QUESTION: I have been told
that King James was a homosexual. Is this true?
EXPLANATION: King James I
of England, who authorized the translation of the now famous King James
Bible, was considered by many to be one of the greatest, if not the
greatest, monarchs that England has ever seen.
Through his wisdom and determination he united the warring tribes of
Scotland into a unified nation, and then joined England and Scotland
to form the foundation for what is now known as the British Empire.
At a time when only the churches of England possessed
the Bible in English, King James' desire was that the common people
should have the Bible in their native tongue. Thus, in 1603, King James
called 54 of history's most learned men together to accomplish this
great task. At a time when the leaders of the world wished to keep their
subjects in spiritual ignorance, King James offered his subjects the
greatest gift that he could give them. Their own copy of the Word of
God in English.
James, who was fluent in Latin, Greek, and French, and
schooled in Italian and Spanish even wrote a tract entitled "Counterblast
to Tobacco",which was written to help thwart the use of tobacco
Such a man was sure to have enemies. One such man, Anthony
Weldon, had to be excluded from the court. Weldon swore vengeance. It
was not until 1650, twenty-five years after the death of James
that Weldon saw his chance. He wrote a paper calling James a homosexual.
Obviously, James, being dead, was in no condition to defend himself.
The report was largely ignored since there were still
enough people alive who knew it wasn't true. In fact, it lay dormant
for years, until recently when it was picked up by Christians who hoped
that vilifying King James, would tarnish the Bible that bears his name
so that Christians would turn away from God's book to a more "modern"
It seems though, that Weldon's false account is being
once again largely ignored by the majority of Christianity with the
exception of those with an ulterior motive, such as its author had.
It might also be mentioned here that the Roman Catholic Church was so
desperate to keep the true Bible out of the hands of the English people
that it attempted to kill King James and all of Parliament in 1605.
In 1605 a Roman Catholic by the name of Guy Fawkes, under
the direction of a Jesuit priest by the name of Henry Garnet, was found
in the basement of Parliament with thirty-six barrels of gunpowder which
he was to use to blow up King James and the entire Parliament. After
killing the king, they planned on imprisoning his children, re-establishing
England as a state loyal to the Pope and kill all who resisted. Needless
to say, the perfect English Bible would have been one of the plot's
victims. Fawkes and Garnet and eight other conspirators were caught
It seems that those who work so hard to discredit the character of King
James join an unholy lot.