In I Samuel 26:9-11 we read about David's refusal to take the life of King Saul even though Saul was pursuing David and seeking his death. David had Saul trapped, and Abishai, David's soldier, asked permission to kill Saul. David responds ...
"Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord's anointed, and be guiltless? ... the Lord shall strike him, or his day shall come to die, or he shall go out to battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord's anointed" ...
From this text, some have derived a very dangerous doctrine of the spiritual leader. According to this doctrine ...
The pastoral leader, or apostle leader over a network of congregations, is understood as having a position like the ancient King of Israel. He is God's anointed. Therefore he is not to be removed by any process of men, no matter what he does. He is not subject to congregational or even network discipline. While he may have elders or a board, they are advisors only, and all decisions are his to make. Within his sphere he is the final authority or dictator. The authority of the pastor or apostle is taught in very absolute terms. Such a person may be over a local congregation or a movement. When anyone questions his leadership or decisions, they are told, "Touch not God's anointed." It is shocking that this is taught in many places around the globe and has even influenced the Messianic Jewish world. I believe it is a destructive and erroneous doctrine, and that believers should guard against this teaching ...
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