A Biblical Review of Mr David Oyedepo’s Anointing For Exploits Book

The Gospel According To The Impostor

It may be humanly possible to train a totally blind person to be an expert in aesthetic beauty of far-off, natural landscapes. In the spiritual realm, this is an impossibility. People who never met the Lord Jesus Christ, even after spending all their lives in seminaries and monasteries or ascribing unparalleled apostleship or bishopric to themselves, cannot rightly describe the work and Person of the Spirit of God. Jesus spoke of the impossibility of this in John 3:3 by saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Mr David Oyedepo is a man who has never been born again describing the work and the Person of the Spirit of God. He is here describing something he knows nothing about.

Readers are advised to pray for God’s illumination as they read Mr Oyedepo’s book and the comments in this short post. Since he very rarely correctly quotes the Bible, you can hardly get one single statement that conforms with the teachings of the Bible in all of the book. You can hardly see any relevance between his quoted Bible passages and the issues he is discussing at any one point in the book. Readers are advised to check that up each time they see any Bible passage mentioned in the book.

Quotations and passages from the book are both in italics and in red print.  My comments are in normal print.

I shall start this review from the first chapter of his book. In WHAT IS THE ANOINTING? he wrote:

Perhaps it is crucial to explain what we mean by the anointing, having behind our minds that the believer can get very little done without it, particularly if he does not know what it is, it becomes impossible to flow in it.

The anointing is a divine enabling. It is a much deeper encounter with the Holy Spirit than the baptism with evidence of speaking in other tongues. It is subsequent to the baptism, and definitely more profound.

Jesus, as Acts 10:38 informs us, was also anointed. First, He was born of the Spirit (representing New Birth), then He was baptised of John and the Holy Ghost descended on Him (considered as Holy Ghost Baptism). However in spite of these two spiritual experiences, Jesus could not do miracles nor excel in His Ministry until he was led of the Spirit into the wilderness, then, anointed and equipped for exploits.

The only statement in all of the foregoing quote that can be supported, ever so slightly, by the Bible is the short sentence at the beginning of the second paragraph: “The anointing is a divine enabling”. None of the other statements is within anything you can find in the Bible!

We can start by giving the Bible definition of the word anointing so readers can begin to understand a little of what I am writing here. This will be done by quoting the passages in the New Testament where this word is found and checking what meaning(s) the Bible ascribes to it in the passage(s). Using the King James Bible, the word anointing occurs only in James and the 1st Epistle of John:

James 5:14  Is any sick among you? 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

1 John 2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Since what Mr Oyedepo is describing in his book has nothing to do with sickness, I take it to mean he is talking of anointing in relation to 1 John 2:27.

So we can see that the only place where the word is used in the context of Mr Oyedepo’s book is here. And what does this Bible passage say about this word? It says, “the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you”. Who or what is it that teaches God’s children all things? Jesus answered that question in the gospel of John chapter 14 verse 26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”. I think we can say, even at this early stage, that the anointing, according to the Bible, is a Person. In fact He is the Third Person of the Trinity. He is the Holy Spirit Himself.

So from  a start, Mr Oyedepo’s phrase of: “having behind our minds that the believer can get very little done without it” cannot even be true in the least. “Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his”. Romans 8:9b. The Bible’s position is that there can be no believer without the Holy Spirit in the life of the person.  From this simple explanation the ludicrous attempt of Mr Oyedepo in describing the time when the Lord Jesus Christ was not ‘anointed’ becomes more glaring and pitiable. Mr Oyedepo is describing a time when the Saviour was without the Holy Spirit! Obviously Mr Oyedepo’s ‘Jesus’ was not God or at least was not God until He was ‘anointed’.

Apparently the first verse of the gospel of John and very many other passages of the Bible both in the Old and the New Testaments that testify to the eternity of the Messiah do not apply to Mr Oyedepo’s ‘Jesus’! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us ” rings no bell as being applicable only to the Lord Jesus Christ as far as Mr Oyedepo is concerned.

Readers are advised to go back to Mr Oyedepo’s first two paragraphs to see if what he wrote there can be applied to the Person of God.  According to Mr Oyedepo, anointing is some sort of a thing a believer flows into particularly if he knows what it is. However, the anointing, from the Bible, is NOT “a thing” or  a much deeper encounter with the Holy Spirit than the baptism with evidence of speaking in other tongues. It is actually the Holy Spirit Himself taking up residence in a believer.

Anointing, according to the Bible, comes on EVERYONE WHO IS TRULY BORN AGAIN. This is so whatever the level of knowledge or ignorance of the redeemed person. It is not dependent on the scholarship of the recipient or the amount of the Bible he has committed to memory. It is the only way by which God seals and preserves His own. The following passage in the book of Jeremiah attests to this:

“Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, says the LORD:

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, says the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more”. Jer 31:31-34. The prophesy  in this passage is repeated partially or fully in many other parts of the Bible such as 1 John 2:20, Hebrews 8:10-11 and John 6:45.

‘Anointing Being Deeper Than Baptism Of Holy Spirit’

 Readers may need to check for the additional facts of the ‘presence of the Holy Spirit  with the evidence  of speaking in tongues and which is more deeper than this experience and definitely more profound than it’  as asserted by Mr Oyedepo in 1 John 2:27.

Since these additional facts and conditions are absent from the only passage of the New Testament where anointing is found, they obviously are additional terms and conditions Mr Oyedepo must have brought from other sources.  The question then is whether we can find any such sources where anointing or any other terms with similar meaning or connotation with those of his additional conditions in the Bible.

The second chapter of First John is one of the best places to start. It contains a word, similar in meaning to anointing in 1 John 2:20  “But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things”. Can the reader spot where the additional facts and conditions of speaking in tongues  were specified in this passage? Apparently, not. These prior facts and conditions come from sources other than the Bible. They are from the occult, specifically from Kundalini experiences of Hinduism.

Mr David Oyedepo,  Word of Faith Preachers And ‘Anointing’

The next question that must come to mind is: even though Word of Faith and Prosperity preachers do not understand the meaning of  the word anointing,  why are they so intensely fond of it? The truth is it is used as a magic word, a catch-phrase, to allow them commit many unbiblical evils. It gives the impression to the biblical illiterate that there is something super special that the ‘anointed’ guru possesses that he does not have.

The guru, being the one who is so ‘anointed’, has the power to understand hidden things God would not readily allow His other children to grasp. This allows the ‘anointed’ to interpret the Bible in the way that he only can. By this he can bring in teachings that are forbidden by the Bible under the guise of ‘special revelation knowledge’ since he is the only one that has special access to God.  It allows the impostor to manipulate his followers and enact and enforce rules and worship procedures and beliefs alien to the Bible.

This presents him as being in a status above everyone else. Can you imagine anyone quoting the following Bible passage to Mr Oyedepo or other Word of Faith ‘pastors’ in their ‘church’:

“But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.

Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ” Mat 23:8-10

I asked her for her mother‘s picture, anointed it and cursed the foul spirit of cancer, commanding it to loose its grip over her.  She left rejoicing and jumping because she had received a prophet in the name of a prophet, so she was entitled to a prophet‘s reward.

What does the Bible have on things such as this?

“If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities”. 2 Corinthians 11:30

Can the reader remember a scene or two in the Epistles where Peter or Paul or Philips or James or John regaled their audience of an accomplishment such as this? None. If any miracles were performed, Peter and Paul knew they were not the ones that performed them but the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ. They dare not ascribe any glory of the achievement to themselves and they never did. Not so for Mr Oyedepo.

Can the reader pick out any part of this report that pointed out the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ? I can’t find any. It was all about the glory of the ‘prophet’.

The foregoing assumes the reader does not have any problem with the occultic practice of pouring libations on material objects and images and ‘cursing the foul spirit of cancer’.

Even in spite of the inappropriateness of the Bible passage to the situation at hand,  Mr Oyedepo would not be deterred from seizing any opportunity to assert his ‘prophethood’. Apparently Mr  Oyedepo does not know that abilities to perform miracles are not part of the proofs of a Biblical prophet. Fidelity to the word of God is the most important thing to the God of the Bible: sadly, this is the area Mr Oyedepo runs terribly short! The Bible never failed to remind us that miracles can and are being performed by people who have nothing to do with the true God of Heaven.

John (the Baptist) did no miracle is what we have in John 10:41 and, yet, the same Bible says there was never a man more noble, in the eye of God, than he.

The Holy Ghost is the gift. That you are born again is good, but your place cannot be secured until you receive unction. Haven‘t you heard it said in Proverbs 18:16 that “The gift of a man maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men”?   By virtue of your new birth, you are a new personality, a city set upon the hill that cannot be hid. But until you receive the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, you remain hidden in the valley. It takes the Holy Spirit to push you to limelight.

Every one of the above statements is an error or geared towards pride or deception. The statement, “That you are born again is good, but your place cannot be secured until you receive unction” is not supported by the Bible.  As pointed out earlier, receiving the unction of the Holy Spirit IS the same as being born again. The two do not come to a believer in two separate tranches.

And as for security, the Lord Jesus Christ taught that you are secured in Him the moment your sins are forgiven.  “My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand”. John 10:29 and “Blessed is him whose sins are covered” Psalm 32:1. So the notion that even though you are born again your position is not secured (whatever Mr Oyedepo meant by that) is not supported by the Bible. I must state that this security applies only to people who are indeed born again; not to anyone who has not really repented of his sins and received God’s free gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Son. This safety does not apply, of course, to people following fake jesuses and  heresies of Word of Faith or Pentecostal or charismatic pastors. John 8:24 makes this clear enough.

The statement,

“By virtue of your new birth, you are a new personality, a city set upon the hill that cannot be hid. But until you receive the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, you remain hidden in the valley. It takes the Holy Spirit to push you to limelight”

has no basis in the Bible. God does not give anyone His Holy Spirit in order to bring the person into any limelight. That is an object and purpose of Satan. The Holy Spirit is given to a child of God principally to enable the person to know God’s voice, receive His direction and carry out God’s will. Mr Oyedepo’s focus on limelight only confirms he is working for the god of the children of pride, not the One who described Himself as being meek and lowly in heart  Matthew 11:29.

By destiny, the last days‘ Church is a pacesetter. All nations shall flow into her (Micah 4:1-2). She will be so exalted that she will be the envy of men. If you want to have your portion in the outpouring and your place in the kingdom, you must embrace the good Gift…

The Lord Jesus Christ, however, said, “Nevertheless when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8. So, who do you believe: the Lord Jesus Christ saying there will hardly be any faith worth the name when He returns or Mr Oyedepo and his ilks promising unprecedented ‘outpouring’?

The Bible is consistent on what the end time will look:

In Rev 13:1,  He said, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy..

Rev 13:6-7  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations”

Paul, on his own part, was inspired by the Spirit of God to write:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Apparently Mr Oyedepo is receiving communications from someone else apart from the Inspirer of these words.

The fact in all of the Bible is that men shall grow worse and worse, bare-face apostasy, exemplified by false prophets such as Mr Oyedepo, would increase and dominate the visible ‘Christian’ space and many would be deceived to follow them, Matthew 24:5, Matthew 24:11 and Matthew 24:24.

Until you speak with other tongues, the Holy Spirit is not there. The siren that heralds the arrival of the Chief Executive of the day into your mortal body is, speaking with other tongues.

 I have never seen my biological heart before, but that I‘m hale and hearty, is a sure proof that it is functioning properly. Neither have I seen my kidneys before, yet, because I can go to the toilet without discomfort, I am certain they are in top shape.

Similarly, you have never seen the Holy Ghost before, so how can you convince anyone that He is in you? It is by speaking with other tongues.

Do you really understand what you have just read in those red letters? Mr Oyedepo is saying the God Almighty, The Creator  and Sustainer of Heavens, the stars, the planets, has to prove His presence in a place by rattling the cages! If there are no physical, theatrical or audible manifestations, it is a conclusive proof He is just not there!

We have proved on this site that the “tongues” Mr Oyedepo is promoting here are not only very different from the one in the Bible, they are mostly engineered by demons. Readers should read: “Tongues and Snake Oil Salesmen” and “A Biblical Study On Tongues” to understand what the Bible teaches on the tongues phenomenon.

The Rebellious Blind Guide of The Intentional Blind

If you need any other proof Bishop David Oyedepo is totally ignorant of Who God is and how He operates, this is it!  Here you see a man describing the Deity he knows absolutely nothing about! He is here ascribing known works of demons to God’s Holy Spirit!

Mr David Oyedepo is so thoroughly misled and deceived by the Devil he does not know his ideas of God are all opposite of what God says of Himself in the Bible!

By the mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ we have published so many sound materials as to the unbiblical nature of these statements on this site that there is no need repeating the refutation of these  erroneous and heretical assertions here. Readers are advised to call up those articles espousing the correct Bible teachings on tongues.

The Lord has preserved His truths for us in the Bible, particularly the King James Version. To avoid deception and the occult seduction being peddled by Mr Oyedepo and other preachers of Word of Faith, Prosperity, New Apostolic Reformation and Dominion doctrines, open your Bible and read it, preferably starting from The Gospel According To Saint John.

God owes no one any duty of backing errors and heresies coughed out by demons, just because they are dished out in His Name.

You cannot create  your own  jesus, get yourself ‘born again’ by it and then proceed from there as David Oyedepo and other Word of Faith people are doing. That is idolatry: forming a god and serving it. There is no godly  precedence for it in all of the Bible.

Word of Faith, Pentecostal, Dominionism and charismatic people are NOT Christians: they are NOT servants of the God of heaven!

They are a people deceived and empowered by Satan, thinking they can create their own ideas of God and worship Him in their own specially defined way. That is a gross violation of the first law: thou shalt not have another god beside Me.

Matthew 7:22-23 is in the Bible.


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