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Identity and the Worship of Self

Matthew P W Roberts




Identity and the Worship of Self

Matthew P W Roberts


A study of identity politics through a biblical lens, looking at idolatry of the self and the elevations of sexual identity.

Our culture is obsessed with identity and it has been the cause of tense interaction with (and within) the Church. Rather than being a new challenge to the Christian faith, however, the identity issue is a very old one; it is fundamentally one of idolatry. Who we are, who we think we are, and how God in Christ restores our knowledge of ourselves in covenant with him, are central Biblical themes. But these things will only appear with clarity if we have the courage to tackle the idolatries of our own age at the root, and stand true to our calling as Christians to worship God and him alone.

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    Matthew P W Roberts

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    Christian Focus Publications

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    Gender & Sexuality

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Matthew P W Roberts

Matthew P W Roberts

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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Brilliant - but Dangerous!

I bought this book (at the 2023 W Midlands Men's Convention) because I desired to understand more about Pride ideology. The book does this brilliantly but it quickly revealed the idols of my own heart. It's all too easy for Christians in the west to worship free speech, God's Word, our evangelical church structures and expository preaching etc. All good stuff but they can quickly become idols and prevent us from worshipping the one true God and lying face down and crying, "God have mercy on me a sinner." The author reveals the idolatry and destruction of Pride and especially Sexual Orientation but also shows that evangelical churches can also construct their own idols which make salvation from Pride idolatry very difficult. I read this book in order to help me to understand and call, for example, LGBT people to repentance. Instead, this book has driven me to my knees and demanded that I live out the true gospel and preach this to all irrespective of any identity - perceived or otherwise. The book makes a key point that all of us - all humans - are male human beings created in God's image or female human beings created in God's image. Therefore, we are to image God accordingly, pointing to the final marriage supper of Christ and His church. All church leaders and workers need to read this book. It offers hope for the sinner and Godly rebuke to those of us who think we are righteous.


The first half of the book was pretty technical and over my head in parts, however the second half feels more practical and critiques a popular Christian view to sexual identity. Matthew Roberts does a very good job at showing a different approach to the popular way, and I believe shows from the Bible why he’s got it right. Worth reading carefully, and prayerfully. Big issues that have serious consequence and we should heed Roberts’ message before we sleepwalk into worldliness.


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