By: Victor T. Stephens
"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.
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
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.
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.
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
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:
- "There are people attempting
to sit in judgment right today over the ministry that I'm responsible for, and the ministry that Kenneth E. Hagin is responsible for
…. Several people that I know had criticized and called that faith bunch out of Tulsa a cult. And some of 'em are dead right today
in an early grave because of it, and there’s more one of them got cancer." (Kenneth Copeland, "Why All Are Not Healed")
- "I think they're
damned and on their way to hell and I don't think there's any redemption for them …. I say to hell with you! Oh hallelujah. Get out
of God's way, quit blocking God's bridges or God is gonna shoot you if I don't." (Paul Crouch, TBN, April 2, 1991)
- "Let Him (God)
sort out all this doctrinal doo-doo. I don't care about it."
(Paul Crouch, TBN, "Praise The Lord")
- "You hear this. There are men and women in Southern California attacking me. I will tell you
under the anointing now, you'll reap it in your children. You’ll never win. And your children will suffer. You're attacking me on
the radio every night; you'll pay, and your children will. Hear this from the lips of God's servant. You are in danger."
(Benny Hinn, Melodyland Christian Center)
- "Dear God in heaven, I wish I can just … You know, I have looked for just one verse in the
Bible, I just can’t seem to find it; one verse that says, 'if you don’t like them kill them….' Sometimes I wish God would give me
a Holy Ghost machine gun, I'll blow your head off!" (Benny Hinn, TBN, November 8, 1990)
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
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
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
"Here I am. Witness against me before the Lord and before His anointed: Whose ox
taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed,
from whose hand have I received any bribe with which to blind my eyes? I will restore
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)
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
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.