Missionary Heartbeat By Rocky Grams Spring, 2016
What happens when there is a strong influence
to cut loose from the moorings?
What happens when some decide that the root system is useless?
That the foundation is optional?
What happens when self-proclaimed theologians
Decide they know more than their teachers?
A friend’s church was split recently by modern day proponents
Of a return to the Law with all its trappings.
They’ve held this brand new posture for three months
And have not studied or understood Galatians or Hebrews—
Written twenty centuries ago.
Some think that today and the future eclipse everything else.
It’s a mindset of the times.
“We don’t want what the church had in the past,” they say.
“We’re going for a new paradigm shift in everything. “
John didn’t think he invented the truth.
He just reported “what we have seen and heard and touched”
Concerning the Truth—a Person—our Lord.
The One who said: “If you’re thirsty, come to Me and drink.”
The One who satisfies.
How fragile is the Church?
When the chain that went from Jesus to John to Polycarp to Irenaeus
And stayed unbroken on through to Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley
And Aimee Carmichael and Maria Woodworth-Etter
And Carlos Annacondia and Dante Gebel
And Loren and Millie Triplett
And Monroe and Betty Jane Grams and Dick and Cynthia Nicholson.
When that chain becomes obsolete and is broken, then we are lost.
Like a ship with no rudder or anchor. Like a cell with fractured DNA.
We become irrelevant if we decide that the center is
To be just as smart or smarter than those who are wandering around clue-less out in the cold of night.
How do we approach the one who thinks that he is wiser than his mentors?
The one who teaches others to doubt and to reject the altar?
We approach him with firm and careful love.
At times called tough love.
Full of grace
But also full of truth.
We will not compromise.
We’ll continue to believe the Apostles’ doctrine and practice
And vivid experience.
Don’t think we’ll get a lot of slaps on the back
From the pundits of today.
But we’ll just keep striving for the only praise that will count.
The “Well done” we’ll hear up there
From the One who answers and satisfies all.
The One who will make sure
That the chain is intact right up to the trumpet call.