Originally from here.
As a sibling of a homosexual who claims to be a Christian, I know first-hand how the issue of the legitimacy of homosexuality for Christians divides families, friends and churches. I have purchased and read nearly 100 books on all sides of the issue and I am also a diligent student of the Bible itself, so I feel competent to state my opinion of this book and its message. First, I am glad Dallas wrote this book, which needed to be written. At one point I wanted to write a book on this very topic, but Dallas is probably the best person for this job.
Dallas rightly points to the correspondence between denigration of the authority of the Bible and the rise of “gay Christianity”; however, it needs to be stressed that the former is the primary cause of the latter. If 19th and 20th century Bible-believing Christians had not largely retreated into a cultural ghetto, essentially abandoning the public square to Bible-denying Liberal “Christianity,” “gay Christianity” and its other allies in the assault on orthodoxy would never have gotten off the ground. The roots of the problem are inextricably intertwined with hermeneutics, and Higher Criticism’s assault on Biblical authority goes back to the 19th century. Higher Criticism and Liberalism have long been absolutely refuted, but that doesn’t stop men from clinging to those false beliefs. The same can be said for so-called “gay Christianity”; the writings of Dallas, Bahnsen, Wold, Satinover, Saia, Bergner, Davies and many others – and of course both the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures – make it abundandly clear that the issue is completely settled: “gay Christian” is an oxymoron. That won’t keep some people from clinging to their delusions in any case.
One of the ironies of homosexual theology is that they can’t make up their mind about whether the Bible approves or disapproves of homosexuality. On the one hand, we have people like Daniel A. Helmeniak and John J. McNeill, who assert the church has traditionally misread the Bible and that it’s really all right after all (the legerdemain and contortions needed to reach that conclusion deserve to be on stage at Las Vegas). On the other hand, we have people like Gary David Comstock (“Unrepentant, Self-Affirming, Practicing: Lesbian/Bisexual/Gay People Within Organized Religion” and “Gay Theology without Apology”), who openly admit that the Bible does indeed condemn homosexuality in no uncertain terms, and therefore the Bible needs to be jettisoned completely. At least Comstock has a shred of integrity in recognizing the undeniable.
Over and against both “gay Christian” camps, Dallas presents a surprisingly mature dose of Biblical reality. I say “surprisingly,” because I wasn’t expecting much from anyone connected with the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), but obviously Dallas’ own struggles have sent him back to the Bible and given him true wisdom. He rightly goes to the root of this issue: the authority of the Bible over the life of the believer. The only way a homosexual can profess to be a Christian while also embracing his or her homosexuality is to deny the authority of Biblical revelation, and to make primary the so-called “revelation” in their own minds and hearts. Whose word is authoritative, God’s, or man’s? That is what it comes down to.
Are we to accept as valid a person’s subjective definition of “love” as some warm and fuzzy feeling in our breast (or a swelling in the pants), or do we believe Jesus when He says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments . . . He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:15, 21). Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple . . . If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Luke 14:26-27). If a homosexual wishes to follow Christ, he or she must be so committed to Christ that they are willing to make that self-denial. Anyone who cannot or will not do that is not a Christian, but merely self-deceived.
Dallas has done a good service through this book. So-called “gay Christians” may protest about it being “poison” animated by “theology of fear” and “careless of human experience in the realms of sociology, anthropology or psychology,” or they may make bizarre, baseless assertions that the Bible approves of polygamy, child marriage, or other aberrations, or they may insist there is no link between homosexuality and pedophilia. (In truth the most basic underlying cause is the same: hostility to God). However, everything the so-called “gay Christians” say is smoke and mirrors. They are without a leg to stand on. This book points to the only solution: self-denial in embracing Jesus Christ. This is true for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation. Homosexuals are no exception.
Scriptures That Obviously Forbid Homosexuality
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
1 Timothy 1:10
The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
The two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed himself with his face to the earth and said, “My lords, please turn aside to your servant’s house and spend the night and wash your feet. Then you may rise up early and go on your way.” They said, “No; we will spend the night in the town square.” But he pressed them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house. And he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house. And they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them.”
Luke 17:29 // Jesus Refers to Genesis 19:24
On the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.