Dear Hank: In a post-truth culture dangerously adrift on a sea of relativism and moral confusion, I want to helpCRI’s spiritual and moral lighthouse to shine brightly. Please send me the selected items below:
“The most alarming problem with the ‘heterosexual gospel’ is that it is no gospel at all. Its missionaries carry into the world a message unable to save and set free. It points to marriage or a temptation-less heterosexuality as the reason to repent or the fruit of repentance. The reason to turn from sin has always been so we can turn toward Jesus. I don’t doubt that it’s easy to mistake the heterosexual gospel for the gospel of God because many have forgotten that the gospel is actually about God in the first place.”
“LGBT culture has done an excellent job of renewing or should I say, destroying, the mind of many, mainly by consistently using words as their greatest tool in their efforts to draw people into finding greater joy in identifying with their sin rather than their Creator.”
“The great contrast between us and Jesus is this: Jesus was sorrowful at the prospect of Him experiencing the displeasure of God, but most, if not all, of us become sorrowful at the prospect of not experiencing the pleasures of sin.”
“Someone trying to pursue heterosexuality and not holiness is just as far from right standing with God as someone actively pursuing homosexuality. And in fact, when an SSA [Same-Sex Attracted] Christian pursues heterosexuality as the goal instead of Christ, they will ultimately find themselves merely replacing one idol for the other.”
“Obedience for those who are SSA deals in the terrifying because it means to deny the body of what often feels as natural as smiling. SSA is usually not concocted or becoming of a particular imagination. It’s a real affection experienced by real people.”
“But we were not made for sex; we were made for God and His glory alone (Col. 1:16).”
“Even if many Christians cannot understand the specific struggle of same-sex attraction, all Christians can understand the general struggle of sin.”
“If only I could just be straight, and lay aside my homosexuality, God would accept me and call me His own, I used to think. This delusion was the belief that only one aspect of my life was worthy of judgment, while the rest deserved heaven. That my other vices were ‘not as bad.’ They were just struggles that I had to work on instead of repenting.”
“I don’t believe it is wise or truthful to the power of the gospel to identify oneself by the sins of one’s past or the temptations of one’s present but rather to be defined by only the Christ who’s overcome both for those He calls His own.”
Speaking of Homosexuality
Mere legitimization of homosexuality is hardly enough for the modern gay rights movement. It also demands, with all the subtlety of a socialist purge, the punishment of anyone objecting to that legitimization. And that demand, expressed through laws, institutional policies, and cultural icons, leaves plenty of us angry….We’re angry, in short, at the evolution of the gay rights movement from a plea for tolerance into a demand for both approval and retribution. And since the offenses show no sign of abating, we can assume the anger will be with us awhile.
So it’s never enough just to hold the right position. We also have to hold the position rightly, and this book will have plenty to say about that, too.
Since truth matters, we all want to be good stewards of it, part of which means preparation. Being “always…ready to give a defense” (1 Peter 3:15), “ready in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2), and “able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition” (2:24–25) means knowing in advance what to say, and how to say it. George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“There’s something I need to tell you….I’m gay.”
These are hard words to hear from a beloved family member. But as hard as they are to hear, they are also hard for the same-sex-attracted to utter.
No matter the relationship—parent, child, grandparent, spouse, sibling, or friend—that admission likely will mark a change in the way you and your loved one understand each other. These can be difficult waters to navigate, but Joe Dallas knows the rough waters firsthand and answers the questions you need answered.
Men everywhere are under attack—your neighbor, your coworker, your pastor, even your husband. And, even in Christian homes, 40 percent of men have fallen to this foe that can destroy marriages and ruin lives. Who is this devastating adversary? Pornography.
Joe Dallas equips those who have been caught up in pornography or other forms of sexual sin with the ability to abandon that behavior and never return.
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