Pheonix Preacher made some very good points re the restoration of Todd Bentley to ministry so soon after his downfall. Among those points was an observation regarding ‘anointing’ ministers and their families.
Todd was publicly anointed with [his then wife] Shonnah for world revival. Then he disappears from public view and reappears with a new wife Jessa …… and all the talk is immediately about getting him back to ministry as soon as possible.
This reminder that Shonna was ‘anointed’ at the same time as Todd makes a mockery of this restoration. Despite being ‘anointed’ together, and with the same anointing, it seems that one person’s anointing is more important than another’s. In fact you’d have to conclude that her anointing was pretty irrelevant. So why bother anointing both of them in the first place?
If such a ceremony is meaningful, it is meaningful for both, otherwise it is nothing but marketing and showmanship. It adds credibility for a mass audience, but no actual substance.
Pastors in Pentecostal churches often refer to the laying on of hands ceremony and the ‘anointing’ received that day as that which brings them authority over their congregations, and greater gifting and insight than the rest of us into God’s Word and God’s will on a daily basis. Sometimes it is even used like a rod of authority – he is anointed and you are not, so don’t question when you are told to do something, don’t question his choices or decisions.
Was this the purpose of the laying of hands on elders in the Bible? How could it be serious and yet so empty, or used as a tool to dominate? Is God’s anointing temporary? What has gone wrong?