Touch Not Mine Anointed, And Do My Prophets No Harm


If you listen to "Christian" television for any length of time you are sure to hear, "Touch Not Mine Anointed, And Do My Prophets No Harm."  This verse is usually quoted to silence any person from questioning or criticizing what is being taught at that particular time.

Through the use of fear proper biblical discernment is discouraged not only by the leaders but the flock is soon parroting this verse to silence any criticism that is leveled against their leader.

What does this verse really mean?  Does it mean that we cannot question anything that is taught by our leaders?  Three srciptures clearly refute this absurd teaching:

"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true,"
Acts 17:11

"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
1 John 4:1

"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted."
Revelation 2:1-3


PSALM 105:15—Does this verse indicate that certain men called by God are beyond criticism and accountability, as Word-Faith teachers suggest?

MISINTERPRETATION:
Psalm 105:15 says, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm” (nasb).  Some Word-Faith teachers cite this verse in arguing that they have been specially anointed by God and should not be criticized for their teachings.  They indicate in their words and actions a belief that challenging their teachings amounts to challenging God himself.

CORRECTING THE MISINTERPRETATION:
The phrase “the Lord’s anointed” is used in Old Testament Scripture to refer to Israel’s kings (see 1 Sam. 12:3, 5; 24:6, 10; 26:9, 11, 16, 23; 2 Sam. 1:14, 16; 19:21; Ps. 20:6; Lam. 4:20).  In this context the word cannot be interpreted to refer to modern teachers in the church.  Further, the word prophets in context can only refer to Old Testament prophets, not to modern church leaders.  Neither of these designations can be interpreted with reference to teachers in the modern church.

Even if we allowed that this verse could loosely refer to modern church leaders, the warning is against physically harming them.  It has nothing to do with testing their teachings.  In Old Testament times prophets and kings were very much in danger of physical harm—and hence the warning.

Scripture itself instructs us to test all teachings by the Word of God (1 Thess. 5:21). Like the Bereans of old, we must make the Scriptures our measuring stick for truth (Acts 17:11).  The Bereans were commended for testing the apostle Paul’s teachings against Scripture.  Paul affirmed elsewhere, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17 nasb, emphasis added). All of us are to be constantly on guard against false teachings (Rom. 16:17–18; cf. 1 Tim. 1:3–4; 4:16; 2 Tim. 1:13–14; Titus 1:9; 2:1).

There is a sense in which every believer in Christ is “anointed” (see 1 John 2:20).  In view of this, no Christian leader can lay claim to being special or above others and beyond doctrinal criticism
(Geisler, N. L., & Rhodes, R. 1997. When cultists ask : A popular handbook on cultic misinterpretations . Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Mich.)
"Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. "
Acts 17:11
"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;  I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted."
Revelation 2:1-3