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I am wanting your opinion on the following situation.

My daughter advised me that a visiting pastor gave our school the idea to anoint the school gates, doors and school lockers with oil in the shape of the cross.  I know anointing the sick and anointing kings and objects used in the sanctuary is biblical. 

What comes to mind is catholic practices and possibly paganism creeping in.

Recently I found out that during a Friday night agape dinner they had an anointing service which they prayed and passed a bowl of oil out for everyone to anoint their foreheads with oil.

Would love your thoughts on this. thanks.

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Here is what scripture has on it....

Exodus 30:25-33 King James Version (KJV)

25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy ointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy anointing oil.

26 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony,

27 And the table and all his vessels, and the candlestick and his vessels, and the altar of incense,

28 And the altar of burnt offering with all his vessels, and the laver and his foot.

29 And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.

30 And thou shalt anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

31 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, This shall be an holy anointing oil unto me throughout your generations.

32 Upon man's flesh shall it not be poured, neither shall ye make any other like it, after the composition of it: it is holy, and it shall be holy unto you.

33 Whosoever compoundeth any like it, or whosoever putteth any of it upon a stranger, shall even be cut off from his people.

In the New Testament we only find this in James: 

Jas 5:14  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 

Anything else is blasphemy.

why did the school need anointing ? 

Hi Jason,  I have no idea. I dont think many know it took place. 

Need to see why they did it or if makes sense what they were using to justify doing it.

Acts 19:"11 And l God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 l so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them."

It is by faith (absolute) trust in God) that all prayers, healing, miracles and manifestations occur.

The manifestation of faith enables the believer to do the impossible at his command or Word as he has been directed by the holy spirit to do by revelation. It is by the manifestation of faith that the other manifestations are manifested by the holy spirit. This is a co-operation with God The Father and The Son of God by the believer whether healing someone else or the person believing God for their own healing. 

There is no power in articles of clothing etc., but it has to do with the believing and trust and the temperature of believing, that phenomenon can occur (not an every day ocurrance, going beyond what is "normal or promised" etc.). God can and does empower such things at times. That is God's prerogative. We know that the Word of God is spiritual and powerful, and people have been healed just by reading and believing the scriptures, as well as believing and acting on the Word (Rhema) given to them by the spirit of God; there is the written, spoken and revealed Word of God (revelation/inspiration).

Again, oil in and of itself is just oil. By faith God instructed people to do things...Jesus anointed a blind man's eyes with his own saliva and the man was healed. There was a belief at that time that prophets had healing power in their saliva.

Why would the school need oil? If demonic forces were infiltrating the school, then by faith by prayer, commanding spirits to leave and or claiming a hedge of protection would be in order as again, inspired by the holy spirit (meaning the gift of God).

Here again, an individual's beliefs and faith have a lot to do with it. When miracles are occurring a lot in an area, the "temperature of believing goes up per se, meaning the faith is increased and then seemingly impossible or unusual things occur. Please; no reference to Kundalini or other counterfeit spirits, we know they exist, but we are discussing genuine faith in the people. Beliefs can be positive or negative and can affect the outcome in situations.

Witches and Satanists etc. use objects for cursing, sending demons out and as a "point of contact." These should be discerned by the spirit and removed if necessary and as directed by the spirit of God.

Not all healing is by miracles, sometimes it takes time, other times it just happens immediately and whamo; God pulled a great act of love and He gets the glory and this tends to increase faith in others and it can spread across a community etc.

Jesus taught a lot on faith and believing, but marveled at the Roman Centurian's faith, which he had not seen in Israel.

The following is from:

(At Capernaum.)
a MATT. 8:1, 5-13; c LUKE 7:1-10.

      c 1 After he had ended all his sayings in the ears of the people, a 1 And when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. c he entered into Capernaum. [Jesus proceeded from the mountain to Capernaum, which was now his home, or headquarters. The multitudes which are now mentioned for the third time were not wearied by his sermon, and so continued to follow him. Their presence showed the popularity of Jesus, and also emphasized the fact that the miracles which followed the sermon were wrought in the presence of the vast throngs of people.]

a 5 And when he was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion [The context shows that this centurion or captain of a hundred men was a Gentile, but whether he was in the employ of Herod Antipas, tetrarch not clear, neither is very important. The army of Antipas, like that of other petty kings, was modeled after that of Rome],

  c 2 And a certain centurion's servant [slave boy], who was dear unto him, was sick, and at the point of death.

  3 And when he heard concerning Jesus [The sequel shows that the centurion had probably heard how Jesus had healed the son of his fellow-townsman-- John 4:46-54 ], he sent unto him elders of the Jews [To reconcile Matthew and Luke, we have only to conceive of the centurion as coming to the edge of the crowd about Jesus, but modestly refraining from coming into the Lord's immediate presence.] asking him that he would come and save his servant. a beseeching him,

  6 and saying, Lord, my servant lieth in the house sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. [Because palsy is not usually accompanied with suffering, some think that in this case it was combined with tetanus or lockjaw, a combination not infrequent in hot climates. But Sir R. Bennet, M.D., speaks thus: "In this instance we have probably a case of progressive paralysis, attended by muscular spasms, and involving the respiratory movements, where death is manifestly imminent and inevitable. In such a case there would be symptoms indicative of great distress, as well as immediate danger to life." As to palsy generally, see Section 33, Section 35.]

  c 4 And they, when they came to Jesus, besought him earnestly, saying, He is worthy that thou shouldest do this for him;

  5 for he loveth our nation, and himself built us our synagogue. [The centurion evidently believed in and worshiped God, but, influenced probably by his profession, did not become a proselyte by being circumcised and conforming entirely to the Mosaic law. He was what later Jews would have termed a Proselyte at the Gate, and not a full-fledged Proselyte of Righteousness. The ruins of Capernaum show the ruins of a synagogue. It was a beautiful structure, built of white limestone, shows by its architectural features that it was built in the time of the Herods, and there is little doubt that it is the one which and healed.]

  a 7 And he saith to him [i. e., answering him as represented by his friends], I will come and heal him.

  c 6 And Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him,

  a 8 And the centurion answered and said, {c saying unto him,} Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof [not because his house was a poor one, for he was evidently well to do]:

  7 wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: a but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. [The centurion, well knowing that it was unlawful for Jews to go into the houses of the Gentiles, lest they should sully the sanctity which they desired to maintain, wished to spare Jesus any embarrassment. Whatever he may have thought of this custom with regard to the Pharisees, he attributed to Jesus so high a degree of sanctity that he accepted the doctrine as true in reference to him. The centurion showed his great faith partly by believing that Jesus could heal by a word, but chiefly in his lofty conception of Jesus as compared with himself. The less faith we have, the less we esteem Jesus, and the more faith we have, the less we esteem ourselves. As Jesus rises, we sink in the scale of our estimation. The centurion's faith would have been wonderful enough in an Israelite, but it was all the more wonderful when found in the bosom of a Gentile. The word "found" suggests that Jesus came seeking faith: he will come seeking it again ( Luke 18:8 ). The elders, little knowing the wideness of our Lord's vision and sympathy, supposed that Jesus would look upon the splendid synagogue erected for the Jewish people as a sufficient motive for granting their request. Even the apostles were slow to learn that at heart Jesus knew neither Jew nor Gentile.]

c 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under myself soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant [not a soldier, but a household slave], Do this, and he doeth it. [Having those over him, he knew how to obey, and having those under him, he knew how to be obeyed. He was familiar, therefore, with all the principles of obedience. Knowing from the healing of the nobleman's son, or from other reports concerning Jesus, that the realm of nature obeyed Jesus, he judged from his knowledge of earthly obedience that Jesus had those who could come and go for him, and who could carry his messages and enforce obedience to them. He felt that the presence of Jesus was not at all necessary to the healing.]

a 10 And when Jesus heard it, {c these things,} he marvelled at him, and turned and said unto a them c the multitude that followed him, a Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. [To some it seems strange that Jesus could marvel, but he had all the actual feelings of a man. However, we should note that Jesus is never said to have marveled but twice. In this case it was because of belief, and in the other ( Mark 6:6 ), it was because of unbelief. Those who think that Jesus gave or gives faith should note this fact. If Jesus had given the centurion faith, he could not have been surprised to find that he had it; and, if he failed to bestow it upon the people of Nazareth, it would have been inconsistent in him to express surprise at their lack of it. It would seem, however, irreconcilable with the character and affectionate nature of Christ, to bestow faith in such profusion upon this Gentile stranger, and withhold every spark of it from his near kinsmen and fellow-townsmen. Faith is no miraculous gift. Faith means no more nor less than belief; and a man believes the Scripture facts in the same manner and by the same processes that he believes any other facts.]

  11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven [Jesus here predicts the conversion of the Gentiles, since that fact is suggested to him by the faith of this centurion. The east and the west represent the extreme points of the compass in the directions in which the world was most thickly inhabited. But Jesus refers rather to geographical distances-- Malachi 1:11 ; Isaiah 49:19 ; Jeremiah 16:19 ; 8:22 .]

  12 but the sons of the kingdom [The child of anything in Hebrew phraseology expressed the idea of special property which one has in the thing specified, as, for instance, children of disobedience ( Ephesians 2:2 ). Jesus here means, then, the Jews, to whom the kingdom belonged by hereditary descent-- Romans 9:4 ] shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. [In this paragraph Christ's kingdom is set forth under the simile of a great feast, a familiar simile with Jesus ( Matthew 26:29 ; Luke 22:30 ). The Jews were accustomed to speak of the delights of the Messianic kingdom as a feast with the patriarchs ( Luke 14:15 ), but lost sight of the fact that Gentiles should share in its cheer and fellowship ( Isaiah 25:6 ). Marriage feasts and other great feasts of the Jews were usually held in the evening. Inside, therefore, there would be joy and light and gladness, but outside there would be darkness and disappointment, tears and bitter self-reproach ( Matthew 25:10-13 ). The despised outcasts should be brought in and placed at the festal board, while the long-invited guests--the natural and fleshly heirs of Abraham's invitation--would be excluded ( Matthew 21:43 ). Hell is absence from spiritual light, separation from the company of the saved, lamentation and impotent rage.]

  13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And the servant was healed in that hour. [In the moment when Jesus spoke, the servant was healed--not relieved, but healed.]

  c 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole. [The centurion, long before this when he was building the synagogue, had doubtless heard with delight concerning the wonderful works wrought by the mighty prophets in the olden time; he little dreamed that his own eyes should see them all surpassed.]"

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6.

Decades ago, in 1977 in San José, CA I was a “College Ambassador” with a certain ministry and was going to the store to get something to eat as I had a cold at the time. A man approached me wanted cigarettes, money, etc. and I told me to stay away from me. I walked away and I then heard his footsteps as he was running full speed towards me from behind. I had previously been praying and believing for a hedge of protection of 6 ft. by God as this was a rough neighborhood next to the Science building in downtown San José.

I told God “I don’t want to fight this man.” As I turned around my eyes met his and he hit a force field like an invisible shield at exactly 6 feet as I had believed for. For decades when I related this event to others I would say “He ran away faster than he ran towards me.”
A few years ago I thought about the event deeply, and realized that I had no memory of the man running away from me, that he just “disappeared.” The brain has a way of protecting itself from strange and or traumatic things which is a defense mechanism. That man simply was dematerialized and was transported somewhere else. This was a phenomenon, doesn’t happen all the time, but did.

The above is not told to glorify myself, for it was God who energized and performed this amazing thing that my brain would or could not fully grasp at the time. I am no better than anyone else and have no special anointing or gift ministry. All believers can operate the 9 manifestations of holy spirit, as we all have the same gift of God, the holy spirit.

You can believe God also for the impossible to come to pass according to His will. God sometimes really has amazing surprises up his sleeve to bless and encourage His people.

Exodus 40 

 9  You are to take the anointing oil and anoint the tent and all that is in it. You are to consecrate it and all its furnishings and it will be holy.

 10  “You are to anoint the altar for burnt offerings and all its utensils. You are to consecrate the altar and the altar will be most holy.

 11  You are to anoint the basin and its base and consecrate it.


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