Is God anti-gay?

and other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction

A practical and sensitive exploration of the Bible's teaching on homosexuality.

Part of the Questions Christians Ask series.

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It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view to the culture's. So is God homophobic? And how do we relate to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction?

In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures. Drawing on his own experience, he offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.

This revised and updated version includes answers to some new questions, including:
• Should Christians attend gay weddings?
• Isn't the Christian view of sexuality dangerous and harmful?
• Is it sinful to experience same-sex attraction?

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Part of the Questions Christians Ask series: a range of short, simple books designed to help Christians understand what God has said about these questions and many more in the Bible.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Getting started: the Bible, marriage and sex
  • 2. The Bible and homosexuality
  • 3. Homosexuality and the Christian
  • 4. Homosexuality and the church
  • 5. Homosexuality and the world
  • Conclusion

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Author Sam Allberry
ISBN 9781908762313
Format Paperback
First published May 2013
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 10mm
Print size 9pt
Language English
Pages 96
Publisher The Good Book Company

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Timothy Keller

Author and Chairman of Redeemer City to City

Is God Anti-Gay is filled with biblical teaching and pastoral wisdom. Sam writes as a same-sex attracted Christian who does not experience his life as impoverished or sub-human. I am delighted to recommend this book.

Russell D. Moore

President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Author, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you.

Mark Dever

Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Empathetic & wise, learned and clear, hopeful and kind - this book by Sam Allberry is on a topic that can be very challenging.  It would be helpful for just about anyone to read.

Independent reviews

Is God Anti-Gay?

Nate Collins, The Gospel Coalition, July 15th 2013

In this brief but important book, Sam Allberry combines pastoral wisdom, authentic autobiography, and sound exegesis to provide Christians with a helpful introduction to the topic of homosexuality.... continue reading

For and Against?

Philemon Tracker, Evangelicals Now, July 15th 2013

Sam's testimony is that biblical faith is a source of great comfort and joy. What comes across is a pastor’s heart for people. Sam offers practical pointers for Christians who are struggling with the issue. There is also some helpful guidance for churches that, perhaps more frequently than ever before, are being called upon to support such believers in their life journeys. All this wisdom is set squarely in the context of a succinct exposition of the relevant Bible texts.... continue reading

Is God anti-gay?

Dave McDonald, Macarisms, September 3rd 2014

It’s not shaped by politics, sensationalism, or right-wing ideologies. It’s not seeking to ride the trends of culture or church opinion. This book is an attempt to seek the mind of God honestly and sensitively from the Bible.... continue reading

Customer reviews



I am so much inspired by reading it not for giving me any arguments for or against various moral issues but just being simply exquisitely HUMANE


“Awesome book”

With so much confusion in society and the church around the topic of same sex attraction this book is a gift from heaven. Sam has presented Godly truths in a relatable down to earth way that leaves the reader inspired, confident and equipped for ministry.


“this is a gospel issue”

Easily readable in 1 or 2 sittings, Biblical and truthful. The author writes from personal experience as a same-sex attracted pastor. He separates the issue from identity to temptation. The crux for me is that he calls same-sex attraction a Gospel issue. We can call it a sin issue, a holiness issue, but the truth is it's a Gospel issue. And that makes all the difference. The Gospel is good news for everyone, whatever the temptation.


“Care and compassion for others in all their diversity.”

Clearly sticks to biblical teachings in a compassionate and caring way. I have circulated this book in my house group as a first look at the complexity of being gay and how we should respond with care and Christian love.


“Excellent on the topic with an even broader scope of application”

Written with faithfulness to the Word and with compassion. I bought the book because of a counseling situation in which I found myself. What I received was not only biblical wisdom to encourage that person, but also wisdom for myself and others when we find ourselves struggling with temptation that we wish would just go away! The enemy uses guilt and shame to isolate us from God and from each other, but in fact, neither temptation nor sin define the believer any longer - Christ does by the power of His death and resurrection! As we come to understand this, the pull of temptation is overcome.Thank you, Sam, for a very helpful little book!


“Brief, Thorough and Biblical”

Great as an introduction to the biblical teaching on this subject. It also covers real life application. It does not go into too much depth so great for someone who is just starting to look into this issue.


“Excellent short coverage”

This book is written from the Bible and the heart. At The King's Cross Methodist Church in Doncaster, we are using it in all our house groups to prepare our minds for discussion on these matters taking place in the denomination. We know where we stand now and firmly.


“A very useful and insightful, compassionate read”

This short read is an honest, biblical-based look at how we as Christians should look at the cultural issue of "being gay". Easy to read and understand but hard-hitting in it's honesty of what it means for a person with same-sex attraction to "take up their cross".


“The best book that I have read on the subject”

As sound " evangelical " Christians my wife and I were heartbroken when our son told us he was gay. Here are some of the things that he told to us in the months following.

When I found out I was gay I hated myself and prayed over and over again that God would heal me.

I thought that by being baptised God would " clean me out ".

No one would choose to be gay. One in four gay people kill themselves.

My friend hung himself after his family totally rejected him.

I would love to go to church but their are too many nasty people guarding the way.

I realised that my sexualty was as much a part of me as was the colour of my eyes. I could either accept this or live in total rejection of myself.

Does Sam's book deal with these issues ? Yes 100%.


“Great little book”

This great little book, written by Sam Allberry, is an honest, biblical-based look at how we as Christians should look at the cultural issue of "being gay". Easy to read and understand but hard-hitting in it's honesty of what it means for a person with same-sex attraction to "take up their cross".

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