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When exposing these false prophets, false teachers and ungodly leaders, people will often cite this verse to silence perceived criticism or the voice of truth. It is an aggressive and manipulative tactic that works because believers do not fully understand the meaning and consequences of the warning.
They say that because they are “God’s anointed,” no one may speak against them because to do so is tantamount to speaking against God. As the false teachers and prophets become more prolific, “touch not my anointed” is thrown out repeatedly as a defensive weapon to silence the voices of truth and those who wish to call out their leaders on false teachings and ungodly behaviour. It is also used to justify abusive leadership. The tragedy is that it sounds scriptural and so few people think to question it or to find out what it really means.
As a result, the spiritual power of proper discernment is shut down under the guise of being obedient to the Word of God.
They create the perception in believers that leadership is inviolate. Because they are anointed by God they are beyond reproach and cannot be questioned. This is an extremely dangerous spiritual place, the breeding ground of many religious cults that are actually offshoots of genuine Bible-believing churches.
The Word of God commands us to judge all things by the Word. If we receive teaching that does not conform to the Word, it is our responsibility to question it. Pastors, prophets, and teachers are all human and therefore fallible. Questioning wrong teaching or manipulative and controlling leadership does not constitute harming the Lord’s anointed. We are commanded to do so.
This verse, found in three places – : -, : :, have the phrase, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.”
If you look at Psalm 105 and the verses leading up to verse 15 you can see that “touch not my anointed” is referring to Israel and God’s protection of that nation and its patriarchs (prophets). Contextually, the verses in Psalm 105 do not refer to a specific one person, like false teachers would have you believe, but rather to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Israel.
Verses 6-14 makes this evident, “O seed of Abraham His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He remembers His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, 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.
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.”
This Psalm is recalling Gods fulfilled the promise to Israel concerning the Promised Land and His protection they enjoyed from God while they were in that land. It speaks of God’s eternal faithfulness to His chosen people. It has nothing to do with not speaking out against false teachers or those who spiritually abuse their flock or manipulate and control them.
Notice also that the people who tried to harm Israel, were kings. We are to take these as literal kings – Amalekite, Philistine, Moabite kings to name a few who were trying to harm Israel.
In 1 Chronicles 16: 22 recounts an event that occurred in 1 Samuel 24: 1-7, where David, although urged by his men to kill Saul, refused to do so. Instead, David cut off a piece of Saul’s robe (that is just how close David was to Saul). However, after doing this, David’s heart became troubled and this is when he said 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.”
By these verses, one can see that this has nothing to do with “speaking out or against false teachings and teachers.” Rather it is about doing physical bodily harm to them or to bring about someone’s death, which either way we know is sin.
Then again, some will say, “But this could be interpreted to mean, harming them spiritually or harming their ministry, by talking badly about them.”
However, when we look at the Hebrew word for “touch” which is “naga” it means to:
1. (properly) to touch.
2. to lay the hand upon (for any purpose).
3. (by euphemism) to lie with a woman.
4. (by implication) to reach.
5. (figuratively) to arrive, acquire.
6. (violently) to strike a blow.
The word is first used in Genesis 3: 3, where Eve told the serpent that God said “… they were not to touch (naga) the tree, lest they die”. As you can see, there is nothing in the translation or definition of the word “touch” that prohibits one from not calling out those who speak and teach falsehoods.
Another thing that is implied, when people use this as an argument, is they are saying that the leader alone is anointed. The implication of this is that the leader has a deeper relationship and a more spiritual connection to God, able to hear from God directly and interpret the Word of God only, than the average believer. Again, Scripture does not teach this. In fact, this idea sounds a lot like Gnosticism than biblical Christianity. Scripture teaches us that all believers, are filled with the Holy Spirit and therefore are all anointed. ( :-, : ) and if a leader can call you out on something you have erred on, you are also to call them out on something they have erred on. This is what is known as biblical accountability.
Every false teacher has some truth or else no one would listen to them or follow them. It is very similar to the boiling a frog in warm water phenomenon. The introduction of false teaching is never immediate or blatant because most Christians would recognise it and reject it. They will use biblical terms and phrases, but they only use them to cover their heresies. They will make you feel good about yourself, tell you just how much they love you, and the wonderful amazing destiny that God has for you under their ministry. Some of this may be true but in all honesty: a broken clock is right twice a day. And even though they may get some things right the majority of what they are saying is false. Paul and Barnabas had a similar experience in Acts 15. The debate was so fierce that they eventually took it to the Council in Jerusalem.
Fruit does not grow over night and it takes years before these false teachings reveal themselves and begin to destroy the life of the believer. Take for example their teaching about human beings being “little gods.” (see video). This teachings was never taught until the Word of Faith teaching became popular.
Another such case was that of Jim Jones, who was an ordained Methodist minister. Jones gained a reputation as a charismatic churchman, and he was a vocal proponent of racial integration – nothing wrong with that. He even suffered persecution because of this. He was noted for his work with the homeless, and in the early 1960s he served as director of Indianapolis’s Human Rights Commission. But things did not stay this way – Fearing a nuclear war, Jones relocated his church to northern California in 1965, first settling near Ukiah and then in San Francisco in 1971. Amid the mounting accusations of fraud, Jones and hundreds of his followers emigrated to Guyana and set up an agricultural commune called Jonestown (1977). Following the move, Jones, who adopted the name “the Prophet,” apparently became obsessed with the exercise of power. As ruler of the sect, Jones confiscated passports and millions of dollars and manipulated his followers with threats of blackmail, beatings, and probable death. He also staged bizarre rehearsals for a ritual mass suicide. On November 18, 1978, he commanded his followers to drink cyanide-adulterated punch, an order that the vast majority of them passively and inexplicably obeyed. Jones himself died of a gunshot wound in the head, possibly self-inflicted. Guyanese troops reached Jonestown the next day, and the death toll of cultists was eventually placed at 913 (including 276 children).
Many defenders of false teachers will quote from Matthew 7, the word of Jesus. But what they do, as always, ignore the context of the verses. These verses speak of hypocrisy or self-righteousness, especially if we are guilty of doing the exact thing they are doing.
This verse has nothing to do with exposing false teachers. Jesus exercised His righteous judgement by calling out and rebuking sin. There are several cases in the epistles where judging of sin is recorded, church discipline enacted and the person who refused to repent was removed.
Another thing that I think is overlooked here is that the very ones who are saying “You should not judge” are doing the same thing to you, because they are judging you for using your discernment!
If we look at :- we see that there are people who cause division, but it is certainly not those who are using their discernment who are causing it. Rather it are those who, “ serve their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”
In the church there are those who warn others of false teachers and false teachings. These are the “apostles and prophets” of the NAR / Dominion and Kingdom Now camp.
What these false teachers want you to believe who is creating disunity are not them but rather those who have “religious spirits”, who refuse to participate in their meetings or come under their “spiritual coverings” or who refuse to recognise their “apostolic or prophetic office,” those who insist on proper accountability when they ruin people’s lives, practice spiritual abuse, give false prophecies and have moral failures.
Unity in the Body of Christ is not when John Bevere goes on tour with Bethel Music or when Lou Engel and all his cohorts fill stadiums for The Call. Unity is not when Todd White “teaches” at Kenneth Copelands service. This is false unity.
Those who are truly united in truth will be the ones who reject the false teachers and their teachings.
Yet these NAR / Word of Faith / Prosperity teachers will do what they do, and we must do what we must do. “They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. So avoid people like these. (2 Timothy 3:5)