Below is a brief portion from Chapter 3 of a book
called "Twisted Scriptures"
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When we preach the message of Jesus, if some reject
His message, then
are rejecting Jesus. We can't stretch that to mean that if our
reject our advice they are rejecting Jesus.
Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no
harm!(Psalms 105:15 KJV)
Some discipleship groups interpret this verse to
mean that we shouldn't
question or say anything negative against our leaders. This
squelches legitimate questions or complaints that might stop errors.
Leaders who adopt this slant on scripture become
almost immune from
accountability to their people. This is only one example of the ways
in which abusive discipleship groups may use Bible verses. Passages are
taken out of context and their true meanings distorted; but these
also correctly interpret many verses. That is why it is so difficult
see what they are doing.
Gilbert Trusty, a former pastor who used this
passage to control his
This particular concept is so twisted, so groundless
that it would be
funny if it was not so sad. In context, in those verses (Psalms
(KJV) God is talking about the patriarchs, about how He protected them,
about how He kept Abraham's life. The main thing the scripture was
with is when Abemelech took Sarah into his harem. God wanted Abraham
keep his wife. God was protecting Abraham because from him was going
come a nation and from that nation was going to come the Messiah.
Also John tells us that in the body of Christ we
each have the
anointing of God. (1 John 2:20-27) This anointing does not apply only
the man behind the pulpit; we each have the anointing of God. The Holy
Spirit is available to every one of us. We can be filled as we open
ourselves and yield to God. It's not just one man, or some church
on earth who God has set apart anointed. "Touch not my anointed" refers
all of us who are in the body of Christ.
Many times people forget that this scripture could
never be used to
mean that sheep should not question their leaders. A good leader
should be honored and respected; but we are instructed (1 Thes. 5:21)
to prove all things. First Tim 3:10 says that deacons must be
proved.According to Revelations 2:2, even those who call themselves
should be tried. Jesus commends them because they tried those who
themselves apostles and found they were false. In abusive discipleship
mere fact that someone is a leader means that I should never say
critical about that leader.
What a nice position! To be a leader when your flock
feels that they
be critical of you without going against God! But this is very
for the flock.
[End of excerpt]
Untouchables Are "God's Anointed" Beyond
by Hendrik H. Hanegraaff
from the Viewpoint column of the Christian Research
Journal, Fall 1991,
page 39. The Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Research Journal is
Miller. Currently found at this URL:
During His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ
exhorted His followers
not to judge self-righteously or hypocritically. Is this necessarily
Christians do when they question the teachings of God's "anointed"
preachers and evangelists? Many teachers who claim such anointing would
say so, and many more of their followers commonly reply to all manner
criticism: "Touch not God's anointed."
Some of these teachers add that such actions carry
consequences. Prominent "faith" teacher Kenneth Copeland affirmed in
taped message, "Why All Are Not Healed": "There are people attempting
sit in judgment right today over the ministry that I'm responsible
and the ministry that Kenneth E. Hagin is responsible for....Several
people that I know had criticized and called that faith bunch out of
a cult. And some of 'em are dead right today in an early grave because
it, and there's more than one of them got cancer."
In addition to certain "word-faith" teachers, such
sentiments may be
among various groups involved with shepherding and other forms of
authoritarian rule (from diverse "five-fold" ministries to a host of
and small "fringe churches"). The leaders of these groups are commonly
regarded as having a unique gift and calling that entitles them to
unconditional authority. To dispute any of their words or deeds is
distinguished from questioning God Himself.
Advocates of such authority assume that Scripture
view. Their key biblical proof text is Psalm 105:15: "Touch not mine
anointed, and do my prophets no harm" (KJV). But a close examination
this passage reveals that it has nothing to do with challenging the
teachings of church leaders.
It first needs to be noted that the Old Testament
phrase "the Lord's
anointed" is typically used to refer to the kings of Israel (1 Sam.
5; 24:6, 10; 26:9, 11, 16, 23; 2 Sam. 1:14, 16; 19:21; Ps. 20:6; Lam.
4:20), at times specifically to the royal line de-scended from David
2:2; 18:50; 89:38, 51), and not to prophets and teachers. While the
does also mention prophets, in the context of Psalm 105 the reference
undoubtedly to the patriarchs in general (vv. 8-15; cf. 1 Chron.
16:15-22), and to Abraham (whom God called a prophet) in particular
20:7). It is therefore debatable whether this passage can be applied
select leaders within the body of Christ.
Even if the text can be applied to certain church
leaders today, in
the context of this passage the words "touch" and "do harm" have to
with inflicting physical harm upon someone. Psalm 105:15 is therefore
wholly irrelevant to the issue of questioning the teachings of any
Moreover, even if we accepted this misinterpretation
of Psalm 105:15,
are we to know who not to "touch"; that is, who God's anointed and
prophets are? Because they and their followers say they are? On such
basis we would have to accept the claims of Sun Myung Moon, Elizabeth
Clare Prophet, and virtually all cult leaders to be prophets. Because
reputedly perform miracles? The Antichrist and False Prophet themselves
will possess that credential (Rev. 13:13-15; 2 Thess. 2:9)! No, God's
representatives are known above all by their purity of character and
doctrine (Tit. 1:7-9; 2:7-8; 2 Cor. 4:2; cf. 1 Tim. 6:3-4). If a
spokesperson for God cannot pass the biblical tests of character and
doctrine, we have no basis for accepting his or
her claim, and no reason
to fear that in criticizing his or her teaching we might also be
Finally, if any individual Christian is to be
then so every Christian must be as well. For this is the only sense
in which the term is used (apart from Christ) in the New Testament:"You
[referring to all believers] have an anointing from the Holy One"
John 2:20, NIV). Thus, no believer can justifiably claim any special
status as God's "untouchable anointed" over other believers.
Nobody's teachings or practices are beyond biblical
especially influential leaders. Biblically, authority and
go hand in hand (e.g., Luke 12:48). The greater the responsibility
holds, the greater the accountability one has before God and His
Teachers should be extremely careful not to mislead
any believer, for
their calling carries with it a strict judgment (James 3:1). They
therefore be grateful when sincere Christians take the time to correct
whatever erroneous doctrine they may be preaching to the masses. And
should the criticisms be unfounded they should respond in the manner
prescribed by Scripture: to correct misguided doctrinal opposition
gentle instruction (2 Tim. 2:25).
There is of course another side to this issue:
criticism often can be
sinful, leading to rebellion and unnecessary division. Christians
respect the leaders that God has given them (Heb. 13:17). Theirs is
task of assisting the church in its spiritual growth and
doctrinalunderstanding (Eph. 4:11-16). At the same time believers
that false teachers will arise among the Christian fold (Acts 20:28;
Pet. 2:1). This makes it imperative for us to test all things by
Scripture, as the Bereans were commended for doing when they examined
words of the apostle Paul (Acts 17:11).
The Bible is useful not only for preaching,
encouragement, but for correcting and rebuking (2 Tim. 4:2). In fact,
Christians are held accountable for proclaiming the whole will of God
warning others of false teachings and teachers (Acts 20:26-28; cf.
We would do well to heed Scripture's repeated
warnings to be on guard
false teachings (e.g., Rom. 16:17-18; cf. 1 Tim. 1:3-4; 4:16; 2 Tim.
1:13-14; Tit. 1:9; 2:1), and to point them out to believers (2 Tim.
With so much scriptural support, such actions can hardly be considered
End of document, CRJ0148A.TXT (original CRI file
name),"The Untouchables: Are 'God's Anointed' Beyond Criticism?"
release A, August 31, 1994
R. Poll, CRI
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