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The question of how the church deals with homosexuality has become the great moral and spiritual issue of this generation. How do we respond to gay people who tell us how much they love the Lord and experience God’s power? How do we answer them when they say that the greatest law is the law of love, and that love requires us to embrace them as they are? What do we do with The question of how the church deals with homosexuality has become the great moral and spiritual issue of this generation. How do we respond to gay people who tell us how much they love the Lord and experience God’s power? How do we answer them when they say that the greatest law is the law of love, and that love requires us to embrace them as they are? What do we do with the argument that the Old Testament laws (such as the prohibition against homosexuality and the dietary laws) no longer apply? Gay and Christian? will provide solid biblical answers, clearly written and based on sound scholarship, in a compassionate way that causes the reader to wrestle with the issues and discover the biblical truth. The book also provides practical guidelines for ministry and shows readers how they can resist the gay agenda while reaching out to their gay friends and family.


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The question of how the church deals with homosexuality has become the great moral and spiritual issue of this generation. How do we respond to gay people who tell us how much they love the Lord and experience God’s power? How do we answer them when they say that the greatest law is the law of love, and that love requires us to embrace them as they are? What do we do with The question of how the church deals with homosexuality has become the great moral and spiritual issue of this generation. How do we respond to gay people who tell us how much they love the Lord and experience God’s power? How do we answer them when they say that the greatest law is the law of love, and that love requires us to embrace them as they are? What do we do with the argument that the Old Testament laws (such as the prohibition against homosexuality and the dietary laws) no longer apply? Gay and Christian? will provide solid biblical answers, clearly written and based on sound scholarship, in a compassionate way that causes the reader to wrestle with the issues and discover the biblical truth. The book also provides practical guidelines for ministry and shows readers how they can resist the gay agenda while reaching out to their gay friends and family.

30 review for Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality

  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig Patton

    Prior to reading this book, I had just finished Matthew Vines "God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships" in which he argued that the Bible did indeed endorse the idea of being gay in a monogamous relationship with the same sex and still be a Christian. The majority of his arguments centered around an emotional appeal to believe in his point of view and his interpretations of Biblical scripture and the cultural norms of the day. Michael Brown takes a diffe Prior to reading this book, I had just finished Matthew Vines "God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships" in which he argued that the Bible did indeed endorse the idea of being gay in a monogamous relationship with the same sex and still be a Christian. The majority of his arguments centered around an emotional appeal to believe in his point of view and his interpretations of Biblical scripture and the cultural norms of the day. Michael Brown takes a different approach by explaining the gay Christian argument using their own words and arguments while using the same framework to argue how one can be gay and a Christian however; one cannot engage in the gay lifestyle and/or relationships no matter how monogamous it may be as and still be considered a Christian. The author is careful, concise, and methodical in his ability to dissect and the arguments used to justify gay Christians and show how their arguments based upon either flawed research, biased opinions, or just flat out misrepresentation of what is general accepted facts. The author is honest in his point of view while not attempting to go out his way to name call or in any way insult and/or hurt those whose point of view may be different from his own in fact, the author implores those who may not agree with him to please to consider his argument and base their opinion based upon the facts as he presents them. Between the two books on this topic that I have read, I have to say that Michael Brown makes a much better case by using facts and the words of those who do agree with gay Christianity to show that Christianity and the Gay lifestyle is not consistent with scripture.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wade Stotts

    Dr Brown, in writing this book, is motivated by a love of God and a love for people - this is clear throughout. This book contains important clarifications about love, judgement and a biblical view of sexuality. An incredible book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mallory Kellogg

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Ray

    Book 165 of 2019. This was a required book in a systematic theology class I’m taking this semester. Otherwise, I would have probably not finished it. Brown’s writing is exhausting, filled with pages of block quotations and emotive appeals punctuated by exclamation points. I felt like I learned some new things (including the Greek words for so many adult situations), but ultimately felt repulsed by his tone and like I might scream if I encountered any more block quotations. I’d rather have just r Book 165 of 2019. This was a required book in a systematic theology class I’m taking this semester. Otherwise, I would have probably not finished it. Brown’s writing is exhausting, filled with pages of block quotations and emotive appeals punctuated by exclamation points. I felt like I learned some new things (including the Greek words for so many adult situations), but ultimately felt repulsed by his tone and like I might scream if I encountered any more block quotations. I’d rather have just read some of the sources he quotes. For my affirming friends: Skip this one. He claims to have compassion, yet talks about gay people and scholars with a dismissive and disdainful tone. You will not find anything of value here. If you want to read a non-affirming book, I can give you several better recommendations. For my non-affirming friends: Brown is at his best when he is writing scripture exegesis. Unfortunately, he rarely does that in this volume. There are so many better and more well-reasoned (as well as compassionate) books you could be reading, so don’t waste your time on this one. Ultimately, no matter which side of the issue you come down on, this is just not a well-written book. I can recommend good books for both the non-affirming and affirming positions and this is just not one of them. ⭐️ #gradschool #seminary #books #onestarread #somanyblockquotes #andexclamationpoints #ireallythoughtitwasselfpublished #thenifoundthepublishinghouseonline

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Sallin

    On the plus side, the author makes many sound arguments to contribute to the discussion of sexuality and Christianity. He also points out flaws in some liberal theologies. Unfortunately, the author does make illogical, inaccurate correlations and generalizations that are offensive to the LGBT reader. However, the tone and writing style of the book borders on being offensive, and it was difficult to read without strong emotional reaction. Any sincerity the author might have to bring LGBT people c On the plus side, the author makes many sound arguments to contribute to the discussion of sexuality and Christianity. He also points out flaws in some liberal theologies. Unfortunately, the author does make illogical, inaccurate correlations and generalizations that are offensive to the LGBT reader. However, the tone and writing style of the book borders on being offensive, and it was difficult to read without strong emotional reaction. Any sincerity the author might have to bring LGBT people closer to God is lost in the snarky, patronizing tone of the writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rainer Erani

    Very well written. Straight to the point, and true to the Scriptures. I would recommend this to anyone curious about "gay Christianity", "gay theology" and how to best love those you love who are struggling with same-sex attraction. Very well written. Straight to the point, and true to the Scriptures. I would recommend this to anyone curious about "gay Christianity", "gay theology" and how to best love those you love who are struggling with same-sex attraction.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ruth E. R.

    Condensed, updated, Biblical-response version of Dr Brown's 700-page exhaustive history (A Queer Thing Happened to America, 2011). I picked this up after his 2-part lecture on the topic during a seminar at the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC. My decision from among his books, and those of others who spoke that day, to this one included the outstanding Selected Bibliography listed in the back, of eminent theologians, scholars and others from contrasting sides who have attempted to a Condensed, updated, Biblical-response version of Dr Brown's 700-page exhaustive history (A Queer Thing Happened to America, 2011). I picked this up after his 2-part lecture on the topic during a seminar at the Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, NC. My decision from among his books, and those of others who spoke that day, to this one included the outstanding Selected Bibliography listed in the back, of eminent theologians, scholars and others from contrasting sides who have attempted to answer the titular question. Also many online sources listed in the notes section for further exploration, both writings and video presentations. Another reason I bought it was to support Dr Brown in his ministries. His doctorate is in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from NYU, and he has the unique perspective of a Jewish man who was a heroin-addicted drummer before being rescued by Jesus Christ. His tough mind and his gentle heart are equally represented in his writing and teaching, which is so refreshing. He writes from the perspective of not only a gifted scholar, but a personal friend of many sinners. And most importantly, I knew I could trust his book to live up to its claim of containing compassionate answers to painful experiences of real people. Dr Brown is every bit as honest and full of grace and truth in his book as he has been in his many interviews and debates and lectures. If you have never read a book exploring this topic, and are looking for clear answers and ways to share the gospel, this is the best one to inform yourself with.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jon Harris

    Whether it's a cake designer losing his business, a Christian organization changing its traditional view, or a Federal judge overturning a popular vote, it seems like every week the headlines are filled with stories about the normalization of homosexuality. In Dr. Michael Brown's book Can You Be Gay and Christian, the light of Scripture is allowed to shine on this ever increasingly important topic. Brown doesn't merely quote some Bible verses reinforcing traditional conservative views on sexuali Whether it's a cake designer losing his business, a Christian organization changing its traditional view, or a Federal judge overturning a popular vote, it seems like every week the headlines are filled with stories about the normalization of homosexuality. In Dr. Michael Brown's book Can You Be Gay and Christian, the light of Scripture is allowed to shine on this ever increasingly important topic. Brown doesn't merely quote some Bible verses reinforcing traditional conservative views on sexuality. What we find as we examine Brown's thoughts is that, behind every good point made, is a heart desiring to genuinely love the homosexual. This does not mean affirmation, but rather transformation. The sufficiency of Christ is the answer for all sinners, including the homosexual. With books coming out like God and the Gay Christian, understanding the incompatibility between homosexuality and Bible is going to be an essential issue every Christian should think through in the coming years. Here are some choice quotes from Brown's book. This is the central argument being raised by gays and straights alike: love requires, even demands, that we recognize, embrace, sanction, and even celebrate committed same-sex unions. Just as I have agonized over the stories of the Bobby Griffiths of this world, I have rejoiced over the stories of those who were once suicidal because they were living gay lifestyles—including “gay Christian” lifestyles—but who were delivered from suicide when they acknowledged their sin and turned to the Lord for forgiveness. Actually, in the vast majority of cases, as suicide experts will verify, kids jump off bridges and hang themselves because they have other deep emotional or social problems. Otherwise they would not take their own lives. And yet rather than trying to get the root of these issues and really help these young people find wholeness, we are held hostage with the fear that our biblical values will lead kids to kill themselves. If we really care about these young people and if we really want to help them, this guilt tripping must stop. But this is where so many well-meaning Christians have fallen into a trap: we have believed the lie that a person is primarily defined by their romantic attractions and sexual desires (as in, “I’m gay”). You are more than your romantic attractions or sexual desires. You are more than someone attracted to the opposite sex or the same sex. You are created to be a child of God, a servant of the Lord Jesus, a world-changer and a history-maker in Him—and it is Jesus who tells us that the first step we must take in following Him is not to affirm ourselves but rather to deny ourselves. One of the major roots of the problem we face when dealing with the difficult subject of homosexuality and the church: we start our thinking with the contemporary American value system that begins with, “It’s all about me,” which means that right and wrong is largely determined by how I feel about it. And then we weave the gospel into this, which is one reason we are in such spiritual error and deception today, not just in the area of “gay Christianity” but in so many other ways as well. [Jesus] practices transformational inclusion, which I wholeheartedly advocate, not affirmational inclusion, which the GLBT community advocates. The bottom line is that God doesn’t call us to heterosexuality as much He calls us to holiness. That is a central problem with the “gay Christian” approach: it sees the Scriptures through the lens of homosexuality rather than seeing homosexuality through the lens of the Scriptures. As for evangelical Christians being gay bashers, the fact is that the vast majority of evangelical churches in America rarely address the issue of homosexuality in any way—I’ve done surveys about this and examined lists of sermons and book and article titles—yet the popular perception is that we are obsessed with this subject and that on any given Sunday you are likely to hear an antigay, homophobic sermon. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was only with the rise of an in-your-face gay activism that the church was forced to address these issues. The issue is not the interpretation of the so-called “clobber passages,” which, as a sacred part of God’s sacred Word, are actually liberation verses, since embracing God’s truth sets us free. The issue is the testimony of the entire Bible, from beginning to end, and without a doubt, it is a heterosexual book—as one psychologist commented, “Our bodies tell us who we are—that humanity was designed and created for heterosexuality”—which is why marriage and family models in the Word are exclusively heterosexual. So, the fact that Jesus didn’t spend a lot of time teaching against homosexual practice shouldn’t surprise us at all, nor does it prove anything. It would be like arguing, “It’s clear that President Reagan thought Martians were not a real threat to America, since he never mentioned Martians once, but he did talk a whole lot about the Soviet Union.” That’s true in part, but the reason Reagan never spoke about Martians was because he didn’t believe in Martians and so invasion from Mars was not a threat. The real threat was coming from the Soviet Union, and that’s where he put his emphasis. So, it would be ludicrous to say, “Ronald Reagan thought Martians were friendly.” Let’s think about each of these points for a moment, recognizing that Paul’s writings—at most, thirteen letters, or even fourteen, if he wrote Hebrews—have been subjected to intensive scholarly scrutiny for many centuries, and those studying his writings have ranged from devoted followers of Jesus to skeptics and mockers. The range of interpretative differences between these scholars has often been massive, and some of the interpretations they have offered have been absolutely preposterous. Yet before the sexual revolution and the rise of gay activism, none of these scholars came up with these pro-gay reading of his writings.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anita F Napier

    Struggling with understanding Homosexuals and Lesbians and how the church should respond to them, read this book. The author presents both sides of the issue and states the truth according to God's Word. We are to love and to be compassionate but not to lose site of the truth. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [John 8:32King James Version (KJV)] The truth revealed with loving kindness. Struggling with understanding Homosexuals and Lesbians and how the church should respond to them, read this book. The author presents both sides of the issue and states the truth according to God's Word. We are to love and to be compassionate but not to lose site of the truth. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. [John 8:32King James Version (KJV)] The truth revealed with loving kindness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Moses Flores

    An excellent resource for this issue. Knowledgeable and articulate on the subject, Dr. Brown's work belongs on the shelf of layman and pastors alike. Most of all, Dr. Brown's heart for the LGBT community comes through the pages as he pleas with everyone alike to follow Jesus no matter what the cost. An excellent resource for this issue. Knowledgeable and articulate on the subject, Dr. Brown's work belongs on the shelf of layman and pastors alike. Most of all, Dr. Brown's heart for the LGBT community comes through the pages as he pleas with everyone alike to follow Jesus no matter what the cost.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Dr. Michael Brown does a fantastic job of responding compassionately yet uncompromisingly to the contemporary issues surrounding homosexuality. If you are questioning what Scripture really says about homosexuality, read this book. If you are wondering how to respond to friends who are struggling with or embracing homosexual desires, read this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Thorough summary and rebuttal of gay theology; however he contradicts himself a few times and the love he writes about is hidden among the contempt he feels for the gay community dubbed "truth". Just a clanging cymbal at the end. Not once does he point out that Jesus came to tell us we are all sexually immoral people who need the grace and mercy of the righteousness of Christ. He also, for the sake of consistency I suppose, goes after divorcees and gluttons. Since I am both, the message came acr Thorough summary and rebuttal of gay theology; however he contradicts himself a few times and the love he writes about is hidden among the contempt he feels for the gay community dubbed "truth". Just a clanging cymbal at the end. Not once does he point out that Jesus came to tell us we are all sexually immoral people who need the grace and mercy of the righteousness of Christ. He also, for the sake of consistency I suppose, goes after divorcees and gluttons. Since I am both, the message came across unkind and unwelcome to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Smallwood

    Not what I expected. Better. I am always afraid that contemporary authors will approach a topic with so much bias in either direction that the text is rendered useless in finding truth. Mr. Brown is honest and balanced in his approach to the topic at hand. I was truly educated by reading this work. I reduce by one star because I felt like I was talked over in his chapter about Paul’s writings. He knows so much that he failed to bring it down to my level. All in all, I do recommend the book for a Not what I expected. Better. I am always afraid that contemporary authors will approach a topic with so much bias in either direction that the text is rendered useless in finding truth. Mr. Brown is honest and balanced in his approach to the topic at hand. I was truly educated by reading this work. I reduce by one star because I felt like I was talked over in his chapter about Paul’s writings. He knows so much that he failed to bring it down to my level. All in all, I do recommend the book for anyone who wants to see a true biblical perspective of the “gay” issue.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John

    Putting aside all critiques relating to Dr. Brown’s non-Calvinistic soteriology that is demonstrated throughout the book as well as quotations from one of Bethel Church’s “pastors,” I found this book extremely helpful and insightful for both defense for the Biblical truth regarding this sin as well as exposing the error of the “gay Christian” movement in their constant eisegesis to the Word of God. Chapter 9 was especially jaw-dropping as well as a portion of Chapter 10; little children should n Putting aside all critiques relating to Dr. Brown’s non-Calvinistic soteriology that is demonstrated throughout the book as well as quotations from one of Bethel Church’s “pastors,” I found this book extremely helpful and insightful for both defense for the Biblical truth regarding this sin as well as exposing the error of the “gay Christian” movement in their constant eisegesis to the Word of God. Chapter 9 was especially jaw-dropping as well as a portion of Chapter 10; little children should not read this book given the graphic citations Dr. Brown tearfully recorded. I do encourage my Calvinist and non-Calvinist brothers in the Lord alike to read this book. Dr. Michael Brown wrote this with a heart of compassion to reach those in bondage to this sin as well as faithfully in order to equip Christians with knowledge to readily combat this in step with the Gospel. Just like with abortion issue, the “gay Christian” position holds no water nor has a firm foundation to stand upon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Flynn Evans

    This work provides an overview of common arguments used by the "gay Christian" movement against a biblical view of sexuality. Brown articulates the Christian response without compromise, yet he does so with grace, as his goal (as well as ours should be) is to present the gospel. I highly recommend it to both fellow Christians and homosexuals who want to know what the Bible truly says about sexuality. This work provides an overview of common arguments used by the "gay Christian" movement against a biblical view of sexuality. Brown articulates the Christian response without compromise, yet he does so with grace, as his goal (as well as ours should be) is to present the gospel. I highly recommend it to both fellow Christians and homosexuals who want to know what the Bible truly says about sexuality.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    I've recommended and cited this book MULTIPLE TIMES since reading it this past month! I've never encountered a book or minister that tackles the LGBQT ideologies that formulate their "gay 'Christian'" theologies. It reads like a textbook and promises to be a continual point of reference who care to hear the honest-to-God truth about homosexuality. Read it, please! I've recommended and cited this book MULTIPLE TIMES since reading it this past month! I've never encountered a book or minister that tackles the LGBQT ideologies that formulate their "gay 'Christian'" theologies. It reads like a textbook and promises to be a continual point of reference who care to hear the honest-to-God truth about homosexuality. Read it, please!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael D'Offay

    Fascinating read over the gender/homosexual issue today especially in evangelical churches. Well written, compassionate yet unapologetic. Argues convincingly why scripture cannot endorse same sex union, contrary to what many gay theologians are teaching.

  18. 4 out of 5

    David

    This is essential reading for evangelicals today who wish to be faithful to the Biblical teachings on homosexuality, as well as give a Gospel answer to the homosexual community. Brown is orthodox, scholarly, and sensitive. An important work.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Benitez

    A book that I can respect A book that I can respect and connect with. Thank you Mr. Brown for taking the time to labor on this subject that effects all of us gay or strait.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Secton

    Bueno, yo no pensé que iba a ser tan profundo. Que iba a ir tan al hueso de las sagradas escrituras y buscar el verdadero significado del texto original en hebreo y griego. Y buscar la verdad, pero con mucha, pero que mucha gracia. Creo que de verdad hace honor al subtítulo "... con AMOR y VERDAD". Ambas, porque uno no puede ser sin la otra. Y esto es lo que Brown busca y nos enseña. Sería ideal que este libro fuera leído por cada gay que se considera cristiano, a ver si se animan a leer y desen Bueno, yo no pensé que iba a ser tan profundo. Que iba a ir tan al hueso de las sagradas escrituras y buscar el verdadero significado del texto original en hebreo y griego. Y buscar la verdad, pero con mucha, pero que mucha gracia. Creo que de verdad hace honor al subtítulo "... con AMOR y VERDAD". Ambas, porque uno no puede ser sin la otra. Y esto es lo que Brown busca y nos enseña. Sería ideal que este libro fuera leído por cada gay que se considera cristiano, a ver si se animan a leer y desentrañar la verdad, por encima de sus deseos, pasiones, sentimientos, etc. Me ha servido bastante, y me ha dado un base sólida de argumentos en contra de la teología liberal que tanto daño está haciendo, tristemente creyendo que hace bien. Muy recomendado, TODOS deben leer este libro, porque esto es lo que se viene.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    TRUTH WRITTEN IN LOVE!! As a Bible teacher I have been confronted with many of the questions and comments found in this well written and well investigated book. The only thing I can say is Michael definitely did his homework and wrote a GREAT book on a very controversial subject. I truly believe Michael wrote this book with a deep seated love and compassion for the LGBT community and anyone struggling with their sexuality and true identity. Just like Michael, I too confront this subject with firs TRUTH WRITTEN IN LOVE!! As a Bible teacher I have been confronted with many of the questions and comments found in this well written and well investigated book. The only thing I can say is Michael definitely did his homework and wrote a GREAT book on a very controversial subject. I truly believe Michael wrote this book with a deep seated love and compassion for the LGBT community and anyone struggling with their sexuality and true identity. Just like Michael, I too confront this subject with first and foremost love and compassion but at the same time I refuse to compromise with the scriptures. GOD does truly love all people, and because He loves us He does not want to see us hurt.. Many years ago I heard someone say, "LOVE DOESN'T ALWAYS TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR AND NEITHER DOES A TRULY GOOD FRIEND!"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alex Keith

    I picked up this book not knowing where I stood on the topic. My copy is currently sitting with annotations and sticky notes galore. I found this book really insightful, and discusses arguments from the gay-christian community that I never would have thought of. Brown is a scholarly writer so at times it took a lot of brain power to absorb what he was saying but the content was great. I have several take-aways and I feel a lot more certain on how to approach this subject with kindness, clarity a I picked up this book not knowing where I stood on the topic. My copy is currently sitting with annotations and sticky notes galore. I found this book really insightful, and discusses arguments from the gay-christian community that I never would have thought of. Brown is a scholarly writer so at times it took a lot of brain power to absorb what he was saying but the content was great. I have several take-aways and I feel a lot more certain on how to approach this subject with kindness, clarity and standing on what the Bible says about the matter.

  23. 5 out of 5

    JC McKenzie

    Este es un documento que arroja luz a un tema complicado para la iglesia y que prefiere eludir a ocuparse o pronunciarse al respecto.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hubbard

    Very thorough and helpful in coming to understand my own beliefs to what is biblically true.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mann

    An excellent book that is faithful to Scripture and written with compassion and grace!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Johnson

    Well written about a divisive topic

  27. 4 out of 5

    B.J. Richardson

    The blurb for this book promises that it "will provide solid biblical answers, clearly written and based on sound scholarship, in a compassionate way..." Solid Biblical Answers? Check. This book addresses each of the key texts used to demonstrate that homosexuality is a sin. It also solidly refutes some of the key Gay Christian arguments like David & Jonathan, Jesus & John, and Jesus healing the Roman Centurion's gay lover. He also does the best job of showing how the Bible as a whole, cover to The blurb for this book promises that it "will provide solid biblical answers, clearly written and based on sound scholarship, in a compassionate way..." Solid Biblical Answers? Check. This book addresses each of the key texts used to demonstrate that homosexuality is a sin. It also solidly refutes some of the key Gay Christian arguments like David & Jonathan, Jesus & John, and Jesus healing the Roman Centurion's gay lover. He also does the best job of showing how the Bible as a whole, cover to cover, is operating out of a heterosexual paradigm. Based on sound scholarship? Check. Brown has thoroughly "studied up" on what the "other side" is writing and arguing. He has done his homework. Beyond that, some other reviewers complain that he uses too many large quotes, but I view this as a plus. Nobody can argue they are being taken out of context. Of course, Brown is at his best when diving into Biblical exegesis and this book is no exception to that rule. Compassionate? Ummm. Maybe he thinks he is, but I don't see it. The book starts out that way but he doesn't get more than a chapter or so in before the "compassionate" gets thrown out of the window. Don't get me wrong, I think this is as solid of a book as I have seen on the topic, but I don't think the truth presented here was done with nearly as much love as was advertised.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Stead

    Dr. Michael L. Brown answers the question in the title in every one of the chapters of the book. He gives facts, but with each fact that can be taken harshly or even offensively he pours his heart out with compassion and love. He is never once rude in this book nor could you ever find him throwing a hint of an insult, all you can find are good arguments and answers that are intertwined with love, compassion and gentleness. If you are looking for a good, honest, factual and biblical answer to the Dr. Michael L. Brown answers the question in the title in every one of the chapters of the book. He gives facts, but with each fact that can be taken harshly or even offensively he pours his heart out with compassion and love. He is never once rude in this book nor could you ever find him throwing a hint of an insult, all you can find are good arguments and answers that are intertwined with love, compassion and gentleness. If you are looking for a good, honest, factual and biblical answer to the question that is the title, then go no further for this is the book for you.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Wong

    Brown, M. L. (2014). Can you be gay and Christian?: Responding with love & truth to questions about homosexuality. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine. Americans believe 30% of Americans are gay, when it's actually only 3%. Love Chapter 3 in particular. On such a difficult topic, Brown has handled the apologetics pretty well, though he can't help himself coming across as rather belligerent sometimes, despite his claims that he's not. Brown, M. L. (2014). Can you be gay and Christian?: Responding with love & truth to questions about homosexuality. Lake Mary, FL: FrontLine. Americans believe 30% of Americans are gay, when it's actually only 3%. Love Chapter 3 in particular. On such a difficult topic, Brown has handled the apologetics pretty well, though he can't help himself coming across as rather belligerent sometimes, despite his claims that he's not.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom Kentwell

    Very insightful.

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