Is God anti-gay? Book Review

I have just finished a wonderful book by Sam Allberry called “Is God anti-gay?” This is probably a question that rests at the heart of much of what our culture is currently debating in the public square. I believe this book would be helpful to any one who experiences same sex attraction as well as for anyone who doesn’t. This book is highly beneficial for explaining in simple terms what the Gospel means for all people. Allberry himself refers to himself as someone who experiences “same sex attraction” and quickly elaborates about how he doesn’t refer to himself as gay because that would be like every person who prefers meat referring to themselves as carnivores.

The book is filled with solid teaching, like when he cites Mark 8:34 and then comments; “I am to deny myself, take up my cross and follow him. Every Christian is called to costly sacrifice. Denying yourself does not mean tweaking your behavior here and there. It is saying “No” to your deepest sense of who you are, for the sake of Christ.”

Allberry also address the same sex couple who genuinely love each other. He shows how any sexual expression outside of marriage (as God defines it) is sin. This basically puts everyone in the same boat. We all have sinned and fallen short. Allberry puts it this way: “We’re not heading in the right direction…we need to change direction and line up with what God is doing. And that means believing the gospel.”

Allberry also answers the question clearly. Is God anti gay? No. Long answer; “The invitation is there for everyone. And so precious is this gift that God cannot be truly said to be ‘anti’ anyone to whom this wonderful gift is being offered.”

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