Now this foolish generation, which is lurching from one stupid and wicked thing to another as it stumbles along in spiritual darkness, farther and farther from the truth, has produced a “Gay Pride” Bible.
It’s called the Queen James Bible, and it is $34.95 on Amazon. It claims that only eight verses in the King James Bible oppose homosexuality, but that’s no problem because all eight have been “reinterpreted” in this Bible. Homosexual activists, if they address the Bible at all, claim that it is opposed only to forceful and violent homosexual acts, such as rape, and to homosexuality performed in the context of ancient idolatrous temple cults, and that it does not addresses homosexuality in general and homosexuality in the context of “a loving, committed relationship.”
So the Queen James Bible changes Genesis 15:5 to read, “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may rape and humiliate them.” That is clever, but it is not what the Hebrew says. The Queen James Bible translator simply made this up. And it is not what the New Testament defines as the sin of Sodom. Jude says the city was given over to fornication and going after strange flesh (Jude 7). I have heard it said that Jesus did not address homosexuality, but that is nonsense. He addressed marriage and pointed back to Genesis 2 as the divine standard for all men of all centuries (Matthew 19:4-6).
Jesus taught that holy matrimony is a divine institute in which one male and one female are united for life. Jesus was opposed, therefore, to “sameSex marriage.” The Bible plainly and irrefutably teaches that any sexual relationship outside of or in addition to holy marriage is a grave sin called either fornication or adultery. “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). The Queen James Bible publisher also dusts off the old claim that King James I was a homosexual. Having examined the evidence for that, I am convinced it was a slander, but even if it were true, it means nothing, because King James himself is no authority to the Bible believer, and he had nothing to do with the actual translation of the English Authorized Bible. (See “Was King James a Homosexual” at the Way of Life web site for more on that. There is an efficient search engine.)
(Friday Church News Notes, December 28, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)