Book Review – What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (30/5)

At first glance, it may seem that the bible either speaks too much/little (depending on which camp you’re at) about homosexuality. But honestly, what does the bible have to say about this topic? Added on to this is the public’s demand that christians recognise the homosexual’s right to “equal rights”. But here is a book that seriously seeks to find out what the bible actually says about homosexuality.

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?Kevin DeYoung has written a book that wants to help christians really see what the bible teaches about the topic of homosexuality. Not only so, DeYoung also wants to answer some of the common objects raised to christians regarding this issue.

In the first part, DeYoung rigorously examines the bible and shows the readers what the bible actually says about homosexuality. He explores various passages that talks about this topic and through excellent exegesis shows the meaning of the text. In contrast to others who may want to make the text suit their thinking, DeYoung simply wants to hear what the bible has to say about homosexuality. Gently, DeYoung shows the readers that as christians we not do tell the bible what to say but rather we take heed to what the bible actually says.

After settling the foundations for the discussion, DeYoung then moves to answers the questions that are commonly raised. DeYoung answers them with tact but also firmly guided by the foundations set what the bible says. I am thankfully that DeYoung tackles such questions as they prepare me to be able to answer in the same manner when I’m asked by others.

Whether you are a just a lay-christian or a pastor, this should be one of the books you read to gain an understanding of what the bible really says about homosexuality. You might not like what you read, but ultimately I’m sure DeYoung wants us to wrestle with what the Bible says. Read, learn and continue to stand firm in what the Word of God says.

Ratings: 4.25 / 5

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

Book Review – Taking God at His Word (24/6)

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TGAHW-300x457Kevin DeYoung aims at this book to get readers to take God’s word seriously. DeYoung does not attempt to do anything new or novel, instead he drives his point clearly from scripture in every chapter. The reader is brought to attention on 4 main points that DeYoung wants to bring across strongly:

  1. God’s Word is Enough
  2. God’s Word is Clear
  3. God’s Word is Final
  4. God’s Word is necessary

DeYoung first makes the call for christians to take God’s word not only seriously, but also passionately, desiring to want more of God’s word. Following which, DeYoung makes the points that God’s Word to us in scripture is something that is God’s word, written by man, yet without error.

The following 4 chapters are what I think is the meat of the book. They show convincing how scripture makes this exact 4 points and how preachers and christians should, no must, regain their trust and confidence on the Word of God alone. I felt that the chapter on ‘God’s Word is Enough’ was exceptionally well written and a good reminder for all christians in this generation that is so quick to want to move “beyond” the Word of God.

In the last 2 chapters, DeYoung shows us how we should take God at His Word — just as how Christ took God’s Word. DeYoung shows time and again how Jesus himself shown full confidence in God’s Word, how He has never wavered from it and how we too can emulate Christ in this. DeYoung then encourage the readers to stick on with the simple teaching of Sola Scriptura, inviting readers to think thoughtfully over their own history with God’s word, the ability and origin of the Word of the Lord and the practicality of it.

Lastly, DeYoung ends off with 30 books that he recommends for Christians to continue to pursuit on this topic.

What is good about this book is that it is exceptionally clear, and does not bog you down with needless details, DeYoung does not beat around the bush and drives you straight to scripture allowing you to see for yourself if that’s what is clearly said in Scripture and the appendix provided does point the reader to very good and recent resources that will surely help to deepen the reader’s conviction on the Word of God.

What could be improved though, is perhaps a chapter on cultivating better bible reading habits. Sure the reader most likely be convinced that we must take God at His Word, but how should I do it? Perhaps every a short guide on it, will be good. In the end, the reader is built up in his confidence on God’s Word, but if not applied, it will just remain as an apologetics for the sufficiency of the Word of God, but not sink down to bear fruit in the reader’s life.

Rating: 4/5

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