“Whatever we say and if God is real, we will be held accountable for every word and rain on ourselves blessings or curses. No matter what.. Don’t touch God’s Anointed… Else we will end up like Saul. let God deal with His Anointed.. A warning to all who refuse to heed the Word of God.” (bold italics mine)
The above is taken from yesterday’s entry in an on-going discussion on the departure of a key member from the CHC saga (http://mrslightnfriends.com/) (Also see ‘Who is Speaking the Truth’ in this blog)
Apparently this phrase was attributed to the ‘Shepherding Movement’ (initiated by Derek Prince, Bob Mumford, Don Basham, Simpson, Ern Baxter — also known as the “Lauderdale Five”). The ‘Lauderdale Five’ spiritual giants regretted and closed the movement after they realised how their noble and pure intentions on ‘Covering and Accountability” were being abused by leaders. The error of interpretation and application continues today (see the books referenced below), and personally I have been presented with this ‘teaching’ a few times.
Is the verse valid for all instances of feedback or comment about leadership; or could it an evidence of insecurity, heavy shepherding, domination or inflexibility. Hal Miller wrote much on ‘Leadership and Authority’, one of which is found in http://www.home-church.org/voicesdocs/authorty.html
So how do I understand the verse ‘touch not the Lord’s anointed’? Nowadays, the cyberspace is a good source of teaching, e.g. http://www.letusreason.org/Pent47.htm
“David who was shepherd boy was anointed before God took away Saul’s position. David refused to touch Saul physically but it didn’t stop him from telling everyone the truth about him publicly.
David not raising his hand to touch (harm physically) God’s anointed is used in 1 Sam.26:9,11,23. Look at 1 Sam.26:11: tells us that David would not stretch his hand out to touch him (harm him);
‘Post-charismatic?: Where are We Now? Where Have We Come From? Where are We Going?’ By Rob McAlpine
‘What Happened to the Fire?’ by J Lee Grady (1994)