This morning I would like to share about just one martyr in Church history.
What a very rich heritage The Church has!
First a song, many of us ‘oldtimers’ cut our teeth on in the churches.
I believe it is important to remember some will not have to die a Martyrs death.
Although we are called to be faithful unto death in our witness!
“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Revelation 2:10
We must not ever compromise our Christian faith!
“But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6: 23-24
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” Luke 14: 27-28
A friend from Florida, sent me this info below on William Tyndale, that he found . If you wish to ‘fact check’ and compare, I enclosed a link at the bottom.
“William Tyndale is often referred to as the father of the English Bible.
He was responsible for translating the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek texts into English for all to read it. He actually became a criminal for this act.
He spent most of his life fleeing from the officers of The Church of England.
In 1524 he fled from England to Germany. In Wittenberg he spent years translating the Scriptures before slipping to Worms where he printed the Bible into English. From there it was smuggled back into England.
He dedicated his entire life to this monumental task of translating the Scriptures into English.
In his defiance of the prominent clergymen in England, he once said, “I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years, I will cause a boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost.”
He did just that!
Because of his courage many of the people in the small towns and communities of England and Europe had a copy of the Bible in their hands.
Despite his efforts to flee, the religious authorities finally caught up to him and put him in prison. He was betrayed by Henry Phillips, an English spy, who befriended him before turning him in to the religious leaders.
A band of men took him to Brussels and imprisoned him in a dark castle of Vilvorde, where he would live for a little over a year and a half in horrible conditions.
Prior to his execution, he sent this letter to the king:
“Wherefore I beg of your lordship, and that by The LORD Jesus, that if I am to remain here through the winter you will request the commissary to have the kindness to send me from the goods of mine which he has a warmer cap, for I suffer greatly from the cold in the head and am afflicted by a perpetual catarrh (cough), which is much increased in this cell.
A warmer coat also, for this which I have is very thin. A piece of cloth, too, to patch my leggings. My overcoat is worn out. My shirts are also worn out.
He has a woolen shirt, if he will be good enough to send it. I have with him also leggings of thicker cloth to put on above. He also has warmer night caps.
And I ask to be allowed to have a lamp in the evening. It is indeed a wearisome to sit alone in the dark.
But most of all I beg and beseech your clemency to be with the commissary that he will kindly permit me to have the Hebrew Bible, Hebrew grammar, and Hebrew dictionary, that I may pass the time in that study.
In return may you obtain that which you most desire so only that it be for the salvation of your soul.
But if any other decision has been taken concerning me to be carried out before winter, I will be patient.
Abiding the will of God to the glory of the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, whose Spirit I pray may ever direct your heart. Amen.
On the morning of October 6, 1536, Tyndale was taken to the stake, strangled and burned.
His last words, reportedly by John Foxe were, “Oh Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”
His prayers were answered three years later when King Henry VIII published the English “Great Bible.”
Furthermore, one hundred years after his death, 90% of the King James Bible Version was from his translation.”
See also: William Tyndale Biography
God bless you all.
~ Joyce D. McGuire
My name is Joyce D. McGuire, called to work in and for the Kingdom of God! To lead we must try to follow Jesus Christ closely. That is my heart. I am a Chaplain to the prisons; prophetic intercessor by His grace; author; and a Mother in the Kingdom of God. To many I am simply Mama Joyce. Some favorite verses of mine are Matthew 11:28-30.