TOUCH NOT GOD’S ANOINTED! Now that’s a phrase that’s been used in an attempt to keep the trouble makers quiet…
“And |David| said to his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.” 1 Samuel 24:6
These words have been stretched far, far into today’s “Touch not God’s anointed” as a warning to anyone who would presume to question or rebuke an erring pastor or any other Christian leader.
So let’s do some history on this. In the theocracy of Israel, there were three groups of men specially chosen by God and then anointed for their offices—1. prophets, 2. priests, and 3. Kings — and God indeed “suffered no man to do them wrong” Psalm 105:14. However, all three offices were completely fulfilled in Christ. The Levitical priesthood has been abolished, and Christ is the eternal high priest.
As far as New Testament anointing is concerned, this is now accomplished in every true believer. “Now he which . . . has anointed us, is God; Who has also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts” 2 Corinthians 1:23-22. No longer are we dependent on special instruction and guidance from priests and prophets. Why? Because we have the inerrant, infallible, written Word of God, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
“The anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him” 1 John 2:27
Christians can, and should, learn and grow spiritually from godly teachers of the Word and faithful pastors of the flock, but all–leaders as well as learners–must continually be subject to correction from God’s Word, “neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock” 1 Peter 5:3 (So there’s a lot of teachers and leaders out there who are saying we’re not supposed to touch them (because they’re anointed), but… at the same time, they’re failing to be the example to the flock… Mainly because their prophecies are consistently failing or their life styles and/or choices are anything but Christ like.)
No, we’re not to judge each other. We’re not to grumble, murmur or complain – especially against each other. But no leader, teacher, pastor or whomever is ever to be considered “uncorrectable”. Each one of us is to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.