Laying on of Hands


LAYING ON OF HANDS                                                                   edited post/: original  on http://mkayla.wordpress.com/
which of course naturally occurs in the firetunnel experience..
lets root this back to the word.. of course, this has to be our starting & finishing place in making any & all decisions in & around our lives including that of being church ( obviously!)..

1 Tim 4 v 12 -14

devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

& 1 Tim 5 v 22
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

both these verses point to the conduct of people giving prophetic utterances over peoples lives have a high level of responsibility & recognised Godly authority.
similarly it could be a wise interpretation for the believer to consider “dont be quick in having hands laid on you”

to my mind the God we serve is very full, Jesus said he came to give us life in abundance this means if anyone endorses a persons’ spiritual calling or gifting (in the sense thats its already recognisable in the person) & hands are laid on as a permission giving/releasing/ blessing… the persons praying should demonstate at the least, responsibility & authority for the calling/gifting being endorsed..

if not, doubt, confusion can abound when the “thing” being prayed about doesnt seem to fit…. this results in an unGodly outworking…. as the person doesnt know what to do with it & it becomes & “issue” in their lives ( oftentimes they are also blamed for this personally too) in other words, it becomes a stumbling block.

Leaders have the responsibility to ensure that if they are endorsing someone for ministry, that that persons lifestyle matches up… if that person is in sin when it is exposed, it takes the credibilty of the person praying down with it too… ( thinks of Bentley’s Commissioning for example)

Leaders also further have the ongoing responsibility to provide opportunity & environments for that “thing” minstry/gifting/calling to flourish in a person – anything less makes the leader a “man of hot air words” If any anointing is transfered it is from Christ himself & is recognisable & evidential & fit for purposes that connect with the word of God… why should it be that anyone in the precious body of Christ receive anything less.

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 furthermore- the early church were taught that it was indeed possible for a spirit to be ” transferred” but they were instructed to keep themselves pure by not being too quick in laying praying hands on people… scripture admits therefore that something unGodly exists here & warns explicitly against it….

currently, sadly it seems the church at large is doing its level best to do the exact opposite

Impartation


To IMPART     means   to communicate information to someone     (cambridge dictionary)

Impartation is a big thing in this River…  any meeting you may go to may have a ministry session or impartation  session usually at the end & often combined with, instead of or alongside the Fire tunnel…

so lets look at it biblically – as that is our final authority:

Romans 1 v 8- 15 (HCSB)

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. For God, whom I serve in my spirit in thepreaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you so that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

Ok  so the context here is – preaching the Gospel – that is the first thing to notice.

so  the word impart could mean one of 2 things:

1)  Paul is saying here that HE is giving members of the church  spiritual gifts – to build them up  prophesy, discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues etc etc..  he prays – they receive the gift – they go use those new gifts to go out & do the same… – GIVE or IMPART a Spiritual Gift. or something of the Holy Spirit on to another…  This is how the concept of impartation is commonly understood in the teachings of the River in the present time

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2)  Paul is saying here that he is going to prophesy over the people, or have a word of knowledge in order to build them  up & make them strong..

  this too is again endorsed in River teachings – the seemingly endless ministry that goes on each with heavy emphasis on the prophetic…  but this is not seen as am impartation of a “mantle or anointing”  for a work of destiny   more of a confirmation of such

but….  from the text we see that Paul is speaking corporately…  he is not talking here as though he intends imparting individualised prophetic words for each person…  the prophetic insight he is imparting here is to do with the building up of the body of believers to keep them strong, encouraged & established.

Ok

so here is what this same Apostle  Paul  says in 1 Corinthians 12 v 4-11  (NASB)

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

taken together through these scriptures we can see that the impartation Paul speaks of is to do with example 2-   he teaches clearly that it is the Holy Spirit who does the distributing – the giving – the imparting…  it is unlikely then, in writing to the Romans  he would have meant that  it was him coming to GIVE them gifts that they could then take out & use  in the manner that “impartation” is contextualized today…with a specific anointing.    He was simply administering the gifts over them to make them strong & established, edifying the body  &  for why…   so that they could go out & Preach the Gospel…  that was his focus..

it seems obvious that the Holy  Spirit cannot be bounced from person to person, transferred from one to another in the ways we see being “manifested”.    The Apostle Paul – clearly did not do this….

The Holy Spirit  is a person, a comforter, all powerful but also gentle & a “gentleman” …  he does not overpower or overcome people against their will or “make” them behave in any ways that demonstrate lack of self control  … The believer has the free will to withdraw from him & he will respect that – he is not an oppressor & he will not HUNT people down. He does not seek worship of himself but promotes Christ Crucified, Christ Glorified.    if we see the very opposite of these characteristics being demonstrated as a “work of the spirit”   we need to be asking   – Which Spirit?

I believe  the impartation we see & are being told is the Holy Spirit is infact – a different spirit – we are under huge deception & delusion in the Bethelized church.

Arrgh! my church has aligned & partnered with Bethel Redding!


Here in the Uk in the last 4-5 years, the influence of Bethel Church Redding has steadily impacted the charismatic church .   My personal story is that  it was the leadership  who got very “enamoured” with all that was going on, starting just after the bubble of the Lakeland Outpouring burst..  People from my neck of the woods had been to Lakeland, & watched a lot  of it on TV.   They got “Hungry”  for what they felt God was doing…

Slowly through their persistent hype for Spiritual experiences  or what they would term “encounters” they introduced everything to the church that they could. Straight from Bethel…  we had dvd teaching by  Danny Silk on the culture of honour. Impartation & soaking sessions, spiritual drunkenness – wild manifestations of the spirit – reports of Glory clouds & Gold dust & Angelic visitations.  The introduction of healing rooms, exclusively sang only Bethel songs..  &  had a visit from BSSM students.   We went totally overboard on the prophetic & talked about the anointing a lot.  Did some treasure hunting, went through the Fire Tunnels, decided to set up our own supernatural school of ministry. & started talking just like them  about being whacked in the spirit & having breakthroughs

What we didn’t do was stop to weigh all these things against the full counsel of the scriptures… & we stopped talking about Jesus, the cross & resurrection – Sin & repentance. The focus became all about entering into God’s presence- the prophetic, Healings, miracles Signs & wonders….   Does any of this sound familiar?