by Miss Mo
Late last year, I saw a video of Tyler Perry laying hands on Bishop T.D. Jakes. This video rattled my beliefs because it seemed unnatural that a Christian (and I use this word loosely) actor/movie producer will have the spiritual audacity to lay hands on someone that is so renowned in christendom. So I set out to do the research as to why this might be okay according to the scriptures.
Here’s what I found:
- 1 Tim 5:22 (ESV) – Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
- Mark 16: 17 – 18 (ESV) – And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.
- 1 Tim 4:14 (ESV) – Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
- Numbers 27: 18 – 23 (ESV) – So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him. Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall commission him in their sight. You shall invest him with some of your authority, which all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey.
From the scriptures it shows that for someone to lay hands on another, there must be some sort of authority, either spiritual authority or age as it says ‘elders’ in most of these scriptures. Now in the story mentioned above, I do not see or know of the spiritual authority of Mr. Perry over the Bishop, none the less in other not to be judgmental or speak what God has not asked me; I choose not to say that what happened was wrong. I thought I would be settled after this but it still did not sit well with me, so I kept searching and found these scriptures.
- Romans 14: 14-19 (ASV) – I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself: save that to him who accounted anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For if because of meat thy brother is grieved, thou walks no longer in love. Destroy not with thy meat him for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of: for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he that herein serveth Christ is well-pleasing to God, and approved of men. So then let us follow after things which make for peace, and things whereby we may edify one another.
- 1 Thess5:21-23 (ASV) – Quench not the Spirit; despise not prophesyings; prove all things; hold fast that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
- Phillipians 4: 5-8 (AMP) – Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
In these 3 scriptures, I found that there is a ‘keeping in peace’ when we make that decision to walk in Christ’s standard. When we are tempted to do things that are not directly addressed in the scriptures or we are involved in situations that either seems okay or sometimes it does not feel quite right; remember these three scriptures. The reality is if you are a child of God and commune with Him, depending on where you are in your relationship with Christ, you would know because if it were right, you most likely would not feel a tugging in your spirit.
Bottom line: Fret for nothing…abstaining from all appearances of evil… that your good may not be evil spoken of… so your light may shine to all men… and your heavenly father will be glorified…