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Book Review: Homosexuality — Speaking the Truth in Love

Recommended. A loving, biblical look at an issue that is often treated with blind bigotry.

Edward Welch begins this installment of the Resources for Changing Lives booklets at an appropriate spot: he calls for the Christian’s repentance of both personal and corporate sins pertaining to self-righteousness and homosexuality. “Many Christians can admit that they are sinners, but they don’t see their sin in the same category as homosexuality” (p. 2). I was thankful that Welch addressed this common misunderstanding from the outset.

From the position of humility that comes from repenting of both personal and corporate sin, Welch leads readers through the biblical data pertaining to homosexuality; next, he answers some of the common arguments people make for the acceptability of homosexuality before God.

After this, Welch examines arguments about the causes of homosexuality. Though he has no problem acknowledging that factors such as genetics, peers, deficient relationships with same-sex parents, sexual violation by an older person, and so on can all be secondary influences in leading a person to homosexuality, he shows how, biblically, all sin begins not with secondary influences, but with the sinful nature of the fallen human heart. “With some [the expression of our hearts] is greed or jealousy, with others it is sinful anger, and with others it can be expressed in homosexual desire” (p. 30).

The remainder of the book compassionately outlines the process of change. “Like all sin,” Welch says, “homosexuality at the heart level does not relent easily or quickly” (p. 30). His advice is specific to change for those expressing homosexual desire. Because of Welch’s robust grasp of the counsel of Scriptures, this book quickly and gently walks readers through a major hot-button issue of our day.

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About davestuartjr
Dave Stuart Jr. is a full-time teacher who writes about becoming better, saner teachers at TeachingtheCore.com. He is a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Crystal, and a father to Hadassah, Laura, and Marlena.

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