William Tyndale – Criminal or Christian martyr?


 

A Tyndale Bible, displayed at the Bodleian Library in June 2014, photo by Steve Bennett (stevage)

A Tyndale Bible, displayed at the Bodleian Library in June 2014, photo by Steve Bennett (stevage), Wikimedia Commons.


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Answering The Catholic Thinker

William Tyndale: Victim or Criminal?

In reality, Tyndale was a criminal, a breaker of the law. He knew very well that it was illegal to make an unauthorized translation. A look at the facts behind Tyndale’s death should scatter the notion that Catholics murdered him for simply translating the Bible, just another fanciful “history” of the Catholic Church.

Patrick E. Devens

 

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Preparations to burn the body of William Tyndale. John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, 1563. Tyndale was strangled and then his body was burned.

 

 

With other readers I tried to defend Tyndale to Patrick. Patrick wasn’t convinced and could only see Tyndale as a criminal. Having thought this over, I’m learning at last that Protestants and Evangelicals – Bible believers – cannot win The Argument with Rome or its followers, but in spite of this fact must answer from the Word of God. Catholics will answer back with “Who gave you the Bible? We did!”, but we will have honored the Lord Jesus Christ – praise Him forever!

So here is a Biblical answer to Patrick who maintains that as a lawbreaker Tyndale deserved to be punished; and that it was the State that executed him and that the Church of Rome didn’t have much to do with this. 

Acts 5

17 But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. 18 They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, 20 “Go, stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” 21 Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.

Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. 22 But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, 23 saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” 24 Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what would come of this. 25 But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” 26 Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

27 When they had brought them, they stood them before the Council. The high priest questioned them, 28 saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” 29 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. 30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. 31 He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. 32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

33 But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them.

34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.

35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.


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Resources for studying William Tyndale, Christian Martyr

William Tyndale’s Life and Work

The History of Protestantism by ‘James Aitken Wylie, Book 23 — Protestantism in England From the Times of Henry VIII, Chapter 4 — Tyndale’s New Testament arrives in England

Read The Tyndale Bible, at Bible Study Tools

 


 

 

Resources on Biblical prophecy – The Antipas Chronicles

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Paderborner Dom Dreifaltigkeitskapelle Liborius

The Interpretation Was Prior To The Reformation

Christopher Wordsworth, D.D. on the pre-Protestant identification of the woman on the beast as papal Rome rather than pagan Rome…”

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St. John Evangelist Anglican Church Altar

NOTES ON RITUALISM

Charles Spurgeon:

“THE RITUAL COMMISSION has issued its report, and with it a vast appendix. From amid dustheaps almost as huge as those which Dickens has immortalized, we have, by dint of fiddling and using the sieve, extracted a few pieces of gold and silver, which we hope will pass for good metal and be as useful now as they were in the days long past…”

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Nuremberg chronicles - f 24v OUR WARFARE IS AGAINST THE ERRORS

Christopher Wordsworth:

“We flee Babylon, because we love Sion. And the aim of our warfare is not to destroy our adversaries, but to save their souls and ours…”

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About The Antipas Chronicles:

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Poster Girls for this world – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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President Reagan presents Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony, 20 June 1985. (Wiki)

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There are many places you can go to learn the facts of Teresa’s extraordinary life, from very different points of view. (Take the links below to recommended articles.) I’d like to use the time I have with you to share thoughts and feelings about her.

Teresa is a poster girl for the human ideals of humanitarianism and universalism. These are ‘isms’ that our world in its self-righteousness promotes and rewards. All kinds of people admire her and, because of her canonization on September 4, many Catholics can now feel justified in offering her a kind of worship by praying to her to intercede for them.

But while they may think that her comments about the Lord welcoming everyone – no matter what they believe – reflect the view of a loving and tolerant soul, her attitude and actions were sinful.  The order of sisters which she founded don’t attempt to convert those in their care but direct them to seek their own gods, whichever gods they are. To withhold the knowledge of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ from anyone, especially the ill and dying, is very wrong. Obviously they don’t know Him or they couldn’t do this. But that was Teresa’s deliberate way. 

Her life is sad – she endured a lot of suffering because of her delusions. Like many mystics, she experienced a “dark night of the soul” – a sense of total abandonment by the Lord. I deeply pity her. 

“The experience of this dark night has been referenced by Christian mystics. Catholic mystic Saint John of the Cross is often cited as the source of this idea. Roman Catholics consider this a crisis on a journey toward union with God. One source says that Mother Teresa’s entire life was a such a ‘dark night.’ A Catholic web site describes her life as such.” 

Oswald Chambers: Personal Piety Combined With Flawed Theology

Bob DeWaay

A Pulitzer Prize, a Medal of Freedom, and canonization, bring temporary glory that can condemn.

Though my life is hidden – insignificant to the world, I wouldn’t change places with her because that would mean I couldn’t know the Saviour. To not know Jesus is unutterable loss.

Teresa believed we go to Jesus through His mother – the godly Jewish woman whom He saved from sin, a woman who spoke of His salvation which she gloried in. The Lord will not share His glory with anyone else, for who is worthy of the glory that belongs to Him?

She adored the consecrated bread, the host – this was her Jesus.

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Matthew 16

26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Romans 1

25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

 1 John 2

21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Isaiah 48

10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.
12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob,
And Israel, My called:
I am He, I am the First,
I am also the Last.

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Resources – updated

The Vatican prepares to declare Mother Teresa a “saint” – Tom, excatholic4christ

The Myth Of Mother Teresa – Tim Challies

Some hard truths about Mother Teresa – Elizabeth Prata

Mother Teresa—A Lost Soul? – Richard Bennett

 

Quote of the day – Dave Hunt

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It’s sad that political correctness seems to rule the day. When it comes to Islam, we must be politically correct; when it comes to Catholicism, we must be politically correct. Rather let someone go to hell than offend their feelings. There is something really sad out there, Tom. Christians don’t think—we don’t recognize that truth is truth. It is black and white; you can’t compromise, you don’t dialogue with God, you don’t re-negotiate with God. The Bible has made it very clear exactly what the gospel is. It’s a matter of justice. God is the one who makes the rules. He created this universe; He created us. We’re going to have to go His way, and Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me.” But these people think that’s too narrow minded.

Dave Hunt

Quoted in: Francis Chan Rebukes Mike Gendron?

Original source: More Sparks Between Catholics and Evangelicals

Found through: Francis Chan’s spiritual blindness

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Quote of the day (let’s start with Spurgeon, of course!)

Herrad von Landsberg Whore of Babylon 12th century

Herrad von Landsberg, Whore of Babylon, 12th century

“No peace with Rome” is the motto of reason as well as of religion.

From “The Religion of Rome,” C.H. Spurgeon, Sword and Trowel, January 1873

Source: spurgeon.org