Was King James a Homosexual?
The Attacks against the King James Bible.
A common attack against the King James Bible is people will claim that King James was a homosexual. They say because King James was a homosexual and why would anyone want to follow a Bible that was created and promoted by a homosexual.
Luke 6:44-45 (KJV) “For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
The Lord is here providing a principle which is a good man will produce good works. As well an evil man will produce evil works. Based on this principle those who wish to attack the King James Bible want to point out the accusations that has been made for years that King James was a homosexual. A valid question is, is it right to be concerned about that? The answer is yes it is because of the principle discussed above. A good man will produce good works and a bad man will produce evil works. If King James was a homosexual we should be concerned because an evil man is going to produce evil works.
There was a lesbian on the translation committee for the NIV bible. Virginia Mallenkott was a literary critic for the NIV. In a 1991 magazine article she made this statement about her sexuality. “My homosexuality has always been a part of me.” Does her being a lesbian create any problems with the NIV? As a matter of fact it does. The word sodomite is mentioned one time in the KJV in Deuteronomy 23:17. This word does not appear at all in the NIV at all. The NIV changes sodomite to shrine prostitute. There is a big difference between a prostitute and a homosexual. We are not excusing what a prostitute does but a prostitute is not necessarily a homosexual. This is a method the modern Bible use to soften sin in the Bible. They believe that by writing their particular sin out of the Bible they can sell more Bibles.
The KJV says in 1 Corinthians 6:9 (KJV) “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.” The NIV changes this verse and basically says that the unrighteous people are homosexual offenders. Meaning there are good homosexuals and there are bad homosexuals. If a person is a homosexual offender they are the ones that are in trouble with the Lord. A good person will produce good works and an evil person will produce evil works.
So who was King James? King James was considered to be one of the greatest rulers of England if not the greatest. He was not an ordinary man because his life produced not just one extraordinary accomplishment but seven. He successfully united England with Scotland and he laid the foundation for Great Britain and was the first to use the term Great Britain. He commissioned the translation of the King James Bible which is still today the bestselling and most read Bible of all times. He was fluent in Latin, Greek and in French and had been taught Italian and Spanish. Even though he was so highly educated it was his desire to have the Bible translated into English the language of the common people. King James established the first Christian colony in America that being Virginia. In the charter of Virginia King James stated his purpose for doing so as “To make habitation and to deduce a colony of sundry of our people into that part of America commonly called Virginia in propagating of Christian religion to such people who as yet live in darkness.” King James also insisted in England and America that people be tried and receive a trial by jury with men being tried by a jury of twelve of their own peers. Trial by jury was unique to England and America. King James also exalted the importance of marriage by his own personal example. Prior to marrying his one and only wife he spent fifteen days in prayer before his wedding. King James was also concerned about his people and their wellbeing physically which is why he personally wrote a tract against the use of tobacco in England. King James was so well versed with the Bible that he constantly used it in bringing forth legislation and decisions and in his own day he was referred to as the British Solomon. During his funeral the man who preached his funeral made eleven different comparisons between King James and Solomon.
If King James was viewed by his own people as such a Godly King where did all these rumors come from? The answer is from his enemies. The Jesuits of the Catholic Church tried to assassinate King James in 1605 in what was known as the gunpowder plot. The Spanish ambassador to England wrote this description of King James just two years later. “He is a protestant, the King tries to extend his protestant religion to the whole island. The King is a bitter enemy of our religion. He frequently speaks of it in terms of contempt. He is all the harsher because of this last conspiracy against his life.” He understood that the Jesuits had a hand in it.
King James was from Scotland and was sitting on the throne of England and back then these two countries did not get along. There were many who resented his joining these two countries together. The English particularly objected to allowing Scots to be a part of their Kingdom. He was a man who was doing some unpopular things and because of this he was going to have some enemies. One such Englishman was a man name Anthony Weldon and he hated Scots with a passion. Because of his prejudice he was fired by King James. It was later that Weldon wrote one paper accusing King James of being a homosexual and that paper was not released until twenty five years after the death of the King and when it was published it was ignored by everybody, because when it was published there were too many people who personally knew the King and they knew that it was a lie. It was years later that this paper was discovered and used to attack the King and the King James Bible.
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