William Tyndale (c. 1494–1536) is best known for working tirelessly to get the English Bible into the hands of the common people. He was strongly opposed by the Church of England as they considered the English Bible to be a threat to their power.
One of the bishops of the church argued with Tyndale, saying that it would be better for the people to have the pope’s law than God’s law. To this comment, Tyndale famously replied, “I defy the pope and his laws! If God spares my life, in a few years a plow boy shall know more of the Scriptures than you do.”
For such views, Tyndale was eventually strangled and burned at the stake as a heretic. Yet, his work carried on. It has been estimated that more than 75% of the 1611 translation of the King James Bible was Tyndale’s work. This translation made it into the hands of many plow boys.
If you have an English Bible, you can be thankful for Tyndale’s sacrifice.