The Workes of the Most High and Mightie Prince Iames,
By the Grace of God, King of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland,
Defender of the Faith, &c.
Published in 1616. Two additional Workes were appended in 1620.
The below quotes taken from The Workes page numbers: 310, 504, 78, 75, 503, 304, 316, 306, 86, [d2]
"Rome is the Seat of the Antichrist." -- King James VI & I A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"... Popery is in deed The mysterie of iniquitie ..."
-- King James VI & I 1605 Speech to Parliament
"The Pope is Antichrist ..." -- King James VI & I Meditation Upon Revelation 20:7-10
"Antichrist and his clergie ... not only infect the earth ... but rule also over the whole ..." -- King James VI & I Meditation Upon Revelation 20:7-10
"... blinde superstition of their errors in Religion ... led them to this device [The Gunpowder Plot] ..." -- King James VI & I, 1605 Speech to Parliament
"The Scripture forbiddeth to worship the Image of any thing that God created ..." -- King James VI & I, A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"... Is it a small corrupting of the Scriptures to make all, or the most part of the Apocrypha of equall faith with the canonicall Scriptures ...?" -- King James VI & I, A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"Christ did not promise ... to leave Peter with them to direct and instruct them in all things; but he promised to send the holy Ghost for that end."
-- King James VI & I, A Premonition to All Most Mightie Monarches
"The ground of all true ... religion, and ... service ... that brings salvation ... is to bee situate in Jesus Christ onely ... Act. 4:12 ..."
-- King James VI & I, Meditation Upon I Chron. 15:25-29
"... as soone as his Maiestie dealt against the Pope, tooke the Cardinall in hand, made the world see the usurped power of the one, and the Sophistry of the other ... what a stirre we had; what roaring of the wild Bulls of Basan, what a commotion in every Countrey ..." -- James (Bishop of Winton & Publisher of The Workes) Preface to the Reader, The Workes of King James VI & I
King James VI of Scotland & I of England
(19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625)
"The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will."
King James VI & I is the man who commanded the translation of the Authorized King James Version of the Holy Scriptures, the glory of the English language.
He is also the founding monarch of both Great Britain and the United States, two world superpowers.
The king, once renowned for his immense learning and wisdom, has, through the years, become the object of relentless character attacks. Wild claims have flown from every quarter. Some have even claimed that the king was Roman Catholic when, in actuality, he may have well been one of Rome's most powerful opponents. King James was a man of peace (his motto was Beati Pacifici--Blessed are the Peacemakers); who stood strong for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the absence of a balanced selection of the king's writings, the general populace has been at the mercy of rumors and revisionist historians. But now, after decades in hiding, King James' Workes, a collection of his writings published in 1616, is back in print.
A WARRIOR OF THE FAITH
In 1605, a Roman Catholic conspiracy to blow up King James and Parliament (known as the Gunpowder Plot) brought the king head-to-head with the pope himself and the great Cardinal Bellarmine, champion of the Roman church. With his tough, pungent prose, King James stirred up all of Europe as he disrobed Rome before their very eyes. He left her bare, naked, and bleeding. It has all been recorded in The Workes.
THE FRUITS OF HIS LABOURS
As a result of the king's writings, Catholics were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. According to The Workes, in some countries, Roman Catholic books were burned. Kings across the land began to stand up and assert their right to rule their own kingdoms without papal interference. In this context, a new truth comes to light. King James' now-scorned defense of the divine right of kings was a loud, staunch, effective battering ram against long-standing papal power wielded over kings and kingdoms through Roman Catholic recusancy.
King James' writings dealt such a blow and did so much damage to Roman power that she was driven more underground to work her wiles. King James' Workes is a critically important piece of reformation literature.
ACQUAINTED WITH GRIEF
According to the Bishop of Winton in the Preface to the Reader, the king had to pay a heavy price for his battle--the blows he received were many and grievous. In a moment of somber reflection, the king comments--"... [I]n case the power and vertue of my aduertisements be not able effectually to worke, at least many millions of children and people yet unborne shall beare me witnesse, that in these dangers of the highest nature and straine, I have not bene defective: and that neither the subversions of States, nor the murthers of Kings, which may unhappily betide hereafter, shall have so free passage in the world for want of timely advertisement before."
-- A Remonstrance for the Right of Kings, And The Independance Of Their Crownes
AN ENEMY OF ALL ERRORS
As a defender of the faith and protector of his isle, King James opposed any threat to the gospel of Jesus Christ--whether the threat of witchcraft workers or heretic theologians like D. Conradus Vorstius. King James sought to keep the gospel pure in his kingdom. While treating law-abiding dissenters with fairness and honesty, he made it known that he disagreed with their doctrinal errors.
The Workes contains many fresh truths fit for the consumption of those with ears to hear. The king's meditation upon Matthew 27:27-29, for example, offers a whole new way of seeing the events leading up to the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. His Basilicon Doron--the Kingly Gift--written to his son, Prince Henry, is full of pearls of wisdom and fatherly advice on kingship. His speeches to Parliament are important sources of precepts for understanding the nature of effective law and government. Read these in The Workes and much more.
King James' writings are just as relevant today as they were 400 years ago. Contrary to popular belief, Daniel's fourth kingdom, Rome, never died. It is still around today, only superficially transformed from King James' day--her key characteristics and workings remain, just with different names and under different guises. King James' Workes has keys. It is one witness in a link spanning across the centuries.
"... he being dead, yet speaketh." (Hebrews 11:4)
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