The Mighty Works of God- Reformation Day

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Today, we are blessed with an article and a downloadable giveaway for all by Ruth Smith of The Pilgrim Institute! It is our hope that you enjoy reading and learning about the blessings we have which were birthed out of The Reformation. We pray you will be impacted for His Glory!

~Heather


Understanding the Bible in English on the Chain of Christianity is important to a proper understanding of what would come to be known as The Reformation.  So, how do we teach the Bible in English?

Answer by Ruth J. Smith, Pilgrim Institute:

Ruth J. Smith
Pilgrim Institute

To narrow the teaching of the Bible in English link to three main ideas is difficult, but I would propose the following:

1. The Price that was Paid



“Many Americans have little understanding of the price that was paid for us to have the Bible in our hands. It is important for the students to treasure the Bible as the Word of God and to recognize the price that men paid to give us the Bible in English.”1


The history of the Bible in English begins with the earliest light of John Wycliffe’s translation from the Latin. The Roman church of that day did not approve the people having the Scriptures in their hand, but Wycliffe labored for the people of England to have the Word of God in their language. Though his life was threatened, God preserved Wycliffe and his assistants to produce the written word. But first the people had to learn to read. Even without the printing press, the knowledge of the Word spread throughout England. “Historians tell us that if you met two people on the road in England, at least one would have followed the teachings of Wycliffe.”2



“William Tyndale had studied the Word of God. He knew it was very important for each person to read the Bible for himself. He did not think the church leaders should be the only ones who could have a Bible. He declared, ‘If God preserves my life, I will cause a boy that driveth a plow to know more of the Scriptures than the pope.”3 Tyndale dedicated his life to translating the Scriptures, not from the Latin, but from the original languages. For this labor, he paid the ultimate sacrifice, as he was imprisoned and martyred. God, in His wisdom, opened the door for Tyndale’s translation in England. “Within one year, Tyndale’s translation of the Bible was brought to the King. The King said the Bible could be sold in England.”4




Persecution of Bible scholars and teachers under the bloody rule of Queen Mary brought together the men who would produce the Geneva Bible – the Bible of the Pilgrims. Though Queen Mary’s purpose was evil, God meant it for good.


The story goes on with the great price that was paid for the Bible to be in English for all the people. Do we as individuals and families know this story and do we treasure it?



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Continue reading about the importance of the Bible in Engish:
Without the Bible, Truth Will Be Hidden
The History of the Bible Is the History of Liberty
http://pilgriminstitute.org/blog/2011/11/the-history-of-the-bible-is-the-history-of-liberty-interview-with-ruth-j-smith/

Footnotes:

1Ruth J. Smith, The Mighty Works of God: Liberty and Justice for All – Teacher’s Guide, (South Bend: Bradford Press, 2003), page 61

2Ruth J. Smith, The Mighty Works of God: Self Government (South Bend: Bradford Press, 2002), page 44.

3Ibid., page 47.

4Ibid., pages 49-50.

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3 thoughts on “The Mighty Works of God- Reformation Day

  • I would love to win this book giveaway contest. I don’t see any punch tab though! This is very interesting and I do love early church History as well. This will be a great collection for my church family as they homeschool their kids. Of course, I will be reading them too. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway contest. Thank you for Lady Jane that I gotten in the mail yesterday. I am now following The Pilgrim Institute on facebook and getting their newsletter as well.

    • I’m sorry if I wasn’t clear on the giveaway. This one is different. The giveaway is an audio from Pilgrim Institute for everyone to receive. No entries are required. Thank you so much for *liking* and *following* Pilgrim Institute!

      The article has quotes pulled from Mrs. Smith’s “Mighty Works of God” curriculum. The buttons of the books are affiliate links. If anyone would like to purchase the “Mighty Works of God,” they can do so by clicking on the book button for it and the purchase helps support Principled Academy.

      In order to listen to the audio, you can click on the link in the blog post for “The Character and Destiny of Free Government” or you can listen at this link below (you might have to copy and paste this address):
      http://www.pilgriminstitute.org/pilgrim15/audio/TheCharacterandDestinyofFreeGovernment.mp3

      Blessings to you!

    • Thank you for your reply and now, I understand! I would encourage home school mom to check this out!

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