Psalm 105:15 is one of the Scriptures most taken out of context in the Bible. Many have invoked the passage, “Do not touch my anointed ones, and do no harm to my prophets” as a means of skirting accountability for false teaching and for sin. Unwittingly, I have been guilty of callously spewing this scripture in the past to defend certain preachers. I didn’t do it because of defiance or an attitude of superiority, but because of my own biblical ignorance. I simply did not know the Word of God. Recently, I have repented and taken great steps to correct this.

Unfortunately, I am not the only one who ever has committed the error of misrepresenting Psalm 105:15. I’m sure each time someone does, it grieves the heart of God. An article by Watchman Fellowship’s Clete Hux called “Accountability: The Way to Touch God’s Anointed,” helped clear up this issue for me.

When studying Psalm 105:15, Hux says you will see that it has nothing to do with questioning the teachings of church leaders. In this context, rather, the words “touch” and “do no harm” refer to inflicting physical harm upon someone. Specifically, the phrase “touch not the Lord’s anointed” refers to David’s hesitance to kill King Saul when the opportunity arose. Previously, David indeed had rebuked Saul publicly, and he had done it more than once. CONTINUE