I am trying to understand the burning of Bibles in Waynesville on Halloween Night. The preacher of that Baptist church claims that the King James Version of the Bible is the only true, authorized Holy Bible, and all other Bibles and other religious writings should be burned. By his actions and his speech, this man is not representative of the Christian faith.
This Bible was authorized to be written by a King, to control his subjects. It was not authorized by God in any way, shape or form. The word "authorized" only indicates that it was authorized by the King. In addition, Christians have ostensibly felt that homosexuality or sex with members of the same sex is not in accord with God's laws. That same King James had numerous affairs with men, and the two knights buried beside him in Westminster Abbey were actually two of his lovers.
In that Bible, as well as others, Romans 13 has always been interpreted as demanding the people's unconditional submission to the state. However, the one word exousia can be translated a couple different ways. Briefly, if we insert the word "liberty" in place of exousia in Romans 13, then we have an entirely different meaning than what is commonly interpreted. Paul is actually saying that we should be at liberty to obey God, rather than be subject to the will of men, which goes against what modern Christians have been taught.
According to KSLA-TV of Shreveport, La., FEMA is training clergy response teams to use Romans 13 to control and subjugate their congregations to follow governmental laws and submit to government authority, however tyrannical it may be.
— Kern Stafford