481 years ago yesterday William Tyndale was cruelly murder and burned at the stake. His crime? Translating the Bible into the language of the people of his country, English. The pope claimed he was a heretic after the charges made against him by Sir Thomas More, Bishop John Stokesley of London and King Henry VIII. Tyndale had to flee England but as he did, he kept working.
“In May 1535 he was betrayed by Henry Phillips as he left the house of Thomas Pontz. He was the merchant who had given him shelter in Antwerp. He was arrested and taken to Vilvorde castle near Brussels. There he was kept a prisoner for 18 months in the most wretched conditions. He was treated like a wicked murderer, when all he had done was translate the Bible into a readable language. During those 18 months, the authorities” such as Sir Thomas More archbishops and priests of the Roman Catholic church tried to make Tyndale say what he believed was wrong, and to say that it was untrue that man can reach salvation by Christ alone. But Tyndale refused to deny the truth, and said he would rather die and join his Lord in Heaven than deny his word and shame him. So in August 1536 they declared Tyndale a heretic and two months later he was killed by strangulation, then his corpse was burned in the city square.”
This is what happens when the Roman Catholic church has infiltrated governments and has the power to operate as it would like to. Things will be no different in the future. Look at the King James Bible( because the other versions are taken from the Greek Catholic text of Westcott and Hort which is the Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus which change words and also omit them). Look in the Bible and read Revelation 13, 17 & 18. No it isn’t a parable. No it is not fiction. It is a warning.
William Tyndale, by creating the New Testament in English gave the reader the opportunity to read for themselves what Christ had done and said. They can read what Paul, Peter, Luke, Matthew, John, Mark, Jude had wrote. The reader could now plainly see for example in Hebrews that the mass was itself a heresy 4:12-5:14; 7; 8; 9; 10:1-18. Much of these text not in the Catholic documents. Or in 6:59-69 that when He said eat his flesh it was not literal but words explaining a spiritual truth.
The further result of simply translating the word of God into English? Those found with a copy were either beaten or killed – by the Roman Catholic church. The Roman Catholic church sought out and destroyed every copy they could gather.
William Tyndale gave his life so that the word of God was no longer bound and locked to the “common” people. Before he was strangled he said, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.”
Since that day, Satan and the Roman Catholic church have been working hard to obscure the word of God, in essence removing from the people the word of God while giving them a “bible”. More on that in later posts.
I look forward to meeting Mr. Tyndale and telling him how much I appreciate what he did.