Exchanging the Truth of God for a Lie: One Man's Spiritual Journey to Find the Truth About Homosexuality (2009)
Author(s): Jeremy Marks
Amazon UK: Exchanging the Truth of God for a Lie
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Memoir/autobiography and Theology
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Biblical studies, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Ethics, Homosexuality in the Bible, Pastoral issues, and Same-sex relationships
Especially suitable for: Evangelicals
In this book Jeremy relates his own journey through 20 years of ministry with Courage (UK), a group he founded in February 1988 to offer support for people who experience a conflict between their faith and their sexuality. Initially Courage (UK)’s ministry was based on the theory that a change in sexual orientation could be achieved through prayer and fellowship. Alternatively, acceptance of lifelong celibacy might result. However, Jeremy soon became struck by the failure of this ministry (and others like it) to produce any long-term results that really stood up to scrutiny. Worse, psychological harm or other damaging effects could result. To continue with integrity Jeremy decided he had to change the direction of Courage (UK) to become an affirming ministry supporting people as they are rather than trying to change them. (This controversial decision in 2001 meant the withdrawal of much funding support from evangelical sources.) Jeremy relates with sincerity how he arrived at that conclusion. This is a book written by a man very much on the ‘front lines’ of this area of ministry, and his words portray not only sensitivity and compassion, but also a great love for the Gospel. Rather than attempt to put down the ministries of others, he always shows respect and Christian love for those who do not agree with him.
“This is a book that has needed writing for a long time. It has been written with integrity, compassion, spirituality and with the brain firmly in gear. I am sure that I will read it again and again. Long may Jeremy’s ministry continue to grow and to provide hope for those who have been marginalised for so long. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews I was greatly moved by this book, and by Jeremy Marks’ integrity. Marks raises important questions about attitudes to homosexuality, and the damage done when people are dishonest to themsleves about who they are. Reading it has moved me a lot closer to accepting the need for the Church to acknowledge committed faithful relationships of different sorts. It has also helped me rethink aspects of my own faith. Marks’ change of heart came through his struggles to keep seeking God when God seemed not to bless what Marks had thought he had wanted him to do.” — Tim Cannon
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