In this book, the internal struggles of the author against unrighteousness are depicted. ‘Gay Girl, Good God’ provides quotes that support its unique themes and motivate the reader to aim for godliness.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit after her salvation, Jackie Hill Perry takes to writing to pass the message of salvation across. Her vocabulary is candid and her views are backed up by the scriptures.
Identity and Sexuality
It is the identity that we ascribe to God out of doubt or faith in his Scriptures that will determine the identity we will give ourselves and ultimately the life that we inevitably live.
Here, the author says that believing God is affectionate makes us accept that we are loved. Faith in the authenticity of the character of God has the power to revolutionize how we live our lives.
This body was never mine to begin with—it was given to me from Somebody, for Somebody.
After her salvation, Jackie Hill confesses that previously, she had felt like she was living in the wrong body. For this reason, she could not see the beauty in God’s decision to make her a woman. Quoting Colossians 1:16, she agrees that all things were made by God and for God. So her body is not hers, anyway. It belongs to God.
I don’t believe it is wise or truthful to the power of the gospel to identify oneself by the sins of one’s past or the temptations of one’s present but rather to only be defined by the Christ who’s overcome both for those he calls his own.
This quote focuses on ensuring that struggling believers are not despised for their sins. Jackie Hill Perry is confident that Christ can overcome every temptation and worldliness in the life of a Christian.
Our sexuality is not our soul, marriage is not heaven, and singleness is not hell.
The author warns Christians against preaching the “heterosexual gospel” to people attracted to the same sex. She says our sexuality is not the only thing God wants to have control over. Marriage is a glorious design, but it is not the final destination of every believer.
The SSA Christian that is called to marriage is no more of an apologetic for the power of God than the SSA Christian that is called to singleness. In both, God is glorified.
Still on sexuality, Jackie Hill Perry insists that a Same-Sex-Attracted Christian that eventually marries someone of the opposite sex is not more important to God than a Same-Sex-Attraction Christian who is not married.
Because a good God made the woman, then being a woman is a good thing.
Jackie Hill Perry, who initially struggled with identity and believed her gender was a mistake, finally agrees that God’s plan is always the best.
Unbelief doesn’t see God as the ultimate good. So it can’t see sin as the ultimate evil. It instead sees sin as a good thing and thus God’s commands as a stumbling block to joy. In believing the Devil, I didn’t need a pentagram pendant to wear, neither did I need to memorize a hex or two. All I had to do was trust myself more than God’s Word.
In these lines, the author declares that doubt in God ensures that sin remains attractive to a sinner. An unbeliever cannot make decisions that please God because those decisions do not bring satisfaction to their sinful appetite.
Just as Eve let her body tell her what she should do with it, instead of God’s Word, which would’ve reminded her of what it was made for, I was inevitably prone to the same kind of unbelief.
Jackie Hill Perry speaks on how unrighteous her attraction to women was. This attraction to women had looked better than submission to the will of the Lord because she was a sinner.
Salvation and Grace
Is God trying to get my attention by making my life harder or something?
Even when Jackie Hill Perry fights against her conscience, the words of God remain on her mind. As her life becomes increasingly difficult, she questions the ways of God. She wonders if He wants her so much He is putting her through wearying situations to get her attention.
I know now what I didn’t know then. God was not calling me to be straight; he was calling me to himself. The choice to lay aside sin and take hold of holiness was not synonymous with heterosexuality.
Unlike the thoughts of many Christians who are preaching to gay people, the belief in Christ as a homosexual is not an automatic change to heterosexuality. The salvation of a lesbian does not mean the immediate transformation to being straight. Salvation means a new believer will learn to love and seek God more than anyone or anything else.
Who gave mercy my address? Or told it how to get to my room? Didn’t it know a sinner lived in it? On the way down the hall, shouldn’t the smell of idols kept its feet from moving any closer.
Jackie Hill Perry is not only a lesbian. She also abuses drugs and is addicted to pornography. She is surprised the Lord wants to have anything to do with her.
It amazes her that even after doing a lot to keep Him away, He still finds a way to speak to her.
Is this what it feels like to be a Christian? I thought to myself. Is it to have a quiet war inside of yourself at all times?
When Jackie initially surrenders her life to Christ, she struggles with her past behaviors. It is hard for her as she constantly has to deal with temptations. Wanting God over a woman is a brand new experience for her.
I was able to want God because the Holy Spirit was after my affections just as much as he was after my obedience.
The author of ‘Gay Girl, Good God’ wishes she was taught the beauty of God with as much intensity as she was taught the horridness of hell. If this were the case, she possibly would l have accepted Christ earlier. She says she was able to want God because the Holy Spirit was after her love and obedience.
Following Jesus not only meant eternal life but also a crucified one.
The author wonders if those who decide to be disciples of Christ know that following Jesus does not just mean they would have eternal life, but that they will suffer for righteousness’ sake. Jackie Hill Perry says crucifixion is not just painful, it is also slow.
If Jesus needed the strength to endure for the sake of obedience to His Father, how much more do we?
Here, the author declares that being a Christian and enduring temptation from the devil is hard, but just as the Father sent an angel to strengthen his son when he was overwhelmed, so has the Holy Spirit come to strengthen believers.
What quote points to Jackie’s belief that God’s decision Is always right?
The quote from ‘Gay Girl, Good God’ that proves Jackie Hill Perry’s belief that God is always right is “…because a good God made the woman, then being a woman is a good thing.” Here, Jackie Hill states that God choosing to make an individual a woman and not a man was a good decision.
What quote talks about Jackie Hill’s view on marriage?
The quote in ‘Gay Girl, Good God’ that talks about Jackie Hill Perry’s view on marriage is “Our sexuality is not our soul, marriage is not heaven, and singleness is not hell.” In this quote, Jackie Hill Perry insists that marriage is not a do-or-die affair. A gay Christian is free to remain single.
What are three famous quotes from ‘Gay Girl, Good God’?
“The reason to turn from sin has always been so we can turn towards Jesus.”
“For the unbeliever that is SSA (same-sex attracted), God is not mainly calling them to be straight; He’s calling them to Himself.”
“Unbelief doesn’t see God as the ultimate good. So it can’t see sin as the ultimate evil. It instead sees sin as a good thing and thus God’s commands as a stumbling block to joy”
What quote in ‘Gay Girl, Good God’ proves that Jackie Hill was not expecting God’s grace?
“Who gave mercy my address? Or told it how to get to my room? Didn’t it know a sinner lived in it? On the way down the hall, shouldn’t the smell of idols kept its feet from moving any closer.” Here, Jackie Hill Perry is shocked that God’s grace found her even with her ungodly lifestyle.