Torn

Torn

Rescuing the Gospel From the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

Book - 2012
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"A loving and biblically-based response to the controversy that pits the church against the LGBT community and that divides Christians from each other"--Provided by the publisher.
Publisher: New York : Jericho Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455514311
1455514314
Characteristics: ix, 259 p. ; 24 cm.

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Lego_ergo_sum
Mar 06, 2017

This book was recommended by Sylvia Keesmaat at a January 2017 seminar on same-sex marriage. Dr. Keesmaat, a professor at the Toronto School of Theology, spoke in favour of changing Anglican Church of Canada policy so as to accept same-sex marriage.

"Torn" gave me a good feel for what it would be like to walk in the shoes of a gay Christian. It was honest, vulnerable, and accessible. It's improved my understanding of the issue. Recommended.

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franque
Mar 13, 2016

As a Bible following Christian in a same sex marriage I have much appreciation for Lee's honesty in conveying his internal battle between following his faith & his natural orientation. He exposes the judgmental attitudes of both some Christians & some LGBT folks. He navigates through the Bible to interpret scriptures he and most Christian same sex coupled people have read & examined. His final conclusion is that the Bible beyond just those debated scriptures about homosexuality, does support marriage between committed couples in Christ. He concedes not all LGBT folks agree with his conclusion.

Chapters 13 & 14 were especially comforting to read as I myself went back & forth between my faith & my spouse for a long time. Torn is really the perfect word for the struggle & Lee's depiction was spot on. Many times his conclusions were "we just don't know" on points like "why are folks gay," etc. This was refreshing as these days it seems so many people always think they "know."

My 2 disappointments with this book was in the final chapter. 1. There are seven points for how churches should be towards LGBT Christians. I disagree with a few of them especially the "We must learn how to dialogue" point which really was more like "we should be more PC and not say things that will offend." Life is about dealing w/ being offended at times & seeing through words to hearts. Tolerance means tolerating the wrong terms and being less sensitive about them. Also another suggestion was to let openly gay folks find their place in church. This sounds to me like telling a church how they should be and restricting a churches freedom to practice their beliefs as they see fit. If a church doesn't want to marry same sex couples or have a trans person at the pulpit, then so be it. If you don't like it, go to another church.

2.My other dislike was the placing of Tony Campolo & Phillip Yancy in the book. These two have ties to mystical/contemplative practices (practices not in the Bible whatsoever). It is very difficult as a Bible following Christian to see time after time New Ageism sneak it's worldly ways into the church and have the "openness" of LGBT folks used as pawns to usher in such unbiblical ideas and practices.

Lee's book is worthwhile, but I highly suggest one pray for discernment before reading.

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