One of the most misused & abused Scriptures in the Bible is “Touch not mine anointed, & do my prophets no harm (1 Chronicles 16:22 & Psalm 105:15).
Religious leaders cherry-pluck this Scripture out of context & quote it at anyone who questions them and holds them accountable to God’s Word for how they live and what they teach.
To make matters worse, religious leaders have drilled this misuse of Scripture into the minds of their followers, so now there are millions of people parroting it at anyone who rebukes & exposes their favorite religious leader. Well, let’s leave the Scripture-twisting to Satan & his minions, & put “Touch not Mine anointed” back in its proper context.
“Touch not Mine anointed” is part of a thanksgiving song that king David wrote while reflecting on God’s Divine protection of Israel as they traveled from nation to nation, kingdom to kingdom.
Some people claim that the word “touch” in this passage has a metaphorical meaning…that we shouldn’t “verbally touch” “put our mouth on” or “speak negatively” of corrupt religious leaders, but these individuals are adding to God’s Word by injecting their own metaphorical meaning into the text, which is a big no-no. Proverbs 30:6 says “Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.”
Strong’s Concordance shows that the Hebrew term “naga” translated as “touch” means to physically harm or strike someone. More evidence that the term “touch/naga” is referring to physical harm is the historical context surrounding this passage. David wrote “Touch not Mine anointed ones” right after Israel won a war against the Philistines, because God protected them from being killed [physically harmed] by their enemies.
So, both the Strong’s definition of “touch/naga” & the historical context (physical war) shows that “Touch not Mine anointed” is referring to physical harm. It is a warning to those who would dare inflict physical violence upon God’s people. The text is not forbidding Believers from questioning religious leaders and holding them accountable to God’s Word for what they teach and how they live (God actually expects us to do so).
Does anyone ever wonder…if these so-called “anointed ones” have such “deep revelation knowledge” as they claim, then why do they become so defensive when Christians question their teachings, traditions, & conduct? When they’re held accountable to God’s Word for what they say & do, all of a sudden their “deep revelation knowledge” disappears, they become hot with wrath, & they want folks to shut up. Is that the ‘anointing’ being demonstrated? If they can’t answer basic questions regarding their doctrines, traditions, & conduct, then they aren’t qualified to teach, because a part of teaching is answering questions.
Why are these so-called “anointed ones” irritated by Christians who test their fruit as commanded in Matthew 7:15-20? Would a true servant of God be irritated that someone is testing or discerning their fruit? If their fruit is good, then they don’t have anything to worry about right? Or are these so-called “anointed ones” worried because their fruit is bad and it will be exposed by the light?
If they are so “anointed” & “full of the Holy Spirit” then why do they become paranoid & hostile when Christians test their spirit as commanded in 1 John 4:1? Would someone who is truly filled with the Holy Spirit be afraid of someone testing their spirit? I thought that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of love, power, & a sound mind. Or do these so-called “anointed men & women of God” today have another spirit?
Someone who is truly anointed & full of the Holy Spirit will encourage you to test all things & use discernment. They will welcome any questions that you have and receive valid correction with humility. They won’t discourage you from using discernment & get irritated, angry, paranoid, & defensive when you question their teachings, traditions, & conduct.
Luke spoke highly of Believers in a city called “Berea” and called them “noble,” because they searched the Scriptures daily to see if the apostles were telling them the truth (Acts 17:11). In Revelations 2:2 Christ commended Believers in Ephesus for testing leaders who claimed to be apostles & found out that they were false apostles. In Galatians 1, Paul saw that Peter was being hypocritical, so he publicly rebuked Peter, and Peter received it in humility…he didn’t say “Hey Paul! I’ve been saved longer than you have! So you better not touch God’s anointed!!”
Beware of religious leaders who forbid or discourage you from testing all things, using discernment, & holding them accountable to God’s Word. For such are false christs (false anointed ones), false prophets, false apostles, & ministers of unrighteousness.
Be as wise as serpents, because in this age of widespread deception you are like sheep in the midst of wolves. 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 says to “test all things, hold onto the good & avoid every kind of evil.” The Greek word translated as “test” in this text means to discern, to prove, to examine, and to scrutinize.
1 John 4:1 says “do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Ezekiel 44:23 calls us to discern between the holy & the unholy, the clean & the unclean.
Malachi 3:18 says to discern between the righteous & the wicked, between one who serves God & one who does not serve Him.
In 1 John 3:4-15, John stressed the importance of discerning between children of God & children of the devil, because antichrists in sheep’s clothing were infiltrating their fellowships and bringing in damnable doctrines.
There are a boatload of Scriptures that command us to discern false prophets and be on guard against them (Matthew 7:15-20; 24:4-5, 11, & 24; Acts 20:26-28, Jude, 2 Peter 2, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Corinthians 11, & Galatians 1:6-9). Children of God MUST use discernment and be bold enough to call a spade a spade, and don’t let anyone punk you out of doing so. It is a sign of spiritual maturity to discern between good & evil (Hebrews 5:14).
Religious leaders who cry “Touch not God’s anointed!!” commit the same sin as the pope. They think that they’re infallible high priests, and that they cannot be questioned or held accountable by anyone for what they teach and how they live. They think that they’re ABOVE the law. However, the only infallible one is GOD. Everyone else is capable of sin & error, & therefore must be questioned, tested, and held accountable to the Word of God.
It is imperative for Christians to hold one another accountable to God’s Word (1 Jn. 3:17; Gal. 6:2; Tit. 1:9; 1 Tim. 1:3,4; 4:16; II Tim. 4:2; Matt. 18:15-16). Accountability brings attention to sins, errors, and impostors that should be purged from among us, so that we can be holy as God is holy.
False shepherds have no problem standing in the pulpit and trying to hold everyone else accountable, yet they want people to give them special treatment and turn a blind eye to their sins.
In essence, what they are asking Christians to do is commit idolatry, by putting them above God & His Holy Word. They are asking us to idolize them & give them preferential treatment simply because they have a title & a high-ranking position in a religious institution. This preferential treatment of religious leaders is an abomination in the sight of God. 1 Timothy 5:21 says “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.” James 3:17 says “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, & easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Many people who show favoritism towards religious leaders and defend their sins believe that they’re showing love, grace, and mercy to “God’s anointed”…but they’re actually perverting God’s grace and turning it into a license to sin.
They’re deceived and blinded by their emotional attachment to religious personalities, and their emotional attachment to men has caused them to be a man-pleaser, a defender of the wicked, and an enabler of false shepherds.
Defending false shepherds protects their platform, & enables them to continue leading souls astray, misrepresenting Christ, preaching false doctrines, and giving the world ammunition to speak evil of God, the saints, the Bible, and the faith.
Christ and the apostles were not emotionally attached to any of the leading personalities of their day. They weren’t man-pleasers, defenders of the wicked, and enablers of false shepherds. They told everyone who was in sin (whether they were a leader or not) to repent and believe the Gospel. Whether someone was a poor leper, a religious leader, a prostitute, or a king – Christ & the apostles had the same message “Repent of your sins & be converted!”
As the “touch not God’s anointed” crowd turns their back on God’s Word to defend their beloved pulpit personalities, they exchange God’s standard for elders for no standard at all. & when you have no standard for elders, your ‘churches’ become over-run with wolves & hirelings. The most vile and depraved men feel comfortable aspiring to leadership positions. Even homosexuals feel like they have a ‘right’ to become ordained pastors. & why wouldn’t they? Every other type of sin is allowed in the pulpit…why not homosexuality as well? & this is what happens when there is little to no accountability in leadership – any & everybody feels qualified to be a pastor.
Elders are entrusted to shepherd God’s precious flock – therefore, they have a greater responsibility & a greater accountability to God & His people, because to whom much is given, much is required (Luke 12:48).
Considering this great trust that elders have, & the great responsibility & accountability that comes with it – the standard for elders should be upheld, not lowered.
Just take a look at God’s standard for elders in Titus 1:6-9, can you not see how high this standard is? Do we really think that God is playing games when it comes to who is qualified to serve His people? Do we really think that God turns a blind eye to those who claim to be elders & lead souls astray with lies, error, & sinful conduct? This is no small matter to Him, so why is this such a small matter to many who profess Christ? A simple reading of Ezekiel 34 and Matthew 23 should be enough to convince any Christian that wicked shepherds who destroy God’s flock are a serious matter. God is indignant towards any religious leader who misleads, deceives, abuses, exploits, and scatters His sheep.
Why do so many people say that we should just “keep quiet and pray about it”?? The Scriptures do not show servants of God “keeping quiet and just praying about” wicked shepherds. But instead, the Bible shows servants of God publically exposing, rebuking, & refuting wicked leaders who harmed God’s anointed flock. Religious leaders should be appreciative when concerned Believers admonish them, because they are being given the opportunity to repent and escape a more severe consequence from the hand of the Almighty (James 3:1). As Peter wrote “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”
& who is “God’s anointed” anyway? Just because someone has a title, a high-ranking position in a religious institution, & hoops & hollers in the pulpit on Sunday doesn’t mean they’re “God’s anointed.” Not even if they perform signs & wonders does that mean that they’re “God’s anointed,” because many false prophets are empowered by Satan to perform lying signs & wonders to deceive if possible — God’s elect (Matthew 24:24, 2 Thessalonians 2:9).
The only way to know if someone is truly God’s anointed is by their fruit (godly character & sound doctrine). Do they demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23? Or do they demonstrate the works of the flesh?
Those who demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit are God’s anointed, because their godly lifestyle, character, and doctrine testify that they follow the Anointed One (Christ). But if someone consistently demonstrates works of the flesh, there is no reason to believe that person is “God’s anointed.” As Christ said “a bad tree bears bad fruit” & “a good tree cannot bear bad fruit.” John wrote “when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil.” (1 John 3:8) If a religious leader claims to be “God’s anointed,” then his fruit ought to bear witness of the anointing. But if it doesn’t, then he isn’t God’s anointed no matter how many followers he has, how many titles he has, how many books he’s sold, how good he makes you feel, how talented & eloquent he is, and how good he hoops and hollers. & no Christian should be afraid to speak against his evil deeds. Ephesians 5:11 says to “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”
Not to mention, all of this boasting in religious leaders as “God’s anointed” is idolatry. “My pastor is highly anointed by God!” “Prophetess such & such has a heavy anointing!” “The Bishop has a powerful anointing!” — The only Anointed One that we should boast in is Christ, because He alone has the Holy Spirit or anointing without measure. Colossians 2:9 says “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” Hebrews 1:9 says that the Father has anointed Him with the oil of gladness more than His brethren.
& how did Christ demonstrate His anointing? How did people know that He was the Anointed One? Did He walk around saying “Touch not God’s anointed!”? Did He tell His Disciples “You need to submit to my authority so that you can receive this heavy anointing!”? Did Jesus walk around bragging about how anointed He is? No. Christ said “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, & recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” Christ demonstrated His anointing by serving others in love & humility, healing them & setting them free from sin. The Anointed One “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:7-8)
The Anointed One took our sins upon Him & laid down His life to reconcile us to the Father and set us free from sin: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Christ is the only Anointed Shepherd that we should exalt & boast in, not mere religious leaders. “My soul will boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and rejoice.” (Psalm 34:2)
Christ didn’t boast in His anointing & call down fire from Heaven on anyone who questioned Him…not even on His enemies. But instead, He let them question Him, kick Him out of synagogues, spit on Him, slap Him in the face, scourge Him, taunt Him, & crucify Him. Where is this attitude of humility among religious leaders today who claim to be anointed?? They behave more like Jezebel, Diotrephes, & the wicked Pharisees & scribes who conspired against Christ.
Many people believe that religious leaders have a “special anointing” that places them in an elite category of “highly anointed ones.” But the truth is that all Believers have been anointed by God (1 John 2:27, 2 Corinthians 1:21). There aren’t any “highly anointed ones” with special status in the body of Christ. Jesus is the only one who is anointed above all, & the rest of us are equally anointed as brethren.
Please understand this prophetic type. . . During the Old Covenant, Moses poured anointing oil upon the head of Aaron who was the high priest, and this anointing oil dripped down Aaron’s beard over his body (see Psalm 133). This act was prophetic of the Father anointing the Head of the Church who is Christ – our High Priest in the New Covenant. And the anointing oil represented the Holy Spirit who flows from the Head (Jesus) over His body (the saints). Many religious leaders do not have a solid understanding of Old Covenant Christ-types. They cannot see that Aaron was a shadow of Christ. They erroneously believe that Aaron was a shadow of modern-day church leaders. So they mistakenly apply Aaron’s prophetic type to themselves, by making themselves the “high priest” or “head” of the body.” However, Aaron’s high priesthood pointed prophetically to Jesus Christ as the High Priest in the New Covenant.
The idea that religious leaders are some type of “Aaronic high priests” with a “special anointing” over the body of Christ is false. Christ is the Anointed High Priest over the House of God, and all of the members of His body are equally anointed in Him. It is through our Savior (and not religious leaders), that we all receive the same anointing or Holy Spirit.
To elevate certain men and women above the body as if they have a special anointing is idolatry and a work of the spirit of antichrist. The Spirit of Christ glorifies Jesus and lifts Him up, but the spirit of antichrist tries to supplant and undermine Christ by glorifying man and exalting man to the place of Christ. Indeed one of the definitions of the term “antichrist” is “to stand in the place of Christ.” Is this not what the pope is doing? Yet many ‘Protestant’ leaders are guilty of the same. The only difference is they exalt themselves in a more subtle manner through the misuse of Scriptures such as “Touch not God’s anointed.”
Instead of twisting Scripture to exalt and defend wicked shepherds who come to steal, kill, destroy, & lord it over God’s flock…we should be exalting Christ and upholding His Word to purify His Bride from sin, error, and evil-doers.
If we want to apply “Touch not Mine anointed” to today’s church, then this Scripture is directed to false shepherds who touch God’s anointed flock by exercising authority over them, ruling over them with cruelty, manipulating them, abusing them, burdening them, scattering them, exploiting their gifts and talents, and fleecing them.
Christians who hold leaders accountable aren’t “touching God’s anointed.” It is the modern-day Ahabs, Jezebels, Pharisees & scribes who are touching God’s anointed. It is they who are doing harm to God’s prophets. It is they who are cursed with a curse because they have robbed God by extorting ‘tithes’ and offerings from His people.
How dare these antichrists exalt themselves as little popes over God’s heritage, and profane the sons of God as if we were a common thing. When they profane us, they are in fact profaning Jesus Himself, because whatever they do unto the least of His brethren, they are doing unto the Lord Himself (Matthew 25:31-46).
If Christ were here today preaching the Word of God, these same wicked shepherds who cry “Touch not God’s anointed” would conspire against Him and team up with the government to have Him locked up at the very least, and put to death if the law of the land allowed it.
I’m afraid that on Judgment Day these exalted “untouchable” ones will be touched by the most terrifying rebuke of all “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41)
Jesus died for His bride, and He is strongly against wicked shepherds who dare inflict any harm on her…& His attitude has not changed, because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. So I advise that these so-called “anointed ones” stop twisting Scripture to threaten God’s flock and repent, and humble themselves under the almighty hand of Him who is truly anointed above all. Amen