makes bigoted papal persecutor the patron saint of politicians!!
Thomas More unmasked!!
Paul II has announced that he is to declare Sir Thomas More, Lord
Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry VIII, the patron saint
of statesmen and politicians"(BBC
Sir Thomas More
had Saint William Tyndale— the father of the
English Bible— arrested and burned alive for translating Matthew
16:18 in the correct form:
came into coasts of the city which is called Cesarea Philippi, he
asked his disciples saying: whom do men say that I the son of man
am? They said, some say that thou art John Baptist, some Elias, some
Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He said unto them: but whom say
ye that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: THOU ART CHRIST THE SON
OF THE LIVING GOD. And Jesus answered and said to him: happy art thou
Simon the son of Jonas, for flesh and blood hath not opened unto thee
that, but my father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee,
that thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build my CONGREGATION.
And the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give
unto thee, the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou
bindest upon earth, shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou
loosest on earth, shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt.
Thomas More (1478-1535).
Thomas More (the so-called man for all seasons) was Lord Chancellor
of England from 1529 to 1532. He was one of the most cruel Inquisitors
in history ranking right up there with Torquemada, Philip II,
Bloody Mary, Judge Jeffreys etc., etc.
His all consuming
passion in life was to capture Saint William Tyndale—the
translator of the Bible into English— and BURN him at the
Tyndale was the father of the English Bible and the father of
the English Language.
was made a saint of the Roman Catholic church in 1936
and on Reformation Day in the year 2000, the Pope
made him the patron saint of politicians.
Chronology of Sir Thomas More.
Thomas More became Lord Chancellor after the Fall of Cardinal Wolsey
Court Palace was the magnificent home of this humble
servant of Jesus.
Henry VII died from poisoning, his son Henry VIII became king.
Henry was a "party animal" and all he cared about was
hunting, hawking, jousting, banqueting, dancing, masquerading,
and keeping an eye on the beautiful girls in the Court.
He left the
running of the country to two powerful papists: Cardinal Wolsey
and Sir Thomas More while he concentrated on obtaining a male
heir to the throne!!
was king in England and the only thing he lacked was the
Papal crown....However, he did not realize that the Emperor Charles
V would never allow an Englishman to be elected Pope lest he ignore
the Bull of Borgia and send a colony to the New World.
eye caught the beautiful saintly Anne Boleyn, he wanted to dump
Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne. He ordered Wolsey to obtain
a divorce. The Emperor's troops invaded Rome in the year 1527,
and blocked any attempt by Wolsey to obtain the divorce. This
led to the downfall of Wolsey and his resignation as Lord Chancellor.
More took his place as Chancellor.
One of Sir
Thomas More's houses in London. By day he hunted heretics
and by night he wrote books refuting Saint Martin Luther and Saint
house of More in London had a TREE OF TROTH which More used as
a whipping post. The porters' lodge in the gatehouse was fitted
out with stocks, and with chains and fetters, to pinion suspects
while he interrogated them.
himself frequently and wore a hair shirt next to his skin to torture
himself. In this way he believed that he was atoning for his many
used to wash the bloodstains from his shirt. 'He sometimes used
to punish his body with whips, the cords knotted,' his son-in-law
William Roper wrote, 'which was known only to my wife, his eldest
daughter, whom for her secrecy above all other he specially trusted,
causing her as need required to wash the same shirt of hair'"
(Moynahan, God's Bestseller, p. 206).
Hitten was the first be burned alive by Saint Thomas More
had had been no burnings in England for eight years. More soon put
a stop to that. He did not quite condemn his predecessors —"I
will not say that the Judges did wrong' —but he made it clear
that he thought them lax. The heretic had been mollycoddled, allowed
to escape through recantation and faggot-carrying, and in this the
bishops and church officers were "almost more than lawful",
in that they admitted him to such an abjuration as they did, and that
they did not rather leave him to the secular arm'. He concluded that
'in the condemnation of heretics, the clergy might lawfully do much
more sharply than they do'"(Moynahan, God's Bestseller,
Hutton was burned alive in 1530, the first of many, many more victims
of Saint Thomas More!!
priest named Thomas Hitton was the first to suffer from More's new
`sharpness'. He was seized near Gravesend in January 30 as he was
making his way to the coast to take a ship for Antwerp. Hitton had
fled to join Tyndale and the English exiles in the Low Countries after
becoming a convinced evangelical. He returned to England on a brief
visit to contact supporters of Tyndale and to arrange for the distribution
of smuggled books. The first English psalter had been published in
Antwerp in January, as well as Tyndale's Pentateuch, in a translation
by George Joye that included a commentary 'declarynge brefly thentente
and bstance of the wholl psalme'"(Moynahan, God's Bestseller,
Bilney was the second victim of Saint Thomas More
was duly seized in March 1531 and brought in front of Bishop Nix of
Norwich. He was convicted of heresy and 'relaxed' to the secular power.
Foxe says that More sent down the writ to burn him. Bilney practised
for his martyrdom in his cell by burning his fingers in a candle,
constantly repeating Isaiah's words: `When thou walkest through the
fire, thou shalt not be burnt.' It was nearing harvest time, and he
compared himself to the straw in the fields. `Howsoever the stubble
of this my body shall be wasted' by the fire, he told himself, 'yet
my soul and spirit shall be purged thereby: a pain for the time, whereupon
notwithstanding followeth joy unspeakable.' While he was waiting to
be bound to the stake, in the Lollards' sandpit at Norwich, on 19
August 1531, Bilney repeated the creed as proof that he died as a
true Christian, and offered up a prayer: `Enter not into judgement
with thy servant, 0 Lord, for in thy sight no living flesh can be
justified.' (Moynahan, God's Bestseller, pp. 251-252).
Bayfield was the third victim of Saint Thomas More
were less fortunate. Richard Bayfield was a leading trader in the
Testaments and the other Tyndale books, a Cambridge graduate and a
former Benedictine monk at Bury St Edmunds, who had taken up evangelical
ideas. He had abjured in front of Tunstall in 1528, thus exposing
himself to the fire if he lapsed, and had then fled to the Low Countries.
Here, he helped Tyndale and John Frith, the survivor of the Oxford
fish cellar, who was now working with Tyndale. Bayfield `brought substance
with him', so Foxe recorded, and `sold all their works and the works
of the Germans, both in France and England'.
Bayfield ran at least three large cargoes of Tyndale's books into
England. On his first trip, at midsummer in 1530, he landed illicitly
on the east coast and brought the books to London by way of Colchester.
The following November he shipped another consignment to St Katherine's
docks, less than a thousand yards downriver from the Tower of London.
More had wind of this operation and most of the cargo was seized.
At Easter 1531, avoiding the Essex coast and the London docks, Bayfield
landed in Norfolk and brought his books to London along graziers'
Betrayed, he was seized and held in the Tower, shackled to the wall
of his cell by his neck, waist and legs, in darkness. More's strange
obsession with married heretics resurfaced. He falsely claimed that
Bayfield, 'beynge both a preste and a monke, went about two wyves,
one in Brabande [Brabant], a nother in Englande'. Bayfield `fell to
heresye and was abiured, and after that lyke a dog returnyng to his
vomyte,' More wrote, `and beyng fledde ouer the see, and sendynge
from thense Tyndales heresyes hyther with many myschevouse sortes
of bokes (Moynahan, God's Bestseller, pp. 259).
Tewkesbury was the fourth victim of Saint Thomas More
than three weeks later, the London leather seller John Tewkesbury
shared the same fate. He was also betrayed by Constantine. Tewkesbury
was held in the porter's lodge at More's Chelsea house, so Foxe wrote,
pinioned `hand, foot, and head in the stocks', for six days without
release. Foxe claimed that More , had Tewkesbury whipped at 'Jesu's
tree' in his garden, `and also twisted his brows with small ropes,
so that the blood started out of his eyes'. This was, of course, the
torture also described by Segar; Nicholson. Tewkesbury was then sent
to the Tower and racked until he was nearly lame.
More led two public examinations of Tewkesbury. He found his prisoner
very obstinate. `He couvered and hyd yt [his heresies] by all the
meanes he coulde make,' More wrote, `and labored to make euery man
wene that he had neuer holden any suche opynyons.'
But the lord chancellor's informers had done their work well. 'In,
howse was founden Tyndales boke of obedyence, and hyswykked boke also
of the wykked mammoma,' More gloated, noting that, after the discovery,
Tewkesbury said `at hys examynacyon, that all the heresyes therein
were good and crysten fayth, beynge in dede, as full of false heresyes,
and as frantike as ewer heretyke made any syth cryst was borne'. How
did More winkle'. that out of him? For later, `when he was in the
shyryffes warde, and at the tyme of his deth,' More remarked, `he
wolde not speke of hys heresyes any thynge but handled hym selfe as
couertly as he coude ...'.
As was now usual, More taunted Tyndale over Tewkesbury's (Moynahan,
God's Bestseller, pp. 260).
Bainham was the fifth victin of Saint Thomas More
come hither, good people,' he said to the crowd, 'accused and condemned
for a heretic, Sir Thomas More being my accuser
and my judge.' He then spoke of the beliefs for which he was
to die. Foxe claims that he ticked off all the main evangelical articles.
'First, I say it is lawful for every man and woman, to have God's
book in their mother tongue. Second, that the bishop of Rome is Antichrist
... there is no purgatory, but the purgatory of Christ's blood, for
our souls immediately go to heaven and rest with Jesus Christ for
At this, the town clerk, Master Pave, said: 'Thou liest, thou heretic!
Thou deniest the blessed sacrament of the altar.' Bainham retorted
that he did not deny the sacrament of Christ's body and blood, but
only 'your idolatry to the bread, and that Christ God and man should
dwell in a piece of bread ...'. At that, Pave ordered: 'Set fire to
him and burn him.'
As the train of gunpowder came towards him, Bainham lifted up his
eyes and hands to heaven, and said to Pave: `God forgive tee, and
show thee more mercy than thou showest to me. The Lord forgive Sir
Thomas More! and pray for me, all good people ...'With that, the fire
'took his bowels and his head'" (Moynahan, God's Bestseller,
his short reign as Lord Chancellor, More had at least 10 Reformed Christians
burned alive. Countless more were permanently maimed by his tortures
in the Tower. More found that public burnings were actually spreading
the Faith so he resorted to more subtler means such as poisoning.
final target was Saint William Tyndale
one all consuming passion was to add Tyndale's name to his list of burn
victims....To accomplish this he spared not his money nor his time....His
network of paid informers and spies were everywhere. God spared the
life of Saint William until 1536 when most of the Old Testament was
William Tyndale (1494-1536).
William Tyndale (1494-1536) is the father of the English Bible,
the father of the English language and the father of the English
Reformation. Without controversy, he is the greatest Englishman
that ever lived!!
He was born
in Gloustershire, England, not far from Bristol. He graduated
with a Master of Arts from Oxford University in 1515.
man, he was fluent in 8 languages: Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Italian,
German, Spanish, English, French.
An exile from
his own country, he learned German from Martin Luther in Wittenberg
and Hebrew while on the run from Sir Thomas More.
ambition was to give the English people the Bible in their own
In a theological
discussion with a fellow clergyman about the Scriptures, Saint William
Tyndale gave his timeless reply:
"It was not
long after, but Master Tyndale happened to be in the company of a
certain divine, recounted for a learned man, and, in communing and
disputing with him, he drave him to that issue, that the said great
doctor burst out into these blasphemous words, and said, “We
were better to be without God’s laws than the pope’s.”
Master Tyndale, hearing this, full of godly zeal, and not bearing
that blasphemous saying, replied again, and said, “I
defy the pope, and all his laws;” and further added, that if
God spared him life, ere many years he would cause a boy that driveth
the plough, to know more of the Scripture than he did”
(Foxe, Acts & Monuments, vol. 5, p. 207).
More offered what
amounted to the present day equivalent of a million dollars to capture
Saint William Tyndale. Finally his bribes paid off. A Judas named Henry
Philipps betrayed Master Tyndale to the police in Antwerp, Belgium,
and William was arrested and thrown into a foul cell. There he languished
for 16 months in cold and hunger until he was taken out and burnt alive.
Burning of Saint William Tyndale
Saint William Tyndale. As the flames consumed him he prayed "Lord,
open the eyes of the king of England." This prayer was answered
within a year by the issue, under royal authority, of the whole
Bible in English.
Park, Vilvoorde, Belgium.
is the place, just north of Brussels, where Saint William Tyndale
gave his life so that the world could have LIGHT.
scatter Roman darkness by this light
The loss of land and life I'll reckon slight."
Words that Sir Thomas More hated!!
Thomas More HATED
every singe Word of God that Saint William translated from Greek into
English but he had special enmity for 6 translated words: CONGREGATION,
ELDER, IMAGES, FAULT.
Matt. 16:18 like this:
"And I say
also unto thee, that thou art Peter: and upon this rock I will build
my CONGREGATION and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it."(Matt. 16:18).
translated the Greek word ekklesia as congregation.
Rome claimed from
this ONE verse that Jesus made Peter the head of the "church."
Then Peter was supposed to have gone to Rome and founded the "church"
The entire Papal
system was built on this ONE verse. By using CONGREGATION
instead of "church" Tyndale was demolishing the entire organization.
In the Old Testament, the assembly of God's people was called the CONGREGATION
of the Lord over 360 times.
Jesus did not come
to start a new "church" or a new "congregation."
In the Old Testament the congregation of the Lord was based on RACE
e.g., the Jewish race. In the New Testament the congregation was opened
to ALL NATIONS and is based on GRACE....not race.
The Bible is ONE
complete book and all the words that were used in the Old Testament
were carried over into the New e.g., sacrifice, covenant, commandments,
atonement, elder. tabernacle, etc., etc. The word congregation
was the perfect word to describe the assembly of God's people in the
Old Testament . . . and the New.
I Cor. 13:13 like this:
faith, hope, and LOVE, even these three:
but the chief of these is LOVE"
(I Cor. 13:13).
He corrected translated
the Greek word AGAPE as love....Charity had the meaning of
good works e.g. giving money to the "church" in order to get
you into Heaven.
I Peter 5:1 like this:
which are among you, I exhort, which am also an
elder and a witness of the afflictions of Christ" (I Peter
More was mad because
Tyndale correctly translated the Greek word PRESBUTEROS as
elder instead of PRIEST. Even the Latin Vulgate says seniores!!
Mark 1:14-15 like this:
was taken, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom
of God, and saying: the time is come, and the kingdom of God is at
hand, REPENT and believe the gospel"
He correctly translated
the Greek work METANOEHO as repent or change your mind. The
Latin Vulgate had paenitemini or do PENANCE. Doing penance
was a cardinal doctrine of Rome.
II Cor.6:16 like this:
hath Christ with Belial? (BAAL). Either what part hath he that believeth
with an infidel? how agreeth the temple of God with IMAGES?
And ye are the temple of the living God."
William found the Greek word EIDOLON he correctly translated
it as IMAGES.
James 5:16 like this:
or (acknowledge) your FAULTS one to another" (James 5:16).
He correctly translated
the Greek word PARAPTOMA as faults . . . not sins.
Confessing sins to a priest was another cardinal doctrine of Rome. The
confessional has been called The Destroyer of Nations. Millions
of females have been ruined by the filthy questions that the priest
is REQUIRED to ask them during confession. The only person in the entire
Bible who confessed his sins to another man was Judas Iscariot.
which had betrayed him, when he saw that he (Jesus) was condemned,
repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to
the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have
betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see
thou to it" (Matthew 27:3-4).
Judas went out immediately
and hanged himself. If he had confessed his sins to God he would have
Chronology of Saint William Tyndale
Tyndale is born in Gloucestershire, England. Glousttershire includes
the city of Brisol where the New World was discovered by John Cabot
Oxford University with a Master of Arts.
at the university of Cambridge. At Cambridge he acquires a knowledge
of Greek and becomes familiar with Erasmus's Greek edition of the
a priest in the Roman Catholic church.
the household of Sir John Walsh, Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire,
as chaplain and domestic tutor. In his leisure time, he preaches
in the surrounding countryside including BRISTOL. He is persecuted
by the lazy, ignorant clergy so he decides that the only way to
reform the church was make the Scriptures available to the people
in their own language. He decides to move to London and get the
help of the bishop of London in order to do the translation of
London and seeks the help of Cuthbert Tunstall, bishop of London,
to help with the translation. Little did he realize that Tunstall
was a puppet of Wolsey and More . . . and the LAST thing they wanted
was any thing to do with the Bible. As Tyndale himself said: "not
only that there was no room in my lorde of londons palace to translate
the new testament, but also that there was no place to do it in
England and goes immediately to Wittenberg, Germany. He learns German
in about 6 months and is able to read the incomparable German translation
of Martin Luther. He completes the translation of the New Testament
in the port city of Cologne, Germany, and begins to print the New
Testament for shipment to England. Thousands of copies are smuggled
into England. The bishop of London sends spies to arrest Tyndale
but he flees upriver to the city of Worms.
in the city of Worms and continues his printing of the New Testament.
At Worms, he began to study Hebrew with the intent of translating
the Old Testament into English.
his masterpiece The Obedience of the Christian Man. It
lays out the 2 great principles of the Reformation: the supremacy
of the Scriptures over the congregation, and the king over the State.
Saint Anne Boleyn gives a copy of the book to King Henry VIII and
he LOVES it.
More becomes Chancellor of England. He describes Tyndale as "a
hell-hound of the kennel of the devil who discharged blasphemies
of his brutish, bestely mouth." He puts a million dollar contract
out on Tyndale.
May 21, Tyndale is betrayed by a false brother named Henry Philipps
. Henry Philipps was in the employ of his paymaster, Sir Thomas
More. Philipps pretended friendship to Tyndale and at an opportune
time had him arrested and imprisoned.
|On the morning
of October 6, Saint William Tyndale is burned in the town of Vilvoorde
near Brussels, Belgium. As he was burning he prayed "Lord,
open the eyes of the king of England."
Chronology of Sir Thomas More
Report from the BBC. Pope makes Sir Thomas More the patron saint
corrupt Latin Vulgate Online
did not come to start a new "church" or a new "congregation."
In the Old Testament the congregation of the Lord was based on RACE
e.g., the Jewish race. In the New Testament, the congregation of the
Lord is opened to ALL NATIONS and is based on GRACE....not race.
Peter, The Life of Thomas More, Doubleday & Co., New York,
David, William Tyndale A Biography, Yale University Press,
New Haven & London, 1994.
David, Tyndale's New Testament, Yale University Press, 1989.
John (1516-1587) Acts and Monuments, 8 volumes, reprinted by
AMS Press, New York, 1965.
God's Bestseller, St. Martin's Press, New York, 2002.
Strong, James, LL.D.,
The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Hendrickson Publishers,
Peabody, MASS., 1970.
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