The Word of God will work with or without an anointing.
But there also is an anointing that comes upon those whom God has called and separated unto the ministry. It's the same Holy Spirit, but the anointing to stand in a certain office is different from that anointing that abides within every believer. With the anointing, you're better able to teach, preach, and do more.
In the Old Testament, only the prophet, priest, and king were anointed.
We saw in Section 1 that Jesus stood in the fivefold ministry offices listed in the New Testament: (1) apostle, (2) prophet, (3) evangelist, (4) pastor, and (5) teacher.
The Word of God teaches that there are other ministries as well, such as helps, but the fivefold ministries seem to be the main pivotal gifts.
First Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 list the other ministry gifts. The anointing will come upon you to stand in these offices, too, if you are called to them.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:28
28 And God hath set some in the church, first APOSTLES, secondarily PROPHETS, thirdly TEACHERS, after that MIRACLES, then GIFTS OF HEALINGS, HELPS, GOVERNMENTS, DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that
is given to us, whether PROPHECY, let us prophesy
according to the proportion of faith;
Or MINISTRY, let us wait on our ministering: or he
that TEACHETH, on teaching;
8 Or he that EXHORTETH, on exhortation: he that GIVETH, let him do it with simplicity; he that RULETH, with diligence; he that SHEWETH MERCY, with cheerfulness.
You can stand in more than one office, but you need to find out where you are and what your office is and yield to that. Then God will use you, and you will excel in your calling.
God didn't call us all to do the same thing. Sometimes we ministers try to be a jack-of-all-trades and we become the master of none. We try to do too much, we spread ourselves too thin, and the anointing's not there to do it.
That's the reason people get in trouble: They try to function in an office to which God didn't call them. They do something just because somebody else is doing it. And that is very dangerous.
I remember something that Brother Howard Carter said. He was a great teacher and a great man of God. I never knew him personally, but I had an opportunity to hear him preach once in Texas. After the service, I met him. He was about 70 at the time, and he lived to be over 80.
While we were talking, a woman came up to him, asking, "Brother Carter, would you pray for the healing of my child?"
He answered, "Go get my wife to lay hands on her. God doesn't use me much along that line, but nearly everybody she lays hands on gets healed, and nearly everybody I lay hands on gets baptized with the Holy Spirit." (That's a good combination, isn't it?)
I'd seen him take 19 people into a side room that night,
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speak a few words to them, lay hands on them, and all 19 of them began to speak in tongues the minute he touched them.
He said, "That's my ministry. That's where my anointing is. My wife's anointing is to lay hands on the sick."
When the woman left to look for Sister Carter, Brother Carter turned to us preachers and said, "Of course, I could have prayed in faith for her child, but if somebody's anointed to minister that way, it's a whole lot better."
Yes, he could have prayed the prayer of faith — any one of us ministers standing there that night could have prayed the prayer of faith and laid hands on the child. The laying on of hands belongs to all believers according to Mark 16:17,18.
But what was Brother Carter recognizing? He was recognizing that in the ministry some of us are anointed to do one thing and some are anointed to do another, and if we'll excel where our anointing is, we'll be a greater blessing to the Body of Christ.
No one is going to do it all. We need each other. I praise God for every ministry called of God and anointed with the Holy Spirit.
The Offices of Evangelist and Exhorter
Actually, the healing ministry — the gifts of healings (1 Cor. 12:28) — should go with the office of the evangelist.
The Word of God also talks about the office of the exhorter (Rom. 12:8). We usually think of exhortation as being part of all these other offices, but there is a specific office of exhorter.
Those whom we call "evangelists" often are exhorters
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(I know it would hurt their feelings to tell them that).
The word "evangelist," however, is used only three times in the New Testament: (1) "Philip the evangelist" is spoken of in Acts 21:8; (2) the gift "evangelist" is listed in Ephesians 4:11; (3) and Paul told Timothy to do "the work of an evangelist" in Second Timothy 4:5.
Philip, then, is the only model other than Jesus that we have for an evangelist.
In the early days of the Church, we see that Philip went down to Samaria and preached with great miracles resulting. At that time, however, as we will study in Chapter 8, Philip was still a deacon.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and
preached Christ unto them.
And the people with one accord gave heed unto those
things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles
which he did [which HE DID!].
For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out
of many that were possessed with them: and many taken
with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
There's no doubt Philip was anointed by the Holy Spirit. Many who had the palsy were healed, the Bible says. Many who were lame were healed. It doesn't mention anything about anybody else being healed, but those healings were enough to attract attention to Jesus. People got saved, "and there was great joy in that city" (v. 8).
Notice that not all of the people were healed. Verse 7 says "MANY. .. were healed." If everybody had gotten healed of all kinds of diseases, the Bible would have said so.
The Bible says of the ministry of Jesus, "And Jesus went about all Galilee,... healing ALL manner of sickness
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and ALL manner of disease among the people11(Matt. 4:23).
It's very interesting to notice how Jesus ministered. I wish we had time to trace it. Jesus ministered under the anointing in all five pivotal offices. Because Jesus had the Spirit without measure, all manner of sickness and all manner of disease were healed under His ministry, as we have seen.
Remember, Acts 10:38 said, "How God ANOINTED [there it is again] Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil."
But any teacher of the Word could teach God's Word, or any preacher of the Word could preach God's Word, and people could believe that Word and be saved and healed without any transfer of anointing. (Of course, it's the Holy Spirit who anoints the teacher and preacher.)
Ministering under the anointing, however, is a different thing. God uses people differently. Notice that under Philip's ministry, "unclean spirits. . . came out of many... and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed."
Why? Because Philip was gifted to minister only in those areas of healing.
Our RHEMA Bible Training Center students all have read F. F. Bosworth's classic book, Christ the Healer. I knew Bosworth. I've talked to him personally. He was 77 years old the last time I talked to him, but you'd have thought he was 55 just to look at him.
I heard him minister in another man's meeting. Bosworth would teach in the daytime and this other man would minister in the night services.
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Bosworth would say, "Anybody who's deaf or has any ear trouble, even if you've had an operation and had your eardrum removed, come up here and I'll lay hands on you and you'll be healed." Every single one of the people Bosworth prayed for — without fail — got healed.
Bosworth said, "I can't tell you why — I don't know why — but God uses me along that line. I usually never fail to get a deaf person healed, or one whose hearing is impaired healed, or God will put a new eardrum in there if they've had an operation." Bosworth was endowed by the Spirit to minister in that area.
When Bosworth said he didn't understand it, that started me thinking. If there's something I don't know, I'll stay up day and night and burn the midnight oil until I find the answers. That's just my nature.
We ministers used to compare notes at Voice of Healing conventions that were held during the great Healing Revival. One preacher had great success in getting "deaf and dumb" (mute) people healed. Another said, "I don't remember of one deaf or dumb person being healed in my ministry, but nearly every blind person I lay hands on gets healed." The first man, who got deaf and dumb persons healed, couldn't remember of a blind person ever being healed under his ministry.
In comparing notes, I discovered that I got more people healed of cancer (usually in tumor form) than all the rest of them put together. I'd seldom fail along that line with a tumor or growth in those days; that's where my gift lay.
Minister where your anointing is — find out where it is.
Chapter 6 The Anointing To Preach
I remember how it shocked my Grandma when I announced, "I'm going to be a preacher."
Grandma said, "Why, son, you can't preach — you can't talk!"
It was true. Because my heart didn't beat right and I would pass out if I tried to exert myself, I had learned in my younger years to sit around and keep my mouth shut.
In fact, the year before I became bedfast, Grandpa Drake said one night at the supper table, "I saw your teacher Miss Bessie Mae Hamilton today, and I asked, 'How is Kenneth doing?'
" 'Oh,' she said, 'Mr. Drake, he's just like he always was. If you waited on him to say anything, he'd never say anything. In fact, he could miss the class and nobody would ever know it.' "
That put an idea in my mind! I decided to try that out. I had only two classes in the afternoon — Miss Bessie Mae's and another — so two or three times a week I'd play hooky and go to the show.
You know, they never did miss me. They never counted me absent. Of course, after I got saved, I quit doing that. When I went back to high school after my healing, I never missed a day. But that's how quiet I was.
After I was saved and healed, I began to preach as a young Baptist boy preacher. I knew I was called to preach, and the anointing to preach would come upon me. I didn't have any anointing to teach, and I didn't like teaching.
I'd pray, study, and prepare sermon outlines — and I've got nearly all of them still. I don't preach some of them
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anymore, but they represent all the light I had then. (God will bless you because you're walking in all the light you have.)
The first time I preached, I preached 45 minutes. Some beginners go 10 or 15 minutes. I went 45. And I've been going ever since!
For a number of years I was a preacher — and, oh, I could preach! I was a preaching machine! I liked that anointing! When it came upon me, I'd preach so hard and fast, the congregation would say, "Slow down! Slow down! We can't get half of what you say, you go so fast."
I didn't have the baptism in the Holy Spirit then, but I had the Holy Spirit in me, and an anointing would come on me, because I was called to that office. (In the Old Testament, too, the anointing came on people to stand in certain offices.)
The Glory Cloud Manifests
I could relate some phenomenal things that happened when the anointing to preach came upon me as a young Baptist boy preacher.
One Sunday night I was preaching an evangelistic-type sermon from James 4:14, where James asks, "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. "I'd been preaching about 15 minutes, anointed by the Holy Spirit, when the power of God came into that church auditorium and filled it like a cloud.
I could not see a single member — I was in the cloud. I could hear the sound of my voice, but I didn't know one word of what I said. For 17 minutes — I looked at my
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watch — I couldn't distinguish a word.
Finally I could see people on the first three rows of seats. Then the anointing began to go away. It was just like a cloud lifted from the whole group. I didn't say anything about it; I closed the service normally.
Several days later I asked a very spiritual old gentleman who had been there, "Was anything different about the service Sunday night?"
"Well, why?" he replied.
"Well, you tell me if there was, and then I'll tell you why."
He said, "Well, the only thing was that people have been talking about it all over the community. It seemed like your face shone. It didn't look like you — it just looked like the face of an angel."
Then I told him about it. I told him I hadn't known one word I said for the last 17 minutes of the service, the anointing was upon me so. That's all a work of the Holy Spirit: the anointing and the glory cloud.
The Anointing Increases
After being baptized in the Holy Spirit, I entered into a greater dimension of the power of God, and that anointing to preach increased.
There is a scriptural basis for this: Elisha desired a double portion of Elijah's anointing. Elijah was anointed by the Holy Spirit to stand in the office of prophet, and Elisha had a double portion of that anointing — a greater anointing, in other words, to stand in the same office.
After I was baptized with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues, I didn't announce it to my church. I followed
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that anointing in me that teaches you all things.
Something on the inside of me said, "Don't say anything about it in church." So I never mentioned it; I just went right on with our services in that little country church.
It wasn't 30 days until people started saying, "What happened to you?"
"What do you mean, what happened to me?"
"Well, you're different," they said.
"What do you mean, I'm different? Is it good or bad?"
"It's good," they said.
"Well," I said, "what is it? What do you mean?"
"Oh, you've got power you didn't have before. When you preach, you have power you didn't have before."
I had been anointed to preach before, but now the anointing to preach was increased.
The people said, "When you preach now, it almost knocks us off the seats."
They didn't mean I was a hard preacher — it was just the power behind the preaching.
One member of the congregation was a Presbyterian. Ours was a community church — the only church in the community — and 85 percent of the people were Baptists.
This Presbyterian gentleman was wealthy even for that day. He owned many acres of land. All of his children were grown and married. Just before he and his wife left on a tour to Europe, he had heard of a couple in the community who had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and he had announced, "If that talking in tongues gets in here, I'm pulling all of my folks out!" There were seven families of them.
While he was in Europe, I received the baptism. When
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he returned, he asked another member, an elderly Methodist man, "What happened to our little preacher while I was gone?"
This Methodist gentleman was a spiritual giant. He told me he had answered, "Oh, has something happened to him?"
"Yes, it sure has," the Presbyterian said.
"What do you mean?"
"Well, he's a better preacher than he used to be."
"Yeah, but he's more powerful now than he ever was before. He's got a power he never had before."
I had shared my experience with the Methodist man, although I hadn't told it publicly, because I didn't want the church split.
So he said, "Mr. C, you know what happened to our little preacher while you were gone?"
"He got baptized with the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues!"
The Presbyterian dropped his head, and the Methodist didn't know if he was about to announce he was pulling out or not.
But we never lost a member, we never lost a family. They saw the value of the experience.
The Presbyterian announced, "I've heard him preach before, and I've heard him preach since, and I want it!"
Ninety-three percent of them followed me in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the other seven percent still attended.
Although I would be anointed to preach, that strong
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anointing with the glory cloud didn't happen again in my ministry for three more years. During those years I had been baptized in the Holy Spirit, had come over among Full Gospel people, and was pastoring a little church in the black land of northcentral Texas.
One Sunday night I was preaching away on prophecy — it was the second Sunday night of September 1939 — and the anointing came upon me. I don't know what I said, and I couldn't see anything or anyone. It was as if a cloud or dense fog filled the church.
When I came to myself, I was standing down in front, off the platform. That was the first time I'd ever done that. In fact, my wife had said, "I believe you could preach standing in a wash pan," because I never moved from behind the pulpit when I preached. I had been trained that way when I was a Southern Baptist.
But here the glory had come down and I didn't know one word I had said for 15 minutes. I had been in the glory cloud. When I found myself walking around the altar, I got so embarrassed my face got red, and I ran back on the platform, got behind the pulpit, said, "Amen. Let's pray," and gave the invitation.
When the Anointing Is Present
Every sinner in the church came and got saved. We had revival that night! Twenty were baptized in the Holy Spirit that night. That may not sound big now, but back in 1939 if we had half a dozen saved and three baptized in the Holy Spirit, we thought we had a landslide.
In that service everybody who didn't have the baptism was baptized, and everybody who was lost or backslid got
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back to God. It wasn't my preaching that did it; it was the anointing.
The glory cloud still appears quite frequently in our healing meetings and other services. People have seen it. It comes in and fills the room.
Sometimes when I am preaching or teaching, it comes in and absolutely blocks everyone from view. Most of the time it just hangs above their heads. It is at times like these that people receive healing without anyone ministering to them, because the anointing is there.
Sometimes the anointing comes into visible manifestation. Do you think it wasn't visible when the house started shaking where the early Christians were praying? And when that jail at Philippi started shaking and every door flew open, it came into manifestation again as a result of Paul's and Silas' praying.
I have the anointing of the Holy Spirit in me all the time, as any believer has, but we're speaking here of an anointing to preach.
I don't preach much anymore — I mostly teach — but I like the preaching anointing. I love it.
It's different from the anointing to teach. It feels different. It's more exuberant. It's the same Spirit, but a different anointing. Thank God for the anointing to preach! If I had any control over it, I'd bring on that anointing to preach often, because I like it.
The difference between preaching and teaching is that to preach means to proclaim, but to teach means to explain.
Once in a while, that anointing to preach still will come on me. If you've never heard me preach, get my tape "El Shaddai." I'm preaching on that one, not teaching.
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I preached "El Shaddai" years ago at a Full Gospel Business Men's meeting near Washington, D.C. The special singer was singing the last song, and I was sitting there on that platform minding my own business, ready to give my testimony about going to hell, when something like a cloak came on me. It fit over me like an overcoat. It was this anointing to preach. You talk about a fellow feeling "preachy"!
Remember, Elijah threw his cloak over Elisha, signifying that the Holy Spirit was coming on him in that way: just like a mantle was on him, and that's the way it was with me. After all, these Old Testament types and shadows were fulfilled in the New.
When they turned the service over to me, I didn't have my sermon notes on "El Shaddai," but the anointing was there to preach, so I just took my text and took off. We had a service!
Chapter 7 The Anointing To Teach
Even though I wasn't a teacher to begin with, I always had the greatest respect for the Word of God, and always was very studious. I spent hours studying and reading, digging things out for myself in my early years as a pastor, but I didn't teach those things. I had no unction or leading to teach.
I did teach a Bible class in the church, however. That's the custom in most Pentecostal churches. Sometimes Full Gospel, Pentecostal people criticize denominational people for formality and ritualism, yet Pentecostals are bound with customs! They'll fight for their customs. All these things are bad.
I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and spoke in other tongues in 1937, and in 1939, as I say humorously, I received "the left foot of fellowship" from among the Baptists and came over among the Pentecostals. My wife and I accepted the pastorate of a little Pentecostal church in North Texas.
The people said, "It's a custom that the pastor teach the men's Bible class and the pastor's wife teach the older ladies' Bible class."
"Well," I replied, "I just changed the custom." I hadn't been around Pentecostals too long at that stage, and I thought they were all sprouting wings. I found out later those were just their shoulder blades sticking out. They weren't about to grow any wings. And I found out if you start changing their customs, you're in for it.
So I had to maneuver and speak softly, but finally I got it over to them that my wife didn't teach. They said, "Well, we'll tell you what we'll do. We'll just combine the
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older men and the older ladies and have an auditorium class, and you teach it." I'd rather have done almost anything else, but I taught it.
I never was so glad of anything in my life as I was when that class was over each Sunday morning. I'd lay that teacher's quarterly down and say, "Whew, now I can relax for another week."
I so detested teaching that I wouldn't look at the Sunday School quarterly for the whole week. Sometimes I didn't pick it up to study it until just before the class started the next Sunday morning!
I could get by with that because I had developed a unique ability — after I was born again — of being able to read something once and never forget it. I didn't have that talent before I got born again. But afterwards I could read a chapter in my high school history book once and recite it word for word for the teacher. It was because I learned to walk in the life of God. Doing that will increase your mentality. I could hardly remember anything before.
So I could read the teacher's lesson once from the quarterly and rattle it off. Then I'd say, "I'm glad that's over! Now I can get back to preaching!" And I'd preach up a storm, going like an air hammer, waving my arms like a windmill. (I thought it wasn't preaching unless you did that.) I was a preacher, and I loved it. I'd have rather preached than eaten.
I preached for nine years. All I had was the evangelistic message. I never preached anything else. I didn't have anything else!
But I remember one Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. (The year was 1943. I had been preaching since 1934.)
I'd been lying down. I walked across the parsonage
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living room and into the kitchen for a drink of water. As I was coming back across the living room, right in the middle of the room, something dropped down on me and inside me. It just clicked down on the inside of me like a coin drops inside a pay phone. I stopped dead still. I knew what it was. It was a teaching gift. The anointing to teach had dropped inside me. I said, "Now I can teach."
If I get any gift from God, I prove it out first, and I would encourage you to do the same. Prove what you've got from God, and then you can talk about it. But if it's never proved, proclaiming it won't make it so. I never said a word about having the anointing to teach.
We had a little prayer group of seven or eight women who met Wednesday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the church. People would turn in requests and they would pray over the requests and pray about the church and the services for a few hours. My wife always met with them, and I usually met with them.
We trained this little group to pray. They became expert prayer warriors. If you didn't want something, you'd better not turn in a prayer request to them, because they'd get it for you!
I suggested to them that we have a Bible lesson for an hour before our prayer time, but I didn't invite anybody else to come. It wasn't an announced meeting.
I started teaching those seven or eight women, and the anointing would come on me. I hadn't known you could stand in one spot and just teach the Word and get that strongly anointed to teach. I thought you were supposed to be hollering at the top of your voice, waving your arms like a windmill, and "spitting cotton," as in preaching.
But just standing there with a handful, teaching them
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the Word, the anointing would come on me so strongly I couldn't stand it. I'd have to say, "Lord, turn it off — I can't stand it anymore!"
You talk about getting blessed! It was like getting hold of electric current. That anointing and the Word flowed out to the women. They went home and told their husbands and others. Still we never announced the Wednesday afternoon Bible study. Nobody was invited to come.
But people started coming Wednesday afternoons in spite of the fact that we had regular Wednesday night services, too. The women's husbands would take off from work to get in on that afternoon service. It wasn't long until we filled the building. We had a bigger crowd Wednesday afternoon than we did Wednesday night!
I proved my teaching gift. It worked. I started out by faith and kept going, and the building filled up in the afternoon. That proved the gift, didn't it?
I began to do more and more teaching as a pastor until the ratio was probably about half teaching and half preaching. Now I seldom get the anointing to preach anymore. Thank God for that teaching anointing! It's a little different, but it's still the same Spirit who anoints you for whatever He calls you to do.
Chapter 8 The Anointing To Pastor
The word "pastor" appears only once in The King James Version. That's amazing, when it's such an important office and so widespread — more so than any other office.
The sole reference is in Ephesians 4:11: "And he gave some,... pastors ...." However, we can find references to this office elsewhere in Scripture because the Greek word translated "pastor" also is translated "shepherd."
Something else you need to understand to save you from confusion is the fact that the Greek word episkopos translated "bishop" is also translated "overseer," for they are the same word. Both words also mean "pastor."
In his farewell message to the elders, Paul said to the Church at Ephesus, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you OVERSEERS, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood" (Acts 20:28). These elders were pastors.
Great controversy has come concerning elders. Study Early Church history and you'll discover that the Greek word translated "elder" simply means "an older person."
In the beginning days of the Church, they didn't have all of the ministries listed in the New Testament. The only ministries the Church had in the beginning were the apostles.
Then came the great persecution in Jerusalem, and the early Christians were scattered abroad. They went everywhere preaching Jesus, and every one of them was a preacher.
Acts 8:5 says that "Philip went down to Samaria and