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What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,267 ratings  ·  204 reviews
In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic and the seeker, the certain and the confused—to take a humble 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 objectio
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 30th 2015 by Crossway Books (first published April 7th 2015)
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Douglas Wilson
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Listened to this book on audio. Very careful, very thoughtful, DeYoung does a masterful job walking through the Bible's teaching on the subject of homosexuality. Really well done. If I had to muster a complaint, it would be that he is sometimes too courteous to his opponents, and gives them the benefit of the doubt (with regard to motivations) where perhaps a good deal less ought to be given, but he doesn't flinch anywhere in outlining what the actual teaching of the Bible is. There are many bel ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most controversial subjects for Christians and those that are fighting for the rights for the gay community. Christians want and should desire to love well. How do we reconcile what the bible says and the people we love? It seems like you can't have a conversation without being labeled a bigot or a hater. I so appreciate the teaching of Kevin DeYoung. I have followed his blog for several years and appreciate his heart for the word of God and standing firm in the faith. He is n ...more
John Suddath
A review is supposed to be about readability, writing style, anecdotes, logic and credibility. I give the author high marks on all of the above criteria. It’s hard, however, to review a theological exegesis without also commenting on the theology of the author. In this case, one who declares the inerrancy of the Bible and suggests that we’ve had no new revelations from God in 2,000 years. In other words, the case was closed a long time ago so we should just shut up and stop questioning traditio ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
DeYoung offers a strong argument for the traditional view of marriage as between one man and one woman. If you agree with him, this book is probably for you. If you don't agree with him, you should probably still read this book.
David Steele
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an important book today. It is not a weighty theological treatise. It is not a book about spiritual formation. And it certainly is not written to inspire. This book is about homosexuality. Like it or not, in our culture, the topic of homosexuality has moved from stage left to center stage. Everyone is talking about it. Many people are affirming homosexual relationships - liberals and conservatives alike.

I recently read Steve Chalke's booklet, A Matter of Integrity. The author, who happens
Michael Boling
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If there is one hot button issue both within and outside the church that has risen above all others it is undeniably the discussion swirling around homosexuality and same-sex marriage. With Christian bakers and photographers being sued and the seemingly never ending avalanche of political rancor over same-sex marriage, let alone the increasing number of churches and denominations embracing this lifestyle going so far as to appoint homosexuals to positions of leadership, it is vital to grasp what ...more
Matthew Swihart
Dec 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
“What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?” is a misnomer. This book has very little to do with what the Bible teaches about anything. Instead, it’s a platform book with a specific political agenda: campaigning against homosexual marriage.

Based on the title and back cover copy (which promises an examination of “the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality”) I expected this book to go into some of the realities and myths of sexuality and how it changed (and stayed the same) t
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A graciously short but challenging read. The way in which Deyoung writes is so accessible and theologically sound that makes this book an easy recommend for anyone looking to study more. What's interesting is Deyoung manages to show grace in his writing while also dismantling opposing arguments of traditional marriage. I appreciate how Deyoung made the best use of the space on the page: not too deep but not too surface-level. To be honest, I think reading this book and The Same Sex Controversy b ...more
Nathan Schneider
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: culture, ethics
Very good book. DeYoung's exegesis is careful and thorough. Clearly, from his exposition of key biblical texts, DeYoung shows that homosexual behavior is outlawed by God's Word. Not only so, but he also helps the reader walk through difficult questions by giving pastoral counsel to issues raised by skeptics. Christians will need to know how to address questions of homosexuality and this book is the book to equip you.
May 21, 2015 marked it as to-read
I've heard that he's not clear on whether SSA (same sex attraction) itself (the attraction, not the action) is sinful or not. Read here for "why gay marriage proponents can't appeal to the abolitionist movement." Marvin Olasky reviews books on this issue here and here. Also in WORLD, Janie Cheaney writes about The New Atlantis study that found we actually don't know as much as we thought we did regarding orientation. Read here for why celebrating essential differences in the sexes does not dimin ...more
Kathy Baldock
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kevin DeYoung’s What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? offers yet another utterly maddening viewpoint of “God’s truth” about gay people.

I’ve read the bulk of such books written over the past few decades, beginning with the first “gays are out to destroy America” book written for the evangelical community by Tim LaHaye in 1978: “The Unhappy Gays.”

Once the new genre started, it triggered an onslaught. Next came the religious-political books from authors like Falwell and Dannemeyer i
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Sexual revolution has cascaded into a fervent progressivism so quickly that many people latch to opinions without considering the why or how of defending their stance. This is seen on both sides of the battle of how to fulfill sexual desire-- both Progressives as well fundamentalists. This book helps both sides of the argument understand Biblical statements about the activity of Homosexuality and how to begin the discussion of what the Bible teaches is right. It is written from a christian p ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After some less than stellar reads recently, I was thrilled to devour a book that hits it out of the park. DeYoung is right-on when it comes to the issue. He first exegetes major biblical passages (Genesis 1–2; Genesis 19; Leviticus 18 & 20; Romans 1; 1 Corinthians 6 & 1 Timothy 1) and then handles major objections ("not that kind of homosexuality"; "what about gluttony and divorce"; "you're on the wrong side of history"; and so forth).

Absolutely everyone ought to read this book, because
Doug Newell
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Very good book and is a great starting point on the issue because he starts with what the Bible says on homosexuality. I appreciate his concern for compassion and tone in this issue, and making distinctions between advocates who are at war with the Bible and perhaps neighbors who are struggling. Maybe a tad too polite in dealing with those who are willing twisting Scripture. All in all, you should have this book.
Michael Schuermann
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well-written, well-constructed apologetic in favor of the Scriptural view of sexual relations and expression. DeYoung is not a sacramental Christian so his pastoral approach doesn’t involve a strong emphasis on help and strength via the Means of Grace and the Absolution when facing temptation and struggle against the sin of homosexuality, but nevertheless he lays out simply the clear teaching of Scripture and a helpful defense against pro-homosexual arguments found within and without the Church ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clear, readable, helpful. DeYoung is gracious in engaging those who disagree with the traditional Christian view, but he is most concerned to equip Christians with a straightforward account of what the Bible teaches about homosexuality, and how to respond to common objections.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Humble and really well done.
Christopher  Waugh
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
This is godly pastoral wisdom at its finest. DeYoung offers an erudite argument contra revisionist thought and disarms affirming homosexuality within the Church. A short and informed read for anyone seeking answers on this issue.
A. L.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious, for-school
Almost the entire time I was reading this book, I was reminded of how incredibly difficult it is to maintain balance in everything that we do. "Love the sinner hate the sin," right? Naturally, it's much more complicated than that.
Some may consider all the controversy surrounding homosexuality to be making mountains out of anthills: why can't both sides just "agree to disagree"? I would be inclined to think this way too, if I hadn't realized that accepted and unrepentant homosexuality will res
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, marriage, sexuaiity
DeYoung Doing What He Does Best

In his book, What Does the Bible Teach about Homosexuality?, pastor-theologian Kevin DeYoung does what he does best: apply biblical truth to current cultural issues in a fair and balanced manner. DeYoung has that rare gift of bringing in-depth research, careful thinking, and biblical truth to bear on a topic in a way that is thorough yet accessible. His writings are rich, accessible, rewarding, and for the church. The same can be said for What Does the Bible Teach
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't let the size of this book fool you. It may be small, but the treatment of the subject matter is certainly not. DeYoung has done the church no small favor by providing such an accessible, pastoral, and convincing assessment of the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Of particular note in DeYoung's writing is his ability to display compassion towards those who experience same-sex attraction without minimizing the force of what the Bible has to say to them.

DeYoung is very upfront about his st
Christie Hagerman
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
If ever a topic has caused confusion and division among Christians, it is how to view and react to homosexuality. I was curious about this short, 160-page book, and happy to find that it cut through the cloudiness of the issue and went straight to the source of all truth, the Bible. However, he holds Christians to the standard of loving those who experience same-sex attraction and seeking to understand and reach out to them.

In the introduction, the author points out three classes of readers he e
Stephen Bean
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Conservative Evangelicalism needs more voices displaying what Russell Moore calls "convictional kindness." Thankfully, Kevin DeYoung is emerging as one of these voices. He is clear, concise, biblical, and nuanced. In What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? DeYoung puts all of this on display while dealing with perhaps the most relevant hot-button issue in America today.

In this "mercifully short" book, DeYoung argues that marriage and sexuality are presented in the Bible as being in
Laramie Gildon
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is broken down into 2 sections. Part 1 is Understanding God's Word. In this section DeYoung walks through the sections of scripture that base our understanding of traditional marriage, complimentarianism and homosexuality. As he walks through Gen. 1, 2 & 19, Lev. 18 & 20, Rom. 1, 1 Cor. 6, and 1 Tim. 1 we get a proper exegesis (breakdown) of these passages, what the words meant in the original texts and some of the common arguments by those subscribing to the homosexual agenda. ...more
Pete Williamson
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As with his other books, this is an accessible, clearly-argued treatment of one of the most challenging issues of our time. Three things I appreciated about this book: (1) DeYoung deals with the relevant Scriptures. This is first and foremost a biblical issue and DeYoung does us a great service in presenting a coherent picture from the Scriptures; (2) This is a practically-minded book. It is aimed at the central questions of this debate and DeYoung does not shy away from addressing those questio ...more
Nathan White
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am extremely thankful for this book. It is timely, concise, gentle, winsome, and most importantly, it is thoroughly biblical. Homosexuality is a tricky subject in our day. This isn't because the bible's teaching on it isn't clear (which DeYoung demonstrates), but because of the sensitivity of the issue and the deeply held beliefs on each side. I have found it difficult to find a book that tackles the issue in a way that both accurately represents the biblical teaching but that is also sensitiv ...more
Aaron Carpenter
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There will always be those who base their support for same-sex unions and corresponding physical acts on less than Biblical grounds. DeYoung does not write for them, but instead for self-identified evangelicals who profess a belief in Biblical inerrancy and yet still affirm these. As always, DeYoung interacts with the breadth and depth of the available literature, thinking carefully, compassionately, and - most importantly - Scripturally. Here the reader will find a clear presentation of the tra ...more
Terry Hoskins
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
Kevin DeYoung's new book is very timely, especially in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Homosexuality is a polarizing issue of our day, and it is important that the church is equipped with love, truth, and humility as they converse with those in the market place!

The title says it all, "What does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?" This is exactly what he spends the first 60 or so pages explaining. His exposition of God's Word is accurate, clear, and very intere
Graham Heslop
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some of the most helpful material I've read on homosexuality. DeYoung handles the relevant biblical texts very well, unpacking them and applying them more broadly than simply refuting homosexual practice. But the greatest strength of this book is part 2, where he answers objections to traditional Christian sexual morality; he superbly picks up on the most common objections, fairly - though very briefly - summarises their position, convincingly answers them using the work outlined in part 1, and ...more
Lauren O'Neill
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book went above and beyond my expectations. The author dealt with a difficult topic in a calm, methodical, Truth-filled, and compassionate way. Not only that - but the overarching line of reasoning he used, within the context of Scripture as a whole, is applicable to many other divisive cultural issues as well. I affirm the quote from Russell Moore from the back cover of the book: "Every Christian should read this book."
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Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, right across the street from Michigan State University.
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