So Much For KindnessWritten by Todd Friel Monday, 31 August 2009
Suddenly, as an act of kindness, the executioner approached Tyndale from the rear and graciously strangled him to death with a chain. Or so I thought.
William Tyndale was an English Roman Catholic priest whose passion was to see the Bible translated into the language of the people. The Catholic Church and King Henry VIII disagreed. They believed that only the priests should have access to Scripture. When a Catholic priest warned Tyndale to stop his endeavor to translate the Bible, Tyndale fired, "I will make it possible for a boy behind the plow to know more Scripture than you do."
Threatened with death, he fled England and lived incognito in Europe until a friend betrayed him and Tyndale found himself in a dank prison in Vilvorde prison in Brussels, Belgium.
I stood in the place where Tyndale was lit on fire for his "heretical" views. I was told it was an act of kindness that he was strangled before the flames melted him. I was told wrong.
It was not uncommon that when a great reformer was to be set ablaze, they would preach, pray and sing so fervently, that many souls were saved before the flames silenced their message. That is why Tyndale was strangled to death. Not to keep him from pain, but to keep people from hearing the Gospel.
Tyndale's last words were, "Lord, open the King of England's eyes."
God granted that prayer. Henry VIII had a change of heart and ordered that the Bible be translated into the language of the people. Whose translation did they use? You guessed it: Tyndale's.
William Tyndale became a human torch so you and I could have the words of life. Are you and I willing to die like Tyndale so others can hear it?
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Tuesday, 27 July 2010 12:58
posted by Chipper
I have been a \"Christian\" for 37 years. I have been a preacher,street preacher,Sunday School teacher,etc etc etc. But something was wrong. A few years ago I made a list of all my known sins and went into a private place and poured out my heart to God, confessing them all. Fine. But I still sinned occasionally and on purpose.
Then found the book \"Way of the Master\" lying in a hospital hallway. I read it,with tears. I found out how much God REALLY cares and feels about sin, that the TEN COMMANDMENTS are relevent, even though in Bible School and everywhere I was taught GRACE but not the truth about LAW. I examined the writings of C H Spurgeon, John Wesley,Augustine of Hippo,Martin Luther and others, finding out that the HISTORICAL DEFINITION OF SALVATION IS: Salvation FROM sin, not Salvation IN your sins. i.e. Repentence towards God does not mean AGREEING with God about sin,CONFESSING to God about sin, Asking FORGIVENESS from God about sins alone...It means DESERTING,FLEEING, Forsaking sin. (Getting out of the sinning buisness.) What a WONDERFUL change has been made in MY life since turning from sin to God.
Some would say I just got saved, some that I was filled with the Holy Spirit, and some that I was growing in grace and knowledge. But whatever it is, LORD, PLEASE CONTINUE!
Forgive my long windedness,please!
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:46
posted by Jonathan
I think the message of this article is a call for us to give up our lives for the proclamtion of God\'s word. May our lives be a candle burning up for Christ. His light shines the more our wax melts down to extinction.
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 13:49
posted by George Diaz
I contend that every pastor must present the \"whole gosple\" and that will expose politicians when compaired to scripture. I pray for those who voted uninformed and now regret it.
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