Leader of the Largest Church in the World Claims the Earth is Flat!

Leader of the Largest Church in the World Claims the Earth is Flat!

Well, of course, no modern leader would make such a statement today, but it may surprise you to know that the majority of church leaders some 500 years ago believed it. The latest leader to take an issue with the heliocentric model of the cosmos (the belief that the sun is at the center of our so-called solar system) was Martin Luther. Martin Luther was the religious reformer who was responsible for the start of the protestant movement. The protestant movement sparked a worldwide revolt and move away from the Roman Catholic church works based salvational system. Martin Luther, a Catholic monk, called out his church for setting up a system of works based salvation. Under Luther’s new protestant movement, many would depart the doors of the Catholic church in preference for the message that we are saved by grace through our faith in Jesus Christ. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8). This was radical, to say the least and demonstrates a willingness of Martin Luther to stand up for what was right no matter what it cost him.

However, not only was Martin Luther very forthright with respect to the grace of God, but also the scriptures with regard to whether the earth is spherical in shape or flat. According to Genesis 1:6-7; 14

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so… 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

This creation account is the exact opposite of our current view of cosmology. According to the BIble, the earth is immovable, with a glass dome called a firmament over it. There is water above the firmament and people cannot leave the earth. Scripture tells us the heaven is above the earth. The earth is described as a flat circular disk that rests inside of a square.

The great religious reformer, Martin Luther had these words to say: Regarding the waters above the firmament, Luther wrote:

We Christians must be different from the philosophers [i.e. scientists] in the way we think about the causes of these things. And if some are beyond our comprehension (like those before us concerning the waters above the heavens), we must believe them and admit our lack of knowledge rather than either wickedly deny them or presumptuously interpret them in conformity with our understanding1.

Here, Luther suggests that it is wicked to deny that there are literal waters above the firmament to which the sun and stars are fastened. Why did he believe this was an undeniable fact? Because he believed Scripture taught it clearly in Genesis.

  1. – Martin Luther, Luther’s Works. Vol. 1. Lectures on Genesis, ed. Janoslaw Pelikan, Concordia Pub. House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1958, pp. 30, 42, 43.

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