The Christian Church's LGBTQ Failure: Move toward a Biblical Approach of Speaking the Truth in Love (ebook)

The Christian Church's LGBTQ Failure: Move toward a Biblical Approach of Speaking the Truth in Love (ebook)

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In a world as divisive as ours, can Christians ever find middle ground on LGBTQ+ issues?

Perhaps, if you’re willing to marry Biblical truths with grace and love in a nonjudgmental way that the extremes on both sides of the aisles have failed to do in the past.

Peter DeHaan, a lifelong student of the Bible, does just that in THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH’S LGBTQ FAILURE. He won’t be politically correct, but he will be Biblically correct. And he certainly isn’t afraid to speak hard truths even if it makes people uncomfortable.

His goal is to see Christians like you push past the status quo and reconsider how you practice your faith in every area of your life, including how you handle LGBTQ+ issues.

If you’re looking for a dozen reasons why churches should judge and shun LGBTQ+ people, this book isn’t for you. But it also isn’t for readers who want to embrace a progressive stance that places secular ideals over entire passages of Scripture to be more palatable for today’s politically correct society.

In a world marked by so much division, THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH’S LGBTQ FAILURE forces conservative Christians to examine their history of judgmentalism while still upholding Biblical standards of sexual purity and marital sanctity. And the book urges liberal Christians to reclaim the Bible as their ultimate guide instead of elevating worldly ideals.

In this thought-provoking, insightful book, Peter DeHaan encourages Christians to speak hard truths in love. With sensitivity and empathy, Peter combines Biblical doctrine as well as Christian grace in a volume that’s critical reading for thoughtful believers on both sides of this debate.

For a reasonable, grace-filled conversation about how loving, Bible-believing Christians should respond to LGBTQ+ people and their allies, read THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH’S LGBTQ FAILURE today.

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How It All Began

In this book I’ll make no effort to be politically correct. I will, however, strive to be biblically correct. This distinction is critical.

If this goal upsets you, don’t bother to continue reading as it will thoroughly offend you. And if you’re not open to having your perspective challenged, this book will only cause you angst.

But if you’re willing to consider a different approach to this most contentious of subjects, then proceed with expectation. As you read, pray for the Holy Spirit to speak to you and inform your thinking.

The Holy Spirit, in fact, is why I wrote this book. It wasn’t my idea, and I didn’t want to do it, but I am obeying the direction given to me by the Holy Spirit.

Though the underpinnings of this book may have been brewing for years, the catalyst came to me supernaturally after watching the movie Jesus Revolution.

Jesus Revolution is based on events in the late 60s and early 70s, when a pastor in Southern California welcomes hippies to his church—despite some initial personal reluctance—when all other churches rejected them. What happened then touches me profoundly now.

Jesus Revolution is based on real-world events. Though taking place over fifty years ago, the example is still relevant today, reminding us of the power of Jesus and his life-changing message. It clawed at status quo Christianity, in favor of a fresh faith expression that reached those on the outside. In this case, it was hippies.

It’s easy to say that, had I been an adult at that time, I’d have embraced hippies in my faith community. Yet, in truth, I suspect I’d have also pulled away like most everyone else. I fear I’d have lacked the vision—and the courage—to embrace a countercultural group of people.
“How does this apply now?” I asked myself. “Who are today’s hippies that most churches dismiss?”

I squirmed a bit when I realized it’s those who identify as LGBTQ.

At the same time, the Holy Spirit urged me to write a book about it.

Frankly, I didn’t want to. I feared I’d upset everyone, and I prefer to avoid the drama. I may lack courage.

Yet if God calls me to do it, I’ll do it.

Let’s begin. 

Meet Author Peter DeHaan

Peter DeHaan, PhD, often makes religious people squirm, but spiritual seekers cheer. He’s not trying to be provocative, but he seeks truth, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. He yearns for Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

Peter earned his doctorate, awarded with high distinction, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife in beautiful Southwest Michigan and wrangles crossword puzzles in his spare time.

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