Who is God’s Anointed?

We often hear people refer to the minsters as being “God’s Anointed” and in fact they have been known to refer to themselves this way.  Have you ever questioned this? Do you allow a minister to lord it over you because he is God’s Anointed?  Do the ministers assume power to abuse with impunity because they believe themselves to be God’s Anointed?

What does it really mean to be God’s Anointed?  In the Old Testament we read much about anointing. It actually means to “consecrate.”  The outward method of anointing was to pour or smear oil on the person or object to be consecrated.  There are a number of scriptures that pertain to Aaron and the priesthood being anointed.  I’ll quote one here as an example, there are many verses pertaining to anointing, if you wish to look them up.  www.blueletterbible.org is a very handy reference.  Exodus 40:13  And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.  According to this, Aaron was qualified to minister once he had been annointed.  He was allowed to function in his priestly role.  But wait, what does the Bible say about Christians today?  We are ALL kings and priests!  Revelation 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Say, isn’t that good news?  We are ALL kings and priests.  We do not need to anoint a king or a priest to minister on our behalf in front of God.  We may all come and bring our own sacrifice and enter the holy of holies where we can commune face to face with God!  There is no longer a man standing in between!

1 Samuel 9:16 To morrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shalt anoint him [to be] captain over my people Israel, that he may save my people out of the hand of the Philistines: for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me. 

Here we see that Samuel anointed Saul to be king.  Later he anointed David.  What happened when these men were anointed by Samuel, who was a priest and a prophet of God?  The Spirit of God came upon them.  On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit was POURED OUT.  This does not mean that he had never been in men before, but simply that he was not poured out on all men.  A man had to be anointed and have hands laid on him by someone who already had God’s Spirit.  It was a rare and precious gift.  It was given to the men who were chosen to lead.  In Psalm 51:11, David, after the realization of his sin, cried to God Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.  David had been anointed and was filled with God’s Spirit.  As we read the book of Psalms we see over and over how he loved the presence of God in his heart.  God’s Spirit was necessary in those day if a man was going to lead the people, or to prophesy to them and warn them of what was to come.  These things can be done under the power of the Holy Spirit.

When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, He became freely available to all who would repent and turn to God.  This is the gift that God gives to his people, so that they may walk upright, know him intimately, communicate with him, he gives the gifts of wisdom and knowledge, prophecy, love and even the gift of tongues, which is not widely accepted today.  Today we are all kings and priests and prophets.  We are all God’s anointed.

What do you make of a minister who asks you to set him apart, give him a higher spiritual standing on the basis that he is God’s Anointed?  A minister is to be a shepherd, a pastor. The word “pastor” means to be a companion, a special friend, a shepherd.  It does not give one the right to rule over others and abuse without accountability.  A pastor should lay down his life for his sheep. He should never ask them to lay theirs down for him, and yet, sadly, that is what so often happens.  The ministers are often given special treatment.  Sometimes their sins are dealt with privately, without the public humiliation that they ask of the sheep of the flock.  People are afraid to speak ill of them, even when they are greatly out of line, for fear of speaking ill of God’s Anointed.  Because of this there is very little accountability.  They often feign a type of accountability, but it is only to one another, and certainly not to the congregation.  A Holdeman minister is not accountable to his people. If members of the congregation have a concern about a minister, they had best keep it to themselves.  If they question or wonder about the behavior of the ministers towards the congregation, they will be judged as insubmissive and rebellious and brought under discipline.  You know it’s true.

I don’t mean to entirely minimize the idea of a special anointing.  God may very well call a man to a special office and give him a special anointing to carry out that office.  There may be times in any believer’s life when he is given a special anointing for a special circumstance.  Often someone who ministers in song is able to touch the hearts of the people because of a special anointing that is upon him.  If not for God’s special anointing, many sermons, writings, and hymns would be dull and uninspiring.  It takes the anointing of God on a message for it to really touch our hearts and bring about change.

I don’t condemn the idea that a minister may have a special position and that we should show him respect.  That goes without saying. But when he, or others on his behalf, begins to make assumptions about being special, being above being disciplined himself, being distant from the congregation, then we have to have a concern.  We are ALL God’s Anointed.  We are all prophets, priests and kings. God can speak to every one of us.  He can give us a prophecy, a message, he can give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  These things are not confined to the ministry.  Try to stand up in church on Sunday morning and give a prophecy.  See if they don’t grab you by the elbows and drag you towards the door. Tell them that God has given you a message and that the church must repent, starting with the ministry.  See if your anointing holds out. See if they will hear your voice.

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2 Responses to Who is God’s Anointed?

  1. Chris Frase alias: (Set Free) says:

    I can see what is being said, been there done that and know the truth of it.
    I have also seen “God” not man, put those men down. We need to remember that it is God…that rules and overrules. That in NO way gives anyone “the right” to abuse his power and authority regardless if it’s God’s annointing or man’s. King Saul was “God’s annointed”…what happened when he usurped the authority that annointed him ? King David was “God’s annointed” was he spared when he sinned ? Samson…was “God’s annointed” we see what happened to him. I believe the issue at hand is not so much whether a man is called or not. But whether he is and if he is humble enough to “serve”. What we see in the “abuse of power” is in reality “usurping” the authority of God. While we do need to speak out, we do need to make plain the sins being committed and I firmly believe the ministry needs to be held accountable (as well as the laity) in an “OPEN” meeting. We need to make sure “I” am not the pot calling the kettle black. It is true as the bible says; Those things done in secret shall be shouted from the housetop. And we are watching it happen as well as doing our share of the shouting. Beware and be careful.
    Job_36:18 Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee.
    Pro_19:25 Smite a scorner, and the simple will beware: and reprove one that hath understanding, and he will understand knowledge.
    Mat_7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
    Mat_10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;
    Mat_16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
    Mat_16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
    Mat_16:12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
    Mar_8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.
    Mar_12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
    Luk_12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
    Luk_12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
    Luk_20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
    Act_13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
    Php_3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
    Col_2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
    2Pe_3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

    Let God be God and may “they” let God be God. “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord, I will repay.” He will and He does. He does it “His” way…and when He does He is not playing. Yet remember, “He is not willing that any should perish” I have observed that even though “He waits” He is not slack concerning His promise. There is hell to pay…may we beware lest we be the ones paying it …more than we already have and do.
    Beware so you may be Set Free

  2. Chris Frase alias: (Set Free) says:

    These things are not confined to the ministry. Try to stand up in church on Sunday morning and give a prophecy. See if they don’t grab you by the elbows and drag you towards the door. Tell them that God has given you a message and that the church must repent, starting with the ministry. See if your anointing holds out. See if they will hear your voice.

    I have and it has Set me Free
    The “Annointing” if it be of God cannot be taken away and as in the case of Saul and David must be respected….Not because the party involved is wrong and has sinned, but because “of” the Anointing.
    1 Samuel 24:4-9 KJV And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily. (5) And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. (6) And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. (7) So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way. (8) David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself. (9) And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

    Another place David says; Psalms 137:4-6 KJV How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land? (5) If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. (6) If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
    Jerusalem–New Peace

    I want to tell what God does and how He will not acquit the guilty.
    Acquit
    ACQUIT’, v.t. [L. cedo.]

    To set free; to release or discharge from an obligation, accusation, guilt, censure, suspicion, or whatever lies upon a person as a charge or duty; as, the jury acquitted the prisoner; we acquit a man of evil intentions. It is followed by of before the object; to acquit from is obsolete. In a reciprocal sense, as, the soldier acquitted himself well in battle, the word has a like sense, implying the discharge of a duty or obligation. Hence its use in expressing excellence in performance; as the orator acquitted himself well, that is, in a manner that his situation and public expectation demanded.

    When I “raised my hand” against “the Lord’s anointed”…because of the wrath of man, which worketh not the righteousness of God (James 1:20) …I received quite a judgment from God which came through the hand of man. As “my” hand of man was against them so God used the “hand of man” against me. Granted there were wrongs done, however I wonder what the outcome would have been had I held my peace ?? We’ll never know. But this I do know. I have a “right hand” that has forgot her cunning because of being shot through the wrist and now having no rotation of that hand there are some things that I simply cannot do that I used to enjoy and was good at.
    God will not acquit us of our guilt…we’ll be judged and pay the price.
    But afterwards He does Set us Free with a full acquital. And He does it “His” way.
    I too, as we all are, am one of “the Lord’s anointed”.
    When “the Lord’s anointed” rises up “against” “the Lord’s anointed” we have a righteous Judge that will not acquit the guilty.
    Act_13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
    2Pe_3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

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