Welcoming But Not Affirming, by Stanley J. Grenz

Stanley Grenz is responding to "welcoming and affirming churches"—churches "convinced that the Christian mandate involve[s] not only ministering to homosexual persons but also sanctioning same-sex relationships." Contrary to what the word "welcoming" in the title might lead one to expect, the book does not provide a middle ground in a divisive debate.

Grenz's "welcome" to homosexual people comes only after an extended argument against same-sex unions, and it is predicated on assisting "brothers and sisters who are seeking liberation from homosexual behavior patterns in finding places of ministry within the church." His book is not likely to sway opponents. Nevertheless, it will help partisans on both sides to clarify their arguments.

 

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