And while we are on the subject of music, well we were on This Post, there is another common occurrence in the charismaniac/prophetic movement in which a song or singer or fill-in-the-blank is declared as “SOOOOO Anointed.”
This declaration is usually the result of being moved by a particular song/singer/dance, etc. The more a person is impacted- which can span the gammut from self indulgent emotions to true conviction by the Holy Spirit- the more said song is deemed to be ‘anointed.’ The gushing praise of “so and so is SOOO anointed” in my mind sounds a lot more like mistaking personal preference for the Holy Spirit’s work.
Why? Because it is usually associated with the person’s level of emotional response to the song/singer, etc. Meaning if they really, really like that kind of music, and it incidentally had some (any) impact on them, it is declared ‘anointed.’
There are a lot of problems with this common practice including:
1. A mistaken idea about the Biblical term ‘anointing’ to be a tangible something that one can have in greater or lesser amounts, and can be passed around between people like a rugby ball.
2. It is important to make the distinction between a response and the incredibly presumptive leap into judging someone or something as more (or less) ‘anointed,’ whether the response is just emotion or even if the true conviction of the Holy Spirit is at work.
3. A very real negative consequence is people freely judging other people or their efforts as more, or less, ‘anointed’ based on how it affected the hearer. This totally ignores the subjective nature of music, and more problematic, it leads to elitism, favoritism, and comparison.
4. It implies that there are ‘levels’ among the redeemed with some being more favored by God than others, or some just ‘better’ than others. More saved. More born again?
5. It implies there are levels to the Holy Spirit as if He comes in parts and pieces, and the amount of Him in you can be increased with certain activities. This is New Age and Pagan thinking.
Someone’s song may be more Biblically correct than another song. Someone’s voice may be more enjoyable to you than another’s voice; the lyrics of a song may be more timely in your life than at another time; someone’s advice may be wiser than another’s advice, but all these things have nothing to do with being anointed.
So what do the scriptures have to say about this word, anointed?
There are three ways the terms anoint, anointed or anointing are used in the Bible. 1. One is the actual, physical, human act of using an oil on someone or something;
“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face.” Matt 6:16
Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with oil. She wiped or poured oil on his feet. Mark 14, Luke 7
“The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.” John 9:10-12
2. The old testament practice of marking a person with oil to indicate they are chosen for a certain task. This was both physical and symbolic. It was similar to a legal action, signifying to the whole nation that a person was chosen and enabled by God to be a priest (Ex 40:15) or prophet (1 Kings 9:16) and most commonly as king;
“Zadok the priest then took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” 1 Kings 1:39
3. The symbolic use to indicate a spiritual truth or a divine act of choosing. This is the use of the term in relation to God choosing and approving the Lord Jesus as the sent Messiah;
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
But of the Son He says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
“You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions.” Hebrews 1:8-10
In a similarly symbolic use of the term ‘anointing’ the redeemed of the Lord are anointed. Chosen by God. Marked as His. Sealed as His. In every instance of the term as it relates to the saints, the anointing is done by God. Not by human interaction or human effort. In the New Testament there are not saints traveling from town to town to get and spread this anointing. It is not passed around or described in terms of more or less. It’s easy to prove, the term is only used in three verses in the entire New Testament.
“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.”
2 Corinthians 1:20-22
“They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.”
1 John 2:19-21
These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. 1 John 2:26-28
My example of using the term anointing as if it is a stamp of approval from God, and free for us to judge people as having more or less, along with the belief that the anointing can be passed around is just one example of the confusing teachings regarding anointing, the Holy Spirit, and the Anointed One (Jesus Christ).
For further study, especially in clearing up the common teaching that the word ‘Christ’ which means the Anointed One (not simply anointing) is synonymous with the anointing we discussed here I suggest: