Monday, January 27, 2014

Why "do not touch My anointed ones" is A Verse That Should Not Be Used Today to Silence Dissenters

The following is an excerpt of the new book Twisted Scripture, Twisted Theology by Brannon Howse. In this book Brannon untwists 42 of the most commonly twisted scriptures. Download your copy of this EBook now here: [2]

The Scripture: Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.

The Twist: I have had Psalm 105:15 used against me many times when writing or speaking against pastors such as Joel Osteen or Rick Warren, who are false teachers. I’ve also seen it invoked when someone simply disagrees with his or her pastor and someone in the church tries to manipulate or intimidate the “dissident” into silence by using Psalm 105:15 out of context.

     The problem is this: We are called to expose false teaching and false teachers. Romans 16:17 commands, “Mark those who are contrary to doctrine and avoid them.” To mark them you have to identify them, and to avoid them you have to know whom you’re avoiding. However, in today’s politically correct world, we are often told we are not to judge. As we will see in another chapter, even this is completely unbiblical.

Many self-professing Christians will tell you that you are not to speak out against false teachers because they believe these false teachers are anointed of God. That, of course, is their first problem, isn’t it? These people believe that a false teacher is proclaiming truth, is anointed of God, and that God approves of his message. But God does not approve of false teachers. He makes it clear in His Word what He thinks about false teachers. In Matthew 7, Jesus says that many of these false teachers, on the Day of Judgment, are going to say to Him, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name and cast out demons in Your name?” And He is going to answer, “Depart from me, you worker of lawlessness, you worker of iniquity. I never knew you.” With that, the Lord God will cast them into the darkness where there is the gnashing of teeth.

False teachers convince people to believe spiritual lies. As a result, their followers will defend the false teachers and say things such as “How dare you speak out against someone like Benny Hinn or Joel Osteen or Rick Warren or Kenneth Copeland! Scripture says that we are to ‘Touch not God’s anointed ones.’” They are using Psalm 105:15 completely out of context in order to defend their favored teachers.

So what is the meaning of Psalm 105:15? Again, we’ll check out the context. Let’s look at verse 9: the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and 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 allotment of your inheritance,” when they were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it.

And verse 13: When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people, He permitted no one to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”
The context in Psalm 105 is the kings of Israel, as well as the Old Testament prophets. Scripture is speaking here about the covenant made with Abraham and then passed on to Isaac and to Jacob. The nation of Israel is the subject. In particular, these verses refer to the kings who were anointed and to the Old Testament prophets like Abraham.

So what does this tell us about verse 15? “Saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones’”—that would be the kings of Israel—“‘and do My prophets no harm.” This is not talking about some teacher today. It is an instruction specifically to not bring harm or do harm to the Old Testament prophets or to the kings of Israel.

We also need to remember the significance of anointing then and now. Who is anointed today? The answer is: all believers. All who have repented of their sins and placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ are anointed ones.

One reason we know that this is referring to the kings of Israel is that David himself uses this same warning about touching God’s anointed. Take a look at 1 Samuel 24:3-7: “So he came to the sheepfolds by the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to attend to his needs.” We see there that David is warning about not touching Saul, the king of Israel at the time, whom David said was God’s anointed.

The situation is that Saul went into the cave to relieve himself. What he didn’t know was that “David and his men were staying in the recesses of the cave.” So Saul walks into a cave in which David and his men were hiding, and this prompts an interchange between David and his men: Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you.’” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe. And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.

David’s men wanted David to kill King Saul. But David said, “No, I cannot touch God’s anointed. He is an anointed king by God of Israel.” This scripture recounts one of two times David says this about Saul. In 1 Samuel 26:7-12, here’s what happens: So David and Abishai came to the people by night; and there Saul lay sleeping within the camp, with his spear stuck in the ground by his head. And Abner and the people lay all around him. Then Abishai said to David, “God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second time!”

But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” David said furthermore, “As the Lord lives, the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. But please, take now the spear and the jug of water that are by his head, and let us go.” So David took the spear and the jug of water by Saul’s head, and they got away; and no man saw or knew it or awoke. For they were all asleep, because a deep sleep from the Lord had fallen on them.

Twice when David has the chance to kill Saul, the king of Israel, he refuses to harm “God’s anointed.” But when people quote Psalm 105:15, they usually mean something like, “Hey, you can’t speak against this Christian author or writer or pastor that way.” Many times they’re defending false teachers, and you need to explain that these teachers are not God’s anointed. All true Christians are God’s anointed, but if someone is a false teacher, that person is certainly not anointed because a false teacher by definition is not a Christian. Another question we need to address is: do we have prophets today? No, we do not. I’ve explained before that the office of prophet is closed, as is the office of apostle. We no longer have prophets and apostles in this Church age. We don’t need them because the foundational doctrines of the Church have been laid down. We have the Word of God, and, as a result, the prophetic and apostolic offices are no longer necessary. This means Psalm 105:15 does not apply to someone you might speak out against today so as to expose their unbiblical teaching.

Finally, one added point is helpful about the warning to “Touch not God’s anointed.” As you can see from the two David incidents, “touch” is actually referring to doing them harm—striking, hitting, or killing the anointed one. In the way the scripture is misused, people are talking about speaking out against false teachers. No one is concerned about physically hurting someone. Psalm 105:15 would not have prevented someone in Israel from pointing out the error or ungodly behavior of a king of Israel. In fact, that is exactly what the prophet Nathan did when he called out King David, the king of Israel, because of his affair with Bathsheba.

 The bottom line? Don’t let someone intimidate you by twisting Psalm 105:15 to keep you from speaking biblical truth or pointing out the error of a pastor or religious leader. Doing so is part of your anointing.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eagerly Awaiting the Savior


Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cultivating a Heavenly Perspective

"God...has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" (Eph. 1:3, emphasis added).
It's been said that some Christians are so heavenly minded, they're no earthly good. But usually the opposite is true. Many Christians are so enamored with this present world that they no longer look forward to heaven. They have everything they want right here. The health, wealth, and prosperity doctrine has convinced them that Christians can have it all, and they pursue "the good life" with a vengeance.
Despite the prevalence of such thinking, the old Negro spiritual well says, "This world is not my home. I'm just a passin' through."
Paul reminds us of that truth in Philippians 3:20: "Our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ." That's why we must set our minds on heavenly, not on earthly things (Col. 3:1- 2). Our deepest affections and highest aspirations should center there. Our actions and decisions should reflect heavenly priorities, not earthly indulgences.
Even though we live in a sin-stained world and must constantly fight against its corrupting influences, God hasn't left us stranded. He extends to us all the rights and privileges of our heavenly citizenship. Let that assurance encourage you today to live to His glory and rely on His heavenly provisions. Take care not to let impure aspirations or trivial pursuits distract you from your heavenly priorities.

Suggestions for Prayer:
  • Tell Jesus how thankful and full of praise you are because of the place He is preparing for you in heaven (John 14:1-3).
  • Pray for a greater awareness of the fleeting value of this world and the surpassing value of the world to come (1 John 2:17).
For Further Study: Read Revelation 4-5, 21
  • What primary activity are the inhabitants of heaven engaged in?
  • List some of heaven's blessings.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

Many of us have a desire to change something about ourselves going into the New Year. We make resolutions that we feel are achievable in hopes that it will improve our lives. But all too often these goals are short lived. Here is a quote from Charles Stanley's Magazine:
  “Following a year of living in old familiar ruts, we welcome January with renewed hope for self-improvement. After carefully evaluating our lives and planning appropriate changes, we confidently make our New Year’s resolutions. Enthusiasm runs high for the first few weeks, but before long, our old habits beckon us to relax and slide down into those comfortable patterns. By February, most of us are right back where we started, wondering why we couldn’t stick with it.”
Doesn't it make sense as Christians to set resolutions that are God honoring and that make an impact for eternity? 
 In fact God's Word makes it clear what will last: If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Col. 3:1-4)
Here are 3 resolutions that will help us to pursue the things of God and make an impact on others:
1) Sanctification
2) Stewardship
3) Service 


            A noble, God honoring resolution would be to become more Christ-like.  Simply put, sanctification is a process whereby we become more holy and live like Christ. Our entire life is a process of sanctification.
1 Thess. 4:3, 7: “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”
1 Thess. 5:23-24: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 


-                        We need to consider how we use our resources and time wisely in 2014!!
Ephesians 5:15-17: “ Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

-          There are two options we have, we can be guided by “the clock” and react to external forces: My Goals, My Commitments, My Appointments, My Schedule, and My Activities.

-          Or we can be guided by the inner Compass of the Holy Spirit. What is God’s calling, God’s values, God’s mission, and God’s direction.  

-          Is your life managed by “the clock” rather than the “compass?” 

2 Timothy 2:3-7: Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.  Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.  Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”

Galatians 6:7-9: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”


     What on earth are we doing for Heaven’s sake? Are we using our spiritual gifts to build the church? Are we sharing the Gospel with those around us?

Joshua 22:5:Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Titus 2:11-14: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,  instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,  looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.”

If you asked the Lord how He plans to work in your life during 2014, what kind of New Year’s resolutions do you think He’d want you to make?

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” ( 1 Cor. 15:58)
In Christ -Dustin