frgavin on June 29th, 2009

Cranmer’s Curate writes:

The legality of the Bible in English, at least in uncensored form, is now at its most precarious since the reign of Mary I (1553-1558).

Under the reign of her father, Henry VIII, the Bible had been both translated into English and distributed widely in the form of the Great Bible in parish churches throughout the realm. Mary reversed her father’s permissive policy towards the desire of the Protestant reformers to open up the Bible to the English nation, but the establishment of a Protestant monarchy under her successor Elizabeth meant there has never been a threat since to the wide availability of the Bible in English.

Until the cultural triumph of secularism in the second half of the 20th century.

The now deeply-entrenched public support for the sexual revolution, revealed by the 40th anniversary celebrations of the reaction to the infamous police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York, will not be lost on the candidates standing for Parliament in the general election next year.

Particularly amongst younger voters, support for the suppression of views that are perceived to be ‘homophobic’ is likely to be de rigueur. This means that even under a Conservative government it is highly unlikely that there would be any serious political resistance against the pressure to use current anti-homophobia legislation to suppress any criticism of homosexual practice.

Under such cirumstances, it is difficult to foresee how elected politicians would be motivated to support the uncensored availability of biblical statements such as St Paul’s in Romans 1:

For this cause (i.e. the fact that mankind rejected their Creator and turned to idolatry) God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet (Romans 1v26-27 – King James Version).

Under pressure from influential gay lobby groups such as Stonewall, with widespread media-fuelled public support behind them, the State will be faced with the question of what attitude it should take towards the wide availability of the Bible in the United Kingdom in the English language. Currently you can easily purchase an uncensored copy of the Bible from mainstream retail outlets and from online retailers such as Amazon.

Will the State allow a Stonewall-approved version of the Bible in retail outlets with certain offensive passages excised?

If this happens, Christians must pray for the courage to reject censored versions of the Bible promoted by the State out of loyalty to Christ. It is after all the Word of the King of kings and Lord of lords they are tampering with.

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