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THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT THE ANOINTING

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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!


34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. seun

    June 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    nice article sir….this is an eye opener…thanks very much

  2. seun

    June 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    inspiring article sir…thanks and God bless

  3. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    June 19, 2015 at 9:45 am

    thanks

  4. Silas Okafor

    July 28, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Well my friend there is a lot of error in your publication. I will try state some.
    1)Jesus Christ was anointed of God, but scriptures never referred to him as “our anointing” so I don’t know where that came from.
    2)There is nothing wrong with anointing anyone in the new testament, absolutely nothing wrong. Mark 6;13 says that Christ sent out his disciples and they went and prayed for the sick and ANOINTED them and healed them. Scriptures also tells us that Christ anointed a blind man with clay and he received healing and also James 5;14 tells us that if anyone is sick, u can pray and ANOINT and healing will occur.
    3)Anointing is NOT AN OLD TESTAMENT PRPRINCIPLE as Christ Jesus anointed people and he also taught his disciples to anoint others.
    So just before you laugh to scorn when you hear of an anointing service or meeting, you should try to for your homework well. God bless.

  5. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    July 29, 2015 at 8:06 am

    thanks Silas for the observations….I do appreciate but in the Mark 6:13 you quoted talks about anointing the sick…..I said that at the conclusive part of the article but i laid emphasis on the fact that it was the PRAYER OF FAITH and not the ANOINTING that would heal such person…James 5:15….what’s the use of the anointing without faith?…it’s useless….the anointing is just the platform while faith ensures the manifestation of the healing….thanks!

  6. lexy

    August 2, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    you really learned(passed through) from Pastor Chris Onayinka.
    God bless you bro.
    This is an eye-opener

  7. Adeolu

    March 6, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Connect with me… I like what’s happening here. The only part I am worried about is the degrees of variation of those you have followed… I can see light and darkness mixing in that list.

    • Moffy

      October 29, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Lol…you can? Anyways you can listen to messages from Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka -tried & tested- the Lord has really used him to help Christians stand their ground in who they are. Sure welcome .lol.

  8. steph

    April 18, 2016 at 10:34 am

    awesome write up

  9. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    April 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    @Adeolu…..lol….I really do understand you…..We can all learn from different preachers no matter the denominations…. I do not segregate one preacher from others though I’m a staunch follower of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and Revd Chris Onayinka!…..Trust you got my idea and thanks for the comment!

    • olutayo

      July 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      If you are a staunch follower of Pastor Chris Onayinka, you won’t be following several pastors, he has taught several times that multiplicity of influences (which Paul addressed first in the church at Corinth) is not spiritually healthy.

      Secondly, I’ve had am opportunity to go through Pastor Obadje’s school of ministry material, read quite a number of books of Bro Gbile and I’m really wondering how you cope with three just fine. Because there are several subjects on which they have completely different teachings if indeed you follow Pastor Onayinka

      Then thirdly, Pastor Onayinka never called himself ‘Revd’ in fact, he never calls himself a teacher. At best, he calls himself a minister of reconciliation.

      • Moffy

        October 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

        I dont believe pastor Chris onayinkan has ever had a problem with a person listening to other teachers. He himself has had different ones in His life that have helped build him to who he is, the whole point of the advice’s he gives is so u don’t get jumbled up in wrong doctrine. But He is a man that wants you to find your own truth and “test the spirits”. Also, even if a person teaches one thing wrongly, it doesn’t mean everything they teach is wrong. Listen to good words and study for yourself. It is a one pastor mindset that has blocked a lot of people from the truth and caused them not to listen to great men of God like pastor Chris Onayinka and Oyakilome.

  10. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    April 19, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    @Steph….thanks!…You can also read other articles of mine here at hub201.com

  11. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    April 19, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    @lexy…..Amen and you too!

  12. yinka

    May 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    The very funny thing about this article is that you think you have it all figured out. While I agree to some extent, I cannot ignore your lack of knowledge about the anointing. Yes, we need to work hard and play our parts but there is such a thing as transference of anointing and the use of the anointing oil is a doctrine pulled directly out of the bible. I admire your efforts, well done.

  13. Kolade

    June 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Huuum, thank you all for what you’ve contributed. If I may add:
    I think there are still a few misconceptions about the anointing, first off, you do not anoint a person with oil only, you can anoint with water or anything. But why anoint, oil alongside wine and water are what were used to represent the HolySpirit and His operations in the OT. Anointing someone is a representation of how the Holy Spirit or His operations comes upon a man.
    I feel you quoted Acts 10:38 out of context, it says Jesus WAS anointed with the Holy Ghost, not Jesus was made our anointing or however you used it. Jesus says that in Luke too that the Spirit of the Lord is on Him, because He -God has anointed Him-Jesus, with what? -the Holy Ghost. so Jesus was anointed WITH the Holy Ghost. It is important to note that in-context, Jesus said He was anointed in Luke 4 when He was baptized and the Holy Ghost came upon Him
    You’re asking why anoint the sick: it is clear it is not the oil that heals, but healing is an operation of the Holy Spirit. The power of God is resident in us by the Spirit of Christ in us, so in healing someone, we are releasing the POWER of GOD by FAITH through the SPIRIT that dwells in us – that’s a mouthful.
    It boils down to anointing the sick as a representation of how the power of the Holy Ghost comes upon them and heals them by faith.
    Finally is it wrong to anoint with anything: it is not. It is not necessary (except if led by God or something) but it is not wrong either. It’s just like baptizing with water (Since you follow Pastor Onayinka, you should know that) not necessary, but not wrong.
    NOTE:
    This are just my humble opinion and are not to be seen as more than that. God bless

    • Moffy

      October 29, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Well-done sir…fantastic.

  14. Tebogo

    July 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Alot of practices in churchianity is an African desease

    no bottle can carry annointing.

    i drunk and bathed with all manner of this annointed articles

    and still remain brother me.
    no job
    no money.

    a fellow said when you use this you must have faith.

    thats crazy because i can have faith from the Go

  15. OMEGA

    OMEGA

    July 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I can related with you Mr. Akin… For Go(o)d resides within temples that were not made by man’s hand. And for everyone who believes in anointing (oil, cloth and water), I can still relate with you because may our Faiths sets us free. Some people are babes and would still need objects to believe in. However, some, have become adults in this kingdom and don’t require objects to know God. Though these adults were once babes who suck some of the milk in the not far past, experience and circumstances have made them who they have become. The basic thing is to believe from within for Faith is Within (Spiritual) and without It, it is impossible to please God. Great write up bro…

  16. Henry

    July 13, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Akin, write on some other stuff. Don’t over reach yourself.

  17. ayomide

    July 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    “When you are just learning doctrine, some things are better left unsaid to avoid creating more confusion than the understanding you’re trying to bring…it is one thing to catch a revelation, it is another to communicate it the way it ought to be communicated”
    Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka. (Paraphrased)

    I salute the writer of the post. I understand that you’re trying to challenge “religion”, however I counsel you to stay with topics that you’ve accurately grasped. Don’t over reach yourself.

  18. Adegbenle Semiu 'Femi

    Adegbenle Semiu 'Femi

    July 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Interesting response

  19. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    July 17, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    @Ayomide…. I get you!….Lol….thanks for your comment! God bless

  20. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    July 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    @omega….thanks buddy!

  21. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    July 17, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    @Tebogo…..**Lol**….it is well!…..turns out we are rendering the word of God of no effect through our vain traditions..Mark7:13

  22. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    July 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    @Kolade…. thanks so much for the comment…..I celebrate you!

  23. Sarah

    July 26, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Am actually watching pastor oyinka on kln and this man of God is realy deep in understanding scriptures but i find reason to support only part of what u hav written.until u fully understand it thru a revelation pls dont write on this

  24. charles umoren

    August 21, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I just want to be part of this nice and insightful rightup.

  25. Gbemi

    September 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Akin, when trying to correct a wrong notion, DO NOT MOCK!!! By mocking, you are painting pictures of doubt in the minds of babes in Christ concerning their spiritual Fathers. They’ll almost doubt everything he says(including the necessary and correct ones). It is good to correct, but let’s do it with carefulness and LOVE. We are one body(1Corinthians 12:20-27). They might not be chanced to know what you know, but sorry, they have gone far with God. Let’s stop the jestures, those things you correct (without COMPASSION), you too once believed them. E.g Paul and Peter. Peter perfomed signs and wonders & had lasted long in ministry before Paul even knew(accepted) Christ. Paul was sound in teachings and discovered some errors around Peter which he corrected, and Peter accepted the corrections with gladness knowing the grace operational on Paul. Thats why we need the Humility. If we cause Men of God to show pride because of the way we correct them, it won’t be good to hear. Remember, everything you are or everything you know is by Grace. Nice write up, greater revelations in Jesus’ name.

  26. Alonge

    September 10, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    This is a great write-up,but I want you to know that divisions and contentions shouldn’t be encouraged .Mocking Ministers of God to drive home a point is not necessary. It wouldn’t be for the use of edification. Let us rebuke with love and humility unto correction and instruction .Grace and peace unto you as you know this;False doctrine does not necessarily come from false prophets ,they just need enlightenment Eph1:17-18…

  27. Akin Omotesho™

    Akin Omotesho™

    September 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    @Gbemi and Alonge…. thanks for your comments. I’m a minister also and will never joke will the place of HONOUR in ministry… Even if I don’t believe in your teaching, it does not reduce my honour for you an ounce….so I understand your standpoints… we will keep praying for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ (eph.1:17) until the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the water covers the sea (Hab.2:14)
    Thanks once again!

  28. Aderoju

    December 6, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    My brother, anointing is NOT Jesus as you posited. Jesus Christ himself was anointed. (Acts 10:38):The anointing which we received according to 1John 2:27 is the same as the one Jesus Christ talked about in John 14:26.The anointing therefore is the sanctifying influence or enablement upon Christians who are priests and Kings unto God. Furthermore, the anointing is in measures or degree : See John 3:34 and psalms 45:6-7,also confirmed in Hebrews 1:8-9. Even in the Old Testament there are priests and there are high priests. We are not all Apostles or Prophets or Teachers. Paul counselled us in this regard in Romans 12:3.

    Remain blessed.

  29. Angel micheal

    June 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Jesus is our anointing cos the spirit of God in him is the anointing….. When u have Christ in u n have received the holy spirit then Christ in u becomes the anointing cos God d father son n holy spirit are one …… U can’t say u and other pastors the same though we are equal before God having the same anointing or same holy spirit but giving different gift of the spirit ….. U may have d same measure
    Of faith but our knowledge in Gods word is different moreover most case d more u become mature in Christ d more ur spiritual excellence…. So so many of those minister are more mature in the split than us …. So let u keep growing n keep wining souls cos the more we do that u more we r giving more task ….. Thans

  30. Moffy

    October 29, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I love your article and I love that you are speaking the truth. Although i feel that the truth should be spoken in love. In the way the article is presented it can get thesame people you are trying to reach defensive and eventually unaffected which I know is not your intention. I thank God for you and pray your article reaches and blesses many. 🙂

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