Can you be gay and Christian? In days gone by, this would not have even been a question. But in these last days filled with so-called “wisdom,” fights for LGBQT rights, prominent gay politicians and other public figures, gay ministers, and gender neutral educational instruction, the question is here whether it should be or not. Some who are ultra-religious would perhaps scoff at or refuse to touch Can You Be Gay and Christian? by Dr. Michael L. Brown, perhaps until they read the subtitle: Responding with Love & Truth to Questions about Homosexuality. I can honestly say that I am so pleased I’ve read this book. It’s opened my mind and deepened my convictions both at the same time.
Dr. Brown brings his let’s-get-to-the-bottom-of-this-issue + no-nonsense style to this book and it reads like a textbook. But don’t let that scare you! It is a very necessary piece of literature for true Christians and especially, ministers, who want to truly understand what they are dealing with when they deal with the LGBQT community and the issues that come along with those who belong to and sympathize with the community. It’s also a great read for those who struggle with same-sex issues and are searching for how to reconcile their sexuality with God, Christianity, and the Bible.
We have bought into the lie that homosexuality, like skin color, is innate, immutable, and completely neutral (in other words, it is inborn, it cannot be altered, and it is not better or worse than heterosexuality), and so “gay is the new black” in terms of civil rights in America.
In Can You Be Gay and Christian? Dr. Brown tackles the hard questions/issues that liberals often throw at the Christian community for supporting heterosexuality over homosexuality.
If you’re against homosexuality, then you hate gays.
You’re just like Westboro Baptist!
Christians are responsible for the high suicide rate amongst homosexuals!
Well if you’re against homosexuality, then you must be for slavery, human/sex/child trafficking, women as second class citizens, anti-shellfish, and so on.
Gay Rights are Civil Rights.
Jesus never said anything about homosexuality.
Dr. Brown even addresses the argument by gay theologians that only certain types of homosexual acts were condemned by Scripture.
I have never heard anyone break this down so thoroughly, even to the definition of the word “abomination” which is most often used to describe homosexual acts in the Bible. Michael Brown leaves no stone unturned.
The STRAIGHT and Narrow
From declaring and proving that the Bible is absolutely, 300% a heterosexual book from cover to cover, Dr. Brown sets the record straight.
God doesn’t call us to heterosexuality as much as He calls us to holiness. (Dr. Michael L. Brown)
And perhaps the most pervading idea throughout the entire book is:
[The] central problem with “gay Christianity” approach: it sees the Scriptures through the lens of homosexuality rather than seeing homosexuality through the lens of the Scriptures.
And really, we can apply this to every area of life. The Bible says,
Let God be true but every man a liar. (Romans 3:4)
So if what you think, feel, or are attracted to doesn’t line up with the Word of God, it isn’t the Bible that’s wrong!
I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. Period. The Church has not done a good job as a whole dealing with this issues. If we read this book and actually apply what it says, then we can take a positive, godly stand–all the while helping people that God loves.
Disclaimer: Dr. Brown shares many different ideas proposed by gay[-friendly] sympathizers. This can get pretty intense and downright abhorrent, but if you can stomach it, it will truly help you to understand the nature of the battle we are waging.
CONNECT WITH DR. BROWN!