Surprise — Free Booklet Coming Soon!

Over the years, I’ve lost track of the number of people who have either requested or suggested that I compile my writings and video commentaries into a book.

So why haven’t I written a book yet? What’s the hold up?

I haven’t had the time, space, energy, nor the resources to tackle a writing project–until NOW   🙂

The support, the demand, and the passion to write for God’s glory has always been there, but I wanted to make sure that it was God’s will for me to write a book and that the timing was right. I wanted to make sure that I could focus on a writing project and finish the task before I “put my hand to the plow.”

Well, this past year, things have fallen into place and I finally have all of the right ingredients to write a book.

I’m super excited to announce to you that I have embarked on my first writing project, a FREE booklet titled, “Touch Not God’s Anointed: Debunking Lies that Religious Leaders Teach to Silence Believers and Evade Accountability” 

There are quite a few articles and videos online that do an excellent job of untwisting the misuse and abuse of “Touch not Mine anointed and do My prophets no harm.” But what makes this free booklet different is that not only will it cover that passage of Scripture–it will also expose the most common excuses, arguments, and out-of-context Scriptures used by false prophets and false teachers in the church.

In this short easy-to-understand booklet–“Touch Not God’s Anointed: Debunking Lies that Religious Leaders Teach to Silence Believers and Evade Accountability,” I will compile and debunk some of the most popular errors that false teachers and false prophets use to censor God’s people and avoid answering to anyone.

Please note: This booklet was not birthed out of hatred, contempt, or disrespect for spiritual leaders. It was birthed out of a great respect for spiritual leaders and a desire to see the ministry of spiritual leaders handled with integrity, seriousness, and reverence for God and the Holy Scriptures.

It was birthed out of a commitment to uphold the truth of Scripture in a religious climate where deception is widespread and false teachings often go unchecked.

It was birthed out of a godly jealousy for God’s people and a strong sense of duty to protect them from, and warn them of, false teachers and false prophets who seek to hold them captive and suppress the truth through false teachings.

My desire is to see those who have been led astray and harmed by false shepherds, delivered from religious bondage so that they might follow the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ and enjoy their blood-bought freedom and abundant life.

Above all, this booklet was birthed from a passionate love for Jesus Christ, His Holy Word, and a desire to see Him glorified.

As of now (unless something changes), this booklet will be available in three formats: PDF, EPUB, and print (a small booklet).

The only costs will be the shipping for the print format, the cost of the paper, and the cost of the printing services. If I can cover these expenses out of pocket, I will do so. But if there are times when I am not able to cover these expenses alone, I may set up a crowdfunding site online for others to contribute.

Any potential donations raised on a crowdfunding site will not go in my pocket. I have no desire to make a financial profit from this booklet (making a living off of God’s word goes against my spiritual convictions).

Any potential donations will go towards the costs of shipping for the print format, the cost of the paper, and the cost of printing services. I want as many people as possible to receive this booklet and that may require financial help from time to time.

Any potential donations will be handled with financial transparency and accountability. All costs/expenses and receipts will be posted here for everyone to see.

Did I mention that I already finished the cover design? What do you think? I love it.

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I’m currently writing the manuscript and trying to finish this project as soon as possible. If you follow this blog, you will be the first to know when the booklet is available for order.

After the manuscript is finished, it will be sent off for professional editing. Then after it’s edited, the booklet format will be sent off for printing!

Thank you for stopping by, and please share this link with your friends and family. Don’t forget to click “like” on the Exit Churchianity Facebook page. I’ll keep you guys posted. Talk to you soon   🙂

The Anointing Flows From The Head Down?

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“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edges of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing–life forever.” (Psalm 133)

Many of us have heard this passage before.

Sometimes it is quoted to support the teaching that the anointing flows from Jesus to religious leaders to “lay members.” Therefore, if you want to be anointed and blessed, you need to be united with leadership so that you are under “the flow of the anointing.” This is a faulty teaching which mixes truth with error. Please be patient with me as I attempt to separate the two.

Let’s talk about unity for a minute.

The very first line in Psalm 133 says how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. How true this is. We have all experienced how refreshing it is to be in harmony with brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a blessing to fellowship with Christians who rejoice with one another, suffer with one another, pray with one another, meet each others needs, stand on the word of God together, and love one another without partiality just as Jesus loves us. It is a taste of heaven on earth.

This unity is an answer to Jesus’ prayer, “I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one–as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” (John 17:21-23) The ultimate purpose of our unity is to persuade the world to believe that Jesus was sent by the Father to fulfill His plan of salvation.

Ephesians 4:3-6 says to “Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”

Notice what Paul said there. He said to be united in the Spirit. He didn’t say to be united around himself, united around Peter, or united around Apollos. The apostles did not speak of unity in terms of personal unity around church leaders. They spoke of unity in terms of being united in God, who binds us together with peace.

God is the rallying point for unity in the body of Christ, not religious leaders. I say this because the first line of Psalm 133 is sometimes quoted to rally Christians around religious leaders. However, this is not what Psalm 133 is speaking of. It is not talking about unity around religious leaders. Unity around religious leaders produces division, sectarianism, divided loyalties, partiality, quarrels, pride, boasting, elitism, competition, and cults of personality in the church. The saints in Corinth fell into this very error:

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters. Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.” Has Christ been divided into factions? Was I, Paul, crucified for you? Were any of you baptized in the name of Paul? Of course not!”

Paul addressed their divisive behavior and encouraged them to be united. In 1 Corinthians 3:1-7, he said that he couldn’t speak to them as though they were spiritual people. He had to speak to them as if they were people of the world or infants in Christ. He had to feed them milk, not solid food, because they weren’t ready for stronger teaching. They were still controlled by their sinful nature, and the proof was that they were jealous of each other and quarreling. Over what? Church leaders. They were acting just like people of the world. When one Christian says “I’m a member of pastor so and so’s church,” and another Christian says, “I’m the spiritual son or daughter of bishop so and so,” they’re acting just like people of the world. Ministers of Jesus Christ are only God’s servants through whom we believed the Good News. One planted the seed, and another watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God made the seed grow.

We cannot take a passage that is about brethren living together in unity, and turn it into a passage about unity around leaders. That is not what the text is talking about, and it produces all sorts of problems.

Now let’s talk about Psalm 133 verse 2. It says “It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edges of his robes.”

For some reason, people have interpreted that passage to mean that the anointing flows from Jesus to religious leaders to ‘lay members.’ This interpretation is incorrect for a few reasons.

#1. First of all, Jesus and the apostles did not divide the body of Christ into a religious class-system or a hierarchy of two different groups: ‘clergy’ and ‘lay members.’

The word “clergy” comes from the koine Greek word “kleros” (see Strong’s Concordance #G2819). The word “koine” simply means “common.” Koine Greek was the common Greek language used in the Roman empire during the 1st century. It is the main language of the New Testament manuscripts.

The word “kleros” appears in 1 Peter 5:3 which tells elders “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage [kleros], but being examples to the flock.” In this passage, the word kleros refers to all Believers, the entire flock of God. The kleros are those whom God has placed in the care and oversight of elders — not an exclusive group of religious leaders.

Today, the term “lay member” means someone who is not an expert or a professional. In the church, it means someone who is not a religious leader, someone who has not been ordained, or someone who doesn’t have the title “pastor, bishop, reverend, minister, evangelist, prophet, prophetess, apostle, or doctor.”

The term “lay member” comes from the koine Greek word “laos” (Strong’s Concordance #G2992). This word appears throughout the New Testament. It simply means “people.” Paul used this word in Titus 2:14 to refer to the entire body of Christ: “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people [laos], zealous for good works.”

In Revelations 21:3, the term “laos” is used once again, to refer to the entire family of God: “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people [laos]. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”

Scripture shows that the original terms from which we derived “clergy” and “laity” refer to the people of God as a collective — not two separate spiritual classes or two separate groups of Believers.

Jesus prayed for our unity. He does not want us to be divided into spiritual classes and ranks based on our spiritual gifts. There are many different spiritual gifts, but the same Holy Spirit is the source of them all (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). There are many members, but one body and we all share the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-13).

We have elevated certain spiritual gifts as more honorable, more important, more anointed, and placed them on a higher level. But God’s word says that the parts of the body that seem the weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we should treat with the greatest care. The more honorable parts do not require this special care. This creates harmony in the body of Christ, so that everyone cares for each other (1 Corinthians 12:22-25).

In Matthew 23, we see that the scribes and Pharisees said and did many things to distinguish themselves above others and portray themselves as being in a higher spiritual class. Jesus rebuked and admonished them and told His disciples not to imitate their behavior “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters” (Matthew 23:8).

The entire body of Christ is a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:5, 9), and we are all ambassadors of Jesus Christ to the lost, and gifted to edify one another.

#2. Secondly, the anointing does not flow from Jesus to religious leaders to the rest of the body. Aaron was a Christ-type. He was a high priest who represented the children of Israel before God. That made him a type and a shadow of Jesus, our High Priest who represents us before the Father. When Aaron’s head was anointed with oil, it pointed to Jesus who is The Anointed One (the word “Christ” means anointed one).

Hebrews 1:9 says of Jesus: “Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Jesus is more anointed than us by virtue of His Divinity. He has the fullness of Deity in bodily form. He has the Holy Spirit without limit or measure. Through faith in Him, we received the gift of the Holy Spirit who anoints us and sets us apart to serve God.

“Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.” (1 John 2:20)

“But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 John 2:27)

None of these passages say anything about the anointing flowing from Jesus to religious leaders to the rest of the body of Christ. They all say that the anointing came directly from God, the Holy One.

The anointing flows directly from Jesus, the Head, our High Priest and Anointed One. Through faith in Him, God gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit and anointed us. Galatians teaches that we received this gift by faith in the Son of God, not by ‘unity to leadership.’

The belief that the anointing flows to us through religious leaders puts them in the place of a mediator or middle-man between us and God. In effect, this exalts religious leaders to the place of Jesus, which is idolatry and antichrist. Religious leaders are not a mediator or “middle man” through whom we receive the anointing. Jesus is the only middle man: “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5).

If you are a born-again Christian, then you are already anointed by God. There is no need to seek after leaders to receive an anointing that God already gave you. Leaders do not have any authority to transfer, impart, or dispense the anointing anyway. The Holy Spirit (who is the anointing) is not under the authority and command of religious leaders. The Holy Spirit is under the authority and command of Jesus Christ. Our Savior clearly stated that He is the one who sends the Holy Spirit or anointing:

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:7)

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)

Let’s move on to Psalm 133 verse 3. It says “It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing–life forever.”

I saw an article that said the word “there” (the place where God commands His blessing) is referring to being in position (submission) under leadership. Once again, this is not what the text is saying.

While the Scriptures do teach submission to godly leaders and mutual submission among all Believers, Psalm 133:3 is not talking about submission to leadership. If a leader wants to teach about Biblical submission in the body of Christ, there are other texts that they can use which speak directly to that issue. But it makes no sense to use a text which says nothing about submission to leadership and read it into the text. That’s called eisegesis (reading your own ideas into a text, instead of pulling out of a text the meaning inherent in it). Just because the Scriptures teach submission to godly leaders does not mean we are allowed to read it into verses where it isn’t. We cannot make Psalm 133 say something that it doesn’t. We must do a better job of rightly dividing the word of truth and letting God’s word speak for itself.

Back to Psalm 133:3.

The dew was fresh water from the heavens. It was a covenant blessing from God upon the land of Israel. When the children of Israel dwelt together in unity and kept their covenant with God, God would bless their land with dew, which was a source of refreshing, life, and growth. This was meant to teach the children of Israel that God is their source of refreshing, life, and growth. In Hosea 14:5, God said “I will be as the dew to Israel.” Jesus said something very similar to the Samaritan woman in John 4:10: “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

In Scripture, the mountains of Zion can represent God’s spiritual kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelations 14:1, 1 Peter 2:6). All Christians are citizens of Zion, the Jerusalem that is above. And God is our dew and our living water who gives us life, refreshing, and growth. When we dwell together in unity — there, God commands His blessing and we experience refreshing, life and spiritual growth.

God bless

Do We Pay A Price For The Anointing?

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Paying For The Anointing?

There is a popular teaching in the church that we pay a price for the anointing.

This teaching normally goes something like, “The anointing gives you power to get results. But this power comes with a cost! How badly do you want it? Are you willing to pay the price to walk in the anointing? If so, then you must be prepared to sacrifice. The greater your trials, the greater the anointing.”

Normally, the hearer is instructed to perform various religious works to pay the price for the anointing (e.g., praying more, fasting more, suffering more, meditating more, giving more donations, going into isolation or seclusion, being mentored as a “spiritual son” or “spiritual daughter,” etc).

This sends the Believer on an endless journey of religious works — because there is always a “greater anointing” to seek after and pay for.

The pursuit for a “greater anointing” is like a carrot-on-a-stick dangling in front of them, luring them on and on to seek more spiritual power from God.

Let’s address this teaching once and for all. . . .

What is the Anointing?

For starters, the word anointing comes from the root word “anoint” meaning to consecrate, sanctify, or set apart for service unto God.

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During the Old Covenant, prophets, priests, kings and judges were anointed by God to perform specific functions. These functions all pointed to Jesus Christ as THE Anointed One.

The Greek word translated as “Christ” actually means the anointed one. Jesus fulfilled all of these functions as our Prophet, High Priest, King of kings, and Final Judge.

He is the Supreme Anointed One and the only Person who has the Spirit of God “without measure” and the fullness of God in bodily form (John 3:34; Colossians 1:19; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:9-10).

Born-again Believers are also anointed by God. We have all been consecrated, sanctified, and set apart for service unto God.

“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 1:21-22). “But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.” (1 John 2:20)

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All Believers have different spiritual gifts and God works through us in different ways, but that does not mean that any of us have a “greater measure of the anointing.” There are different spiritual gifts and different types of service, but the same Holy Spirit or anointing works through us all (1 Corinthians 12:4-5).

John the apostle said that we have been anointed by the Holy One [Jesus]. This anointing is the gift of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus gives to those who believe in Him and the Good News message. The gift of the Holy Spirit [the anointing] is received BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH in the Son of God, not by performing religious works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

John the apostle also said that the anointing teaches us about everything and is true, and is no lie (1 John 2:27). This shows that the anointing is the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit teaches us and He is true (Jesus called Him the “Spirit of Truth” in John 16:13).

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The anointing is not a force, an energy, or “the power to get results” as some leaders teach. The anointing is a PERSON — the Holy Spirit. He does not come and go based on how we feel or the mood around us. He is within us all of the time.

Jesus Paid It All, So What Are You Paying For??

We sing that “Jesus Paid It All”, but do we really believe it?

When Jesus paid the price for our salvation, that included the anointing. There is no personal sacrifice that we can make to pay for the anointing. Jesus already made the sacrifice with His shed blood.

Some leaders boast and brag about what they allegedly sacrificed to pay for their “special anointing.” But the truth is that they didn’t pay for the anointing because no one is able to pay for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The anointing is not demonstrated by pride, exalting one’s self, claiming to have power to transfer the anointing to others, or bragging with “false humility” about how much one sacrificed to pay for the anointing. The anointing is demonstrated by humility (Philippians 2).

Jesus already paid the price for us to receive the anointing and be consecrated, sanctified, and set apart as a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:5, 9). We do not need to perform any religious works to obtain an anointing that we already received as a FREE GIFT.

Are you seeking a “greater anointing”? If you are a born-again Believer, then Christ the hope of glory lives in you and God Himself dwells in you. What “greater anointing” is there than God/Jesus living in us?

Jesus anointed the apostles to preach the Gospel and perform miracles in His name — but not because they had done anything special to “pay for the anointing.”

Paul most certainly did not do anything special to pay for the anointing. He was a Pharisee riding down the Damascus road on his way to persecute Christians! — yet Jesus called him to salvation and anointed him to preach the Gospel. Paul was anointed by God’s grace, not because he paid for it somehow. The idea of paying for the anointing would be a false teaching to the apostles.

The idea of “paying for the anointing” might sound logical to some of us, because the way of the world is to pay for everything.

Even goods and services that claim to be “free” have strings attached and hidden costs. “Free” public education and “free” healthcare aren’t actually free. In some way, we end up paying for it.

We are so use to paying for everything that we bring this same mindset into the Kingdom of God. Yet Jesus clearly said that His Kingdom of NOT of this world. God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

This is why Romans 12:2 says “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Whereas the way of the world is to pay for everything, God’s way is to give us the most valuable gift (eternal life) for free.“For the wages of sin is death, but the >>>FREE GIFT<<< of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

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“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—>>>IT’S ALL FREE!<<< Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David.” (Isaiah 55:1-3)

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Many Believers do not realize how gracious and generous God is. If they did, they would not be paying for an anointing that they already have.

They would not be paying 10% of their income to earn God’s blessing and avoid an Old Covenant curse that Jesus removed for us.

They would not be “paying to minister,” paying for their spiritual inheritance, or paying leaders to be “spiritual fathers” and “spiritual mothers” to them when God wants to be their ultimate Spiritual Father FOR FREE (2 Corinthians 6:18).

Oh foolish Galatians! The gift of the Holy Spirit (the anointing) is a free gift from God. There are no hidden fees. You cannot pay for Him. All God requires is FAITH in Jesus (Galatians 3:1-5).

If I’m Not Paying For The Anointing, Then Why Am I Suffering So Much?

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Some Believers may wonder, if they aren’t paying a price for the anointing, then why are they suffering so much?

There are a few reasons why we suffer. . .

We suffer because we live in a fallen world and it rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45). We suffer because everyone who strives to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (Matthew 5:10-12; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 4). Sometimes we suffer the consequences of our own sins (Galatians 6:7-8). We suffer through trials of faith to show that our faith is genuine (1 Peter 1:6-7). We suffer to mature our character (James 1:2-4).

If we are to share in Christ’s glory, we must also share in His suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.” (Romans 8:17-18)

Living in this fallen world brings great adversity and difficulties, especially as a Believer. Jesus never promised that it would be easy. In fact, He said “Here on earth you will have >>>MANY TRIALS AND SORROWS<<< But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

The Scriptures say a lot about suffering. But they don’t say that we pay for the anointing through our suffering.

We don’t suffer to “pay a price for the anointing.” We suffer because WE ARE ANOINTED. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.