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The "Anointing"

Carol Brooks

“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 17:150

Introduction
Varied Uses of Oil In Ancient Times
Who and What Was Consecrated/Anointed in The Bible
Summary... What The Anointing Is, and What It is Not

Anointed Objects
Acts 19:11-12
Facts Regarding The Miracles of Acts 19
Authenticating Miracles
Sons of Sceva
Cessationism

"Touch Not Mine Anointed"
One More In a Long Line Of Flagrant Manipulations Of Scripture
Do Not Quench Nor Grieve The Holy Spirit
Blasphemy Against The Spirit

Signs of the Times
What did it mean when Jesus said the signs that would herald the end of the age and His second coming, would be that many would come in His name claiming to be the Christ.



Introduction:
The word 'anointed' has become arguably the most overused term in the Pentecostal and Charismatic arenas. In fact, it would be difficult to find a charismatic/evangelical service/program/tract/book that is not liberally sprinkled with the term. At various times charismatic preachers, who often describe the anointing as feeling heat or something like electricity, claim to be 'under' the anointing, can 'feel' the anointing come over them, or in the room etc. In his book Good morning Holy Spirit, Benny Hinn says...

    "suddenly my little body was caught up in an incredible sensation that can only be described as "electric." It felt as if someone had plugged me into a wired socket. There was a numbness that felt like needles-a million of them- rushing through my body." [1]

Carol Wimber, wife of the late John Wimber founder of the Vineyard Church, describes the chaos of people falling on the floor, after they invited a young man to speak at their church. She says

    “ I got up and started stepping over bodies and putting my hand next to them. I could feel the power, like heat or electricity, radiating off their bodies" [2]

Many charismatics claim the anointing is a tangible, heavenly material that can be transmitted or transferred. Rob and Glenda Rufus are the senior pastor couple of City Church International in Hong Kong. In a transcript of the final session from the 2011 Grace and Glory Conference in the Philippines, Rob Rufus says that God

    ".. wants us to see that the anointing can be transferred. The anointing is transferable, transmittable and tangible. The anointing of God is like supernatural electricity. The anointing of God is like heavenly materiality - it is real. You can feel the anointing. You can feel it on your hands and you can feel it on your face. You can feel it leaving your body and going into someone else's body. [3]

However, there is no precise definition as to what this "anointing" is, and no uniformity of belief as to how it can be acquired or imparted. According to many evangelicals anything can be 'anointed', including services, speakers, preachers, music, television programs, prayer cloths, swords, web sites, oil, cornmeal, red thread etc. etc.

Benny Hinn, taking this one step further, claims to be able to throw or blow the anointing at people, who then proceed to physically fall over. [See Slain in What Spirit?] He tells macabre tales of visiting the graves of the late faith healers Kathryn Kuhlman and Aimee Semple McPherson, where he is said to have felt an "incredible" anointing.  In his words "I actually, hear this,' I trembled when I visited Aimee's tomb. I was shaking all over. God's power came all over me. ... I believe the anointing has lingered over Aimee's body." [4 ]

In fact Benny Hinn has more versions of the "anointing" than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream.

Some charismatics often issue stern warnings to their critics to "touch not the Lord's anointed.” According to D.J. Lett, an IBM saleswoman from Marietta GA, who has attended Greflo Dollar's World Changers church for seven years ... [Emphasis Added]

    People are not allowed to touch Dollar during services, she said, simply because "the anointing is flowing at that point."  [5]

Virtually all the references to the anointing place it in the category of a commodity... something that not all Christians possess and that the minister in question can bestow on others. (Often after money has changed hands).

Since the word "anointed" is used so liberally today, the million dollar question is whether it is being utilized in compliance with the Scriptures, or wrongly applied.  Also, when someone calls themselves 'anointed', do we take their word for it, or rely on what their followers say about them? Remembering of course, that if we do so, we would also have to accept the claims of virtually all cult leaders.

Do we trust in the usually unverified miracles that they claim to perform, the fact that many in their audience are 'slain in the spirit' or that they themselves seem to have quite a gift for speaking? Again the problem is that miracles are not confined to the Christian church. occultists are also capable of performing signs and wonders, as are the antichrist and false prophet. Also Hitler was a mesmerizing speaker.

[See The Four Most Dangerous Mistakes Any Christian Can Make]

Since the only true test of the spiritual is to check what the Scriptures have to say on the subject, the smartest thing we can do is to take an in-depth look at what, according to the Scriptures, the words anointing or anointed mean, how they are used in both Old and New Testaments, and who the anointed ones in the Bible were. Only after we are armed with this knowledge, can we possibly be in a position to decide whether so many modern day Charismatics have built their concepts purely on some combination of subjective experience and what they have heard others say, or whether their teachings/beliefs have a Biblical basis.


Varied Uses of Oil In Ancient Times
Anointing is generally associated with smearing, or pouring, oil on something, or someone. There were certainly many uses of oil in Biblical times.

General Uses

(a) Anointing may have been used as an act of hospitality.

    "You did not anoint (Gk. aleipho) My head with oil, but she anointed (Gk. aleipho) My feet with perfume.  [Luke 7:46 NASB]

(b) Oil was used also for medicinal purposes. It was apparently used to soften wounds and applied to the sick. (Isaiah 1:6; Mark 6:13; James 5:14).

    From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, Only bruises, welts and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, Nor softened with oil. [Isaiah 1:6 NASB]

    And they were casting out many demons and were anointing (Gk. aleipho) with oil many sick people and healing them.  [Mark 6:13 NASB]

    Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing (Gk. aleipho) him with oil in the name of the Lord;  [James 5:14 NASB]

(c) The bodies of the dead were sometimes 'anointed'. It is possible that bodies were wrapped in aromatics to preserve them from putrefaction. Luke 23:55-56 says certain women from Galilee followed followed the burial party, saw the tomb and how Christ's body was laid, then returned and prepared spices and perfumes before resting on the Sabbath

    "She has done what she could; she has anointed (Gk. murizo) My body beforehand for the burial. [Mark 14:8 NASB]

However, these were common uses for, possibly, perfumed oil in Israel, none of which need concern us here. What does concern us is when oil was literally, or figuratively, used on someone/something that was ....


Consecrated, or Set Apart For a Particular Purpose
In this regard, three related Hebrew words have been used (variously translated into the English Anoint, Anointed or Anointing). They are...

    mâshach (H4886) is found about 70 times in the Old Testament and translated into the English verb anoint or anointed. Mâshach means to rub with oil... by implication to consecrate. (On one occasion,  in Jeremiah 22:14, it was translated painting)

    mâshîyach (H4899) derived from mâshach (above) is found about 40 times in the Old Testament, and translated into the English adjective 'anointed'. mâshîyach means a consecrated person (king, priest, saint etc.).

    mishchâh (H4888) also derived from mâshach, is found 24 times in the Old Testament and is almost always clubbed wit the word 'oil' in the OT.... ie. "anointing oil".

Here is a list, with some examples, of who and what was anointed in the Old Testament. This practice started very early.. long before God gave Moses specific instructions on the particular oil that was to be used in the sanctuary and altar etc.

Jacob's Pillar at Bethel

    So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top. [Genesis 28:18 NASB]

    'I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed [Heb. mâshach] a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.'"  [Genesis 31:13 NASB]

While there is no evidence that oil was literally used on the Patriarchs, they were called "anointed" because they were consecrated to God...  set apart for His specific purpose.

The Patriarchs

    "Do not touch My anointed [Heb. mâshîyach] ones, and do My prophets no harm." [Psalms 105:15 NASB]

When the nation got to Sinai, Moses was given instructions regarding the construction of the tabernacle, mercy seat, the altar and all the furnishings, the garments of the priest, the sacrifices etc. Included among these instructions were those governing the making of the incense and oil to be used in the service of the altar. Both of these were very special... made from very precise formulas, and could not be used for any other purposes. See Verses in Footnote I. The oil had the finest of spices.. myrrh, cassia etc mixed in with olive oil. This specific oil was used (set apart) for a very particular purpose... to anoint or consecrate certain people and things (the priests, the altar, the Tabernacle etc) to the service of God....

High Priests... Aarons and his Sons

    "You shall put the holy garments on Aaron and anoint [Heb. mâshach] him and consecrate him, that he may minister as a priest to Me. "You shall bring his sons and put tunics on them; and you shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] them even as you have anointed [Heb. mâshach] their father, that they may minister as priests to Me; and their anointing [Heb. mâshach] will qualify them for a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations." [Exodus 40:13-15 NASB]

    "You shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as priests to Me. [Exodus 30:30 NASB]

    'The congregation shall deliver the manslayer from the hand of the blood avenger, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he fled; and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed [Heb. mâshach] with the holy oil. [Numbers 35:25 NASB]

Priests: Note: There were other priests, called 'second priests' or 'priests of the second order' [2 Kings 25:18, 2 Kings 23:4] who, some believe, took over the duties of the high priest if he were incapacitated in any way.

    if the anointed [Heb. mâshîyach] priest sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer to the LORD a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed. [Leviticus 4:3 NASB]

The Altar:

    Each day you shall offer a bull as a sin offering for atonement, and you shall purify the altar when you make atonement for it, and you shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] it to consecrate it.  [Exodus 29:36 NASB]

    Now on the day that Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle, he anointed [Heb. mâshach] it and consecrated it with all its furnishings and the altar and all its utensils; he anointed [Heb. mâshach] them and consecrated them also.  [Numbers 7:1 NASB]

The Ark of the Testimony, the Tabernacle including all its vessels and furnishings, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the laver and its base. (Note: the laver was the bronze basin wherein the priests washed their hands anf feet before approaching the altar)

    You shall make of these a holy anointing [Heb. mishchâh] oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing [Heb. mishchâh] oil. "With it you shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] the tent of meeting and the ark of the testimony, and the table and all its utensils, and the lampstand and its utensils, and the altar of incense, and the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the laver and its stand. [Exodus 30:25-28 NASB]

    "Then you shall take the anointing [Heb. mishchâh] oil and anoint [Heb. mâshach] the tabernacle and all that is in it, and shall consecrate it and all its furnishings; and it shall be holy. "You shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate the altar, and the altar shall be most holy. "You shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] the laver and its stand, and consecrate it. [Exodus 40:9-11 NASB]

There is no question that oil was physically used to anoint the kings of Israel and the prophet Elisha. What we do not know whether the same special oil used for the altar and high priests etc. was used.

The Prophet Elisha:

    and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] king over Israel; and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint [Heb. mâshach] as prophet in your place.  [1 Kings 19:16 NASB]

Various Kings

    Saul: "About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint  [Heb. mâshach] him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me." [1 Samuel 9:16 NASB. Also see 10:1; 15:1]

    David: So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he." Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed [Heb. mâshach] him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. [1 Samuel 16:12-13 NASB] Also See 1 Samuel 16:3; 2 Samuel 2:4; 5:3; 12:7; 1 Chronicles 11:3; Psalm 89:20-23

    Solomon: Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed  [Heb. mâshach]  Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, "Long live King Solomon!" [1 Kings 1:39 NASB] Also See 1 Chronicles 29:22

    Also anointed were Jehu [2 Kings 9:1-3 and 1 Kings 19:16], Hazael [1 Kings 19:15], Joash [2 Kings 11:12 and 2 Chronicles 23:11], Jehoahaz [2 Kings 23:30], Zedekiah [Lamentations 4:20],  and even Cyrus  [Isaiah 45:1].

However, all various categories of people in the Old Testament who were anointed were but a type of the Anointed One to come.

Jesus was anointed as Prophet, High Priest and King.

    The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed [Heb. mâshach] me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners;  [Isaiah 61:1 NASB]


The New Testament
Four Greek words, used in slightly different ways, have been translated into the English anoint. Two of them are.... Epichrio (G2025), used only twice in the New Testament, means to smear. [See John 9:6 and 11].  Aleipho (G218) found 9 times in the New Testament is used as a general term used for various kinds of anointing, primarily as a physical action, although often with a deeper significance. For example, it is used in Luke 7:38 when a woman anoints Jesus' feet, and when the disciples anointed those that were ill (Mark 6:13 Luke 10:34).

However two other words indicate a consecration to God

Chrio (G5548) Chrio is more limited in use than Aleipho, being confined to sacred or symbolical anointing. It is used 5 times in the New Testament, four times in regard to Jesus' anointing, and once in regard to all Christians as being consecrated, or set apart to the service of God by the Holy Spirit.

    "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  because He anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. he has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, [Luke 4:18 NASB]

    "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, [Acts 4:27 NASB]

    "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God  anointed (Gk. chrio) Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  [Acts 10:38 NASB]

    "You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has  anointed (Gk. chrio) you with the oil of gladness above your companions."  [Hebrews 1:9 NASB]

    Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed (Gk. chrio) us is God,  [2 Corinthians 1:21 NASB]

Chrisma (G5545), derived from chrio (above) is found only 3 times in the New Testament also means to smear, but is used in the sense of special endowment (chrism) of the Holy Spirit

    But you have an anointing [Gk. chrisma] from the Holy One, and you all know. [1 John 2:20 NASB]

    As for you, the anointing [Gk. chrisma] which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing [Gk. Chrisma] teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. [1 John 2:27 NASB]


Summary
What The Anointing Is
If you have paid attention to how the Bible uses anointing, and who, or what, was anointed, you should have noticed some very vital facts. Most importantly, anointing is the act of being consecrated or set aside.

Old Testament: in the Old Testament, the priests, prophets and kings were anointed. The patriarchs were called God's anointed ones  [Psalms 105:15]. The prophet Elisha was anointed [1 Kings 19:16]. Anointing a king was equivalent to crowning him, thus many of the kings of Israel were anointed... David by the prophet Samuel. Most importantly, Jesus was the antitype of all the anointed persons in the Scriptures, being anointed as Prophet, High Priest and King [Isaiah 61:1] Note: The original occurrence, is called the type, while the fulfillment is called the antitype.

New Testament: Although Charismatic teachers have made the anointing a separate power that God bestows on people, the New Testament is clear... all believers are anointed. As a believer you have the anointing, a nonbeliever does not. In other words, all believers are set apart or consecrated to God which, by the way, is the definition of "holy"... . This effectively eliminates the idea that a few special persons who have the anointing are more gifted than other believers, or have special 'powers' that other believers do not have.

[See What is Holiness?]
While holiness certainly implies goodness, the core meaning of holiness is not "good", but "set apart" and therefore, good.

Where then do these self-styled prophets find, not only general anointing, but an astonishing variety of anointings, including Swimming anointings, TV anointings, Explosive anointings, Hurricane anointings, Prophetic anointings, anointed telecasts etc. etc. For more detailed list of these abominations. See http://www.letusreason.org/Pent40.htm


What The Anointing Is Not
The anointing is not the "power of God" and it certainly isn't something tangible, or transferable. It certainly does not feel like electricity.

1) The Bible never once says, or even implies, that the anointing is a supernatural power given to human by which they are able to perform miracles.

2) The Bible never once says, or even implies, that there is any such thing as a double or triple portion of the anointing.

[Note: Elisha did not ask for a double portion of Elijah's anointing, but for a double portion of his spirit. The words are totally different in Hebrew. As Deuteronomy 21:17 shows, a double portion was the right of the first born, therefore Elisha’s request was, quite possibly, to be heir to Elijah's office and gifts.]

    When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you." And Elisha said, "Please, let a double portion of your spirit [Heb. rûach] be upon me." [2 Kings 2:9 NASB]

    "But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn.  [Deuteronomy 21:17 NASB]

3) The Bible never once says, or even implies, that anyone can transmit the anointing by any means, including the laying on of hands.

While it is true that Acts 19 tells us that when Paul laid hands on some believers from Ephesus the Spirit came upon them, the account does not say a word about the Spirit coming through Paul's hands. The Scriptures are clear... God sends the Holy Spirit, which means laying hands on someone was/is equivalent to a prayer that God would do so. In some cases it is asking God to impart some kind of blessing on the person, such as healing them.

    "For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure. [John 3:34 NASB]

    It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things into which angels long to look. [1 Peter 1:12 NASB]

4) The Bible never once says, or even implies, that anyone can get, keep, lose, or increase the anointing.

5) The Bible never has Jesus or any of the apostles teaching anyone how to obtain the anointing.


Anointed Objects
While, by now, it should be more than obvious that the only anointed objects in the Scriptures were those that were set apart and used exclusively in the service of God in the temple. Yet, according to many evangelicals anything can be 'anointed', including services, speakers, preachers, music, television programs, prayer cloths, swords, web sites, oil, cornmeal, red thread etc.

Perhaps the most popular in the charismatic world are "anointed prayer cloths", which are explained in a blog by Kathleen Riley, a self described Bible teacher, author, healing ministry and worship leader explains....

    Prayer cloths are used for the purpose of the salvation of loved ones, healings, deliverance from oppression and evil spirits, and for other situations requiring a miracle from God. When the cloth is anointed and prayed over, it becomes a carrier of the anointing and contains healing virtue. The prayer cloth is not just symbolic of God's power, but there is a tangible transferable energy of the Holy Spirit that is released to the recipient of the cloth. [6]

These prayer cloths can be ordered online, or sent for by mail. The Don Stewart Association will send you a Green Prosperity Prayer Handkerchief, which is a cloth that Don Stewart has "personally prayed over, blessed, and anointed". [7].

Morris Cerullo ministries says he and members of the World Evangelism Healing Center prayer team have created anointed "prayer cloths" with special prayers for your healing and deliverance. they encourage people to "use these "prayer cloths" as a point of contact", and to carry them to

    "give to those whom you minister to who need healing and/or deliverance. Place them upon your body as a point of contact for your own needs. Give these prayers to friends and family members who need healing and deliverance. [8]


Acts 19:11-12

And where did this practice originate? Most will trot out the incident mentioned in Acts 19:11-12, which, they claim sanctions, and provides an example for, what they do. In fact, the 'anointed' trinkets and pieces of cloth people can order or buy, and send in to be prayed over, are vast elaborations on two lines in Acts. The relevant verses read...

     "God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. [Acts 19:11-12 NASB]

For example, Rod Parsley's web site explains that Paul [Emphasis Added]

    "touched handkerchiefs and aprons that were brought to him, and diseases left people and evil spirits went out of them. As people touched the transferable anointing God placed on the cloth, they were healed. A simple piece of cloth can work in the same way for you! [9]

Parsley then went on to announce that on Sunday, November 10, 2013 , he and "anointed" healing evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke would pray over people's prayer requests and a piece of cloth "just as the Apostle Paul did in Acts 19". They would then send the prayer cloth "saturated in the anointing that you can put in contact with your needs and be transformed by the anointing!" [10]

Contrary to what Parsley says, Luke says absolutely nothing about aprons and handkerchiefs being brought to Paul but, simply, "... handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out. [Acts 19:11-12 NASB. Emphasis Added]. Considering that Paul was a blue-collar worker, who made tents, his "apron" was probably something he wore when he worked.

But no matter.

There are several points to be noted about this account in Acts...

Facts Regarding The Miracles of Acts 19.

    a) There is no record that Paul himself sent them out the aprons etc.. The text simply says these object were "carried from his body to the sick". We are not told by whom.

    b) There is absolutely no record of Paul praying over his aprons and handkerchiefs. Nothing in the text says the aprons and handkerchiefs were 'anointed' in any way. In fact, the New Testament does not record a single object that was anointed.

    c) Note very carefully that the text does not say that when the aprons etc. were carried from Paul's body to the sick some, or even many, were healed. It says "the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out". All who received Paul's clothes were healed. And this is hardly surprising considering that the Bible terms these "extraordinary" miracles.

    d) No one in the New Testament, including Jesus and all the apostles, ever said a word about "anointed prayer cloths" or any other objects. Nor is there a single recorded incident of any object being carried from any of the other apostles to the sick. Based on the many signs and wonders that were taking place, the very superstitious people of the time believed that even Peter's shadow would heal the sick. While the text is not clear as to whether people on whom Peter's shadow fell, were healed, many others were.

    At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's portico. But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem. And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number, to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed. [Acts 5:12-16 NASB]

    There is no magic in aprons, handkerchiefs, or people's shadows. What took place in Acts 19 was simply an extraordinary display of God's power. The fact is that

    ".... we are not told this was Paul's emphasis or purpose. He did not throw his handkerchiefs into the crowds, as some would do today. In a somewhat superstitious way, they people grabbed for any article which he had touched. The fact that people were healed is explained, I think, purely in terms of the grace of God. These people, with their pagan background, knew of only this way of being healed, and they acted in a very simple faith, and God in His grace gave them what they sought by faith - deliverance. And so the word was given the divine stamp of authenticity and authority, and many came to faith. [11]

When there is absolutely no evidence that anyone in the New Testament used any object as a 'point of contact', how in the world did this become such a regular practice in the church? Do we seriously imagine that miracles termed "extraordinary" in the NT, can be so common place today?

Much to the contrary, if we read the book of Acts carefully, it becomes readily apparent that the healings etc. that happened to those people who came into contact with Paul's clothing, was one in a long series of miracles that had a very specific purpose. God was using some amazing signs and wonders to confirm, not only His truth, but the messenger as well.


Authenticating Miracles

While there is no question that many of Jesus' miracles were based on His compassion for people..."He saw a great multitude and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick." [Matthew 14:14] Many, if not most, of Jesus' miracles were performed to authenticate His person and mission, as He Himself said, and Peter later testified to

    "But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish--the very works that I do--testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me. [John 5:36 NASB]

    "Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know-- [Acts 2:22 NASB]

This pattern was continued by the early apostles. Acts 2:43 says 'Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles".

When Peter and John went to the temple at the hour of prayer, they healed a man who had been lame from his mother's womb, Acts 3:1-8. The people are astonished, and the apostles inform them that it was not by their own power they had healed the man, but through the power of Jesus of Nazareth, whom they had crucified, Vs. 9-16. They were subsequently jailed (Acts 4:3), but "many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand". [Acts 4:4 NASB]

Similarly, when the Samaritans "believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. [Acts 8:12 NASB] However, just a few verses earlier we are told that this was, at least, partially due to the fact that they were witness to some signs and wonders.

    Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming Christ to them. The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the signs which he was performing. For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. So there was much rejoicing in that city. [Acts 8:5-8 NASB]

    When Peter raised Dorcas from the dead, 'It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord". [Acts 9:42]

"Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time." And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord. [Acts 13:11-12 NASB]

In short, virtually all the miracles recorded in the book of Acts, was followed by a statement that many who saw or heard of the miracle believed. On the day of Pentecost three thousand who heard Peter speaking in different dialects came to faith. It is only in Acts 13:11-12 are we told that the "proconsul believed ", but considering that he was an influential man, it is reasonable to suppose that his new-found faith had some effect on those around him.

And as far as Paul's apron miracles were concerned, verse 20 tells us that the word of the Lord both grew "mightily" and prevailed. In fact, an attempt to falsely duplicate these miracles had the same result.


Sons of Sceva
The seven sons of Sceva, the local priest, were called wandering Jewish exorcists. These seven brothers, who had no connection to Paul, or even Christianity, had obviously heard the stories, and decided to capitalize on the miracles that were taking place. They took it upon themselves to ".... call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth".

Well, that didn't get them very far. That the spirit wasn't fooled is evident by his response... "I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?". The man who was possessed then proceeded to beat up all seven men and throw them out of the house naked and bleeding.

This story not only affords some wry amusement, but served as a very stern warning... Imposters are neither tolerated nor effective.

However, although it did not go very well from the brothers point of view, the incident had interesting side effects. People were awestruck by the fact that the demons knew of Jesus, and that merely invoking His name did not function as a magic spell. They realized that while Jesus had power over the demons, His power was not a commodity... something useful that could be turned to advantage by just anyone who parroted the 'right words'. The end result that even more people began to fear the true God, and magnify Jesus' name. 

    This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. [Acts 19:17-18 NASB]

Why then do we think that we can harness and control the power of God by a specific formula and a few uttered prayers? As so well said on a blog written by a Mennonite pastor, from Lawrence, Kansas...

    It's been a temptation throughout the history of the Christian church–to think that if we say the right prayers, give money to the right people, worship in the right way, follow the right set of rules, hang out with the right crowd–the temptation to believe that if we just get some external piece right, the power of Christ will prevail in our lives for health, for wealth, for restored relationships . . . for whatever we want...

    Turn on a Christian radio or TV station and listen for awhile and you will hear the sons of Sceva–using the name of Jesus to try to gain power that they have no right to claim; trying to use Jesus instead of letting Jesus use them. [12]

The fact that an entire industry has sprung up around prayer cloth and prayer shawls is a sad commentary on capitalism, and our paucity of Biblical knowledge.

Does any of this mean that miracles no longer happen today, or that God cannot, or will not, bypass crass commercialism and heal a person of faith?

Certainly not!


Cessationism
In Christian theology Cessationism refers to the belief that the "miraculous" gifts such as tongues, miracles, word of knowledge, healing and prophecy were given as affirmation of God's revelation, and to aid in the spread of the Gospel. While no one disputes that God is capable of working such miracles, many do not believe that He actually does so any more. The disagreement usually swirls around the more supernatural gifts, such as prophecy, miracles and healing.

Some Cessationists consider that the miraculous does sometimes appear in un-reached areas, as an aid to spreading the Gospel, the general rule is that we now have the Bible and therefore do not need spiritual gifts.

And, as is common to most doctrinal debates, both sides use Scripture (in fact often the same verses) to support their positions.

The problem is that orthodox Christianity's view that once the early church was established all the gifts ceased because they were no longer needed, is indefensible. On the other hand the ever-growing Charismatic movement's 'anything goes' policy is both disgraceful and reprehensible.

The truth lies in between the two camps. See Cessationism

Finally
There is little question that there are many, many people out there who are ill, often desperately ill, and who look for a miracle to alleviate their suffering. All too many of them place their faith in the claims of miracles that occur at "healing services" through "anointed" objects etc. Unfortunately it would be difficult to pinpoint one authenticated miracle. Much to the contrary, these so called miracles stories are unverified... no names of the person who was supposed to be healed, no supporting medical verification advanced, and no follow up. Additionally several of the large "healing ministries' have been proven to be run by charlatans and crooks.

Yet those who do not accept these second, or even third hand stories, are chastised for "lacking faith".

Sadly, if we were to actually read our Bibles, we would know that while the first apostles often healed to authenticate their ministry, faith was not always involved. Additionally, while Jesus and the apostles were never seen to have turned away any person who came to them for healing, on the other hand neither did they heal all the sick people they came into contact with. [See "Faith" Healing ]

However, the problem is that a large portion of the church today is a thrill seeking lot, obsessed with signs and wonders. They have forgotten that that the Bible tells us that the period of time close to the end of the age will see a rise in false prophets who perform miracles, prophesy, and cast out demons in Jesus' name (Matthew 7:22-23; 24:11-13, 24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12).

These same wolves that Paul warned us about ... proponents of bizarre anointing, and many other aberrations from Biblical Christianity, apparently consider themselves infallible.... beyond reproach and instruction. Any attempt to compare what they preach and teach with what the Bible says often results in a barrage of insults, threats and yet one more misquoted and misrepresented Scripture.

In this case the catch-phrase is....


"Touch Not Mine Anointed"

Not only do so many of today's preachers and teachers claim to be "anointed" in flagrant denial of what the Bible says on the subject, but since they regard themselves as having a unique calling from God who has supplied them with extraordinary gifts and powers, they are entitled to unconditional authority. Often citing Psalm 105:15, which says

    "Touch not mine anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm",

... they regularly issue 'warnings' to those who oppose their unscriptural doctrines and practices.

They claim that their critics are but "Pharisees" and "heresy hunters", who's criticisms can carry grave consequences to themselves, and possibly even their families. For example...

    Benny Hinn: "Be careful! Your little ones may suffer because of your stupidity. Now I’m pointing my finger today, with the mighty power of God on me, and I speak. ... And your children will suffer. If you care for your kids, stop attacking Benny Hinn” (World Charismatic Conference, Aug. 7, 1992).

    You cannot win attacking the servants of the Lord, no matter who they are or what they've done ...if the anointing ever comes upon a man, don't touch that man, even if he turns away from God, and serves the devil, Don't touch him. You are in deep, serious danger.”

    Kenneth Copeland: Several people that I know had criticized and called that faith bunch out of Tulsa a cult. And some of 'em are dead right today in an early grave because of it, and there's more than one of them got cancer ("Why All Are Not Healed,” tape #01-4001).

    Paul Crouch: "I refuse to argue any longer with any of you out there. Don't even call me if you want to argue doctrine, if you want to straighten somebody out over here. ... I think they [i.e., those he labels as heresy hunters'] are damned and on their way to hell and I don't think there is any redemption for them. I say, 'To hell with you.’ I say, 'Get out of God's way, quit blocking God's bridges or God is going to shoot you if I don't (TBN’s "Praise-A-Thon,” April 2, 1991). See Other Threats and Warnings Footnote II

Creflo Dollar's wife Taffi certainly endorses this view. According to D.J. Lett, an IBM saleswoman from Marietta GA, who has attended Greflo Dollar's World Changers church for seven years ...

    Dollar’s wife, Taffi, introduces her husband as one who talks "face to face with God, like Moses.” She warns that "every tongue that rises up against" her husband will "be struck down."  [13]

This mind set has spilled over to their followers, who have been brainwashed into believing that questioning the man behind the pulpit would bring the wrath of Almighty God hurtling down on their heads. In their never ending anthems of praise and loyalty to these wolves that have risen among us, they too never seem to tire of warning detractors 'Not to touch God's anointed'.

All the purveyors of false doctrine have to do is quote a particular text of Scripture, and their flock will swallow it hook, line and sinker, without realizing that the verse has been quoted so completely out of context, that the interpretation bears no resemblance to the original meaning. Sadly, they will never even take the time to open their Bibles and read the context for themselves, or check if what the critics are saying have any Biblical validity. Their minds are made up and are going to stay that way, regardless of what the Bible says.

But is Psalm 105:15 applicable to modern day preachers, or is it just one more in a long line of flagrant manipulations of Scripture?

Sadly, I have to vote for the latter... for several reasons..
 

1) Preachers and Teachers were not "Anointed".
As shown there were many anointed objects in the Old Testament. Remember that this means that these objects were consecrated or set apart for the service of the Lord. However, when speaking of the 'Lord's anointed' in terms of people, the Bible only refers to the priests and High Priests of the temple, several kings of Israel (usually the royal line descended from David) and at least one prophet, who were also consecrated or set apart for the service of the Lord..

Glaringly absent from this list is any mention of preachers and teachers being "anointed".


2) Psalm 105 was talking about the Patriarchs.
Psalm 105 is a recap of God's dealings with Abraham and his posterity, until they reached and settled in the promised land. This psalm recounts God's covenant with Abraham, and his confirmation of that covenant to Isaac and Jacob. It tells of His providence towards Joseph in Egypt and the deliverance of the Israelites out of Egypt. Also How God led and supported the the nation in the wilderness, and brought them into the land of Canaan.

Verse 15 can not be wrenched from it's context and applied to anyone, in any period of history, but has to be read as part of the story being narrated. The anointed ones in this case were the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who were obviously 'set aside' for a specific purpose and, therefore protected even reproved kings for their sakes. [See Genesis 12:17-20, and the whole of chapter 20]. Also note that God called Abraham a prophet in Genesis 20:7.

While it is best to read the whole of Psalm 105, At least read verses 9-15 9. And, if you are wondering at the word "prophet", note that God called Abraham a prophet in Genesis 20:7)

    The covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac. Then He confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant, Saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan As the portion of your inheritance," when they were only a few men in number, Very few, and strangers in it.  And they wandered about from nation to nation, From one kingdom to another people. He permitted no man to oppress them, And He reproved kings for their sakes: "Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm." Psalms 105:9-15 NASB

Psalm 105:15 has absolutely nothing to do with questioning or opposing the teachings of any modern day minister.


3)
The Word "Touch" means Physical Contact.
The word translated touch is the Hebrew nâga. Strong's defines it as

    properly to touch by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); that is, lay the hand upon, to strike, beat , smite etc.

If one were to read all 150 uses of nâga in the Old Testament, it is clear that it is sometimes used as as reach or arrive....

    And he dreamed. And behold, a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached (nâga) to heaven. And behold, the angels of God ascending and descending on it.  [Genesis 28:12]

    While they were yet talking with him, came (nâga) the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared.  [Esther 6:14]

However, most of the time, nâgas indicate physical contact, However, it never means verbal  opposition

    but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch (nâga)  it, lest ye die. [Genesis 3:3]

    And God said unto him in the dream, Yea, I know that in the integrity of thy heart thou has done this, and I also withheld thee from sinning against me. Therefore suffered I thee not to touch (nâga) her. [Genesis 20:6]

    Of their flesh ye shall not eat, and their carcasses ye shall not touch (nâga) ; they are unclean unto you. [Leviticus 11:8]

    And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the furniture of the sanctuary, as the camp is set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch (nâga) the sanctuary, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tent of meeting. [Numbers 4:15]

    And David said on that day, Whosoever smiteth (nâga) the Jebusites, let him get up to the watercourse, and smite the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul. Wherefore they say, There are the blind and the lame; he cannot come into the house.  [2 Samuel 5:8]

    And, behold, one in the likeness of the sons of men touched (nâga) my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by reason of the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I retain no strength. [Daniel 10:16]

And there is another point to consider....


The Lord's Anointed Were Often Rebuked By Others.

    Saul was anointed by God as king over the people [1 Samuel 9:16; 10:1; 15:1] However, when God instructed Saul to "Smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not...” (1 Samuel 15:3), Saul disobeyed by sparing "the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord...” (1 Samuel 15:15). Samuel wasted no time in publicly denouncing Saul's disobedience, telling him that "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft" (1 Samuel 15:23), and that God had rejected him as king.

    David was anointed king of Israel. Yet, when he had Uriah the Hittite killed so that he could marry Bathsheba, Uriah's wife with whom he had had an affair, the prophet Nathan had no qualms reproving David and pronouncing God's judgment on the king. (See 2 Samuel 12).

    Apollos, was called a man "mighty in the scriptures" [Acts 18:24], and tells us that he was speaking out boldly in the synagogue [v. 26]. But Apollos, being only familiar with John's baptism, was obviously off base in some respects because, as verse 26 goes on to say, "when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately".

    Peter was the apostle to whom the keys to the kingdom were given [Matthew 16:19], yet Paul did not hesitate to confront him to his face when he was clearly in the wrong. [Galatians 2:11-21]

None of the men mentioned above set themselves on pedestals of untouchability, nor did they curse those who endeavored to correct them, much less threaten their children.

No Christian has such unquestionable authority that they are above having their doctrines, teachings, or actions questioned. Much to the contrary, Paul applauded the Bereans and called them "noble" for checking Scripture to see if what they were being taught was true. It is a tragedy that so many that have forgotten James' warnings, when he said

    Be not many of you teachers, my brethren, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment. [James 3:1]


Quench Not The Spirit
In his letter to the Thessalonians [1 Thessalonians 5:19], Paul told them not to quench the Spirit. The Greek word translated "quench" literally means to extinguish or put out a fire, and figuratively to suppress or stifle

These words have become a common refrain heard from pulpits and stages across the land. Many charismatics assume any and all church related activities, including spontaneous utterances, teachings and/or actions, are from the Spirit. Therefore, anyone who speaks or acts based on what they feel, what they think they hear, dreams etc. are accepted with little question. Using any level of discernment, including comparing what is being said and taught with the Scriptures is seen as 'quenching the Holy Spirit' and 'putting God in a box'. Any attempt to oppose or correct these outbursts are met with a warning that sadly, often serves to cow would be Bereans, who are afraid they would actually be quenching the Spirit.

However, of one were to actually read this and other verses in context, it becomes clear that verses that admonish us not to quench or grieve the Spirit of God have absolutely nothing to do with examining the doctrines and teachings of any Christian leader. In fact Paul goes on to tell the Thessalonians not to despise prophetic utterances, but to carefully examine everything, and "hold fast to that which is good" [Vs. 20-21].

See Context is CRUCIAL:
No Biblical author simply strung together a number of lofty sounding phrases disconnected from one another. Since each verse is an integral part of a particular point the author was trying to make, no one should read, much less base their beliefs on stand alone verses. To accurately determine the context, one has to read the immediate surrounding verses, the entire chapter, or even several chapters


Grieve Not The Spirit
Ephesians 4:30 talks about not grieving the Holy Spirit of God. The context of Ephesians 4 makes it clear which of our actions grieve the Holy Spirit. [All Emphasis Added]

     Living like the pagans who have given themselves over to sensuality and practice of every kind of impurity [4:17-19]

     Lying [4:25]

     Sinning when angry [4:26]

     Stealing, rather than working honestly [4:28]

     What Paul calls "unwholesome" speaking. [4:29] (This word is only used of fruit in Matthew  7:17 and the parallel accounts, and of fish in Matthew 13:48. In each of these cases it has been translated "bad")

     Bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander [4:31]

     Immorality, greed, filthiness and silly talk, coarse jesting, covetousness, idolatry [5:3-5]


Blasphemy Against The Spirit
In Matthew 12: 31-32, Jesus talks of the 'unforgivable sin', calling it "blasphemy against the Spirit"

    "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. "Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come. [Matthew 12:31-32 NASB]

But we cannot possibly know what this unforgivable sin is unless we examine the context.

The story starts in verse 22 when a demon possessed man  who was both blind and dumb, was brought to Jesus, who instantly healed him.  Upon which, the Pharisees accused Jesus of casting out demons "only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons" (Vs. 24). Jesus' response to them was to state that a house divided against itself could not stand, and if "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? ". 

The Pharisees were attempting to discredit Jesus by "charging him with being in league with the devil and working his miracles, not by the spirit and power of God, but by the aid of the prince of the devils." [Barnes]. And, it was this accusation that Jesus called "blasphemy against the Spirit". Simply because it was by the Holy Spirit that Jesus had been anointed to be the High Priest of His people, the one that stood between God and man... The Messiah.

Although Jesus was never literally anointed, God had "set him apart" to be the prophet, priest, and King of his people. The anointing, in the form of oil poured over the heads of the High Priests of the Old Testament was a symbol, or type, of the Spirit descending upon the Great High Priest at His baptism. 

    After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him,  [Matthew 3:16 NASB]

The claim that Jesus was casting out demons by the power of Satan was unforgivable because it not only confused God's Spirit with Satan but in doing so, struck at the very heart of Jesus' mission on earth, which was that He had been sent by the Father to announce the advent of His kingdom, and invite men to join it. It attempted to undermine His testimony, and teaching and very Messiahship.

But the question remains as to why in recent years there has been an explosion of preachers running around calling themselves "anointed". 

There is an answer.. and it is not a very palatable one...


Signs of the Times

Jesus' Prophecy
Consider this... in Matthew 24, on the Mount Of Olives, the disciples came to the Lord in private, and asked Him... "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus' first words in answer to them were "Take heed that no man lead you astray" (v.4) and then He went on to say "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray". (Emphasis added)

The problem is that, all too often, we are so familiar with this and many other passages of Scripture, that we tend to read them without giving them a modicum of serious thought. In this case, I believe we have glossed over two small words, which if paid attention to, have huge significance.

1) Jesus said many would come in His name claiming to be the Christ.

If we think about it, this really doesn't happen very often. There has, of course, been the occasional lunatic who called himself "The Christ", or even "Jesus Christ". Most of these claimants were nutty as a fruitcake and certainly didn't gather much of a following. But these have been few and far between, and do not come close to fulfilling Jesus' prophecy which clearly states that many will claim to be the Christ.

Did Jesus make a mistake, or are we overlooking something here?

I vote for the latter.

Consider the following...


Jesus.... The Messiah (mâshîyach) or "Anointed One"

The Old Testament
Let step back into the Old Testament for a moment, when anointing with oil was used to consecrate someone, or something, to the service of God. As previously mentioned, two related Hebrew words mâshach and mâshîyach have been translated into the English anoint or anointed. In the Old Testament, both people and objects were anointed (mâshîyach) or set apart for a specific purpose, including the priests and high priests, the patriarchs, the prophet Elisha, various kings, the altar and all it's utensils, etc.

The promised Deliverer is also called the mâshîyach (anointed).

    The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed (Heb. mâshîyach), saying,  [Psalm 2:2 NASB]

However, on two occasions in the book of Daniel, the translators did not translate mâshîyach into the English "anointed" but, instead, chose to use "Messiah", which is a transliteration (using the same word in the alphabet of another language) of mâshîyach.

    "So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah (Heb. mâshîyach) the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress.  [Daniel 9:25 NASB]

    "Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah (Heb. mâshîyach) will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined.  [Daniel 9:26 NASB]

I have absolutely no idea why  the translators did not follow the pattern and use "Messiah" in Psalm 2:2. However, in the final analysis, it does not matter, since 'mâshîyach', 'Messiah' and 'anointed' are all the same thing.


The New Testament
Many people seem to be under the impression that 'Christ' (Gk. Christós) was Jesus' last name. This is not true. Christós is a literal translation of the Hebrew mâshach (anointed) since, in classical Greek, Christós can mean covered in oil, or anointed. In other words, "Christ" is a title, not a name

The interchangeability of the two words Christós and mâshach is amply demonstrated by Jesus' words at the beginning of His ministry. In Luke 4:18 Jesus stood up to read in the the synagogue, and the book of Isaiah was handed to Him. He opened to book to where Isaiah wrote...

    The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed (mâshach) me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; [Isaiah 61:1] 

However, in his prophecy, Isaiah used the word mâshach, which Jesus substituted with the Greek chrio, the root of Christos.

    The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed (chrio) me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised, [Luke 4:18]

Supporting evidence is found in the Gospels, in which the Greek Christos was thrice translated into the English 'Messiah', a transliteration of mâshîyach

    The record of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah (Gk. Christos), the son of David, the son of Abraham: [Matthew 1:1 NASB]

    Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah (Gk. Christos). So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah (Gk. Christos), fourteen generations. [Matthew 1:16-17 NASB]

    Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah (Gk. Christos) was to be born.  [Matthew 2:4 NASB]


In Summary
...
The Hebrew mâshach or mâshîyach, the Greek Christos, and the English Messiah are used interchangeably since all three mean exactly the same thing... "anointed". "Christ" was not Jesus' last name, but a title. Jesus Christ is, in reality "Jesus the Christós" (i.e. Jesus, the anointed; or "Jesus, the Messiah". He is God's anointed one.

    "For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed (Greek chrio), both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, [Acts 4:27 NASB]

    "You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed (Greek chrio) Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  [Acts 10:38 NASB]

    And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ (Gk. Christos)." [Acts 17:2-3 NASB]

    But when Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began devoting himself completely to the word, solemnly testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ (Gk. Christos). [Acts 18:5 NASB]

    for he (Apollos) powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ (Gk. Christos). [Acts 18:28 NASB]

(Note: Savior, which occurs some 24 times in the New Testament, is a completely different word with a different meaning. Savior comes from the Greek soter which means deliverer, while Messiah or Christ mean the anointed one).


Jesus' Prophecy Fulfilled.... A Signs Of The Times
Lets look again at Jesus' answer to the question that the disciples put to him about the signs that would herald the end of the age and His second coming. The part of His response that concerns this article is when He said... many would come in His name, saying they are the Christ and shall lead many astray.

    As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ (Greek Christos) ,' and will mislead many. [Matthew 24:3-5 NASB]

Since there haven't been enough people running around claiming to be Christ to fulfill the many part of His prophecy, and we can be sure that Jesus knew what He was talking about, we have to look at this another way...  Since 'Christ' means 'anointed', Jesus' answer to a direct question about the signs that would herald the end of this world, as we know it, was a warning that many would come in His name claiming they were "anointed".

That prophecy has been well and truly fulfilled with numerous "Christian" celebrities claiming to be "anointed", and issuing strong warnings to their critics to not touch 'the Lord's Anointed'. 

Here we are at the end of days...

 

Also See The Four Most Dangerous Mistakes Any Christian Can Make 1) Believe that we, or our pastor/denomination/spiritual leader cannot be fooled, 2) Attribute every personal testimony and "sign" as being of or from God, 3) Take Bible verses out of context and 4) believe that we, as Christians, are not to judge anything or any one. Not necessarily in that order.

See Theology and Doctrine
Many of today's so called "Christian" leaders will tell you that you need not bother with doctrine, since all the evidence you need is to be found in your experiences (or theirs). This too is in flagrant denial of what the Bible says on the subject...

    Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. [2 John 1:9 NASB]

If you are going to abide in the teaching or doctrine of Christ, you have to know what that doctrine is. It's just that simple. Yet, many Christians seem to think that these five dollar words are best left to those who have spent years poring over dusty tomes, or spent at least a year or two in in the halls of academia, and have a string of letters after their names.

Perhaps the words "theology" and "doctrine" gets Christians on the defensive, because they have been taught to believe that their faith must be based in the heart, therefore all that is important will be "experienced". Or perhaps they want no challenges to their shallow 'easy Christianity', which requires no intellectual effort, and allows people to coast along, never being stretched, or using their God given brains.

The fact is that both theology and doctrine are crucial to authentic Christian faith

 

Endnotes
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[1] Benny Hinn. Good morning Holy Spirit, Thomas Nelson Inc, May 7, 1997 Pg. 21

[2] Hank Hanegraaff. Counterfeit Revival. Page 217. Publisher... W Pub Group (June 1997)

[3] Rob Rufus Blog - Grace and Glory!!- "The Flow of the Anointing" The final session from: "Grace and Glory Conference - the Philippines" 2011. Posted by Dan Bowen. http://robrufus.blogspot.com/2011/06/rob-rufus-flow-of-anointing.html

[4] Double Portion Anointing, Part #3, Orlando Christian Center, April 7, 1991. From the series, Holy Ghost Invasion. TV# 309. As quoted in Benny Hinn's Romance with Necromancy Pt.2. Let Us Reason Ministries. http://www.letusreason.org/Pent28.htm

[5] Dollar and the Gospel By John Blake . Atlanta Journal-Constitution/March 5, 2000.
http://www.culteducation.com/reference/tv_preachers/tv_preachers16.html

[6] Kathleen Riley. Anointed Prayer Cloths. Posted Sunday, August 8, 2010.
http://kathleendeniseriley.blogspot.com/2010/08/anointed-prayer-cloths_08.htm

[7] http://www.donstewartassociation.org/Prayer_Cloth.html

[8] Morris Cerullo World Evangelism International Healing Room. Morris Cerullo World Evangelism. Anointed Prayer Cloths.
http://www.mcwehealingroom.com/prayer_cloths.php

[9] Rod Parsley. What is a Prayer Cloth? Why is November 10th Significant? Copyright © 2014 • Breakthrough with Rod Parsley.
https://www.rodparsley.com/prayercloth2013/about

[10] ibid.

[11] Robert L. (Bob) Deffinbaugh. The Evangelization of Ephesus (Acts 19:8-41)
https://bible.org/seriespage/30-evangelization-ephesus-acts-198-41

[12] Joanna Harader. Spacious Faith. Acts 19:11-20. Posted November 3, 2013. http://spaciousfaith.com/sermons-etc/new-testament-texts/acts-1911-20/

[13] Dollar and the Gospel By John Blake . Atlanta Journal-Constitution/March 5, 2000.
http://www.culteducation.com/reference/tv_preachers/tv_preachers16.html

 

Footnote I... The Oil and Incense
Oil:
Take also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty, and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and of olive oil a hin. "You shall make of these a holy anointing oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil. [Exodus 30:23-25 NASB]

"You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. 'It shall not be poured on anyone's body, nor shall you make any like it in the same proportions; it is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 'Whoever shall mix any like it or whoever puts any of it on a layman shall be cut off from his people.'" [Exodus 30:31-33 NASB]

Incense:
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Take for yourself spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, spices with pure frankincense; there shall be an equal part of each. "With it you shall make incense, a perfume, the work of a perfumer, salted, pure, and holy. "You shall beat some of it very fine, and put part of it before the testimony in the tent of meeting where I will meet with you; it shall be most holy to you. "The incense which you shall make, you shall not make in the same proportions for yourselves; it shall be holy to you for the LORD. "Whoever shall make any like it, to use as perfume, shall be cut off from his people." [Exodus 30:34-38 NASB]  [PLACE IN TEXT]

 

Footnote II
Benny Hinn:
"Those who put us down are a bunch of morons. ... You know, I've looked for one verse in the Bible, I just can't seem to find it. One verse that says, ‘If you don't like 'em, kill 'em.' I really wish I could find it. ... Sometimes I wish God would give me a Holy Ghost machine gun — I blow your head off!” (Benny Hinn on TBN's "Praise-A-Thon,” April 1990).

"Be careful! Your little ones may suffer because of your stupidity. Now I'm pointing my finger today, with the mighty power of God on me, and I speak. ... And your children will suffer. If you care for your kids, stop attacking Benny Hinn” (World Charismatic Conference, Aug. 7, 1992).

"I place a curse on every man and every woman that would stretch his hand against this anointing; I curse that man who dares to speak a word against this ministry... " (Benny Hinn at his July 1999 Denver Miracle Crusade as shown on the Praise the Lord show, Sept. 10, 1999).

I want to tell you why I believe people get sick...In 2 Chronicles 16, verse 10 - and I like to read this - verse 10 and 11 and 12, the Bible says sickness comes when individuals attack preachers..."And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians." The reason this man was struck with sickness is because he had been persecuting God's servant and oppressing the people of God. We see in the Word of God, God declares in His Word, "Touch not mine anointed and do my prophets no harm." Now that was spoken concerning Israel, yet applies to the body of Christ today, and we must be so careful not to attack men of God even when these men of God are not living right. (From Praise The Lord, Trinity Broadcasting Network, June 8, 1998.)

Kenneth Copeland:
"Several people that I know had criticized and called that faith bunch out of Tulsa a cult. And some of 'em are dead right today in an early grave because of it, and there's more than one of them got cancer" ("Why All Are Not Healed,” tape #01-4001).

Paul Crouch:
"A curse on every man and woman that will stretch his hand against this anointing." (TBN with Paul and Jan Crouch Sept. 13 1999 video on Denver Crusade).

"That old rotten Sanhedrin crowd, twice dead, plucked up by the roots ... they're damned and on their way to hell and I don't think there's any redemption for them ... the hypocrites, the heresy hunters that want to find a little mote of illegal doctrine in some Christian's eyes ... when they've got a whole forest in their own lives. ... "I say, `To hell with you! Get out of my life! Get out of the way! Quit blockin' God's bridges! I'm tired of this! ... This is my spirit. Oh, hallelujah!' ... (TBN's "Praise-A-Thon,” April 2, 1991)

"We gotten so caught up in theology and debating and discussing theology and nit picking on this, and the heretic hunters have smoke screened the whole thing." (The Christian Channel Europe "Praise The Lord" 14/6/98)

I want you all to listen carefully. This is a word - a prophetic word that came to me on September the 25th.... The ministry of TBN is about to explode...... It is time, once and for all, to take your sword in hand, the mighty sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Speak it out. Proclaim defeat to the enemies of God. Stand up, everybody. In the Name of Jesus, we proclaim defeat to the enemies of God. .... The enemies of God are defeated in the Name and by the blood of Jesus Christ. They are under our feet by the victory of Jesus Christ when He said, "Behold, I am He Who was dead, but am alive forevermore, and have the keys of death and of hell." We receive it in Jesus' Name. Take authority over the principalities and powers that dare to threaten this ministry. I have raised it up from infancy for My own purposes, saith the Lord. Just as I commanded Ezekiel to prophesy life to dry bones, and they took on life, so I am commanding you to prophesy death to the threats, challenges, and bondages the enemy has placed on TBN. Command them to cease and desist, and you will see this dilemma die and disappear before your eyes. God, we proclaim death to anything or anyone that will lift a hand against this network and this ministry that belongs to You, God. It is Your work, it is Your idea, it is Your property, it is Your airwaves, it is Your world, and we proclaim death to anything that would stand in the way of God's great voice of proclamation to the whole world. In the Name of Jesus, and all the people said Amen! (Praise The Lord Trinity Broadcasting Network November 7, 1997)

"I have been disturbed by a bunch of, oh I'm just going to say it, a bunch of crap. ... Go ahead and tape it, put it on your slime-ball radio broadcast. You'll have to pray it through Pastor Phil, but this old German, I'd say sue the bastards" (Praise the Lord show, October 1994, cited in Christian Sentinel, Spring 1995, pg. 9).

"I refuse to argue any longer with any of you out there. Don't even call me if you want to argue doctrine, if you want to straighten somebody out over here. ... I think they [i.e., those he labels ‘heretic hunters'] are damned and on their way to hell and I don't think there is any redemption for them. I say, ‘To hell with you.' I say, ‘Get out of God's way, quit blocking God's bridges or God is going to shoot you if I don't'” (TBN's "Praise-A-Thon,” April 2, 1991).

Michael Brown: "[Our detractors] continue to oppose Jesus Himself. ... Soon the Lord may say, ... ‘I rebuke you for speaking falsely in My name. Repent while there is still time. My kindness toward you is running thin.' Are you willing to wager your salvation on the fact that you are correct?” (Let No One Deceive You, pp. 19-20). [PLACE IN TEXT]

 

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