I have been privilege numerous times to attend meetings were the ‘big men of God’ have preached on various platforms and I must say I get appalled each time they are being introduced on stage to preach. You hear stuff like ‘let’s welcome the SPECIAL GREAT ANOINTED MAN OF GOD to the pulpit as he ministers to us and let’s get ready to tap into the anointing of God’s servant’. Well, I have no problem with honouring a minister. Of course, the Big book says we should count them worthy of double honour not because of the GREATNESS of their anointing but because they have greater burden of souls (Phil. 2:29-30)
Let me say from the onset that I am not a pastor and I do not hope or even pray to be one (please don’t ask why. After all, there are different ways and capacities you could serve God. Eph. 4:11). I personally believe that Christians should function in every walk of life; business, social media, academics, politics, etc and not just in the church. Having served under the leaderships and teachings of my mentors such as Leke Alder, Gbile Akanni, Segun Obadje, Chris Onayinka, Chris Oyakhilome and a lot more time and space would not allow me to mention, I have come to comprehend that the major problem of the church is the lack of understanding of certain fundamental principles that has incarcerated and is close to incinerating the powers of the church as a whole. Subjects like; what is Faith? What is Holiness, righteousness? Is it biblical to pray for my enemies to die? What does the bible teach about anointing? Is there any power in fasting? And so on are pertinent to be properly understood by the church if we must see progress. Various erroneous teachings have been given on these subjects that have conditioned so many innocent believers to have wrong perceptions about Christianity.
Anything that is outside the scriptures is not Christianity. No matter how our culture or various preachers try to codify it, it holds no water in the realms of the spirit. That’s why the scripture tells us not to be like the gentiles who walk in the vanity of minds (Eph. 4:17-18). Enough of the intro and let’s get down to the subject proper. A challenge for many Christians is appreciating the distinction between the old and New Testament. There’s nothing spiritual about those two words. It’s only in this side of the world that we over spiritualise everything, including common pure water! Testament is simply a legal word for contract. The New Testament is relatively different from the Old Testament. Trying to please God under the terms of the Old Testament through the strict adherence of the law is pretty unfortunate. In the OT, people were anointed with oil as a mark of consecration, hospitality and healing. In the NT, the anointing is a personage. Jesus personified all the attributes of the anointing in the OT. I laugh very hard when I see churches hold ‘anointing service’; Christians talk of ‘anointed song’ and ‘anointed man of God’, these are nothing but misnomers. People think they can be ‘anointed for success’. Students now anoint their exams pen, some cook with their ‘anointing oil’ and bath with their’ anointed water’. These are nothing but spiritist voodoos.
The church is on a dangerous slide with this wrong notion of the ‘anointing’. Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit is our anointing (Isa.63:1, Lk 4:18, Acts 10:38). He has been anointed as our priest and king. The anointing of Christ therefore flows from the Head to the body (psalms 133:2) and we are His body (eph.5:30). In the OT, the anointing had to be poured on a person, in the NT, the anointing is WITHIN us (1 Jn.2:20, 27). There are no degrees of anointing no matter the office you hold in your church. What that means is that the anointing on your General Overseer is the SAME anointing you have. Adeboye or Oyedepo is not any more anointed than you! Why? Because the anointing is Jesus and there are no degrees of Jesus! Another thing worthy of note is that no Christian can receive a double portion of the anointing. The reason is because ‘double portion’ is a designation of the rights of the firstborn and Jesus is our first born (Col.1:15).
Finally, no matter how many gallons of ‘anointing oil’ poured on you, it cannot make you rich. ‘Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich’ (prov. 10:4). The key to prosperity is in DILIGENCE not ANOINTING. Don’t allow any fake prophet or whatever that dude calls himself get you gullible, there is no power in any anointing. The only part of the NT that was recommended that anointing be poured on an individual is when a person is sick (James 5:14) but note it is the PRAYER OF FAITH not the ANOINTING poured that would save the sick (James 5:15). Conclusively, I urge all Christians to be vigilant about the things pastors say and disregard anything that is not in line with God’s word. Shalom!