Book Review – Compassion Without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth (8/1)

Homosexuality has been a hot-button issue for christianity for past few years. As a result, christians and theologians have given this topic more thought about it. This is certainty a good thing for the church. We should always be ‘semper reformanda’ — always reforming.

Compassion without CompromiseHowever, this has also been an extremely polarising issue for christians and non-christians. Somehow it seems hard for anyone to disagree with homosexuality to be still be ‘loving’ or not be called a ‘bigot’ or ‘homophobic’. It seems hard for christians to be able speak the truth in love, to remain unwaveringly in the truth of God, and to still be loving our neighbours no matter what their response is. This is why I found this book so helpful. This book seeks to do both of them. It seeks to help christians to be faithful to the unchanging word of God, yet to be able to love our gay friends.

Adam Barr and Ron Citlau first grounds the christian in bible. They set forth what the bible has to say about sex and marriage. Next, the tackle the “problem” that Jesus has never explicitly rejected homosexuality. Very helpfully, Barr and Citlau then answers the critics that christianity should either abandon all the laws found in Old Testament or keep all of them. Barr and Citlau shows how Christians do not cherry pick the laws that they follow, rather they follow the principles that Jesus and the apostles have already laid down for us.

In the next section, Barr and Citlau then deals with the practical questions that people will have and think through about the practical implications we will have living in a culture that is aggressively promoting homosexuality as the norm.

I found the section on how the gospel can transform one’s sexual orientation very helpful and fills an important gap in existing literature. What makes this chapter even better is the fact that this was written by one who had struggled with homosexuality. The authors make it clear that the gospel does have the power to transform, though that might not always be the case for every christian who struggles with homosexuality.

Although this book was not as practical as I hope it would be, I must commend the authors on doing an excellent job in building their principles on the bible. Furthermore, they have helped me think through some issues that I have never considered.

Overall, a good book that all christians should read and consider.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Here’s the trailer for the book