What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?
In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic and the seeker, the certain and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word regarding the issue of homosexuality.
After 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, making this an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.
About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (M. Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at The Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books such as Just Do Something, The Hole in Our Holiness, Taking God At His Word, The Biggest Story, as well as the award-winning books Why We’re Not Emergent, Why We Love the Church (with Ted Kluck), and Crazy Busy.
“This book provides a short, accessible, and pastoral toolbox for all Christians to navigate the shifting cultural landscape of sexuality and find confidence and hope in how the Bible directs our steps. DeYoung offers wise and readable apologetics here, providing his readers with both motive and model for how to think and talk about homosexuality and the Christian faith in a way that honors Christ and gives hope to a watching world.”
— Rosaria Butterfield, former tenured Professor of English at Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert; mother, pastor’s wife, and speaker
“DeYoung takes on the most pressing issue of our day: whether we will be conformed to the spirit of the age or whether we will follow Christ. Against the sexual revolution and its high priests, DeYoung presents an alternative vision, the ancient wisdom of a Christian sexual ethic. This is the best book on this subject that I have read. Every Christian confronted with these issues, which means every Christian, should read this book. You will finish this book better equipped to preach the gospel, to love the lost, to welcome the wounded, and to stand up for Jesus and his Word.”
— Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; author, Tempted and Tried
“What a gift this book is to the church! Kevin approaches the difficult question of sexuality with compassion and clarity, showing us what God’s Word says about it and why it is important. Well researched, accessibly written, and gospel saturated—this, in my opinion, is now the book on this subject for our generation!”
— J. D. Greear, Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, Durham, North Carolina; author, Jesus, Continued: Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better than Jesus Beside You
Table of Contents
Introduction: What Does the Bible Teach about Everything?
Part 1: Understanding God’s Word
One Man, One Woman, One Flesh (Genesis 1–2)
Those Infamous Cities (Genesis 19)
Taking a Strange Book Seriously (Leviticus 18, 20)
The Romans Road in the Wrong Direction (Romans 1)
A New Word from an Old Place (1 Corinthians 6; 1 Timothy 1)
Part 2: Answering Objections
“The Bible Hardly Ever Mentions Homosexuality”
“Not That Kind of Homosexuality”
“What about Gluttony and Divorce?”
“The Church Is Supposed to Be a Place for Broken People”
“You’re on the Wrong Side of History”
“It’s Not Fair”
“The God I Worship Is a God of Love”
Conclusion: Walking with God and Walking with Each Other in Truth and Grace
1: What about Same-Sex Marriage?
2: Same-Sex Attraction: Three Building Blocks
3: The Church and Homosexuality: Ten Commitments