The Sacrament does more vehemently print lively the faith, and make it sink down in the heart, than do bare words only- as a man is more sure of what he hears, sees, smells, and tastes than what he hears alone.(A Brief Declaration of the Sacraments, William Tyndale c. 1494 – 1536)
Catholic Evangelicals were forced by the challenges of medieval church’s excess to restore the sacraments to a more original intent. Tyndale argues that the sacraments are designed and intended to fertilize faith in our Messiah. The sacrament succeeds at improving our faith because it exercises all of the senses, never rejecting but hearing, but always exceeding the sense of hearing alone. Therefore, the sacrament of the altar operates much like the second person of the God-head: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life- the life was made manifest, and we have seen it. (1 John 1:1-2). In the sacrament; the incarnation, passion, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, final judgment, and future glory are made manifest in order that we may take it in with all our senses, thus bettering our faith.