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5.0 out of 5 stars Up to date, thorough and encouraging, 17 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Can You be Gay and Christian?: Responding with Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality (Paperback)
This book engages thoughtfully with current arguments from those who propose a gay-affirming interpretation of the Bible. This book includes the more traditional areas of debate:
- The 6 "clobber" passages from Scripture
- Which Old Testament laws still apply to Christians
- Jesus' apparent 'silence' on homosexuality
- Whether the homosexual behaviour outlawed was because of the context of idolatry or pederasty
- Analogies with slavery, racial segregation and the emancipation of women
He also refutes more recent assertions, which signal a more aggressive attack on those holding to a traditional biblical understanding, such as the following:
- "The traditional teaching of the church has harmed LGBT people"
- "Homophobia in the church has led to suicides of young LGBT people"
- "Gay Christianity produces good fruit and therefore must be good in itself"
Brown helpfully looks to broaden the focus away from just the 6 "clobber" passages in Scripture, which address homosexual behaviour explicitly, to the consistent thrust of the whole Bible affirming opposite-sex marriage exclusively as the place for sexual expression.
He also reflects on our self-centred, sex-obsessed, relativistic society and shows how such a society (and increasingly parts of the church) will naturally want to reinvent the teachings of the Bible to suit an increasingly unbiblical worldview.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it takes the reader through useful and general logic on the overall subject besides having ..., 14 Oct 2014
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D. B. Prentice (sussex) - See all my reviews
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Michael Brown has treated this subject with genuine concern to help and advise, rather than attacking or being curt. It is very helpful. in that, it takes the reader through useful and general logic on the overall subject besides having a grounding in the authority of the Holy Scriptures-the Word of God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can you be Straight and Christian?, 10 July 2014
There is only one verse in the Bible that defines marriage as a union of two souls - a union made by God. It involves two men. I was surprised that 'Can you be Gay and Christian?' does not mention it. I feel it my duty to bring it to light.

Don't take my word for it. Consider the word of one of the most brilliant men to rise to the papacy--John Paul I.

As bishop of commencement services of the seminary in Vittorio Veneto in the summer of 1960, Albino Luciani (John Paul I) spoke of falling in love:

"...Though the Bible's only account of falling in love (Samuel 18) involves two men: `It came to pass...the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul;' it applies to everyone... Therefore we must hold in sanctified trust this most hallowed personification of God's creation--this perfect balance of mental energy that exists between any two people who fall in love... The rest of this thing one calls `love' is nothing more than the animal in us. To think it pertains to body parts, is to say the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony pertains equally to apes in the wild as it does to human beings... When Christ said: `Let no man put asunder what God has joined together,' He was speaking of that beautiful state of mind that exists when any two of God's children fall in love--no matter who those two people happen to be. A union made by God. He was not speaking of ancient rituals performed by mortal men dressed up in robes muttering vain repetitions. A union made by men." (John Paul I quote as published in Veneto Nostro 26 Jun 60)

For those who wonder what he meant when he said "...no matter who those two people happen to be?." A few weeks after this address, visiting his mission in Burundi Africa, he sanctioned the union of two men facing imminent death due to Ebola. (L'Osservatore Romano 14 Jul 60)

A few months later, he defended the rights of homosexuals to parent children in Italian Parliament. . "The desire to parent children is a basic human need...Until we can guarantee basic human rights to the tiniest minority we cannot truthfully call ourselves a democracy." (Parlamento Italiano 16 Jan 61)

Christian marriage ceremonies end in the words "'til death do us part." because they are made by men. Not so in the case of Jonathan and David - a union made by God.

John Paul's statements and press references are taken from The Vatican Murders: The Life and Death of John Paul I the only biography of the 33-day Pope written by a man who actually knew him. Did his struggle for women, homosexuals and the poor cost him his life?

Can you be Gay and Christian? You'd better believe it. Can you be straight and Christian? Up for grabs.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all Christians, 22 May 2014
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In a day when revisionists are seeking to undermine the sufficiency of Scripture here is a breath of fresh, but biblical air. Speaking the truth in love while clearly demonstrating the clarity of God's revelation on this particular issue, Brown reveals most of what is wrong with the present "gay Christian" argumentation.
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