Can soldiers be saved?

Luther's example
During the war against Iraq an interviewer asked me where I got some of the theological ideas that called more for repentance by “our side” than triumph over “them” and theirs. I told him that they came from Martin Luther—though my views are milder than Luther’s were.

In 1526 Luther wrote Whether Soldiers, Too, Can Be Saved. He said, as did I to the interviewer: “I back our troops.” Luther answers the question “When can a soldier fight in a war?” by saying when the war is one of “lawful self-defense” and “when an attack is made by someone else.” Aggressive war is of the devil.


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