February 26, 2008

“Touch Not My Anointed”..The command of God or the cries of the misled??

by @ 12:19 am. Filed under The Truth Shall Set you Free!

Those who feel the call to be watchmen on the wall during this time of apostasy have heard this phrase repeated ad nauseum, by those who seek to defend their favorite “ministers” against the claims of Scripture. In fact, along with “Judge Not”, it’s probably among the most frequently used (though commonly misunderstood) texts in the entire Bible. Have any of them ever actually read the verse in question??

Ps 105:11-15 ?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. 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.?

Now………who are the “Anointed” here??? Kings specifically (1Sam. 12:3,5; 24:6,10; 26:9,11, 16,23; 2 Sam. 1:14,16; 19:21; Psalm 20:6; Lam. 4:20). Who are the prophets?? Those who spoke directly for God, inspired for infallible and inerrant utterances by the Holy Spirit, and through whom came Scripture. We don’t HAVE infallible, Scripture writing prophets anymore, nor do we have leaders who are anointed above the Body of Christ like the OT kings.

Context is the key to understanding Scripture, but the misguided have been taught to tear verses such as this out of their context by the very people who use this tactic to exploit them. This very method of twisting Scripture serves both to enrich the pulpit pimps AND keep the flock from discovering their error.

Context is where you put verses within their literary and historical settings so folks don’t go off making foolish and unBiblical assumptions about Biblical texts, wresting them to their own destruction.

What is God talking about in the verse in question?? He is speaking of protecting His people from physical harm by their enemies. PHYSICAL HARM. You cannot tear words out of their context and make them say whatever you want them to say.

“Harm” here does NOT mean saying something TRUE about someone, whether in leadership or not. David refused to TOUCH GOD’S ANOINTED in Saul too……..but he SURE AS HECK told the truth about Saul and it wasn’t pretty. Touching God’s anointed here AGAIN means to do PHYSICAL HARM.

1Sa 26:8 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy (Speaking of SAUL, God’s Anointed) into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him (PHYSICAL HARM), I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not [smite] him the second time. 1Sa 26:9 And David said to Abishai, Destroy (KILL……PHYSICAL HARM) him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless? 1Sa 26:10 David said furthermore, [As] the LORD liveth, the LORD shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he shall descend into battle, and perish.
1Sa 26:11 The LORD forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand (Again, physical harm) against the LORD’S anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear that [is] at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us go.

So, we see that to touch or harm God’s anointed is to do them PHYSICAL harm. Why do so many want to twist it into something else?? Because it shields and enriches them.

Just to make it perfectly clear that “touching” and “harm” do not refer to saying something true about leaders, read what David (who did NOT touch God’s anointed) said about God’s anointed, Saul. It ain’t nice. David says to Saul that he is unjust for pursuing David, that he is seeking to murder David for no reason, and that God Himself will smite Saul.

Now,if I were to say that Benny Hinn is a liar, that is a documented fact. Did I “touch” God’s anointed?? Not according to the Bible. I did nothing more than what David did………tell the truth about a leader, which is precisely what Paul TOLD us to do as well. He put Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Timothy 1:20) on blast along with the leaders of Crete (Titus 1:12),and John did the same with Diotrephes (3 Jn 1:9-11) . He told us in Timothy to rebuke sinning leaders PUBLICLY so that others would fear to follow in their sinful ways, and this responsibility extends beyond leadership to the laity as Paul makes clear in Romans:

Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren (the church), mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

If telling the truth about a leader is “touching” God’s anointed, what was Paul doing in Gal 2:12-14 calling Peter a hypocrite publicly?? Wasn’t Peter anointed?? If “touching” means saying the truth about a leader (rather than physical harm), then Paul stands condemned before that doctrine.

If that is “touching”God’s anointed (leadership), why did Paul do it?? Why did he command US to do it?? Why did Isaiah and Jeremiah and Elijah and many others do it?? Why did Nathan do it to the anointed David??

David himself, who was God’s anointed, received the BLISTERING rebuke of Nathan for his affair with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah the Hittite her husband. If it is “touching God’s anointed” to speak the truth about them, why didn’t David say so and rebuke Nathan?? Or better yet, why did God reveal this to Nathan AT ALL?? Or rebuke Nathan from heaven for “Touching” the anointed David??

We should look closely at the case of David actually, because the argument is often put forward that when Nathan confronted David with his sin, David remained in his office. Therefore the erroneous correlation is made that since David remained in HIS office, so the pastor who no longer qualifies under the requirements of 1 Tim 3 should ALSO remain in his office despite what the NT clearly teaches. There are a couple of serious problems with that theory.

1) David was a king……..a POLITICAL leader, NOT a religious leader (which was limited to the Levites, not the tribe of Judah from which David arose).

2) David was not only NOT a minister, he was not even in the New Testament church. To attempt to wrest the requirements for a political office in the Old Covenant out of their context, in an attempt to ignore the ministerial requirements in the New Covenant, is the very worst form of Biblical hermeneutics. To twist the Word of God like that simply to protect a preacher is nothing short of idolatry.

“Touch not my anointed” NEVER in the ENTIRE Bible EVER means ANYTHING except PHYSICAL harm. As for speaking truth to leaders, we are commanded by Biblical teaching and Biblical example to call out publicly those in leadership who are in sin and harming the cause of Christ.

Now, since many desire to drag”Touch not…” kicking and screaming into the New Testament, and shove it into meaning that the “anointed” are ministers, let’s see who the New Testament actually claims are the “anointed”. (PSSSSSST………they are NOT the leaders but the church. It’s EVERY saint.)

This is NOT the Old Testament where SOME of God’s people are anointed by the Holy Spirit, and others are not. The anointing is God’s provision through the Holy Spirit Who indwells EVERY believer. God’s anointing IS the Person of the Holy Spirit.

2Cr 1:21 Now he which establisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed US (ALL SAINTS), [is] God;

1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye (ALL THE SAINTS) have received of him abideth in you (ALL THE SAINTS), and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you (ALL THE SAINTS) of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you (ALL THE SAINTS), ye shall abide in him.

1Th 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto US (all believers) his holy Spirit.

Eph 1:13 In whom ye (ALL saints) also [trusted], after that ye (ALL saints) heard the word of truth, the gospel of your (ALL saints) salvation: in whom also after that ye (ALL saints) believed, ye (ALL saints) were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye (ALL saints) are sealed unto the day of redemption.

There is not one single text in the New Testament that limits the anointing to leaders as it was in the Old Testament. Christ makes EVERY believer a priest and king, NOT a chosen few (Rev 1:6-7, Rev 5:10). Giftings are specific, but the anointing which GIVES the gifts is NOT restricted to specific believers. EVERY believer is gifted in some manner, and all giftings are the result of the anointing of the Holy Spirit Who indwells ALL of us. The ANOINTED today are NOT the leaders, but the ENTIRE Body of Christ.

In addition, the leaders are NEVER cut MORE slack than the laity. To the contrary, they are held to a much more stringent standard of behavior (1 Tim 3, Titus 1). So this predilection for letting pastors/ministers off the hook for their false teachings and unGodly lifestyle with “Touch not….” is directly contrary to the Word of God. After all, is anyone precluded from being a Christian because his household is a mess, or because they aren’t blameless, or because they are a novice, or because they don’t have a good report among the heathen?? Of course not. But ANY of those issues preclude a man from being a pastor. The standard is HIGHER, not LOWER.

The proposition that we are to excuse leadership and hold them to a lower standard, or that we are not to confront leaders with Truth who have trampled underfoot the Word of God and the flock entrusted to them, are concepts not found in Scripture. Quite the opposite.

SO……….let’s put this misuse and twisting of “Touch not my anointed” to bed. It’s far better to remain silent about a Scripture than misuse it to excuse what God condemns.

(This article was written by GaryV, with editing by IndependentConservative.)

14 Responses to ““Touch Not My Anointed”..The command of God or the cries of the misled??”

  1. daughter Says:

    Well let the Church say, “Amen!”

    The next time I come across someone online saying the old “touch not…” refrain, I’ll direct ’em to this very post.

  2. Caleb Phillips Says:

    Of course, Jesus Himself, had absolutely NO hesitation in rebuking the Pharisees, as well as evicting the money-changers from the Temple. I had to borderline rebuke my Huamnities professor, when he moreorless stated that the Bible & Christianity teaches a works-based Salvation, and that Peter is the one who judges us. I told him that Salvation comes through Christ alone, and that works only determine the amount of rewards we get in heaven, as decided Christ. I think he was a little annoyed that I publicly called him out on false teachings, but I felt it necessary.

  3. 2thehilt Says:

    First, Thank God for this very well-crafted expository piece.
    I have been wondering how to combat the cop-out argument of TNMA and now I have something to help me along, in my defense of the truth. Second, thanks to GaryV and IC for taking the time to help the rest of the Body out. You’re efforts are imvaluable. My only point of sadness is that the very people who use the TNMA argument will probably not be receptive to read this piece, due to the fact that these are the same people who will not even pick up the Bible, to read the original text from which this brilliant piece was derived. Oh well, it just means that I will have to stay on my watch and study this subject more so that I can be ready for God’s use, when and if He allows me to share this with someone else.

  4. Gxg--G2 Says:

    Excellent Work, Brah.

    Many thanks for posting it….

  5. Vaughn Says:

    If folks choose not to read their Bibles and possibly know this for themselves. What makes you think that it’s going to be accepted of/by you? It annoys me also when ignorance quotes this passage! W/out realizing why David cut Sauls skirt instead of his throat! But as you know surface revelation screams the loudest, having a zeal but not according to knowledge!. A tree is known by its fruits, and for that reason i’ll continually fruit inspect!. While guarding my soul from erroneous doctrine and those that are trying to creep in unaware to some. Watching and wondering what will be the next catch phrase and error, b/c alot of good folks were seriously wounded by that prosperity garbage! NOW THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH, AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY. But i believe God will touch them in the end if they don’t straighten up and guide right!

  6. Cop Says:

    People always questioned Jesus’s actions, but he never said “TOUCH NOT MY ANNOINTED”
    or “You cant question me Iam the son of God”.

    He always gave an answer to all that had questions.

  7. Praiser4Life Says:

    @Cop – Exactly! Just like GaryV pointed out these charlatans and pimps use this so you won’t
    question what they say or what they do. Great explanation!

  8. IndependentConservative Says:

    i’ll continually fruit inspect!

    Amen to that!

    NOW THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TOUCH, AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY. But i believe God will touch them in the end if they don’t straighten up and guide right!

    Yea, please don’t touch them Vaughn 😀 .

  9. IndependentConservative Says:

    Jesus did always reply to questions posed to him. But he did it with opposition in this fashion.

    Proverbs 26:4-5 (New American Standard Bible)

    4 Do not answer a fool according to his folly,
    Or you will also be like him.
    5 Answer a fool as his folly deserves,
    That he not be wise in his own eyes.

    I used to really wrestle with trying to properly understand those 2 verses, until the Lord helped me see HE was the example of how to carry that out. As He told them in one of their many exchanges, the scriptures testify of HIM, John 5:39.

    He didn’t forbid questions and He was not against scripture, but all must realize it speaks of Him and do as He commands.

  10. Gxg--G2 Says:


    As far as I know, Jesus himself made clear NOT TO SIMPLY SUBMIT TO HIM on MANY OCCASIONS unless what He said lined up with SCRIPTURE/GOD’S HEART!!!!

    John 5:19-23

    19Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. 21For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him

    John 5:30-32

    30By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. Testimonies About Jesus

    31″If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid. 32There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid.

    <H3>John 7:16-19
    NOTE FROM G2: As Jesus made clear, whenever it comes to religious leaders and wondering whether or not they’re telling the truth & therefore should be FOLLOWED, we should do this: Test them to see if they’re words should agree with, not CONTRADICT, the BIBLE……& whether or not their words should point to God & His Will, not to THEMSELVES


    13The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”
    14Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. 17In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. 18I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”

    John 8:13-18

    John 8:27-29
    The list could go on, from John 8:46-47 where He even encouraged people to question His authority/claims & character as long as they were willing to follow through on what they discovered to John 8:54-56 where He said that His word alone meant nothing if it DIDN’T GLORIFY THE LORD & was VALIDATED BY SCRIPTURE/HIM…….and most of all, what to make of John 10:34-38, where He said POINT-BLANK that unless He was doing as the FATHER DID, HIS AUTHORITY MEANT NOTHING & HE SHOULD BE AVOIDED. As He said,


    This is a BASIC PRINCIPLE, as seen in Christ’s actions with the Pharisees & paying TAXES yet still OBEYING GOD (Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26), Romans 13, I Peter 2:13-25, & even in the OT various TIMES (Genesis 39:1-23, Exodus 1:15-22, Nehemiah 1-2, Daniel 1-4, etc)…..

  11. godlysoldier Says:

    Excellent article my Brothers. I had gotten to the point that I didn’t even want to speak to old WOF folks anylonger due to them spewing out this line. I will definitely meditate on this teaching and get it in my spirit so in the future I can ACCURATELY, ACCORDING TO THE WORD, in love, enlighten my WOF brother’s and sister’s as the Holy Spirit would lead me in such opportunities.

  12. GaryV Says:

    I sincerely praise God for any help this article lends in witnessing to those caught in false teaching. It’s also very encouraging to see so many who are actively involved in the effort. I praise God for you all as well.

    Major kudos to IC for his invaluable help.

  13. stan Says:

    Good article with good exegesis, Gary. Everyone who comes up against this defense mechanism in the deceived sheep needs to demolish this argument according to 2 Cor. 10:3-5 and 2 Tim. 2:24-26.

    This is true spiritual warfare, taking apart the lies of Satan mouthed through his ministers, so that the captives can recover themselves from the snare of the devil, if God grants them such repentance.

    These deceived people are so interested in protecting their predators because their relationship is symbiotic, i.e., they need each other. The predator needs the money and power for their lusts and the deceived need the empty promises they are told so they can chase their lusts under the cloak of righteousness. The horror of it all. May God help them acknowledge the truth.

  14. IndependentConservative Says:

    Thank God in Christ’s name, that the anointing of the person of the Holy Spirit, the gift of God will not be mocked.

    Gary, you know I’m still surprised Melvin has a new post with a similar name and we didn’t coordinate efforts ourselves.
    (I asked Gary if he set this up with Melvin and he said no, so the Lord’s will be done.)

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