Martin Luther was a Protestant. He fought many of the lies that the papacy taught its followers. One of these lies was that the dead go immediately to heaven or purgatory or hell etc. There is no such lie in the Bible.
Luther was seemingly the father of the Protestant Reformation, yet so many Protestants continue this lie of the immortality of the soul. Only God is immortal, we will only gain immortality when He comes to take us home. Before I quote what the Bible says, let’s see what Luther wrote.
“Another place proving that the dead have no ... feeling. There is, saith he, no duty, no science, no knowledge, no wisdom there. Solomon judgeth that the dead are asleep, and feel nothing at all. For the dead lie there, accounting neither days nor years, but when they are awaked, they shall seem to have slept scarce one minute.”—Martin Luther, Exposition of Solomon’s Booke Called Ecclesiastes, page 152.
So, what does the Bible say? My question is-why would we have a resurrection if the dead are already up in heaven? Why would Jesus have said the little girl was “asleep” if she was conscious in heaven?
Eccl 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.
1 Cor 15:52-54 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Thee 4:16-18
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Let us keep protesting the lies taught by the Papacy and rest in the promise-FROM GOD-of the resurrection that will unite us with those who are already asleep.