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What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?

Author: Kevin De Young

Published by Crossway, 2015, 160 pages. (ISBN: 978-1433549373)


In this timely book, Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic, the seeker, the certain, and the confused—to take a 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, that is now creeping into the world of missions.

 Best chapter

The book is divided into two sections. Part 1 is a progressive walk through Scripture on the topic of homosexuality. Part 2 contains seven chapters on seven commonly voiced objections to the biblical teaching on homosexuality. Because the topic is dealt with successively and systematically, it is difficult to single out one chapter as better than any other. They all tie together, to make a complete and compelling argument against the practice of homosexuality.

Best quotes

“Along with most Christians around the globe and virtually every Christian in the first nineteen-and-a-half centuries of church history, I believe the Bible places homosexual behavior—no matter the level of commitment or mutual affection—in the category of sexual immorality.” Kindle location 216

“We need to remember that this controversy was not dreamed up by evangelical Christians. If traditionalists are writing blogs and books by the dozens, it’s because revisionist leaders first wanted to have the conversation. The reason there is so much discussion about issues like abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage is because many have sought to legalize and legitimize actions that were until fifty years ago considered immoral and illegal.” Kindle location 917

“The reason the Bible says comparatively little about homosexuality is because it was a comparatively uncontroversial sin among ancient Jews and Christians. There is no evidence that ancient Judaism or early Christianity tolerated any expression of homosexual.” Kindle location 921

“It’s explicitly condemned in the Mosaic law (Leviticus) and used as a vivid example of human rebellion in Paul’s most important letter (Romans). It’s listed among a host of other serious vices in two different epistles (1 Corinthians and 1 Timothy). It’s one of the reasons God destroyed the most infamous cities in the Bible (Sodom and Gomorrah).” Kindle location 928

“Furthermore, there is nothing ambiguous about the biblical witness concerning homosexual behavior. Even many revisionist scholars acknowledge that the Bible is uniformly negative toward same-sex activity.” Kindle location 935

“To insist that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality is not really accurate. Not only did he explicitly reaffirm the creation account of marriage as the one-flesh union of a man and a woman (Matt. 19:4–6; Mark 10:6–9); he condemned the sin of porneia (Mark 7:21), a broad word encompassing every kind of sexual sin.” Kindle location 953

“Let me be blunt: the Bible says nothing good about homosexual practice. That may sound like a harsh conclusion, but it’s not all that controversial. As we have seen, even some revisionist scholars admit that ‘wherever homosexual intercourse is mentioned in Scripture, it is condemned.’ There is simply no positive case to be made from the Bible for homosexual behavior.” Kindle location 1011

“The revisionist case can take many forms, but central to most of them is the ‘not that kind of homosexuality!’ argument. We can safely set aside the scriptural prohibitions against homosexual behavior because we are comparing apples and oranges: we are talking in our day about committed, consensual, lifelong partnerships, something the biblical authors in their day knew nothing about.” Kindle location 1023

“According to Paul, the fundamental problem with homosexual behavior is that men and women exchange sexual intercourse with the opposite sex for unnatural relations with persons of the same sex (Rom. 1:26–27; cf. vv. 22, 25). If the biblical authors meant to frown upon only certain kinds of homosexual arrangements, they wouldn’t have condemned the same-sex act itself in such absolute terms.” Kindle location 1032

“Before I criticize the ‘What about . . .’ arguments, I need to state this as clearly as possible: the church should not overlook its other sins just to make homosexual sin seem worse. Whether it’s gluttony or divorce or greed or gossip or judgmentalism, we need to own up to our failings wherever and whenever we’re sinning.” Kindle location 1147

“Simply put, homosexuality and divorce are not identical because according to the Bible the former is always wrong, while the latter is not. Every divorce is the result of sin, but not every divorce is sinful.” Kindle location 1212

“But—and here’s the rub—the communicant membership of the church, like the membership of heaven, is made up of born again, repentant sinners. If we preach a ‘gospel’ with no call to repentance, we are preaching something other than the apostolic gospel.” Kindle location 1257

“If we are to be faithful to Scripture, we must not provide assurance of salvation to those who are habitually, freely, and impenitently engaged in sinful activity. The Bible’s teaching on this matter is as clear as it is unpopular: persistent unrepentant sexual sin leads people to hell (Matt. 5:27–32; Rom. 1:18–2:11; 1 Cor. 6:9–10; Gal. 5:19–21; 1 Thess. 4:3–8; cf. 1 John 3:4.” Kindle location 1283

“Think about the hidden arguments in the phrase ‘wrong side of history.’ The phrase assumes a progressive view of history that is empirically false and as a methodology has been thoroughly discredited.” Kindle location 1331

“The phrase ‘wrong side of history’ also forgets that progressive ideas can prove just as disastrous as traditional ones.” Kindle location 1340

“Desire must never be given the priority over obedience. Intense longing does not turn sinful wrongs into civil rights.” Kindle location 1481

“And it should not be carried alone. Singleness—and that will be the path of obedience for many who experience same-sex attraction—does not mean you must live alone, die alone, never hold a hand, never have a hug, and never know the touch of another human being. If we ask the single Christian to be chaste, we can only ask them to carry that cross in community.” Kindle location 1539

“Only Jesus can save a wretch like me. That’s the storyline of the Bible and the best news you’ll ever hear. Jesus saves sinners—the cowardly and the cantankerous, the loveless and the lawless, the rude and the reckless, the adulterous and the idolatrous, the sexually proud and the sexually impure. Only in Jesus can we be given new birth. Only through Jesus can we be new creations. Only with Jesus can all things be made new.” Kindle location 1783

Best illustration

“Finally, the grand narrative of Scripture is at stake. I’m not sure we’re all telling the same story. A holy God sends his holy Son to die as an atoning sacrifice for unholy people so that by the power of the Holy Spirit they can live holy lives and enjoy God forever in the holy place that is the new heaven and new earth. Is this the story celebrated and sermonized in open and affirming churches?” Kindle location 1751

 Best idea

“Dying to self is the duty of every follower of Christ. I have my own struggles, my own sins, and my own suffering. We all do. We have all been distorted by original sin. We all show signs of ‘not the way things are supposed to be.’ We all groan for the redemption of our bodies (Rom. 8:23). We all long for creation to be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God (v. 21).” Kindle location 1532

 Best take away

“We are all products of nature and nurture. We all struggle with desires that should not be fulfilled and with longings for things illicit. As Christians we know that the heart is desperately wicked (Jer. 17:9). We are fallen people with a propensity for sin and self-deception. We cannot derive oughts from what is.” Kindle location 1440


The mission community needs to be biblically informed about the increasing acceptance of the sin of homosexuality. Its wave, along with related issues, is forcefully flooding our way, and we need to be prepared to assess and address it. This very readable book on the topic would be a good place to start your, and your staff’s positioning on the topic. 

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