Kevin DeYoung. What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015. 160 pp. $9.85.
Kevin DeYoung has written the best, short work on a biblical response to homosexuality that I have ever seen. In What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality, pastor and author DeYoung is clear, simple, biblical, and compassionate.
As DeYoung addresses the extremely sensitive issue of homosexuality and the biblical worldview, he is careful to begin by helping readers know that the Bible is about far more than our sexuality, but it does not avoid that issue. DeYoung then addresses the biblical understanding of human sexuality and works through the main biblical passages addressing the issue of homosexuality. The author then faithfully addresses the objections raised by those who would hope to liberalize the Christian response to homosexuality.
Kevin DeYoung is very clear in this book about his starting point, his standard of truth, and his conclusions. He lets readers know from the beginning that he believes that the Bible presents homosexuality as a sin. He clearly explains that the Bible is his standard for understanding the will of God in this area. And, as DeYoung works through the issue, his conclusion regarding homosexuality is also clear.
Of course some will read this book even though their view is different than DeYoung’s. Early on in the text, DeYoung expresses a hope that readers who disagree with him will not do so out of emotional responses, but only after faithful examination of his arguments. I believe that, if readers will take DeYoung seriously, they will indeed find that he has been faithful to the text of Scripture and clear in his argumentation.
While DeYoung argues against views that would embrace a homosexual lifestyle, he is not at all uncaring. He expresses a pastor’s heart in all of what he writes. He is clear, but kind. DeYoung expresses compassion and kindness toward those with whom he disagrees and for those who emotionally wrestling with this highly emotional issue.
I would recommend What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality to anyone interested in seeing a biblical argument regarding homosexuality. Pastors, Bible study leaders, and students can all benefit from DeYoung’s clear teaching. I would also have no hesitation suggesting that someone who disagrees with DeYoung take a look at this text.
I received a free audio copy of this book from ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. As always, the audio and narration of this work is outstanding. I also read this book using the brand new ChristianAudio app on my iPhone. The app is very convenient with chapter breaks and speed controls. My only suggestion here is that I would like the app buttons to be clearly labeled for Voiceover users.