Mark Yarhouse and Olya Zaporozhets: Costly Obedience

What We Can Learn from the Celibate Gay Christian Community

Costly Obedience
(Zondervan, 2019)

WHO: Mark Yarhouse, a professor of psychology at Regent University and codirector of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity; and Olya Zaporozhets, associate professor in the School of Psychology and Counseling and codirector of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity at Regent University.

THEY SAY: “We hope the church will come to a more nuanced and mutually edifying view of persons who are navigating questions of sexual identity and faith, one that enriches all our relationships and supports a common vision of joy, charity and Christlikeness.”

THE BIG IDEA: This book equips celibate gay Christians and those who love them with ways to support and encourage one another in the body of Christ.

Through insights from interviews with 13 celibate gay Christians plus essays, the authors present their landmark research study of 1,300 celibate gay Christians.

“A church’s atmosphere and approach to LGBTQ+ experiences should be informed by a combination of grace and truth.”

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