Among the weapons and strategies, the enemy uses to deny many Christians from living for God’s best are some religious teachings and practices. In this series, l may highlight some teachings and practices in our churches and religious circles that hold us in bondage and short-circuit God’s grace in our lives.
The first of such practices is the anointing of believers with the so-called “holy anointing oil” with the aim to consecrate or empower or strengthen or deliver them. We engage in this practice without knowing what the Scripture actually says about the regulations that pertain to the use of the holy anointing oil. So, the use of anointing oil and anointing services have become the order of the day. Sadly, some of us ministers have failed to instruct believers to walk in the reality of the anointing they have already received in Christ by grace.
The holy anointing oil was first mentioned and introduced to Israel by God Himself. God thus gave the list of ingredients for the preparation of the holy anointing oil which included choice spices and olive oil.
22 Moreover,r the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 23 “Also take for yourself quality spices—five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane, 24 five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. 25 And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.
We should bear in mind that any anointing oil prepared without these ingredients falls short of what is prescribed. It cannot be considered as a holy anointing oil.
Furthermore, God gave regulations to Moses with regard to how the holy anointing oil should be used.
31 “And you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘This shall be a holy anointing oil to Me throughout your generations. 32 IT SHALL NOT BE POURED ON MAN’s FLESH; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. WHOEVER COMPOUNDS LIKE IT, OR WHOEVER PUTS ANY OF IT ON AN OUTSIDER, SHALL BE CUT OFF FROM HIS PEOPLE.’ ”
Notice nobody had the right to prepare the holy anointing oil or make anything like it. The holy anointing oil remained sacred unto God and its imitation was forbidden.
Again, they were not allowed to splash or pour the holy anointing oil on man’s flesh. The Amplified Bible says, “lt shall not be poured on a layman’s body.” THE PENALTY FOR ANYONE WHO VIOLATED ANY OF THESE REGULATIONS WAS DEATH.
Surprisingly, what do we see in our churches today? In some services, one can see believers soaked with oil and their clothing soiled with it. The “holy anointing oil” is poured anyhow on believers and on anyone.
In some cases, we use it as something with magical powers to break the yokes in the lives of people. It is a known fact that in charismatic circles, one of the scriptures we use to justify the use of anointing oil is:
27 It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck AND THE YOKE WILL BE DESTROYED BECAUSE OF THE ANOINTING.
Yes, it is true the yoke of sickness or anything else that the devil puts on us will be destroyed because of the anointing.
We need to understand that under the law, the holy anointing oil was a symbol of the Holy Spirit. But the law was only a shadow of the good things to come through Christ. Jesus Christ never went about breaking the yokes in the lives of people or delivering them with the holy anointing oil. Scripture clearly reveals that the presence of the Holy Spirit or the anointing on Christ’s ministry was the reason for all He could do.
38 How God ANOINTED Jesus of Nazareth WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND WITH POWER, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Peter’s testimony in the scripture above is a confirmation of what Jesus Himself declared in Luke’s Gospel.
“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 And recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Graciously in Christ, the Father Himself has anointed us. Besides the anointing on ministry gifts that we have received, we all have been made kings and priests unto God. And the Father Himself has consecrated us into these offices in Christ.
2 Corinthian 1:21
Now, He who establishes us with you in Christ and HAS ANOINTED US IS GOD.
Now who can anoint you better than God, and where in this world can you be anointed better than in Christ– the Anointed One? Moreover, we have the Holy Spirit, the true anointing abiding in us (1 John 2:27). The Holy Spirit (anointing) within and upon us, is far greater than the oil poured on our bodies. These are the realities we have in Christ by grace.
I am yet to be persuaded by any minister of the benefits that anointing services have brought to believers. I believe the best we can do is to teach believers for them to know and understand and get intimately acquainted with these realities so that they can grow in this grace. Anointing believers with “holy anointing oil” with the aim to consecrate or empower them is one of the empty deceits in the Church. THIS EXPLAINS WHY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT YOU CANNOT FIND ONE EXAMPLE WHERE BELIEVERS WERE CONSECRATED WITH HOLY ANOINTING OIL OR THEY ARE COMMANDED TO DO SO. Instead, hands are laid on believers with prayer (see Acts 6:5,6;13:1-3; 1Tim. 4:14).
Truth is, believers’ confident expectation of God’s glory is not in anointing oil. CHRIST IS THE SOLE EXPRESSION OF GOD’S GLORY, THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD DWELLS IN HIM AND HE IS FULL OF GRACE. UNDERSTAND THAT CHRIST IS IN US, AND THAT IS OUR HOPE OF GLORY (Col. 1:27).
We deserve the Father’s best as sons and daughters. But we will never receive God best until we become completely dissatisfied with second best– mediocrity. We cannot settle for less. That is what religion offers!
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Written by Peter Collins Obeng
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