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Do Not Touch My Anointed Ones - Part 2

After the first part, I ask your pardon for being direct and blunt, but that only shows the erroneous and naive path that people take to examining scripture. One of the fundamental laws of examining scripture is to let the passage itself guide the way it is understood contextually.

Please read the first part here>> Do Not Touch My Anointed Ones - 1



We must look to the rest of scripture to see who "God's anointed" are. We cannot see and accept modern man's explanation as to who these people might be.


SOME EXAMPLES OF ANOINTED


Under the old covenant, the "anointed" of God was used to refer to: 

  • the Messiah or Messianic prince as mentioned by Daniel the prophet -- Jesus Christ in the new testament, 
  • to the king of Israel (Saul and David), 
  • to king Cyrus, 
  • and to the patriarchs as anointed kings. 

No prophet or Levite was ever suggested to as God's "anointed," no matter how powerful or effective his message was. The most familiar one which can be associated with today's self-proclaimed leaders is the position of the high priest of Israel -- a position now declared obsolete by the finished work of Christ in the new covenant established in His own blood. 


1 Peter 2:5 -- You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.


1 Peter 2:9 -- But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light..."


The high priests were required to offer for sins for the people and themselves and we do not need any other mediator between God and man today because Jesus is the only mediator. 


Hebrews 5:3 -- And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.


1 Timothy 2:5 -- For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus..."


SPECIAL ANOINTING


There is no textual evidence for anyone to think of himself as a recipient of a special anointing to claim some more special position than the rest of God's people. 


1 John 2:27 -- But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.


All who born from above, by the spirit of Christ are the "anointed" of God, and not just a few special leaders, apostles, prophets, evangelists, healers, miracle workers, or teachers. 


Psalms 105:13-15 -- When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yes, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.


EXAMINE THE INTEGRITY


All believers who are baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit have different callings, gifts, and ministries and can develop their qualifications to examine the integrity and doctrinal accuracy of anyone in the body of Christ.


It is a tragic state in many churches today that the laity is happy to sit on a bench week after week, fully believing that the views of their known clergy are the ultimate authority. 


They find solace in this because it feels safe and they do not have to be in bad books with the leaders. And the ministers are satisfied to keep it this way because it guards their office and status in the church.


TEST THE SPIRITS


In all these years of preaching the gospel and teaching, I have come across many believers who are misguided by verses as "Judge not" and "Do not touch my anointed"


This is in contradiction to the biblical advice that disciples of Jesus Christ should test the spirits that bring the word. The reference was given to the prophets by John as many claimed to be prophets in his time but in reality, were false prophets and wolves in sheep's clothing.


1 John 4:1 -- Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.


A righteous, humble man or woman will never be offended or angry if someone tries to question them and analyze what they have said using the word of God. However, if someone is driven by a "dictatorial" spirit of pride and ego, the examiner will soon know it. 


OVERSEERS AND EXAMPLES


Peter one of the apostles of the Lord Jesus, warned the elders (pastors) not to be bossy over the flock of God, but to serve them by being guides and examples of Christian living.


1 Peter 5:1-3 -- The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.


Several leading pastors, prophets, apostles, and evangelists claim that healings and miracles validate their ministry. While the kingdom is not a matter of talk only, but power also, and this may be for the good of the people, they are no evidence of divine approval to the greed and covetous character of a leader. 


Many great men and women of God saw powerful miracles take place in their meetings and yet if a preacher is blessed with "prosperity" and has a huge following does not mean anything when it comes to uprightness, integrity, and godly character. 


Matthew 5:45 -- That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.


MY EXPERIENCE IN CHRIST


Godly character is built not in a day but over time walking with the Lord. Sixteen years ago, I encountered the Lord and was baptized in the Holy Spirit. However, the Adam in me with the carnal nature had to be put to the cross by renewing the mind daily. Dying daily to self is the only way to walk alive by the life-giving spirit. 


After planting churches, working as a pastor and taking care of the flock for many years, traveling, seeing miracles and healings in the name of Jesus, has taught me that just because God moves in a specific environment of faith, is no guarantee that I have a godly character because of the message I carry.


The Lord had to work in me, break me, mold me many times, through crisis, persecution, and trials to understand the purpose of Christ for me. 


Blessings,

Godwin.



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