The Gospel and Homosexuality

This past weekend, I spoke to college students attending the “Give Me an Answer” conference on the campus of Southern Seminary. My topic was “The Gospel and Homosexuality,” and after my talk the students were eager to find resources to help them think more biblically about this issue. I told them that I would provide a short list here, and what follows is the fulfillment of that promise. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it will get you started. Four questions about the gospel and homosexuality are below, and each resource is listed under the question that it answers.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.” -1 Corinthians 6:9-11

How do I address the gospel to homosexual friends and family members?

Book: Mark A. Yarhouse, Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2010).

Are there any Christians who struggle with homosexuality and yet are still seeking to follow Christ?

Book: Wesley Hill, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010).

Book: Christophey Yuan and Angela Yuan, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook, 2011).

What does the Bible say about homosexuality?

Article: Denny Burk, “Why Evangelicals Should Not Heed Brian McLaren: How the New Testament Requires Evangelicals to Render a Judgment on the Moral Status of Homosexuality.” Themelios 35.2 (2010): 212-26.

Article: Thomas Schreiner, “A New Perspective on Homosexuality,” Themelios 31 (2006): 62-75.

Book: Robert A. J. Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2001).

[This book is very technical and therefore isn't for everyone. It is, however, the most definitive work on the Bible's teaching about homosexuality.]

What is the natural law case for traditional marriage?

Article: Robert George, et al., “What Is Marriage?” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 34. 1 (2010): 245-287.

14 Responses to The Gospel and Homosexuality

  1. Ross Shannon February 20, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Thank you, Denny, for making this broadly available. Appreciate you!

    • Denny Burk February 20, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      You bet, Ross. I didn’t include a lot of stuff on gay marriage (as you had asked about). I may do that at a later time. Thanks!

  2. donsands February 20, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I have a Christian friend who is SSA. He stands firmly against fornication, and yet he has to deal with the way he is. Our Lord has really helped me be more balanced and even deeper in my knowledge of His truth and grace from meeting this brother.

    I shall have to check out your links Denny. Gracias mi hermano!

  3. Chris Donato February 21, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    Two helpful articles (imo):

    Jonathan Inman’s “Help, My Roommate’s Gay!”

    John Freeman’s “Engaging Our Gay Friends, Relatives and Colleagues”

  4. Scott Buchanan February 21, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Thanks for the resources, Denny? Would you add Richard B. Hays’ book, “The Moral Vision of the New Testament” (or at least the chapter on homosexuality) to that list?

    Also, I have read Robert P. George’s article, “What is Marriage?” – a brilliant piece of work. Glad someone else has read it, too.

    Scott.

    • Denny Burk February 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Yeah, there’s lots of things I could have put on this list. I thought about putting Hays, but I tried to highlight resources that were focused on this singular subject.

  5. Scott Buchanan February 21, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Whoops: *Thanks for the resources, Denny…no need for the question mark!

  6. Nathan February 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks for this link, Chris. It’s the most level-headed Christian response to homosexuality that I’ve read.

    I think a summary of the article might be: look to BE an example of God’s grace rather than MAKE someone an example of God’s judgment. Doing what we ought in order to be an example versus making others do what we want in order to satisfy our sensibilities is at the heart of the culture war (from a Christian perspective).

    http://www.harvestusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=436:help-my-roommates-gay&catid=24:same-sex-attraction&Itemid=90

    • Chris Donato February 22, 2012 at 12:26 am #

      Absolutely, Nathan. Glad you found them as helpful as I have.

      As an fyi, Harvest USA is a ministry of the PCA and got its start at Tenth Pres in Philly.

  7. Kip' Chelashaw February 22, 2012 at 3:47 am #

    Hello Mr Burk

    Any book you could recommend that deals well with the “but I’ve been made this way” objection?

    K

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