Kevin DeYoung on Speaking to Different Groups About Sodomy

I enjoyed Kevin DeYoung’s book, “What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?” More needs to be said and studied, but the book is a good start for the average Christian who needs a primer on what the Bible teaches on homosexuality. One of the problems in conversations about sodomy is different groups require different tones. DeYoung addresses this in an appendix where he gives various ways of approaching different groups. I wish he had fleshed this out a bit more, maybe giving some examples from real life or some possible scenarios. Still it is helpful.

If we are speaking to cultural elites who despise us and our beliefs, we want to be bold and courageous. 

If we are speaking to strugglers who fight against same-sex attraction, we want to be patient and sympathetic. 

If we are speaking to sufferers who have been mistreated by the church, we want to be winsome and humble.

If we are speaking to shaky Christians who seem ready to compromise the faith for society’s approval, we want to persuasive and persistent.

It we are speaking to those who are living as the Scriptures would not have them live, we want to be straightforward and earnest.

If we are speaking to belligerent Christians who hate or fear persons who identify as gay or lesbian, we want to be clear and corrective.  

Book Review: Doctrine of Repentance

The Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks) The Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperbacks) by Thomas Watson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really good book on repentance. Uncovers all the false ways we repent, gives a picture of what true repentance looks like, as well as motivations to repent. The only drawback is one can leave feeling like they have never really repented at all. As with most Puritans, they uncover the deceitfulness of our heart, which can leave someone feeling unsure that they are even saved. I am not sure that is such a bad thing. Carl Trueman said when he was in England he had to convince folks they really were Christians. But when he came to America he had the opposite problem. This book is an excellent antidote to the self-assured presumption of many American Christians who think they can follow Jesus without leading a life of repentance.

As an aside, Watson would have been a beast on Twitter. He is one of the most quotable Puritans.

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