And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. (I Chronicles 16:20-22)
Growing up in the Hyles’ wing of fundamentalism, I heard the “touch not mine anointed” sermon preached more times than I care to say. Always it was used to warn anyone who dared oppose the preacher.
When God providentially removed me from that world, I stopped hearing that preached. I didn’t catch on right away – though if I remember correctly, my first post-Hyles pastor corrected that view, pointing out that the Bible had Israel in mind, not the preacher. Over the past twenty-five-plus years, I have spent little time thinking about this specific notion. But currently, I am preaching through I Samuel, where David refused to raise a hand against Saul, so it has come to mind once again.
Serious students of God’s Word know that the Bible never describes the pastor as the “anointed” of the Lord, nor does “touch not mine anointed” refer to a pastor. I don’t find a single reference where the Bible hints that the pastor is the Lord’s anointed. In 2 Corinthians 1:21, Paul reminds the Corinthians,Continue reading “Touch Not Mine Anointed”