Thursday, May 28, 2015

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

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.

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