Question: I want to know if we are still supposed to use anointing oil as they were doing in the Old Testament, or are we supposed to stop after Jesus was crucified. What is the right thing about this, as some pastors are making it look like it is now demonic to use anointing oil, please help!
Answer: First, let me correct something. Anointing oil was not just in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament times. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 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.” (James 5:13, 14)
The anointing oil was used in the beginning of the Church Age and it is still supposed to be used today just like James, under the inspiration the Holy Spirit, said we are to do.
It doesn’t matter if some church leaders don’t like what the Bible says, that is their problem. Jesus dealt with religious leaders like this when He was on earth. Maybe it embarrasses them to do what God commands, again that is their problem, not ours.
Nothing has changed from these simple instructions: If you are suffering, pray; if you are happy sing worship songs; if you have been sick and your prayers are not being answered for one reason or another, call the elders of the church to come and pray for you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The rest of the passage says: “And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:15, 16)
Once I was in Trinidad W. I. with the elders of a church, and we were called to a home where a lady had a severe abscessed tooth. She was anointed with oil and prayed over, and the abscessed tooth healed right away.
If you want healing, do it God’s way. If your elders won’t come and pray with you, get someone else who will. We have a wonderful true story of a lady who was in our church near death, who had flat lined twice—kidneys shut down, and in a coma in a hospital, who was healed by the prayer of faith. (If you are interested and want more information on healing, go to the full story about Marlene and how she was healed.)
Thanks for your question,
Gary T. Panell
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