By: Susan Bea Good
October 6, 2015
439 years ago today William Tyndale was strangled to death and his body burned at the stake, by order of the Church of England headed by King Henry VIII. For centuries the church of Rome had refused to permit God’s Word to be offered in the language of the people. Tyndale dedicated his life to changing that policy.
During an argument with the ruling Bishop of England, Tyndale charged, “I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life ere many years, I will cause a boy who drives the plough to know more of the Scriptures than you do.”
William Tyndale’s relentless commitment to translating God’s Word into the language of the people cost him his life. After spending years on the run, isolated, often hungry, eventually imprisoned and charged with heresy, he died violently at the age of 42.
God used Tyndale’s execution to change the heart of the King of England, who soon issued a decree that copies of English language Scriptures be distributed to every church in the kingdom. Fifty years later scholars, authorized by the new King of England, used Tyndale’s work to produce what is known today as the 1611 King James Bible.
William Tyndale dedicated himself to God’s call on his life. When friends and family begged him to stop his “illegal” work, tempting him to return to teaching or preaching instead of risking or wasting his life with Bible translation, Tyndale refused.
William Tyndale is blessed with a place in Reformation history, but more importantly he has surely been blessed with the crown of life, designated for those who suffer due to their dedication to Jesus Christ.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!