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Was King James a Christian

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Phillip, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip <b>Moderator</b>

    Jun 29, 2001
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    Based entirely on historical fact, is there evidence that King James was really a Christian or otherwise.

    How about the translators?

    What were the basics of the Anglican Church in 1611 during the period of translation of the KJV?
  2. Logos1560

    Logos1560 Active Member
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    Oct 22, 2004
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    Gail Riplinger entitled one section of her
    book "King James was a godly Christian" (IN AWE, p. 571).

    It would be hard to say with absolute certainty
    whether King James was a Christian or not since we
    do not know his heart. But the KJV-only claim that he was "godly" can be shown to be inaccurate
    based on his known actions.

    As an infant, King James was given a Roman Catholic baptism. Later he was taught by Protestants. However, he turned from the Presbyterian views he had been taught in Scotland to the compromising views of the Church of England.

    Here are King James's earlier comments about
    the Church of England:

    While he was king in Scotland, Benjamin Brook noted that James had declared in the general assembly at Edinburgh, with his hands lifted to heaven, "that he praised God that he was born to be the king of the purest kirk [church] in the world." "As for our neighbor kirk of England," said he, "their service is an evil-said mass in English." James also said "that the Book of Common Prayer was the English mass book, and that the surplice, copies, and ceremonies were outward badges of popery" (LIVES OF THE PURITANS, Vol. 1, p. 60).

    Do his earlier words condemn his own later doctrinal views?
  3. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    People who believe that God's grace is given through "sacraments of the church" (baptism, eucharist) are not born again.

    We will not know the individual hearts of the translators. But we all know what they openly and publickly believed and taught.

    (Only the Baptists among the translators would give clear evidence of being born again by faith alone. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: )