Chris Rosebrough sure knows how to bend a scenario to his own will.

On his radio program, he was critiquing a well-known Pentecostal preacher who was teaching how there is sometimes an anointing to heal, but at other times we need to minister the Word that builds faith in people to receive healing.

Ever searching for something to pounce upon, Rosebrough picks up on the fact that, during a series of evangelistic meetings, the speaker said that, “I ministered each night with the anointing.”

Rosebrough, as he does, stops the message right there to interrupt with his own take on things. Here’s what he says…

“So he said he ministered each night with the anointing. Do you know what the Greek word for ‘anointing’ is? ‘Christos’.”

He then proceeds to call the minister a false christ because he mentioned the anointing of God to heal.

Do you get it? The minister says he has an anointing from the Holy Spirit to heal at a certain time, the word for ‘anointing’ is, according to Rosebrough, christos, therefore the minister is calling himself ‘Christ’. Must be a false christ, then, huh?

Can you believe that his listeners actually take this stuff in and swallow it – whole?

Cessationist blindness

Rosebrough, remember, is a cessationist, meaning he teaches and believes that God is presently withholding healing and deliverance from the world because we now have the full counsel of the Word, and no longer need the gifts, manifestations and anointing of the Holy Spirit to meet the needs of the people.

The minister in question, being Pentecostal, uses the word ‘anointing’ to describe what happens on occasion when we are ministering to people whereby the Holy Spirit equips us to meet their needs as He wills.

Perfectly Biblical. According to scripture it is the anointing that destroys the yoke of bondage.

We could call it the grace to minister, or the gift, or manifestation of the Spirit, but anointing also fits. We understand what he means – unless we are cessationists, that is.

A woman is healed through faith in the Word

In the situation the minister is describing, there had been an anointing, and many people had been healed or set free by the Holy Spirit through the minstry, but after this a woman in a wheelchair came forward for healing, but he knew that the anointing to heal had already lifted.

He told her this, but said that she could still receive healing through faith in the Word of God, and proceeded to teach her from scripture in Isaiah and 1 Peter that tells us that we are healed with the stripes of Jesus.

This encouraged the woman to receive faith and she got out of her wheelchair and began to walk around healed. You would think this would be cause for celebration, but Rosebrough, ever the skeptic, disregards the wonder of the healing, mumbling something begrudging about a medical report, and focuses on the fact that the minister had said he had ministered under the anointing.

“Do you know the Greek word for anointing?” Rosebrough asks, “Christos” he answers himself, and from this he supplants the notion that this minister then, because he spoke of an anointing to heal, must therefore be a false christ.

Do you see the ludicrous intention here? As they often do, the critics take a word, any will do, English or Greek, and form a semantic attachment with something subversive with which to titilate their already turned audience.

And, of course, having set this agenda, Rosebrough builds on this false premise of his own devising to attack a man of God who is actually teaching people how to receive faith by studying and acting on the Word of God.

What is the anointing?

In fact, the word, in this case, for ‘anointing’ in Greek is not christos, as Rosebrough claims, but chrisma, which is ‘an ungent or smearing, figuratively a special endowment of the Holy Spirit, an anointing, or unction.’

It is from the word chrio, which is ‘to anoint’ or, specifically, ‘to endue Christians with the Holy Spirit’.

The root is thought to be chraomai, which means ‘to furnish what is needed, to make use of a thing’. It is an endowment, then, from the Holy Spirit, to act on His behalf under His leading for a specific purpose. Totally Biblical.

1 John 2:20 You have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

All believers have received an anointing from the Holy One, which is a reference to the Messiah, the Christ, which is English for the Greek Christos, meaning ‘Anointed One’, and is another derivation of chrio.

We have been given the Holy Spirit in our lives to empower us as believers and as ministers of the Word and ministry of the Spirit, representing Christ in the earth today.

It is by the anointing of the Holy One that we are able to discern good from evil, and to minister according to the leading of the Spirit. He personally teaches us.

1 John 2:27 The anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

Jesus was anointed

Jesus Himself did not begin His ministry to Israel until He had been anointed of the Holy Spirit. He was our example in all things to do with the ministry to which he has called all believers.

Luke 4:17-19 He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Thereafter, Jesus’ ministry began, the very ministry He delegated to the Church after He ascended.

The anointing that was on Jesus He has endowed to the Church. We are the Body of Christ – the Body of the Anointed One. That is why we were called Christians. We have received the Spirit of Christ to do what Christ came to do as His ministers, in His name.

Ephesians 1:22-23 He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Jesus sent One exactly the same as He – the Holy Spirit – to be with us, in us, and upon us (John 14:16-17, Acts 1:4-5). We are to be endued with power from on High. That is the Promise of the Spirit. The empowerment is to be witnesses – evidence bearers – of the risen Christ.

Acts 1:8 “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Lack of knowledge revealed

What Rosebrough does is inexcusable. He claims that because the minister, any minister for that matter, says there was an anointing on their lives to carry out certain tasks in the name of Jesus, they must therefore be a false christ.

This is a preposterous argument, and not born out in scripture.

What Rosebrough displays is a lack of knowledge of the anointing of God and how the Holy Spirit works in and with and through the Body of Christ to bring the message of the gospel to the fallen world around us.

Throughout scripture, Old and New Testaments, God has anointed people for specific tasks. Under the New Covenant every believer has an anointing. We are all personally taught, empowered and equipped by the Holy Spirit.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

Again, the word for ‘anointed’ here is chrio. He has anointed us and sealed us with His Spirit in our hearts as the guarantee of redemption.

All this through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One, through His Spirit, who has anointed and equipped us for service.

What Rosebrough does to this minister of God is wrong. He has been caught out fabricating truth.

He is a pastor, so he knows what to do.