Book Review: Same-Sex Marriage


On a scale of 1-10, I give Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marraige (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014) a 10 for how well the authors address their chosen topic. Throughout my reading of this book I continually rejoiced in the grace and compassion shown by Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet toward the homosexual community, while at the same time not compromising in their solid support of marriage being defined exclusively as between 1 man and 1 woman.

The authors explore how our culture has transitioned from disapproval of homosexuality to acceptance and even a demand for same sex marriage. They underline that homosexuality and same sex marriage are just one of several forms of the sexual immorality the Bible condemns, such as adultery. Our culture has long been undermining the true definition of marriage, through allowing “no-fault” divorce laws and advancing the idea of marriage for “as long as we both shall love” instead of “for as long as we both shall live.” They state that if we are to allow same sex marriage to stand, we must radically redefine marriage and what is to stop us from including incestuous or polygamous relationships?

The authors use Scripture to support God’s view and purpose for marriage–procreation, raising children in stable homes with a mother and a father, and as a parable explaining the mystery of Christ and His church. Marriage between 1 man and 1 woman was a creation ordinance, and though it has been tarnished and corrupted by the fall of man, God’s purpose holds strong and unchanging.

The authors interviewed many men and women for this book, getting their perspectives on marriage and cultural shifts, how to engage people compassionately and in an informed manner, that even Christians can struggle with same sex attraction, and how essential it is for Christians to defend traditional marriage and their faith.

Ultimately we are to remember that every human is an image bearer of Christ, regardless of sexual orientation. We are all sinners in need of a Savior, and Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is sufficient to restore ANYONE to Himself. I highly recommend this book to any who seek “a thoughtful approach to God’s design for marriage.”


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