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Can a thing like a song be “anointed?”
Since the OT is but a “shadow of the things to come, the substance/reality belonging to Christ” (a) and “these serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things” (b), and “since the Torah Law of conditional-favor has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true from of these realities” (c), it’s very possible that it is a misnomer to call a song “anointed” in the New Covenant. Maybe this is just another “tradition of men” (d) or “wind of doctrine” (e) blowing through the church. There certainly has been an obsession by the modern church to “borrow” practices from the old covenant (f), even though the New Covenant by definition and context says you shouldn’t be doing that! Maybe only composers and musicians can be “anointed” when God shows up and takes control, but it sure seems like whatever is produced in the presence of God “in/by/with His Spirit” would then be “consecrated, dedicated, or holy to the Lord” giving Him ownership. And that’s what 1 Timothy 4:4-5 says above: “For everything created by God is ongoingly good, and absolutely in fact not one is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is consecrated/made-holy by the means of the logos gospel message and/coupled childlike-confident prayer” – it’s our childlike, confident, even bold, approach to Father God that only comes through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ’s “Great News” logos gospel message of The Truth that consecrates or makes it holy, thus making it God’s. No special anointing ceremony is needed. <Notes> a) Colossians 2:17, b) Hebrews 8:5, c) Hebrews 10:1, d) Mark 7:8, e) Ephesians 4:14, f) see The Great Wall.
However, I think we can still say a “song is anointed” when it has been visited by God, simply because we as the children of God have boldly come before His throne into His presence by trusting-relying-faith in Jesus, not our own “might and power.” We didn’t put trusting-relying-faith in our own work to produce the song, but put our trusting-relying-faith in the Lord’s Spirit to produce it. We have put our trusting-relying-faith on the logos gospel message of The Truth that gives us this childlike, trusting, bold, confident approach to Father God. And we welcome what God creates as good; we receive it with thanksgiving because we know the Lord created it, not us. He only used us! Now what is made is consecrated, dedicated, and made holy to the Lord, and that defines it as “anointed.”
But if we are still under the Torah Law of conditional-favor and thus not in trusting-relying-faith, we “cannot please God” (a) because “whatever does not proceed from trusting-relying-faith is sin” (b). Then we are still in our own “might and power” flesh, having trusting-relying-faith in ourselves instead of God. Then the product will just be ours, and thus not consecrated, dedicated, or made holy to the Lord, and so it is not God’s property and therefore not “anointed.” <Notes> a) Hebrews 11:6, b) Romans 14:23.
Again, I believe Jesus that “a tree is genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko known by its fruit (a)” (b). If the fruit isn’t “sweet” from the presence of God, no matter how good it looks (or sounds) on the outside, maybe it’s just not originally anointed, or maybe worldly performers are not faithfully conveying the anointing because they are not anointed themselves. Some songs may look beautiful on the outside but rotten on the inside. This is the work of deceitful spirits common to many of the world’s songs and sadly too many Christian songs! Some songs may look plain or even ugly on the outside but be incredibly “sweet from God” on the inside, so we need to be careful not to judge by outward appearances (c). Some songs certainly stand the test of time, consistently bringing the “sweet” presence of God, even if performed by worldly musicians. But many Christian songs won’t stand the test of time even when performed in church by godly musicians. This certainly takes discernment by Christ’s Holy Spirit, which is trained by constant practice to distinguish from good from bad (d) – see New Covenant Ways – BT16. <Notes> a) karpos: outcome, b) Matthew 7:16, 12:33; Luke 6:44, c) 1 Samuel 16:7, d) 1 Corinthians 2:14; Hebrews 4:12, 5:14; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:10; Philippians 1:9.
The Church and its worship musicians desperately need to be anointed with the “living water” or “gold oil” of the Holy Spirit. They can’t experience the fresh, breath of God to zoe genuinely-live if they are trying to worship God with songs either written by uninspired men, breathed on only by their own creative “might and flesh,” or even if they were once songs breathed on by God “so many winters ago!” Not many people will survive on such “old, stagnant waters!” Trying harder by singing more of these “old” songs louder and louder with bigger and bigger bands with more and more lights and smoke machines is just more of man’s “might and flesh,” and will lead Churches no closer to zoe genuine-life. They are “broken cisterns,” because not only are they not filled with “living water,” they aren’t even holding “dead water” for long! We must repent by returning to “Living Water” music. We either need the older anointed songs to be breathed on freshly by God through a childlike bold, confident approach to God through gospel trusting-relying-faith and played by anointed musicians, or we really need to GO FOR THE GOLD and play completely different-in-kind “New Songs” or “Spirit-kind-of odes,” which are anointed, prophetic, and spontaneous! For too long Christian musicians have viewed such music to be strange, weird, super-spiritual, and the exception to the rule. We need to repent and make it the rule, the norm, the naturally-spiritual, and our common experience. Let’s go for it! See also Benefits of this Ministry.