Thursday, September 15, 2022

Commentary: The Anointing of Cloths


 by Guy C. LaMar

Just after the New Testament Church of God was built, the apostles and the evangelists continued the HEALING OF THE SICK, as well as preaching the true gospel!

And almost immediately AFTER the Day of Pentecost when the glorious Holy Spirit came down, Apostles Peter and John – in the name of Jesus Christ – healed the cripple and lame from birth – cf. Acts 3:1-11.

As a result, they were thrown into prison. After they were released they met with the other apostles and prayed earnestly to Father God, saying –

“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30) by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.’ 31) And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness – Acts 4:29-31.

Friends, this “boldness” will also come up in the second part of this commentary.

So, afterward, with the mighty power of the Spirit of God – so much so that even the Apostle Peter’s shadow passing over the sick resulted in their healing (Acts 5:15)! ALL THRU THE POWER OF GOD!

All those that came to these men of God – these ministers of Christ – for healing, PRAYER TO GOD, “were all healed” – Acts 5:16.

Philip the Evangelist traveled down to Samaria, and the sick were HEALED! – Acts 8:5-7.

Also, through the Apostle Paul’s ministry, the LORD our God healed the sick.

The demand on his time became so great – and many were at a distance he himself couldn’t reach and so desperately wanted to be healed – so God honored a SPECIAL MEANS. The Apostle Paul prayed over and anointed pieces of cloth – from that of handkerchiefs and aprons – and sent them to these requesting prayers for healing – and THEY WERE HEALED! – Acts 19:11-12.

We know and understand that through the same example, of laying on of hands for healing, the use of pure virgin first cold pressed olive oil is required. And, never forget – the pure olive oil – which has been blessed by God in which His true servants use in anointing has no power to heal. Also, there is no healing power that resides within the hands of the physical individual who is anointing – the healing power is not the audible prayer given – nor is there any healing power in the threads of an anointed cloth. GOD IS THE HEALER!

So, on the cloths, as a minister of Jesus Christ would on the forehead of the person with their hand (and NOT in the shape of a cross), so will the minister of Jesus Christ place some pure virgin first cold pressed olive oil upon a cloth.

Now, the LORD our God (the very Being who we know as our Lord Jesus Christ) is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) – and hundreds and hundreds in this 21st century are being healed by this very method – given to us in the living word of God!

All who request a special prayer are prayed for by a true and loyal Christian or one of the ministers of Jesus Christ. All who ask for prayers for HEALING are given special consideration and prayers.

Since it is impossible for a single minister of Jesus Christ in any one location to visit each of those who are sick in their homes or a hospital. The minister of Jesus Christ will pray over and anoint with pure virgin first cold pressed olive oil a piece of white cloth for each case – following the example given to us by the Apostle Paul – and this cloth will be mailed to the person who is sick and requesting it.

The anointed cloth is sent in a small plastic bag (because it’s been anointed with the olive oil which represents God’s Holy Spirit).

With Boldness of Speech

A person asked me – why did I use a particular word, which is considered offensive to the ears of a great many, in a recent sermon.

Here’s the skinny –

I was telling a story of a woman who was cheating on her husband sexually with another man.

This woman gets pregnant from this other man – while still being married to her husband.

She ABORTS the unborn baby.

Thus, in the eyes of our Eternal God, she has not only committed adultery, but she also is a MURDERER!

Yet, this woman is unrepentant and revels in her lustful actions!

Friends, where is her ACCOUNTABILITY!?

The Apostle Paul – under the inspiration of God’s Spirit – writes –

“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST: 19) whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is their SHAME – who set their mind on earthly things” – Philippians 3:18-19.

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on such “enemies of the cross of Christ”! 😢

The very definition of such a woman is found in the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
Slut \`slət\ n [ME slutte] (15c) 1 chiefly Brit : a slovenly woman 2 a : a promiscuous woman; esp : PROSTITUTE b : a saucy girl : MINX – slut∙tish \`slə-tish\ adjslut∙tish∙ly adv - slut∙tish∙ness n slut∙ty \`slə-tē\ adj
So, not only are a great many trying to change the very definition of “recession”! These same self-righteous people are trying to change the word “slut” to an “archaic” and “disparaging” – as in this new Woke Culture movement – a term that “belittles a particular ethnic, religious, or social group.”

Well, if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck – it is a duck!

It is a word that has been used by other ministers of Jesus Christ when speaking of such women. Sadly, that is what such a woman can be called.

Truly, there are a great many such words found in God’s living word – the Holy Bible – that don’t sit well with the sheltered fluffy fakes that claim that they read the Bible and know the truth of God.

To label such a sinful woman is not against God.

Our Lord and Savior Himself – while in the flesh – used some very abrasive and “disparaging” words in His description of certain types of people – e.g. calling them snakes and dogs.

There are a great many in this world that get too self-righteous in order to back up their own definition and ideologies of what words should be used and what shouldn’t.

May I suggest you do a word search of God’s living word – maybe using a Bible concordance – to see for yourself the many “archaic” words that are now, in this 21st century, considered vulgar or too “disparaging” – i.e. ass, whore, sinner, piss, dung. □

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