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Dr. Martin Luther

"While Luther was opening a closed Bible to the people of Germany, Tyndale was impelled by the Spirit of God to do the same for England. Wycliffe's Bible had been translated from the Latin text, which contained many errors. It had never been printed, and the cost of manuscript copies was so great that few but wealthy men or nobles could procure it, and, furthermore, being strictly proscribed by the church, it had had a comparatively narrow circulation. In 1516, a year before the appearance of Luther's theses, Erasmus had published his Greek and Latin version of the New Testament. Now for the first time the Word of God was printed in the original tongue. In this work many errors of former versions were corrected, and the sense was more clearly rendered. It led many among the educated classes to a better knowledge of the truth, and gave a new impetus to the work of reform. But the common people were still, to a great extent, debarred from God's Word. Tyndale was to complete the work of Wycliffe in giving the Bible to his countrymen. A diligent student and an earnest seeker for truth, he had received the gospel (good tidings) from the Greek Testament of Erasmus. He fearlessly preached his convictions, urging that all doctrines be tested by the Scriptures. To the papist claim that the church had given the Bible, and the church alone could explain it, Tyndale responded, "Do you know who taught the eagles to find their prey? That same God teaches his hungry children to find their Father in his Word. Far from having given us the Scriptures, it is you who have hidden them from us; it is you who burn those who teach them; and if you could, you would burn the Scriptures themselves." (D'Aubigné, "History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century", book 18th, chap. 4) ... A new purpose now took possession of his mind. "It was in the language of Israel," said he, "that the psalms were sung in the temple of YAHWEH; and shall not the gospel (good tidings) speak the language of England among us? ... Ought the church to have less light at noonday than at the dawn? ... Christians must read the New Testament in their mother-tongue."  The doctors and teachers of the church disagreed among themselves. Only by the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) could men arrive at the truth. "One holds this doctrine, another that. ... Now each of these authors contradicts the other. How then can we distinguish him who says right from him who says wrong? ... How? ... Verily, by God's Word." It was not long after that a learned Catholic doctor, engaging in controversy with him, exclaimed, "It were better for us to be without God's law than without the pope's." Tyndale replied: "I defy the pope and all his laws; and if God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy who drives the plow to know more of the Scriptures than you do." (Andersen, "Annals of the English Bible", p. 19) from: "The Great Controversy", 'Later English Reformers', by E. G. White, 1888, pp. 245, 246 Editor: The name of our God was correct insert in this text.  

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