“Mantles” laying on graves & transferable anointings

A whole teaching has sprung up around the area of  “having a mantle” —   A mantle is a cloak  or a covering cloth.

because it is a big thing taught in this river –   we need to investigate where this comes from biblically:  so  here we go-  it is found in 2 Kings 2   with the story of Elijah & Elisha

Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah andElisha were on their way from Gilgal. And Elijah said to Elisha, “Please stay here, for theLord has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel. And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from over you?” And he said, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

Elijah said to him, “Elisha, please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho. The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that today the Lord will take away your master from over you?” And he answered, “Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”

Then Elijah said to him, “Please stay here, for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.” 10 And he said, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” 11 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it and he cried, “My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.

Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. 13 And he took up the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.14 Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.  (ESV)

Here we see  a “passing over of the baton  of anointing” from one righteous & Holy man to the other   – we also notice from this passage that the same supernatural spiritual power is effective   in the parting of the water when the mantle or cloak struck the water- both men demonstrate this..  with the spiritual transference of “power”  & a double portion of Elijah’s spirit on to Elisha..

In the teaching in the River – this whole idea of mantles, transferable anointings  is based solely on this OT  passage…  it does not occur elsewhere in scripture.

 Elisha, having received the “double portion,”  goes on to supernaturally multipy oil, raised a child from the dead, made  a poisonous stew edible & multiplied food rations….  these things are echoed in the miracles that Jesus later does in the NT..

from my heart here is the question that cuts to the chase of  this teaching  .

Are we pursuing the POWER  demonstrated   or  the HOLINESS…?

both Elijah & Elisha  were considered OT prophets…   We know that the NT  is the new covenant & in a sense overwrites the OT-   the OT adds weight & understanding to the new…  whereby this story becomes a “foreshadowing of what is to come”

We have the Holy spirit – poured out amongst us  Acts 1 v 8  says: (ESV)

 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

Now we see, that the context of that POWER  is to do with making Jesus known to the ends of the earth –    it has nothing to do with power  for “powers” sake…

my concern with this emphasis  of teaching we are presented with in the “river”  is that it promotes  individuals to the understanding that they can have & wield supernatural power around…  my observation is that this can produce fleshy attitudes of elitism  “im more spiritual – than the next”   & superiority   “I have more ability to perform supernaturally  than you”  thinking…

It would never be admitted to of course. Coupled with immaturity – of one who has been sold this power trip as a hook to get in & get further on in this movement – it is completely evident that this is the case …

  Elijah & Elisha  were humble & holy men-  completely mature in  the things of God… notice that the sons of the prophets in 2 kings2 v 3  were not endowed with this mantle or anointing–   yet they would have been operating as maybe apprentices to the Holy men of God   – in the context of learning the ways & words of God they would have been in the loop so to speak…&  look at v 5  – these sons were instructed to hold back their prophetic knowledge  of that which  was to occur…   such self control…I believe if they had not done so they would have got busy whipping up a crowd to observe the supernatural happenings-  the whisking away of Elijah up into heaven,, A totally amazing sight which they were not permitted to observe –  standing some distance away…   how different from the attitudes of today when every Bethellite  sign & wonder seeker rushes in & pushes for more…  Awesomeness/wow factor

 On balance I think the teaching on mantles we have been sitting under is off base…. not in the least because a whole prophetic practiced has emerged from just one portion of scripture & also because the context we just discussed would most likely never be taught .     The aspect of “covering”  is a whole other issue.

Under the new covenent – with us being saved by grace – entering in to the inheritance of the saints & receiving the Power- the Holy Spirit  in order to make Jesus known to the ends of the earth – why do we need a transference of an anointing or a mantle back & forth between each  other?…  If we truly want everything God has for us – surely Christ Crucified & the precious Holy Spirit available for each one is enough? Furthermore, it is HE who gives these things-   In the River – the teaching is that the need for mantles & anointings are prophetically perceived –  people desire any anointing they want & then pray to receive it-  or have another suggest it is theirs & pray over them in a manner such as to receive it……   I know from my own circumstances that this whole mentality leaves the door wide open for control & manipulation- high suggestibility & panders to the desires of the flesh…  I have seen these things happen & play out…  in the end – when full blown-  it leads to spiritual abuse & demonic outworkings

Ultimately, the body, as a group of individuals is made vulnerable & weak instead of strong & established-  but at the same time a delusion ensues that the power obtained is “world overcoming”…  the reality is that people are enslaved to this perspective of needing a mantle or anointing before stepping out into anything &/or the teachings & touch of  the “spiritual ones”/ Gods Generals / Giants of the Faith-     who simply have demonstrated “spiritual power”  as a a sole authenticator  (If that is a word??) – instead of just being obedient to the word of God & living Holy & pure.  This is exactly why we saw people en masse rush from all over the world to the Lakeland outpouring in 2008  &  why they continue to pour in to Bethel Redding-  the mentality of that is recognised & honed by these leaders-   people are manipulated into getting to these “power hubs”  –

Is this teaching on mantles effectively saying that – that which father God has provided for us is not enough? when we must have the anointing at any cost-    where does that leave us?


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


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.


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?