Over the past few months, both in response to the cultural challenges and questions about sexuality and in preparation for preaching through Romans 1, I have read a number of very helpful books on the topic of homosexuality and the Scriptures. Here are some of the better things I’ve read:
- Kevin DeYoung, What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? This is a brief survey of some of the key passages about homosexuality (Gen. 1-2; Gen. 19; Lev. 28, 20; Rom. 1; 1 Cor. 6) and some typical objections (e.g., “the Bible hardly ever mentions homosexuality,” “it’s not fair,” and more). The advantage of this book is that while it is concise, it helpfully, adequately, and clearly articulates a biblical position and response. I highly recommend this book
- Sam Allberry, Is God Anti-Gay? Even shorter than DeYoung’s book, an advantage this one has is that the author has fought against homosexual desires most of his life, while still affirming (in theology and life) that heterosexual marriage is the only place where sexuality can righteously be practiced.
- Denny Burk and Heath Lambert, Transforming Sexuality. This brand new book deals with the topic of same-sex attraction, answering the question, “is the attraction to (desire for) same-sex sexual relationships a sin in itself (even if the desire does not culminate in action)? The authors’ answer is “yes,” and they give biblical reasons why and then articulate a gracious way to help those who feel the pull of those ungodly desires.
- Denny Burk, What is the Meaning of Sex? This title is about much more than homosexuality, answering questions about gender and transgender issues, sexuality and marriage, contraceptives, singleness, and more. This is an important and needed book.
- Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, Openness Unhindered. Butterfield’s testimony is so encouraging and she recounts it in chapter one, which she then follows up with chapters on the believer’s identity in Christ, repentance, sexual orientation, and living in the community of the church. Butterfield is an exceptional writer and has helped me to think of familiar truths in fresh ways. This is a very good book.
- Robert A. J. Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice. This is the scholarly work on what the Scriptures teach about homosexuality. And this is not a read for everyone. It approaches almost 500 pages in length and is quite technical in places, yet it definitively states the biblical position against homosexual practice while also offering hope for those ensnared by that sin. While the book is now 15 years old, the author maintains a website where he regularly posts articles interacting with current events and discussions on the topic of homosexuality.
This is not a complete list of all the good available books on the topic, but these are all books that I would recommend and all books that will approach the topic from an overtly biblical position.