Touch not mine anointed is one of the biggest catch-phrases used by charismatic leaders today. To them it means not to question or criticize what is being said. These leaders think they are beyond criticism or reproach and we accept that because, after all, they are ‘men of God’ and have 15 theological degrees. Credentials don’t make the man a Godly man.
Let’s read this in context.
1 Chronicles 16:12-22 and repeated in Psalm 105:6-15
12Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; 13O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; 16Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; 17And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 18Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance; 19When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. 20And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; 21He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, 22Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.
“Touch” means to physically beat or harm. It does not mean not to criticize. An example of not touching God’s anointed…
1 Samuel 24:6-7 6And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD. 7So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
David did not rise against Saul or harm him (stretch forth mine hand against him). Then he openly rebuked him.
1 Samuel 24:12-13 12The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee. 13As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.
His hand was not upon Saul but he did rebuke him. These false leaders have managed to apply a different definition to the word “touch” to mean not to question or criticize.
Are we to question anything?:
1 John 4 1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1 Thess. 5:21 21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Acts 17:11 11These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Of course we are and this is just a few examples in Scripture.
Who are the anointed?:
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 21Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1 John 2:20 20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:27 27But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
We are the anointed – anyone who has Christ is anointed! There is no “greater anointing” or a “double portion” of anointing as the false teachers like to say. There is no Scriptural basis for this. In the Old Testament some believers who were priests were anointed but in God’s grace in the New Testament, it is extended to all of us who believe.
So if your preachers says to you ‘touch not God’s anointed” you can say “same to you”.