Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Compassion Without Compromise by Adam Barr and Ron Citlau

The book is exactly what the title says.

Two pastors provide compassionate and gracious answers to how Christians ought to think about and discuss issues of homosexuality without shying away from the truth of Scripture.

Speaking truth in love does not mean we abandon kindness. On the same side, approaching the issue in humility does not mean we water down the Gospel or the reality of Sin and sinful sexual behavior and the repentance that needs to take place.

This book was a breath of fresh air for me. As a pastor, I have experienced both extremes from people in the church and I have struggled with how to respond.

What do you say to someone who "hates the gays" or declares "all they're good for is burning in hell"?
How would you respond to someone who says, "Doesn't God want me to be happy? Why did God make me this way?"

Barr and Citlau help you navigate those waters. There is a sensitivity to their writing and practical advice. Something we all need in any case. And that sensitivity provides the openness to declare sin is sin and people who commit sin need repentance without coming across as the crazy bullhorn preacher.

It is the power of Jesus that we all need. It is the deliverance from sexual sin that we need to address.

There are ten quick chapters in this book, so it will read very quickly. Once you finish, you'll probably think to yourself, "So now I know how to put my response to words that honor Jesus."

This is a fantastic resource of practical, real-life advice.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Bethany House Publishing.

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