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10 June 2005
  Staunching an Epic Flow, or Luecke Here
Wherein our hero practices free association contrasting Luke 8 and loopy "missiology."

The words "Epic Flow" bring to mind something which needs healing: When a friend mentioned them, this Biblically-inclined Aardvark first thought of the poor woman described in Luke 8. Do you imagine that, after suffering an epic flow for twelve years, this poor lady would desire the flow to resume—let alone, spread to others?

Sorry to tell you, but another Epic Flow has been released. This unclean issue proceeds not from a woman, but from Royal Redeemer, a congregation belonging to The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod in the Ohio District.

As you can see for yourself on their (poorly written, sloppily edited) site, Epic Flow is a red tide of spiritual death. An amalgam of generic Protestantism, touchy-feely emotionalism, and pop psychology, this Epic is flowing forth from Royalton, Ohio into neighboring Strongsville, which already has a vital and vibrant LCMS congregation! The Office of the Keys, the Doctrine of the Call, even Justification by Grace through Faith in Christ are among the Flow's epic casualties.

If you wonder what sort of damage could spread, take a look at she from whom flows this tainted tide: Royal Redeemer's FAQ espouses doctrinally devoid anthropocentrism: "Being Lutheran isn't near [sic] as important as simply having a heart to seek Christ." It blatantly violates Scriptural, Confessional, and Synodical teachings on closed Communion: "Baptized adult Christians who know they need God's daily forgiveness, who are sorry for their sins and seek God's forgiveness, and who believe that the body and blood of Jesus Christ are truly present in the Lord's Supper are invited to share this great gift of God with us." (Sadly, few who know anything about Pastor David Luecke of Royal Redeemer have been surprised by anything they've read so far.)

I shudder to imagine the scabious and scabrous body that might form should this flow be allowed to coalesce.

Hmm ... perhaps a tourniquet ... around the neck ....
 
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