Have you heard about the homophobic Bible called the Queen James Bible? Is the Queen James Bible an attempt by the publishers or authors (or both?) to water down the truth of the Bible? You be the judge but this Bible seems to want to make the Bible be gender-neutral. If you have not yet heard about it, you soon will. You will also hear about the increasing pressure on Bible teachers, speakers, authors, and pastors who are facing an increased risk of being accused of hate speech. Many will go silent on the subject of same-sex marriage. Many already fear saying anything about it, particularly if they call homosexuality or same-sex marriage sin, as the Bible clearly does. The threat, or really, the promise to have hate speech charges filed against Christians and churches is because of what some say is discrimination.
The Queen James Bible claims that there is no mention of or reference to homosexuality in any Bible prior the 1946 publishing of the Revised Standard American Bible. What they fail to tell the readers is that the word itself, homosexual, did not make it into the English language until 1892 so this fact shouldn‘t surprise us. This is the same argument that evolutionists might use to accuse the veracity of the Bible by stating that it doesn’t mention dinosaurs and the very same situation applies here…the word dinosaur is a relatively new word and was not around when the Bible was written.
The Queen’s English, so to speak, has been busy editing the only 8 verses in the Bible where it mentions homosexuality and in their own words, “makes homophobic interpretation impossible.”  And all of God’s people said….what? This is like a baby playing peek-a-boo. They cover their eyes and believe they can’t be seen, but in reality, like the original word’s intentions, the sin of same-sex relationships is plain to see.
Since the publishers of the Queen James Bible say that homosexuality didn’t appear until 1946, what word was translated from the Greek in these 8 verses where homosexuality appears? The Greek word used where the word 'homosexual' appears, according to Greek dictionaries, is arsenokoites. It is a masculine noun and it still mentions the same situation in context as sin where “a man lies in bed with another male (arsenokoites)” which is mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:10 and specifically in 1 Corinthians 6:9 where Paul writes, “men who practice homosexuality”. The only difference would be “men who lay in bed with other men.” It is crystal clear that the two Greek terms translated by this phrase refer to the passive and active partners in consensual homosexual acts. It is not possible to make it gender neutral or homophobic. It would be mistranslating the text and when a text is mistranslated it becomes a false pretext.
Even if you take out the word homosexuality in these 8 verses, look what happens to the text. The Greek word arsenokoites is still defined in the Greek dictionary as “an adult male who practices sexual intercourse with another adult male or a boy homosexual, sodomite, pederast.” The reason that the word homosexual is used is because it most accurately portrays what the Greek word means. The vast majority of Christians believe that the Bible should not be interpreted to support GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender) people but rather should be honest in translating what the original Greek words mean and not condescend to the use of cheap trickery like changing the wording in a select eight verses to prove one's point and only for the purpose of making a Bible "discrimination proof" or even politically correct.
Here is another word that is easily translated. Sin! Whatever word you use, homosexuality or arsenokoites, it is still sin and there is no watering this down. Sin literally means to agree with God about something, that it is missing the mark, breaking the Law of God. Please understand that I do not hate anyone. I hate sin and my own sin brought me to the need of a Savior. I was a drug addict, drug dealer, thief, prisoner, and was headed for destruction. I am not casting stones. I am only writing about what God says in His Word. I still consider myself a sinner with the need to repent and confess daily but I had to come out of these sins and put my trust in Christ Who alone can save us from our sins. The point is that no one who continues to practice such sins or as is written “the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuality (or men who lie in bed with other men which is what arsenokoites means) as written in 1 Corinthians 6:9. The list continues in verse 10, “thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Maybe they’ll come out with a new Bible that will water-down thieves with “sticky fingers” or swindlers with “high-risk brokers.” Even if they do, these are still sin and without repentance, neither of these who practice such things will inherit the kingdom of God (or would they prefer the queendom of God?).
Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief of WORLD magazine and a staunch Christian conservative has an ominous warning for Christianity. He recently stated that in the very near future, churches and Christians are going to be facing criminal charges with the very real threat of imprisonment and fines by having discrimination or hate speech charges filed against them. This is even more likely now since the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage which makes it easier to file hate speech charges or discrimination lawsuits against those who speak against same-sex couples or homosexuality as being sin. This ruling forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where it is legal (of which the number of states is growing).
Indeed, we see prophecies coming true today like the one Isaiah wrote (5:20) “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” for “You have wearied the LORD with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the LORD, and he is pleased with them" (Mal 2:17). Christians…we had better hunker down by staying on our knees, staying grounded in the Word of God, seek to love God and put Him first (Matt 6:33), love His people in the Body of Christ and even love homosexuals and asking them to repent before the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord. Lastly, we must never, ever back down from the truth. Friends of Christ, it seems that evil fanatics have zeroed in on the people of God and this persistent juggernaut is taking dead aim on individual Christians and churches with the intent of destroying us. We know from Christ’s promise that this is not going to happen for the gates of hell will never bring down the church. You can translate the Bible anyway you want but sin will still be an affront to a Holy God. Put that in your translation pipe and smoke it!
1. The Queen James Bible, A Gay Bible. November, 2012. http://queenjamesbible.com/
Accessed June 26th, 2013.
Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.