WHAT IS A GREYCOAT?
What is a greycoat? Is a greycoat simply a ticked off defector who refuses to see his own backwardness? Is a greycoat someone who has been poisoned by septic wounds dealt to him by other Christians? Is a greycoat simply possessed by a critical or judgmental spirit and in dire need of deliverance? Is a greycoat one who is deceived by years of patterned doctrine, blinded through centuries of tradition enforcing religion? Or, is a greycoat simply a bully looking to shake down some heretical milk-money?
The founders of the greycoats believe in truth. And, as Augustin said, “All truth is God’s truth”. Although we were consoled at one time by Charismatic practice we began to perceive the truth of the gospel penetrating through our experiences. Suddenly, our experiences weren’t so shiny anymore. The truth of Christ—the God-man come in flesh, crucified for sinners, dead, buried, then risen again in bodily form—this truth beams forth the good news of “Peace on Earth”, “Good will toward men”. We have seceded from groups who promise “Your best life now” by means of moving in signs and wonders, portals to heaven, open visions, pretend prophecy, and any number of quasi-spiritual diversions.
Spirituality may divert the sheep from the pure milk of the gospel. After feeding off of radical Charismatic cuisine and then finding that it produces bleeding ulcers would it be a bitter motivation to warn others of such a fouled food source? Hardly. Neither is there any spirit we have received other than He who delivers power, love, and a sound mind. We do not operate from a fear of what we don’t understand. We understand the new mystics, neo-Montanists, and prophetic pretenders all too well. We see that they have created various doctrines (no matter how loud they scream ‘God is bigger than doctrine’ or ‘You can’t put God in a box’) out of anti-traditionalist, experience centered, feelings which image personal concepts of Christianity.
We believe that this is a time in which there are many who will not endure sound doctrine. Instead, these would deviate from the vanilla flavored plainness of the simple gospel for the rocky road of extra-biblical prophecy, angelic impartations, and a subtle brand of New Age/Christian syncretism. Heresy hunters? Hmmmmm….while a greycoat points his musket squarely between the eyes of heretical teaching, denouncing its promoters with verbiage just as strong as Jude and Paul; he knows the redeeming nature of His God. He knows who he fights for and he knows why. It’s not to win medals or gain promotions. Truth lights up the darkness. That indeed some might be saved, even plucked from the fiery peril of deadly doctrines. Heresy is not the unforgivable sin—repentance happens and forgiveness is complete. Many of us know this all too well after asking and being forgiven for participating in radical-Charismatic excess.
As mentioned before, we have seceded from an unhealthy and unsatisfying Union. We are the greycoats—don’t be scared but do be prepared. We are the greycoats—Reformed and Refreshing. We are the greycoats—coming on and feeling strong.
We are the greycoats and we are looking for conscripts.