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"If an offense comes out of the truth, better is it that the offense come than that the truth be concealed." ~ Thomas Hardy
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INTRODUCTION 
 
"Do not judge me!" This blanket statement represents the political correctness of our day. During these last days we live in a weak, spineless, unethical society that tolerates and makes accommodations for almost anything. Many people would rather compromise truth for the sake of evading controversy. We're all supposed to just love one another and be united together in camaraderie. And those who express strong views that rock the boat of today's immoral policies of appeasement, are labeled as "judgmental", "divisive" and "unloving".
 
Unfortunately, this wicked, reprehensible line of thinking is very prevalent within many of today's churches. And it is disheartening to encounter numerous professing Christians who are unaware and indifferent to the importance of judging, exposing and correcting false teachings. Likened to the secular world, they would rather dodge controversy.
 
Let's bear in mind, however, that controversy for the sake of controversy is sin. But controversy for the sake of truth is a biblical mandate. No believer should stand by in a state of indolence and allow fellow believers to be deceived by false teachers. Concerned and loving Christians will guard the purity of scriptural doctrine, judge all circumstances by the Word of God, and smoke out errant doctrines propagated by false teachers. Solomon stated:
 
       "Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you." (Proverbs 9:8 NKJV)
 
Jesus says in the Book of Luke:
 
       "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather 
        division." (Luke 12:51)
 
 
False Teachers
 
As of the time of this writing, Eddie L. Long, professing pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has been accused of sexually molesting four young men who were members of his church. On account of Mr. Long's high profile status, this controversy has created a storm of media coverage and public debate. At this time, I will not comment on the validity of the accusations against Mr. Long; but for the record, I will state that he is a Word-Faith advocate, and thus, qualifies as a false teacher. This holds true for other well known "celebrity ministers" such as Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland, T.D. Jakes, and Joyce Meyer – to name a few.
 
These counterfeit church leaders have crept in unnoticed to take advantage of their supporter's emotions, lack of spiritual discernment, and financial resources. Through a combination of subtle mind-control techniques, Scripture twisting tactics, and an appeal to itching ears; they have hijacked the minds and hearts of many people. They carefully acknowledge Jesus, Paul, and other great teachers of God's Word, yet promote a deviant gospel. The fact that they have thousands of followers supposedly indicate the veracity of their messages. As a result, their false doctrines are allowed to be disseminated without challenge.
 
It is clear that the dissemination of false doctrines by Eddie Long and other false teachers is not an issue that should be left uncontested. Correction, exposing, and judging false teachings are dominant subject matters throughout Scripture … particularly in the New Testament. The writings of Paul, Peter, James, John, and Jude exemplify the main corrective doctrines that pertain to the church today.
 
 
The Strategy
 
In spite of these facts, many people within and outside the Word-Faith camp will not take kindly to an evaluation of their "pastor's" doctrines. When false teachers are dauntlessly interrogated by those who are proficient in sound biblical exegesis, they resort to a variety of tactics to avoid exposure of their erroneous teachings.
 
One such stratagem involves the inappropriate use of Psalm 105:15 ("Do not touch My anointed …") and Matthew 7:1 ("Judge not …"). Such a tactic was demonstrated among the allegations of sexual transgressions by Eddie Long where legitimate questions arose from media forums regarding his doctrines  --- particularly the "Prosperity Message".
 
Arguments based upon the "Touch not-Judge Not" strategy are notoriously suspect. The true purpose of this form of spiritual abuse is to halt opposition, suppress the truth, and prevent legitimate criticism from shining the "dazzling light" that would successfully uncover the darkness of their false ministries.
 
In order to maintain the loyalty of their followers, false teachers mentally condition their devoted supporters to parrot Psalm 105:15 and Matthew 7:1 upon those who daringly question their "man of God." Although not surprising, I found it fascinating how congregants of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church cried, misused, and abused "Judge not …" and "Touch not My anointed …" in their efforts to protect their beloved pastor from a biblically legal critique. This method of brainwashing is commonly identified among those who are identified with extreme cult leaders.
 
Nowhere in Scripture do we find any Christians and great men of God crying, kicking, and screaming "Touch not My anointed" and "Judge not …" when their teachings were held up against the authority of God's Word. As a matter of fact, Paul considered the Berean Christians as "noble" because they searched the scriptures daily to discern his doctrines (Acts 17:11). True men of God welcome an examination and critique of their teachings; for they are established above all by their immaculacy of character and doctrine.
 
Consider the statements from the following Word-Faith teachers regarding those who judge their doctrines:
Jesus would certainly find this form of conduct appalling. And so should you and I. It is expected to hear such reprehensible statements from radical Islam and their supporting terrorists. However, an alarm should sound if they are emanating from those who supposedly come in God's name. The fact that numerous so-called "Christians" would rather applaud and say "Amen" instead of rebuking this ungodly behavior illustrates that many are walking in self-imposed blindness.
 
Let's now examine this issue in greater detail.
 
 
Touch Not My Anointed
 
Consider the following passage:
 
       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." (Psalm 105:11-15)
 
Now, who are the "Anointed"? The phrase, "My anointed ones" is typically used in reference to Israel's kings.
 
       "Here I am. Witness against me before the Lord and before His anointed: Whose ox have I
        taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed, or
        from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? I will restore it to
        you." (1 Sam. 12:3) 
 
       And 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."
       (1 Sam. 24:6)
 
       But David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the
       Lord's anointed, and be guiltless?" (1 Sam. 26:9) 
 
       So David said to him, "How was it you were not afraid to put forth your hand to destroy the
       Lord's anointed?" (2 Sam. 1:14)
 
See also Psalm 20:6 and Lamentations 4:20.
 
Now ... who are the prophets? The phrase "My prophets" is used in reference to God's patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
      
       "Now therefore, restore the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you
        shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are
        yours." (Gen. 20:7)
 
Looking at Psalm 105 in greater context, it says:
 
       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." (Psalm 105:6-15) 
 
Now ... reading the verses preceding Psalm 105:15 and other related texts, "Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm" is literally speaking in terms of not inflicting physical harm upon God's anointed and prophets in the Old Testament. Neither of these designations mean that an appraisal regarding the teachings of today's church is inappropriate. This scheme of butchering Psalm 105:15 functions to enhance the financial resources of rapacious demagogues. Moreover, using fear of some form of retaliation for "speaking out", it also serves to keep congregants in "their rightful places" ... empowering pre-existing political correctness in the church.
 
Now, let's postulate momentarily that "Touch not My anointed" is defined as "Not touching (correcting) a pastor's teaching." In this case, how would we know who not to touch? How would we be able to discern the many false teachers the Bible so clearly points out? Anyone can claim to be a preacher, prophet, or evangelist. The latter question is just what false teachers fear. Satan's ministers do not want us to see them for who they really are. Therefore, they twist Psalm 105:15 into a different rendition because it stifles debate and shields them from correction and exposure.
 
 
Who are the Anointed in the New Testament?

 
False church leaders twist and pull Psalm 105:15 from the Old Testament to instill the notion that they are exclusively God's anointed. However, according to Scripture, all believers under the new covenant are the anointed priesthood.
 
       "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has
        sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." (2 Cor. 1:21-22)
 
       "... who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the
        Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Cor. 3:6)
 
       "... you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer
        up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)
 
       "... and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion
        forever and ever. Amen." (Rev. 1:6)
 
       "And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5:10)
 
Nowhere in the New Testament do we find a single verse that indicates God's anointed is restricted to leaders in the church. Every believer in the body of Christ has been anointed by the Holy Spirit with specific gifts.
 
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