You’ve probably heard many talk about “the anointing”–the elusive spiritual carrot that everyone seems to be chasing after and trying to pin down, channel, impart, access, gain or claim to have.
Hopefully we can all agree that the one place we as believers should always look to for truth, validation, a model for authentic living, instruction, sound doctrine, etc is the whole counsel of scripture…the Word of G-d. This means, we read things first literally and specifically within the context of the surrounding verses in the passage and while taking into consideration things such as who this book, passage, verse is being addressed to, when it is written, etc. That should be the most basic and widest understood way of reading and comprehending scripture but as a result of IHOP’s (and others’) influence, scripture is more often than not read symbolically, allegorically and everything is in code. But going back to reading and comprehending scripture’s meaning literally first, let’s see how scripture defines and uses the word “anointing”.
A simple word search will show that the times when anointing is used in scripture are few and far between. Anointing oil was used for the following purposes/events:
–anoint Aaron and his sons as high priests of the temple (Ex 28:41)
–anointing a bull before sacrificing in the temple (Ex 29:36)
–anoint the articles of the tent of meeting and the temple (Ex 30:26, 40:9)
–anointing kings and rulers that G-d chose to lead Israel (1 Sam 9:16, 16:3, 1 Kings 1:34)
–anointing a new prophet over Israel (1 Kings 19:16)
–anointing for burial (when Mary anointed the feet of the Messiah) Luke 7:37,38
–anointed by elders for healing when sick (James 5:14)
Anointing someone was done strategically and purposefully. It wasn’t something people prayed for, called down, etc. It wasn’t a feeling or something people prayed in order to feel good. It was a physical act that has spiritual significance and meaning. It’s not about just asking for some evangelist’s ‘mantle’ during a conference. G-d set the whole idea up very intentionally and in scripture, he shows us exactly what it’s about.
There is a major difference between the presence of G-d being on a song and thereby producing fruit that demonstrates that G-d used it to minister, heal, comfort someone vs. the ability to chant something in repetition in order to alter brain wave activity and create an endorphin rush or paranormal sensation. The presence of G-d does not use hypnotic mind-altering repetitions to move people. He is the still small voice. He is not found in the hype and fanfare.
There is much more to be said on this subject and I may come back and add to this post at a later time but I just encourage you to use caution and wisdom in what you call “anointed”. Use discernment and look past the surface effect or emotional stimulus you experience. G-d’s anointing has a specific purpose and it’s not about “feeling” spiritually endowed or having “Holy Spirit pixie dust” sprinkled on people. It’s a physical action for a specific purpose and it is used in scripture at historically significant times…it wasn’t commonplace. Perhaps sometimes when the presence of G-d is sensed it gets called anointing but scripture clearly defines and distinguishes what anointing is and how/why it is used.
This video shows manifestations of the Buddhist yoga practice of Kundalini. Click here for my post on manifestations that many claim to be a result of “the anointing”.
For the sake of comparison, this is a video from the “Toronto outpouring”.