Anointing and Salvation; what is the Difference?

Anointing and Salvation are two different entities. Someone can be anointed by the Lord, but not saved by the Blood of Jesus. The essence of this message today is to clarify the difference between anointing and salvation.

I noticed that a lot of Christians suffer ‘big wounds’ in their heart when they hear the story about some powerful Pastors misbehaving in the church. Many people lost their faith in Christ due to the questionable attitude of their anointed Pastors.

Jesus is not pleased with such circumstances. “Then said He unto the disciples, it is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It was better for him that a millstone was hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.”

It is no more news that many anointed Pastors engages in adultery/fornication, homosexual, divorce and remarry, defraud church members, use of fetish charms (idolatry), drunkenness and other unclean vices.

Some people thought that the anointed Ministers would gain heaven despite the lifestyle they choose to live. How true is this school of thought? Let’s confirm the truth from the Bible!

What is Anointing and Salvation?

Anointing in this context is the “call to service”. I am making reference to the spiritual anointing that may not necessarily involve the anointing oil.

For instance, Jesus is an anointed Messiah. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…” (Luke 4:18)

Either anointing oil is poured on the head of the anointed or not, he is being chosen to the service of the LORD. For example; the Priests, Prophets, and Kings were anointed using the anointing oil in the Old Testament. They were called to represent the authority of God in the lives of the people.

While in the New Testament, the anointing oil for ‘call to service’ was unnecessary. The most important duty of the anointed person is to minister the message, power and authority of the Lord to the lives of people.

Anointing and Salvation is different.

Salvation is the spiritual deliverance from the stronghold of sin and death. Salvation involves the transformation of the body, soul and spirit to obey God’s will.

The saved person is someone whose lifestyle is totally controlled by the Holy Spirit. The choice of the flesh and the things of the world do not influence the character of someone enjoying the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Major Differences between Anointing and Salvation

  1. Anointing is Duty while Salvation is Repentance

Anointing is ‘Call to Duty’ while Salvation is ‘Call to Repentance’. An anointed person can perform his duty as a Prophet, Pastor, Evangelist or Teacher and may not necessarily answer the call to repentance.

That is the main reason a Prophet would minister in a crusade filled with God’s miracles and healings, but in his guest room there are some women waiting to minister adultery to him. Such Prophet obeys the call to duty (anointing), but disobeyed the call to repentance (salvation).

Anointing and Salvation are two different ‘lives’!!

  1. Anointing is not debatable while Salvation is debatable

Anointing and Salvation cannot be the same, because anointing comes from the Lord. You don’t have any choice to turn down the anointing from the LORD. You can’t know when God plans to anoint you.

Many were anointed from the womb of their mothers, so they have no choice of rejecting the anointing. The anointed can perform wonders without having the experience of salvation.

But, salvation is a planned work of God which the anointed have the power of choice to accept or reject. You may choose to accept the terms and conditions of God’s salvation or pretend you don’t understand the deal of His salvation.

For instance, Samson was anointed from the womb, but he refused the standard salvation of the LORD. Samson made love with idolatrous foreign women. His anointing frustrated the Philistine, but his lack of salvation short-lived his relationship with the Lord (Judges Chapter 16).

The Apostles were anointed and they performed miracles when Jesus sent them for evangelism. Judas Iscariot was anointed, but he chose not to surrender his greedy life to Jesus…

Don’t be surprised when a non-Christian performs miracles, healing and so on. He was anointed but not saved!

  1. Salvation leads to Heaven but Anointing does not

Anointing and Salvation can be a good combination, but they manifest independently. An anointed person can be punished by the LORD, but a saved person cannot suffer punishment in hell.

For instance; King Solomon was an anointed King, he did great works assigned to him by the LORD. But, the King chose to disobey the commandments of the LORD. (Salvation is a matter of choice.)

King Solomon enjoyed ‘the world’ and his heart swayed into idolatry. Though he was anointed, but God punished him.

” And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon… (1King chapter 11)

The Threat of the Anointed Minister without Salvation

Many anointed Ministers of God in our generation had turned to be a big stumbling stones! Some of them sing good inspirational music but cling to devil for fame.

Some anointed Ministers perform great miracles, but their hands are soiled with sexual sins, love of money, charms (idolatry) etc. Their anointing cannot save them from eternal punishment. Am not judging, but saying the truth I heard from Jesus!

Jesus says: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! ‘”

Anointing and salvation are not the same, so don’t be deceived by anointed ministers who lack the salvation of Jesus Christ.

When you intend to correct them, they shout and scare you with statement such as; thou shall not judge…!

Yea, I won’t judge them, but, I would love to remind them the warning of the Lord: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)

They do well in the work of the LORD – Yes! It is their Call and Anointing. If they reject the salvation of the Lord, then their anointing cannot qualify them to dwell with the LORD in Heaven.

You can’t use your anointing to mock God; you will reap what you sow.

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)

It is not mandatory for everyone to pass through the anointing ‘classes’. But, the compulsory step to Heaven is the perfect obedience to the salvation of Jesus Christ.

About Ekundayo

I am an evangelist in the vineyard of the Lord since 2000 moving from one place to another to spread the gospel of Jesus.

6 comments on “Anointing and Salvation; what is the Difference?

  1. I thank GOD, for answering my prayer. I pray to Him, about Salvation and Anointing. Thank you for seeking GODS, Revelation of his wisdom and knowledge on the difference between salvation and being anointed. This truly gave me Confirmation of what the holy spirit was revealed to me, thank you and continue to seek the Revelation of GOD’s word.

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