Tyndale became chaplain at the home of Sir John Walsh at Little Sodbury and tutor to his children around 1521. His opinions proved controversial to fellow clergymen, and the next year he was summoned before John Bell, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Worcester, although no formal charges were laid at the time. After the harsh meeting with Bell and other church leaders, and near the end of Tyndale's time at Little Sodbury, John Foxe describes an argument with a "learned" but "blasphemous" clergyman, who had asserted to Tyndale that, "We had better be without God's laws than the Pope's." Tyndale responded: "I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, ere many years, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost!"
Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
"I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, ere many years, I will cause the boy that driveth the plow to know more of the Scriptures than thou dost!" -- William Tyndale
Clericalism, sacerdotalism, and neo-orthodoxy are perennial problems confronting Evangelicals, Protestants, and Calvinists these days. Modernist and mainline churches, including the Lutherans, focus on sacraments, liturgy, and rituals to the exclusion of the teaching of the verbal, plenary inspired Scriptures and propositional revelation. Scripture alone is the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. Modern Lutherans are no longer Protestants who favor the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and the doctrine of Scripture as the only and final authority in all matters of faith and practice. In light of that I would like to point out this quote from William Tyndale: