Affirm was once a great organization of conservatives. It was the outgrowth of a generation of battles fought in the Missouri Synod to hold the line against encroaching liberalism (as it was called back then). Those founding men are gone. So is the solid, conservative nature of Affirm.
I used to sit and listen to the war-horses of the battles of the '60's and '70's as they recounted their meetings and their strategy sessions and their valiant fight to hold Missouri to the confession of the faith. I was in high school and college when they fought those battles, but I remember some of them, watching them unfold and starting to get involved even as a kid and young man still in school, so hearing about the meetings and the strategies and the inner-workings of the small army that fought for faith once delivered to us by previous generations was heady stuff for me.
I also remember hearing about how there was a very small group trying to position themselves to be "the next generation" in those organizations that fought the good fight. Affirm was one such organization. Once solid, as the leadership aged, many found themselves squeezed out of the organization as younger men with different agendas quietly slipped into control of the organization. It is a sordid tale that should have been written, but all the primary sources, participants in the "good old days", have been called home to their Lord. Those left in the organization are second, third, and fourth generation and would likely tell that story from a less reliable perspective.
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