Q. What is ‘The Anointing’? And to further quantify what is ‘The Anointing that breaks the yoke’? A pastor recently rebuked a teacher in his church for studying the history and events of The Bible so as to be able to teach / preach with clarity and accuracy. The pastor’s view is that there is no need to understand any of those factors. He said we should just minister out of our heart under ‘The Anointing’ and that our words will be right for the moment. The pastor’s view is that when you see people shouting and crying it is evidence of ‘The Anointing’ but if one teaches / preaches truth and what is factually correct but the people are not moved, it is evidence of the lack of ‘The Anointing’. Can you clarify this?
A. In some parts of the church “the anointing” is a phrase used to indicate the presence of the Holy Spirit empowering a speaker. Some claim “the anointing” takes priority over the Bible, meaning that even if a speaker says something that contradicts the Bible “the anointing” makes it correct because it’s really the Holy Spirit who is speaking it. (I spoke at a meeting once where “the anointing” was said to be on the microphone, meaning that no matter what a speaker said, it was purified by the Holy Spirit as it went through the sound system.) In my opinion lot of false teaching has come into the church this way.
The phrase “the anointing that breaks the yoke” comes from Isaiah 10:27. There it refers to the Lord’s promise to the Israelites that He would break the yoke of bondage the Assyrians had imposed upon His people. It has become one of the catch phrases currently popular in some parts of the church where it represents an anointing even more powerful than the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It’s so powerful that it can break any bondage such as sin, debt, sickness, poverty, or anything that prevents a believer from enjoying an abundant prosperous life.
This is another case of a phrase being taken out of context and used in a way the Bible never intended.