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Are there two anointings?

Submitted: 6/2/2009
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Question: Is there a difference between high-priest anointing and royal priesthood anointing? Some teach that 'the anointing flows down' over a minister/pastor and then further down over believers/laymen. Moses is used as an example used by some who teach this doctrine. How does this relate to or harmonize with, if it does at all, a clergy/laity split? Would this not limit the Body if the flow of Jesus' anointing to minister and win souls is governed by a pastor? Thank you.

Answer: There is only one anointing which all believers receive when they are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Out of this one anointing come a variety of gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). The Bible says that these manifestations of the Spirit are given to each member of the body for the profit of all. There is no split between a so-called clergy/ministry and a so-called laity/the saints. Everyone God saves is called into ministry and anointed to serve. The entire body is a kingdom of priests (1 Peter 2:9).