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Luther and Pandemic

As we were deciding as a church how to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, one of the resources I consulted was Martin Luther's Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague. In this open letter, Luther outlined what he saw as the faithful Christian response in a time of deadly disease. Even though it was written nearly 500 years ago, Luther's ethical insights are still applicable today. And so, in this week's edition of Pastor's Study, I walk us through Luther's teaching and how it can help us today.

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Pastor John
Pastor John
Apr 18, 2020


It sounds like you are reasoning through this well! Even though our life in this world will come to an end, it is clear that what we do here matters greatly. The only think I would caution you about is "God helps those who helps themselves," since that is not in scripture. It turns out that God helps those whom God chooses to help, without regard to our preparedness. (See Romans 9:15 - For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.") However, it is clear that God commands us to work for the preservation of life in this world - including our own!


I appreciate & agree with your message... Thank you, Pastor John. God invested so much to insure our salvation... He gave us a brain & choice... I wonder if He shakes his head in disappointment or rolls His eyes in disbelief when He hears religious leaders today, claim that "God will protect us, come, worship & congregate openly in our church"? I too was thinking about the Black Plague & how people suffered for years while we, now, balk at the thought of a few months. We all have a limited time on this earth but we all have (I believe) a purpose & should not hasten our departure. We have an obligation to continue with patience, during this…

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