Ian Vincent clarified some of the listed commonly mis-applied scriptures as allegory on his post Blanket of Delusion Settling Down Over the Charismatic Movement.
Allegorical: having hidden spiritual meaning that transcends the literal sense of a sacred text
Allegorical writings you may be familiar with are Hinds Feet on High Places and Pilgrim’s Progress. Biblical accounts of historical events are not meant to be applied as allegory. See previous post on Allegory Abuse of the Bible
Over and over again I see that the breakdown in charismania, isn’t the reading or use of scripture (we were actually in our Bibles a lot), but it all came apart in the application of scripture to the redeemed Christian. Either passages meant only for specific people or nations were applied across the board, or present day Christians are cast into Biblical roles and then judged accordingly, as in the case of the ever popular Jezebel/Absalom teachings.
The practice was that someone who seemed to be causing some sort of trouble was pegged as “Jezebel” or “Absalom” and from that point on it was pretty hard to see them outside of that role. Everything they did was seen in the light of the actions of the Biblical character. You know, Absalom is out to de-throne the REAL king (pastor). In this case some guy who disagrees with the pastor is trying to take over the church, and he is evil to the core.
Some woman who dares to challenge a particular practice or speaks up and says, “Hey, I don’t see that in the Bible” is now full of manipulation and hate, and against all things kingdom, just like the Jezebel in 1 and 2 Kings. (Ok, here’s my answer to the assuming: this did not happen to me. However, I stood by and held the cloaks as this was done to others)
Jezebel and Absalom were real people in real time who deed actual deeds. These deeds are recorded in the Old Testament writings. We aren’t supposed to cast believers into these roles in a sort of guilty-until-proven-innocent courtroom.
We can ALL look at Biblical examples and learn from them through the lens of the gospel. Which one of us has not been self-righteous? Does that make us all Jonah? No. Jonah was self righteous and there is a whole story teaching us about how God saw the people of Ninevah compared to how Jonah saw them.
The take home message is to see God’s perspective and learn from how He dealt with people and situations. We don’t have to look far into New Testament Scriptures to know that the believer should not be self righteous. Why go to such extremes to create an application of (especially Old Testament) persons that is not practiced by Jesus or His apostles? I don’t see Jesus going around telling anyone they have a “Joseph anointing” or calling Mary Magdalene “Jezebel” or any such thing. We aren’t to go around calling each other Jonah and waiting to see a whale swallow us all up.
Jesus did kinda call Peter “Satan” which is much more to the point. We either obey and follow God or we are following Satan. It’s called sin. and the scriptures deal with our self righteousness, greed, apathy, jealousy, etc as such, not by forcing some kind of allegorical view of scripture.
The more I come away from the convoluted and contradicting scriptural mis-applications of the charismatic and prophetic movements, the more I realize the beautiful clarity and simplicity of the written Word of God and the way He has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.