by Stephen Whitney

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Series: II Timothy 3
Stephen Whitney
II Timothy 3:12-15

Stephen Vaughan was an English merchant commissioned by Thomas Cromwill, the king's adviser to find William Tyndale and inform him that King Henry VIII desired him to come back to England. He had been hiding in Europe because he believed and promoted the teachings of Martin Luther and the Reformation which the king opposed.

The main point of contention between Tyndale and the King was translating the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into ordinary English so every person in England could read the Bible for themselves.

The king's message to Tyndale, carried by Vaughn was mercy:
"The king's royal majesty is . . . inclined to mercy, pity and compassion." Tyndale was moved to tears by this offer of mercy as he had been in exile away from his homeland for the past seven years since he was thirty. He would come back to England if the king would authorize a translation of the Bible into the common language of the people so they could read it for themselves.

In May 1531 he wrote, "I assure you, if it would stand with the King's most gracious pleasure to grant only a bare text of the Scripture (without explanatory notes) to be put forth among his people . . . as shall please his Majesty, I shall immediately make a faithful promise never to write more, nor abide two days in
these parts but immediately to repair unto his realm and there most humbly submit myself at the feet of his royal majesty, offering my body to suffer what pain or torture, yea, what death his grace will, so this be obtained."

He would give himself up to the king on one condition - that the king authorize an English Bible to be translated from the Hebrew and Greek on the common language of the people. The king refused and Tyndale never went home to England again.

Believers have been and will be persecuted for their faith.

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