How to abuse people with the Bible

Oh how I realize that I could do an entire dissertation on how Christians use the bible to abuse, confuse and over all bash people over the head.  Over time, I’m sure we will have the opportunity to highlight more and more cases of stupidity, but today I want to discuss one of my favorite.  it comes to us from Psalm 105:13-15 and it is usually used in an abusive fashion by summarizing it into one simple statement:

“Don’t not touch God’s anointed”

This statement is a favorite method of pastors to shut down any opposition that they may have to bad theology or poor behavior.  Of course this usually works to stop any opposition because after all, pastors are anointed…right?  I have had this thrown at me from time to time usually is response to a harsh criticism, but unlike many Christians, I actually have read the Bible and know what is being said!  So let’s put this passage in context and maybe, you – the readers – can tell me exactly what Psalm 105:13-15 is actually saying.

[Starting at Psalm 105:7]

He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
8 He remembers His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,
10 And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance,”
12 When they were few in number,
Indeed very few, and strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another,
From one kingdom to another people,
14 He permitted no one to do them wrong;
Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

Knowing that I never, ever read a bible verse, taking the entire thought into account, it becomes clear that anyone claiming to own this verse better have been a Hebrew laying claim to Canaan!  If you’re not a Hebrew laying claim to Canaan, this verse it NOT for you.  Simply speaking if a pastor or anyone else in the church is using this verse as a method of shutting down opposition, it should, in fact, increase the opposition because it is clear that the person making the claim has no idea what they are talking about and should never, ever be teaching the Bible.  The anointed are the JEWS!  The anointed are not your pastor, leaders, or yourself.  Perhaps you are anointed, but this verse doesn’t give you that promise!

There is another question that begs to be answered however.  How is it that we are to test if someone is indeed anointed?  Are we to believe that anyone who goes to bible college or takes on a role as spiritual leader is “anointed”?  How about Jim Jones?  Jones was a pastor and because of a lack of discernment by this followers they were all murdered in the jungle of Guyana.  Maybe he wasn’t anointed after all, but I’m sure the dude throwing this in your face is.  Right?

Here’s the deal.  God was courteous enough to right down a few thought for us and don’t you think it would be polite to actually take the time and read His thoughts?  Don’t you think you owe it to the author (in this case the creator of the universe) to try to understand what He is saying to us?  Some things are hard to understand but Psalm 105 is NOT one of them.

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