This volume addresses homosexuality and the ongoing push for same-sex marriage. Authors D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe note that marriage has long been under attack by no-fault divorce laws, the feminist movement, and more recently by homosexual advocates. This troubling current attack, if successful, can destroy marriage as a recognized institution in society.
The authors devote several chapters to explaining why advocates are pushing for same-sex marriage. They provide twelve reasons for opposing this agenda. They begin on the premise that the Bible rejects such unions.
The second part of the book addresses the cause, effects, and cure for homosexuality. Throughout, the authors stress the fact that lasting change can occur. That change comes only through God granting repentance, and faith in Christ’s finished work. A final chapter illustrates the reality of change in interviews with ex-homosexuals and ex-lesbians.
Numerous relevant statistics and quotations germane to the topic are included. These enhance the commentary without becoming overkill.
This work should be placed into the hands of those swayed by secular arguments or those who do not understand their heterosexual marriage from the start by failing to consider a Biblical perspective.
The authors show compassion and write with extensive experience in counseling homosexuals. Their use of Scripture develops the Biblical view on this issue. They also address arguments raised by those who say that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality.
The volume concludes with an explanation of the importance of the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. However, it should be noted, and the authors fail to draw attention to this, that this proposed amendment has some ill-defined language regarding marriage. As proposed, the first part reads, “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman …” While this review is not the place to discuss this proposed amendment, some observations need to be made. What is to stop this “union of a man and a woman” from being brother and sister or father and daughter? What does union mean? Is it a union with or without vows? Is it a sexual union only?
There is much valid material in this volume to make it worthwhile for distribution to others. Readers will find answers to many arguments that are raised and will be reminded that the Bible clearly testifies against homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
- Byron Snapp
Byron Snapp is a graduate of King College (B.A.) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He was Associate Pastor at Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hampton, Virginia, from 1994 until his retirement in December 2014. He is a native of Marion, Virginia. He has had pastorates in Leakesville, Mississippi, and Gaffney, South Carolina. He served as Assistant Pastor in Cedar Bluff, Virginia prior to his ministry at Calvary Reformed. He has served as editor of the Presbyterian Witness and was a contributor to A Comprehensive Faith and Election Day Sermons. He is currently a member of Westminster Presbytery in the PCA. He and his wife Janey have 3 children and several grandchildren.