Is God Anti-Gay by Sam Allberry – Book Review
Is God Anti-Gay is a short book consisting of 88 pages, written by a Sam Allberry – a pastor that lives in Great Britain. In order to write this inspirational book, Allberry draws upon his own experience gained through the years of pastoral ministry and that particular segment is briefly explained at the very beginning of the book.
Is God Anti-Gay Deals With Four Main Themes:
1. The Bible and Homosexuality
2. Christians that Experience Same-Sex Attraction
3. The Role and Obligations of other Christians Regarding Homophobia and Hostility
4. Engaging People with SSA and from the LGBT Community with the Gospel in the Most Effective Way
The first chapter centers around what exactly does the Bible say about sexuality and marriage in general terms. In the next chapter, the author talks about several biblical texts that mention homosexuality. He does his best to give an honest and as correct as possible interpretation of the few lines that address same-sex attraction (SSA). Chapter three aims to help those believers that struggle with SSA and encourage them to seek help in the church, among other Christians that will be full of understanding.
Unfortunately, not all of the Christians are willing to accept that we cannot fault other human beings for feeling the way they do, especially if they don’t act on their feelings and seek help and consultation from the church. In the fourth chapter, Allberry continues to discuss the way in which the church can support these individuals during their struggle, instead of judging them all too soon. Hostility and verbal attacks aren’t what Allberry stands for and he clearly notes that in this book.
In the last chapter, he gives precise direction on how Christians can reach out to people that struggle with SSA and help them find a way out of those temptations. Allberry agrees that a union between two individuals from the same sex is not natural, but these people are also God’s creations and as long as they admit the abnormality of their wishes and seek ways to properly address it rather than act on it, we as Christians have the obligation to be helpful, respectful and peaceful.
Is God Anti-Gay is a book that can influence and help other pastors in the way the deal with this ever debatable issue? It can trigger the achievement of mutual understanding through putting oneself in someone’s shoes, even though that someone is not picture perfect according to the design of the human being according to the Old Testament.