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Costly Obedience

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Though we often hear about the "gay problem" today, there is an even deeper problem in the church today--one that we often overlook. The call to follow Christ is a call to costly obedience for all, not just for gay...

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Though we often hear about the "gay problem" today, there is an even deeper problem in the church today--one that we often overlook. The call to follow Christ is a call to costly obedience for all, not just for gay Christians. Far too often, the church has elevated homosexuality above other sins and required a costly obedience from gays that it is unwilling to demand of others. And yet, the answer is not to weaken the demands of obedience. Instead, gay Christians who make the difficult choice to align their lives with the biblical view of sexuality are a gift to the church, reminding all of us that spiritual growth and maturity is costly. There is a price to pay in following Christ and devoting our lives to the call of the gospel, and it is one that we all must pay--gay and straight Christians alike.

Through the stories and struggles of gay Christians who are reorienting their lives around the costly obedience required to follow Christ, Mark Yarhouse and Olya Zaporozhets call the church to reorient as well, leaving behind the casual morality that is widespread today to pursue the path of radical discipleship. Unlike any other book on homosexuality and the church, this is a call to examine your life and consider what God is asking you to lay down to take up your cross and follow him.


  • Catalogue Code 544480
  • Product Code 9780310521426
  • ISBN 0310521424
  • EAN 9780310521426
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jun 2019
  • Sales Rank 21477
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 0.80 MB (EPUB)

Mark Yarhouse

Mark A. Yarhouse (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is professor of psychology and director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity ( at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. A licensed clinical psychologist, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of both the Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia, and the psychology department of Wheaton College Graduate School.
His books include Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, co-authored with Richard E. Butman and Barrett W. McRay, Sexual Identity Synthesis: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times, co-authored with Lori A. Burkett, Sexual Identity Synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence, co-authored with Erica S. N. Tan, Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate, and Ex-gays?: A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation co-authored with Stanton L. Jones. Most recently he has produced Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal with James N. Sells.
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Costly Obedience: What We Can Learn From the Celibate Gay Christian Community Paperback
  • <p>though We Often Hear About The "gay Problem" Today, There Is An Even Deeper Problem In The Church Today--one That We Often Overlook. The Call To Follow Christ Is A Call To Costly Obedience For All, Not Just For Gay Christians. Far Too Often, The Church Has Elevated Homosexuality Above Other Sins And Required A Costly Obedience From Gays That It Is Unwilling To Demand Of Others. And Yet, The Answer Is Not To Weaken The Demands Of Obedience. Instead, Gay Christians Who Make The Difficult Choice To Align Their Lives With The Biblical View Of Sexuality Are A Gift To The Church, Reminding All Of Us That Spiritual Growth And Maturity Is Costly. There Is A Price To Pay In Following Christ And Devoting Our Lives To The Call Of The Gospel, And It Is One That We All Must Pay--gay And Straight Christians Alike.</p> <p>through The Stories And Struggles Of Gay Christians Who Are Reorienting Their Lives Around The Costly Obedience Required To Follow Christ, Mark Yarhouse And Olya Zaporozhets Call The Church To Reorient As Well, Leaving Behind The Casual Morality That Is Widespread Today To Pursue The Path Of Radical Discipleship. Unlike Any Other Book On Homosexuality And The Church, This Is A Call To Examine Your Life And Consider What God Is Asking You To Lay Down To Take Up Your Cross And Follow Him.</p>

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