What does the Bible say about sexuality and gender identity? This important question doesn't have a simple answer. Faithful Christians, after much study, sometimes disagree. At CenterPeace, we always encourage folks to prayerfully read as much as they can and seek God's guidance. This is a short list of the books we've found to be the most helpful, and they offer a variety of perspectives. Some are written by scholars, delving into ancient texts and cultures. Others are by LGBTQ+ Christians, providing insight into the intersection of faith and sexuality through personal testimonies. Some are both!
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear."
1 John 4:18
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Affirming by Sally Gary
CenterPeace is proud to present Affirming, written by our Executive Director Sally Gary. Order it now on Amazon.com
In this deeply personal memoir, Sally traces the experiences, conversations, and scriptural reading that culminated in her seeing her sexuality as something that made sense within the context of her faith—not outside of it or in opposition to it. Along the way, she addresses specific aspects of her journey that will resonate with many other gay Christians: the loneliness and isolation of her previously celibate life, the futile attempts she made to resist or even “change” her sexual orientation, and the fear of intimacy that followed a lifetime of believing same-sex relationships were sinful.
Sally’s story—one of heritage, learning, courage, and love—is written especially for the generations of LGBTQ Christians after her who are questioning whether they can stay part of the church they call home. It’s a resounding reminder that, just like Sally’s own heart, things can change, and sometimes, when we earnestly search for the truth, we find it in the most unexpected places.
What does the Bible say about same-sex relationships?
Karen R. Keen
Karen R. Keen
What is it like being gay and growing up in church?
God and the Gay Christian
How can churches and families respond in love?
Greg & Lynn McDonald
What does the Bible say about gender identity?