Was king James a homosexual or a Freemason?
3 minute 30 second video by David Daniels and Jack McElroy
Short and to the point.
Was King James Gay? Part 2. Seven minute video follow up by David Daniels.
Here is a good article written by Stephen J. Ardent, a historian, who is not even a King James Bible onlyist.
It is titled King James the Homosexual: Fact or Fairy Tale
The Real Story of king James, by Dr. Phil Stringer
44 minute video showing how the rumors about king James being a homo got started.
WAS KING JAMES A HOMOSEXUAL?
King James I of England was one of the greatest kings the country has ever known. He was fluent in Greek, Latin, and French in addition to being schooled in Italian and Spanish. This same James once wrote a tract against the use of tobacco in hopes of curtailing its use in England. Such a tract angered many and no doubt produced enemies.
One of the King's bitterest enemies was Anthony Weldon. He had been excluded from the court of King‚ James and had sworn vengeance. Twenty-five years later (1650), after James had died, Weldon wrote a paper alleging James to be a homosexual. Obviously the King could not defend himself. But even then there were enough people still alive who knew King James and knew this accusation was not true. Therefore the rumor died.
In his book "King James Unjustly Accused" Stephen A. Coston Sr. states on page 287 "No less than three contemporary and professional historians (Sanderson, Heylyn, and Wood) sharply disagreed with those who hinted of James over fondness for male favorites. The testimony of these three, and the host of other men I have cited cannot be ignored, yet is ignored by those critical sources who seek to paint James as a homosexual."
Do you know how many children James and his wife Anne had together? EIGHT children. Only three of them reached adulthood, the other five died at birth or within the first year or two. This is all documented on pages 78-79 of King James Unjustly Accused.
This malicious allegation of James being a homosexual has been largely ignored until more recent years when it has been picked up by those who have tried to discredit the King James Bible.
One example occured in 1985 when MOODY MONTHLY published two articles about King James: "The Real King James" by Karen Ann Wojahn and "The Bible That Bears His Name" by Leslie Keylock (July/August, pp. 87-89). Although the writers could furnish no documentation, this "Christian" publication, when requested many times, refused to investigate or print the other side of the story.
If King James was a homosexual then he may have been the first one history to write passionate love letters to his wife who bore him eight children, and to have written a serious commentary on the book of Revelation in addition to a devotional entitled "Meditations on the Lord's Prayer".
The fact remains that nowhere in history is there any documentation of King James having been a homosexual, only rumors and allegations.
(Anyone interested in a more thorough study of this might wish to read the book, KING JAMES UNJUSTLY ACCUSED by Stephen A. Coston, Sr., a man who is an authority on the life of this same king.)
Actually, since he fathered eight children, he couldn't have been much of a homosexual! He wrote love letters to his wife and obviously enjoyed her most intimate company. He referred to her as "our dearest bedfellow" (Gustavus Paine, The Men Behind the King James Version, p. 4).
In a book that the king wrote for his son Henry (entitled Basilikon Doron, or A King's Gift), he made the following statements about the importance of sexual purity:
"But the principal blessing is in your marrying of a godly and virtuous wife? being flesh of your flesh and bone of your bone? Marriage is the greatest earthly felicity" (p. 43).
"Keep your body clean and unpolluted while you give it to your wife whom to only it belongs for how can you justly crave to be joined with a Virgin if your body be polluted?" (p. 44).
"When you are married, keep inviolably your promise made to God in your marriage" (p. 45).
"Abstain from the filthy vice of adultery; remember only what solemn promise ye made to God at your marriage" (p. 54).
The king wrote plainly against the sin of homosexuality.
"Especially eschew to be effeminate" (Basilikon Doron, p. 46).
"There are some horrible crimes that ye are bound in conscience never to forgive: such as witchcraft, willful murder, incest, and sodomy" (p. 48).
The charge of homosexuality was made by the king's enemies and only after his death. Stephen Coston's book King James the VI of Scotland and the I of England Unjustly Accused? (St. Petersburg, FL: Konigswort, 1996) makes the case that the charge was slanderous and untrue. The charge was first made by Anthony Weldon, who had been expelled from his office by James for political reasons and had sworn that he would have his day of vengeance. Weldon not only hated James, he hated the entire Scottish race.
Historian Maurice Lee, Jr., warned, "Historians can and should ignore the venomous caricature of the king's person and behavior drawn by Anthony Weldon" (Great Britain's Solomon: James VI & I (New York: Oxford University Press, 1956) and Christopher Durston, James I (London: Routledge, 1993).
THE REAL STORY OF KING JAMES I
WAS KING JAMES REALLY THE UNGODLY MAN THAT HIS MODERN CRITICS PROCLAIM HIM TO BE?
By Dr. Phil Stringer
Landmark Baptist College Press
Notes from the Internet
"But what if he was a homo?"
In the discussion about the inerrancy of The Bible - NO King James Bible critic REALLY believes there IS such a thing in print anywhere on this earth in any language - I have run into one or two Bible agnostics (they don't know for sure what God said in many places) who just will not give it up about king James supposedly being a homosexual.
So, just for the sake of argument, I ask them - "OK. What IF king James were a flaming faggot? I don't believe he was, but what if you are right and he was. So what? What difference would this make?
Look at some of the men God himself used to give us his inspired words. King David was both a murderer and an adulterer. King Solomon promoted the open idolatry of his many pagan wives and tried to kill the man he knew God had chosen to reign after him. Noah was a drunkard and yet God prophesied through him. Moses was a murderer who killed an Egyptian and then ran for his life. Paul hunted down and killed Christians. Peter denied the Lord with cursing and swearing, and the apostle John twice tried to worship an angel. King James did not write or translate a single word of the King James Bible, but God directly and repeatedly used men like Moses, David, Solomon, Noah, Peter, Paul and John to give us his inspired words of truth.
Is homosexuality somehow worse than being a murderer? Like I said, I don't believe the accusation that king James was a homo is true at all, but even supposing that it is, what real difference would this make regarding the inerrancy of the King James Bible? God himself used men who were guilty of great crimes to give us those long lost "original autographs" in the first place.
The Bible agnostics themselves do not believe in the inerrancy of ANY Bible - except maybe for those non-existent, never seen by them "originals" which never DID make up an entire Bible. They are just LOOKING for an excuse to continue in their unbelief and they LIKE being their own authority.
Whether king James were a homosexual or not would have nothing at all to do with whether or not God could in some way use him to bring forth his perfect, complete and inerrant words of truth.
Notes from the Internet
There is another wild story going around the internet saying that king James was a Mason. Here is a site that refutes this ridiculous claim. See also the references to the alleged "masonic handshakes".
PROOF THAT KING JAMES WAS NOT A FREEMASON & THE 1611 KJV IS NOT A MASONIC BIBLE
King James was NOT a Mason.
Article refuting the idea that king James was a Mason
Was king James a closet Catholic?
What about the 1611 King James Bible Calendar? Is there a Catholic Connection?
Two King James Bible bashers who kept posting their list of “errors” in the KJB, which they picked up from other bible agnostics like themselves, were using a list of printing errors they got from a guy named Rick Beckman, who at one time openly admitted he was “unashamedly atheistic”, but later took it down, and by an Orthodox Catholic on Youtube.
There was a Calendar in the original printing of the King James Bible. And this Orthodox Catholic on Youtube was trying to draw a connection between the KJB and the Catholic church.
KJB Calendar - Popery
Here is my response to a fellow King James Bible believer who was dealing with these two bible critics.
“Hi Vincent P. These two bible agnostics and unbelievers in ANY Bible in any language as being the complete and inerrant words of God (but they are too dishonest to admit it) are flat out lying about the KJB translators being pro-Catholic or Freemasons, let alone into astrology.
They are making this stuff up in an effort to slander God's perfect book.
The site these bible mockers put up is by an Orthodox Catholic who is trying to make a link between the King James Bible and the Catholic church.
The Catholic church never did approve of the Textus Receptus. No Catholic bible version ever used the Greek text of Erasmus to make up their translations, but ALL Reformation bibles did use Erasmus, Stephanus and Beza as their textual basis.
In fact, the Council of Trent (1545-1564) branded Erasmus a heretic and prohibited his works. In 1559, Pope Paul IV placed Erasmus on the first class of forbidden authors, which was composed of authors whose works were completely condemned.
There was a Calendar in the original KJB and you can see it in the reprint you can get from Nelson Publishers. I have a hard copy of it.
The Calendar is obviously not part of the Bible but was put there for historical reasons. Everybody in England was aware of religious holidays and the names of different religious figures in both the Protestant and the Catholic church. Both churches were free to worship after their manner and the customs of the Catholic church were well known to all.
The Calendar just makes note of these days in the calendar year so people could be aware of them. There is NO endorsement or approval of any of them on the part of the King James Bible translators.
The Calendar just made it possible for the common folk to know more about the religious environment and customs of the day on the part of both the Protestant and the Catholic churches.
These Bible bashers are trying to make it sound as though the KJB translators were mixed up in and approved of the Catholic church and its doctrines - which they openly criticized and preached against - and it is ludicrous to imply that they were into astrology of Freemasonry.
Here is an article refuting the Masonry charge.
King James NOT a Mason.
Many of the images and animals these King James Bible critics tell us are Masonic symbols are NOT that at all. The alleged "Masonic handshake" shown in the KJB is the hand of a man and a woman. Not two men. The handshake between a man and a woman was a symbol of marriage.
As for the animals, we see many of these same animals in the Geneva Bible. It is hard to make out some of the images, but there is a lion for Judah, a snake for Dan, a deer for Nehptali, what looks like another animal for Isacar, what looks like a goat for Joseph, some other animal for Benjamin, a sword for Simeon. These are not Masonic symbols. Just because the Masons use certain animals for their symbols as well, does not mean that they meant the same things for the KJB translators.
The fact of the matter is that the modern "bibles" these Bible agnostic clowns (Patrick Callaghan and John Lennox) are promoting like the ESV, NIV, NASB are based on the same "inter confessional" text that is common to the modern Catholic versions and the Jehovah Witness NWT, and it is under the direct supervision of the Vatican. They come right out and tell you this on page 45 of the Nestle-Aland 27th edition of their critical Greek textbook.
You can see the documented proof here -
Undeniable Proof the ESV, NIV, NASB, Holman Standard, NET, Jehovah Witness NWT etc. are the new "Vatican Versions"
As for the anti Popery of king James and the other translators, it is well known to anybody who actually looks into the matter.
Here are some quotes by king James.
King James made the following remarks concerning the Pope and Roman Catholicism:
"... Popery is in deed The mysterie of iniquitie ..." -- 1605 Speech to Parliament
"... blinde superstition of their errors in Religion ... led them to this device [The Gunpowder Plot] ..." -- 1605 Speech to Parliament
"The ground of all true ... religion, and ... service ... that brings salvation ... is to bee situate in Jesus Christ onely ... Act. 4:12 ..." -- Meditation Upon I Chron. 15:25-29
"The Pope is Antichrist ..." -- Meditation Upon Revelation 20:7-10
"Antichrist and his clergie ... not only infect the earth ... but rule also over the whole ..." -- Meditation Upon Revelation 20:7-10
"... Is it a small corrupting of the Scriptures to make all, or the most part of the Apocrypha of equall faith with the canonicall Scriptures ...?" -- A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"The Scripture forbiddeth to worship the Image of any thing that God created ..." -- A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"Christ did not promise ... to leave Peter with them to direct and instruct them in all things; but he promised to send the holy Ghost for that end." -- A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"Rome is the Seat of the Antichrist." -- A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
Another reason to like king James!
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Here is a video discussion about the King James Bible and the different views about the Bible as held by those who are not King James Bible believers. It also addresses the claim that king James was a Mason.