In a stunning bureaucratic blitzkrieg, forces with the power to do so have removed Issues, Etc from KFUO, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's radio station, without a trace and without an explanation, and summarily fired the show's host and producer.
The program had for many, many people been a source of inspiration and strength for the faith that every single one of us Lutherans professed at confirmation, adult profession of faith, or ordination. Apparently no further charges are needed.
First, the human side. For the financial support of the two men cut off at the pockets for their fidelity to the Lutheran faith, please visit Pastor Weedon's blog
on how to help these men and their families through this difficult time.
There are calls for restraint, for waiting for full information to surface, indeed, and the 8th commandment is not to be taken lightly. However, whether in corporations or gangs, full information is not going to surface and ultimate responsibility for executions like this are hidden under layers of structure. That's how it works.
What a shame to the Gospel that it works no differently in a church body.
The important thing to understand is, this is the sort of thing for which those who can use such power do use such power. These things are not done among people who are really about the same thing, just in different ways. They are done to enemies. And in the classic saying, know thy enemy.
Issues, Etc. was not for me a big influence. But it was for so many people who are brothers and sisters in the faith. My personal take would be more that I saw all kinds of this sort of thing in the RCC after the Second Vatican Council. We had a Reformation for this? I don't think so. What will happen if unresisted is that the faith of the Lutheran Confessions will be isolated and allowed to exist as out of sight and as removed from the mainstream of the church body as possible. Guaranteed. Been there. And so have those true to the classic confessions of other church bodies. It is always the same pattern.
Anything that so consistently put forth the faith of the Lutheran Confessions is my people. If you hold to the faith of the Lutheran Confessions, it's your people too. We cannot simply say Come, Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus in his Word had plenty to say about false teachers and holding fast to the faith.
For the time is come that judgement must begin at the house of God. I Peter 4:17.
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