Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did
not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”
(Luke 11:52 ESV)
However, one man, William Tyndale stood against the darkness and vowed to make a poor farm boy better equipped to understand the Bible than any churchman of his day. So Tyndale set out to translate the Scriptures into English. This was a state crime punished by death and this dangerous man would lose his life while in exile at the hands of the Holy Roman Emperor for having brought the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament over into the language of the common man.
This is all great for historians, but my question is this, is there something here for us to learn and are we really in a much different position today than Tyndale?
There are powerful voices within the North American church who want us to think that Christianity is all about the individual and his or her needs, and not so much about Jesus Christ and His atoning work on the cross—we've come to refer to this as Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. So true doctrine is minimized as less important than our felt needs.
We have political / cultural forces angrily set against the Bible’s exclusive claim on truth and restrictive ban on sin. So true doctrine is censored as hate language and an outdated lifestyle.
But it's just not this. We ourselves have voluntarily stopped reading the Word of God. So we are now ignorant of the most basic of truths. We can no longer articulate the gospel or explain what our local church teaches.
The clear, understandable truth of Scripture is once again being clouded over by the teachings of men and our own negligence. We again need dangerous men and women who, just like Tyndale, are willing to lay down their lives if necessary to liberate the consciences of men and women everywhere through the knowledge of the truth. May we never play a part in taking the keys of knowledge away.
I have included a good and fairly objective video on the life of Tyndale from the BBC which shows just how revolutionary he was.