A Word from Your BCC Team: The following blog was first posted at the blog site of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). It is re-posted by the BCC with the permission of the author, Heath Lambert, and of ACBC. You can also read the original post at the ACBC site here.
Christians today live in a culture that is far more accepting of homosexuality than any other in history. This fact poses a significant challenge because a cultural embrace of sinful practices like homosexuality will lead to much pain in the lives of many people. But this challenge brings with it an opportunity for Christians to share the good news of Jesus Christ to a culture in desperate need of salvation.
One of the most significant opportunities that Christians will have to share this gospel of grace is through the ministry of counseling. The painful realities of homosexual sin will eventually settle into people’s lives, and sooner or later they will realize their need for help. When that happens, it will be our privilege to walk with people through a path of finding peace with God.
It is an urgent matter, therefore, that Christians be ready to know how to speak about the complex issues of homosexuality in a way that honors Christ and helps his people. The following resources are ones that we at ACBC believe will be the most helpful as we seek to do counseling ministry with people who struggle with homosexuality.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
This memoir recounts the story of a lesbian who came to know Jesus Christ through the faithful ministry of a Presbyterian pastor and his wife. The book deals honestly with the questions and struggles faced by this woman as she left a life of unbelief by the grace of Jesus Christ. It is an illuminating book that reveals the questions and difficulties of an unbeliever as she wrestles with the claims of Christ before ultimately being saved. It is a helpful book demonstrating the power of the gospel to save anyone who believes.
This is a very helpful and short book that seeks to provide biblically faithful answers to some of the most common questions asked by Christians on the topic of homosexuality including what to say and do if a believer confesses their struggle with same-sex attraction.
What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? Kevin DeYoung
In this very helpful and accessible book a pastor explains the crucial biblical texts addressing the topic of homosexuality, defending why Christians have always believed this to be a sinful way of life. In addition to faithful biblical exposition he also engages in a winsome response to current objections about the biblical teaching.
God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines edited by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Some in our contemporary culture are arguing that Christians have misunderstood the biblical teaching on homosexuality. They contend that, rather than condemning homosexuality, the Bible actually embraces the practice. One of the most outspoken voices seeking to overhaul the Bible’s clear teaching on this issue is Matthew Vines whose own book goes through some of the biblical teaching on homosexuality to challenge the inspired meaning of those texts. In God and the Gay Christian?, R. Albert Mohler assembles a team of scholars to challenge Vines showing that the Old Testament teaches the sinfulness of homosexuality (Jim Hamilton), the New Testament is clear in its condemnation of homosexuality (Denny Burk), that Christians have had a consistent understanding of this issue in the past (Owen Strachan), and that in biblical terms there can be no such thing as a “gay Christian” (Heath Lambert).
Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees us to Love our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth by Adam Barr and Ron Citlau
In this book, the authors engage in a defense of biblical sexuality that is both courageous and winsome. More than this, they also provide encouragement to the church that is wise, loving, and practical about how Christians can share the light of Christ with people who struggle with this sin.
Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
In this clear and hopeful book, Rosaria Butterfield provides much needed wisdom for the church on how to understand our union with Christ, the nature of same-sex attraction, the “gay identity,” repentance, and what it means for Christians to live life together.
Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change by Denny Burk and Heath Lambert
Many voices today from inside and outside the church are making the case that same-sex attraction is not sinful. Burk and Lambert advance a careful biblical case that same-sex attraction is sinful, and show that there is hope for these desires through repentant faith in Jesus Christ. They also deal with the important topic of biblical change tackling popular myths advanced against change, and describing what the Bible says about how to walk with those struggling with homosexuality down a path toward transformation.