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Concerning the Invocation of Saints – part 26

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Psalm 91:1–4

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning the Invocation of Saints 

This error also prevails among the theologians, namely, that each saint has been committed a particular administration. Anna bestows riches; Sebastian repels pestilence; Valentine heals epilepsy; George protects horsemen. These opinions have clearly sprung from paganism. Among the Romans, Juno was thought to enrich, Febris to fended off fever, Castor and Pollux to protect horsemen, and so on.

Pulling It Together: The Lord himself is our sure defense. We need cry out to no other, for no one other than the Almighty is able or inclined to save us (Acts 4:12). This is what the Scriptures teach us. Let us not muddy the clear waters of the Word with the practices of other religions or the myths of pagan cultures. God alone is our shield and buckler. More than defenses, he is our deliverer. We confess that the saints cannot help us but that the Lord is our certain help and hope in the face of all trouble and danger.

Prayer: You alone, O Lord, are my refuge and strength. Amen.

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