But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” David said furthermore, “As the Lord lives, 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. 1 Sam 26:9-11
The anointed king of Israel was Saul but he sinned and God rejected him as the nation’s ruler.
Samuel, the prophet, anointed a young David as king.
One thing stood between David and the throne – King Saul was still using it.
Several opportunities presented themselves to David to kill King Saul but he refused. He believed he should not “stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed.”
This phrase “the Lord’s anointed” prevails today. It becomes the base for not speaking against ministers, televangelists, pastors, and preachers.
I have abstained from speaking against other ministers because of it.
Certainly, false teachers and fake preachers exist today and people need to know about the poison they spread.
Jesus warned His crowd about the false religion of His day – Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (Luke 12:1), Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation. (Mark 12:38-40)
If I speak out against a “minister” to warn others of their false doctrine, I do not urge others to “kill” them, as in the case of David. It is a warning that needs giving. After all,
Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 2 Cor 11:14-15
The greatest weapon against false preaching is the true and pure word of God. It is the standard by which you compare the message.
Our war is not against flesh and blood, which means we must use spiritual weaponry.
Do not raise your hand against false prophets but raise your voice in Christ!