but without compromising integrity and commitment to biblical truth. This book aims to contribute to the much needed conversation that Christians should be prepared and ready to engage in and my hope is that our witness to God’s truth, grace, and love will prove faithful despite the costs and consequences of doing so.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission regulations, I was provided a free review copy of this book from Crossway.