In Tyndale’s mind, they have been elected to be saved from their sinning nature by the knowledge of God through the “holy gospel” (line 23), the scriptures that reformers valued so much. As long as they love God and want to indulge him, but they know that we cannot, that will be enough. With the sacrifice of Jesus (“the blood of Christ” on lines 28 and 29), God has already saved them and redeemed them from their original sin. This is the Protestant doctrine of the salvation through the faith, opposed to the
Catholic doctrine, which preaches that faith is not enough if the Seven Sacraments are not respected. The cult of the Protestants is directed specifically to God and Christ, who saved mankind through his sacrifice, and does not give importance to Virgin Mary or
any Saints. Other differences with the Catholic Church are the disbelief of the existence
of the Purgatory and the misrecognition of the authority of the Church in the Pope.
As mentioned before, Henry VIII defended England from Protestantism. However,
everything changed when his wife Catherine did not give him any male heirs and he
decided to divorce her. The Pope did not grant the annulment of the marriage, even
though Catherine was the widow of Henry’s brother, and Henry took the bold move to
separate from the Church of Rome so he would not have to subject to the Pope’s
authority. Through the Act of Supremacy in 1534, the king became the head of the
English Church. Even though this only meant a political difference at the beginning,
Protestants soon saw the opportunity of introducing doctrinal changes in this newly
born Anglican Church.
Tyndale had illegally introduced copies of his translation in England. He was arrested
and burnt by order of the Bishop of London in 1536. Ironically, he is now considered
the father of the English Bible. Other translators had more luck, like Miles Coverdale,
who added more books to Tyndale’s translation and finished the first complete version
of the Bible in English in 1539. By this date, England had already been converted, so
Coverdale published his work officially approved, with a royal license.