Lay Hands Suddenly On No Man

Prayer_by_Bluwi“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” – 1 Timothy 5:22

This verse is commonly quoted as a warning not to go around laying hands on everyone you see without being directed to do so by the Lord, less you pick up the bad spirits that they are trying to throw down and become unclean yourself. This is a real threat and an applicable message providing the context of scripture.

In Acts chapter 19, starting in verse 13 we read of several young men who scripture says, “took it upon themselves” to call those filled with evil spirits and try to cast them out. The demons replied with, “Jesus we know and Paul we know, but who are you?” Then proceeded to strip them naked and beat them until they fled. They walked pridefully into a situation that God had never sent them to, therefor they went without Him, without His power or His protection and that’s a place we never want to be in.

So should we be afraid to lay hands on people? Well that depends. Are you spiritually clean and is your heart pure before the Lord? If not, not only will you pick up bad things from others but you will also impart what’s not right in you to others as well. Are you fasted? Somethings go only by way of prayer and fasting. Are you acting in accordance with the office or calling God has placed on you? God commands the elders of the church to lay hands on the sick. Are you doing it in obedience to His voice and will? It God tells you to do it, He will empower and protect you through it.

However, there is a far less realized meaning to this verse then the more commonly discussed one mentioned above. Remember that Timothy was brought into Pastorship through the laying on of hands by his elders as depicted in 1 Timothy 4:14. Therefore Timothy was being warned not to be hasty to anoint people by the laying on of hands, into gifts, offices, and ministry without a direct command from God to do so over that individual, less they end up in places dealing with situations and temptations they were never meant and are not equipped to deal with. Being unprepared, untested, unproven, and unsent by God, they are easy prey for the enemy, being quickly led astray by the enemy’s snares of deceit, pride, and temptation. The latter end of them being worse then the former.

“A bishop (minister) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” – 1 Timothy 3:2-7

Therefore, unless God clearly tells you that He is ready to move someone into a gift, calling, or ministry, do not by any means take it upon yourself to do so less you send that soul out a sheep to the slaughter among wolves. Likewise, flee any service that offers quick, easy, corporate calls for importations of gifts, callings, mantles, and ministries by the laying on of hands of people you have never met before, much less been discipled by and will likely not hear from again. Don’t be fooled by the quick, easy, greedy, and prideful promises of men seeking to build their own kingship, if God does not call for the operation then the importation is an imitation. Seek the real thing with all meekness, humility, and long suffering. Take time to grow in wisdom and in the things of God, even as Christ, His disciples, and the founders of the New Testament church did. Also, like them, never take it upon yourself to act of your own leading, logic, or desire less you be led astray by the lust of the flesh and cause others to do the same, but rather seek God’s will and do nothing unless He permits.

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” – 1 Timothy 5:22

“Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.” – Hebrews 6:2-3

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One thought on “Lay Hands Suddenly On No Man

  1. On Saturday, I was being manipulated into laying hands onto a close friend, as he had chest pains. I also believe the way you see it – I was in a rather compromised situation and had to comply, against my better knowledge. On Sunday and even into Monday, I had severe chest pains myself and had to repent……….. Of course, I have shared this message from you with all of my friends. Not that it will make either of us very popular but Truth needs to be spoken.

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