Pastors lash out at gay bible

Queen James Bible said to be more favorable to homosexuals
editors, possibly of the gay community, have set out to reinterpret the
King James Version of the Bible by creating a new translation entitled,
‘The Queen James Bible’, making the translation favorable to gays and

The King James Version of the Bible is one of the foremost and leading documents which denounce same-sex attractions and unions.

It is difficult to ascertain who the actual creators of the new version are, as the largest popular online retailer, lists the publisher as Queen James.

This new version, which was released at the end of November, is
said to be making an attempt at preventing any homophobic
misinterpretations of the Bible.

The publishers have claimed that the use of the word
‘homosexuality’ was not used in the Bible until 1946 when the Revised
Standard Version had been released and that people had misunderstood the
original meaning of the text.

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Of the original text of the Bible, the eight scriptures that have
been most frequently cited to denounce homosexuality have been altered
in the gay version

The editors have cited that the original scriptures were wrongly
construed to reference homosexual behaviour and have now made
“homosexual interpretations impossible”.

One of the scriptures that were amended was Genesis 19:5.
Originally, the scripture 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 know them”. In its amended form, it now reads “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.”


At least two clergymen have shunned the alterations made by the ‘Queen James Bible’.

Pastor and vice-president of the Jamaica Association of
Evangelicals, Peter Garth,
stated, “It is no threat to the Church. I do not think the Church will
be alarmed by this. Individuals cannot just change the Bible based on
the original texts.”

“This sounds like a grand circus and if you change the word to fit your lifestyle then you have tainted the word,” he said.

Senior pastor of a New Testament Church of God in Portmore, St
Catherine, Philbert Johnson noted that, “Man should not add or subtract
from the word of God as they will pay the ultimate price, which is
enshrined in Revelation 22:19,” the pastor explained.

Shane Bennett, a born again believer, stated, “I do not think
people would gravitate to this or take it as a truth. It’s not going to
create any new wave of doctrine. One must not think too highly of it as
it is just lies,” Bennett said.

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When a representative of J-Flag was contacted and asked of the
relevance of the Bible to the gay community, he said that he
was unaware of its existence but mentioned that he didn’t think there
was need to create another version as many already existed.

The new Bible is being retailed for approximately $US35 on and
the name chosen is due to allegations that King James was called Queen
James due to the various homosexual relationships he is said to have

Meanwhile, checks made with some of the island’s popular book
retailers such as the Kingston Bookshop, Sangster’s Book Stores and the
Bible Society of Jamaica have revealed that they were unaware of the
existence of the biblical text and so cannot state whether or not they
will be introducing the book to the Jamaican market.

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