People to Be Loved

People to Be Loved

Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue

Book - 2015
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Christians who are confused by the homosexuality debate raging in the US are looking for resources that are based solidly on a deep study of what Scripture says about the issue. In People to Be Loved, Preston Sprinkle challenges those on all sides of the debate to consider what the Bible says and how we should approach the topic of homosexuality in light of it. In a manner that appeals to a scholarly and lay-audience alike, Preston takes on difficult questions such as how should the church treat people struggling with same-sex attraction? Is same-sex attraction a product of biological or societal factors or both? How should the church think about larger cultural issues, such as gay marriage, gay pride, and whether intolerance over LGBT amounts to racism? How (or if) Christians should do business with LGBT persons and supportive companies? Simply saying that the Bible condemns homosexuality is not accurate, nor is it enough to end the debate. Those holding a traditional view still struggle to reconcile the Bible's prohibition of same-sex attraction with the message of radical, unconditional grace. This book meets that need. - Amazon
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]
ISBN: 9780310519652
Branch Call Number: 261.8357 SPRINKLE
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 06, 2017

"People to be Loved" is a Christian traditionalist's sympathetic, understanding discussion of same-sex relationships. Sprinkle includes a thorough examination of the six most referenced Bible passages, incorporating recent research into sexuality and scripture. He concludes that the Bible does not support sexual same-sex relationships; ultimately, celibacy is recommended. Sprinkle is sympathetic, and agonizes with his conclusions.

I found most useful Sprinkle's analyses of the pros and cons of the various interpretations of the six Biblical passages, in particular because they included recent arguments I'd not seen examined elsewhere.

For a very thorough review and critique, see "Karen's" review in (


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