Homosexuality and the Christian by Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD

Homosexuality is one of the most controversial topics of our day, and we all need clear, biblical answers that are grounded in love and compassion. We must always keep in mind the real, hurting people – Christians and nonbelievers alike – who struggle with the issue. Dr. Yarhouse carefully separates “same-sex attraction” from “gay identify.”

Homosexuality and the Christian:
A Guide for Parents, Pastors and Friends

by Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD
Bethany House
September 2010

What does God really think about homosexuality? He loves them regardless of sexual orientation and wants a relationship with them But, we must take a broad look at how God’s Word deals with sexuality as a whole. A Christian’s understanding of sex is best understood through the four stages of redemptive history in the Bible.

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When considering homosexuality and Christian tradition, we need to acknowledge there are a lot of different beliefs represented within the Christian faith. People who experience same-sex attraction or have a homosexuality orientation may or may not engage in same-sex behavior. Sexual identity is how you label yourself by your sexual preferences. Common sexual identity labels include straight, gay, lesbian, and bisexual. When talking about homosexuality, one needs to make a three-tier distinction between attraction, orientation, and identity.

    First tier is same-sex attraction
    Second tier is homosexual orientation
    Third tier is gay identity

This is a must read book for anyone who wants guidance about homosexuality, including its relevance to Christians and the church. Whether Christian, nonbeliever or atheist, one must show tolerance, love and compassion for those struggling with his or her sexual orientation. God loves us all – He makes no distinction regarding your sexual preferences.

Highly recommended.

Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “An 80 year old avid reader reviews the newest in Christian fiction and non-fiction with a sprinkle of the secular on top.”.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.