Doerun, Ga., population 368, nestled in a conservative county in one of the most conservative states in the country, is not a place one would expect to produce a new viewpoint in America’s homosexual debate.
But two Doerun pastors have written a book that they think will bring a new perspective to that divisive issue.
“Born That Way After All” came off the presses in early November, written by the Rev. David J. “Johnny” Nixon and the Rev. Glenn Hamm, copastors of First Love Baptist Church.
Hamm said several people have told them, “This book will blow the lid off America.”
Many people, as the book explains, say homosexuals are “born that way” — to seek relations with others of their gender instead of the opposite sex. Traditional Christians have rejected that perspective, often going to the opposite extreme and declaring homosexuals beyond — or nearly beyond — the reach of salvation.
Nixon, the primary author of the book, said both are wrong and the truth is contained in a misunderstood scripture, Matthew 19:11-12:
“But he [Jesus] said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.” (King James Version)
Nixon’s belief — and the theme of the book — is that the people who claim to be gay are actually the first kind of eunuch. They are “born that way,” the book says, but “that way” refers to a lack of sexual desire, not a desire for the same sex. Some men and women are born to be celibate, he said.