The Danger of Laying on Hands??? (2013)

Just Thinking Special ModeBecause of the name of the blog site, A PLACE CALL AGAPE, some of has come to question its name because it’s not always sweetness and light.  Well Jesus chastens those that he loved, and if He uses me to do some of His chastens then so be it.   Understand I am controversial, I was born controversial, I am Apostolic, that alone makes me controversial, and because I am not bound by special events groups, social groups, not even by my denomination, I said it once, I said it before, I am Way of the Cross born, but I am not Way of the Cross control. I speak or write as the Lord moves me.  So with this blog, I know before it’s over, this one internet, blog writing preacher already have upset at least 20,000 people in Dallas Texas alone,  and maybe hundreds of thousands worldwide.   But since the question has been put to me through emails and Facebook, I have never hid my beliefs and opinions, and I won’t stop now……as I have issues with Tyler Perry laying hands on Bishop T.D. Jakes, based upon (read closely) the Word of God. Not so much my personal opinion, because my personal opinion would blow this blog up. But it’s not so much Tyler, but more than it being out-of-order in the Christian Church, and could set a bad example, that might lead to bigger problems. 

Do you realize when we willingly allow others to lay hands upon us, we are actually spiritually submitting to this person[s] AND to what they are attempting to impart on us? If we know the person and their walk with God, it can be a good thing as recorded in James: 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.. 5:14.   Think how many fallen preachers have laid hands on people, imparting his weakness, his struggles, his issues, and faults.   I can remember times in my ministry I refused to work the altar, as I knew what I was dealing with that day, I didn’t want to place on anyone else, what I was dealing with.  At the same time I am careful who I allowed to lay hands on me, as every faith healer, Bishop, Pastor, or Apostle is not laying hands on me.   I have to know something about you, and sometime what I know about you, will keep you from laying hands on me.   And that is why a Pastor who has been called to lead God’s flock must be even more careful who he allows to lay hand on him, because what has been now imparted on him, he can now pass on to others who are of his flock. It can almost like a transmittal disease, but this time in the spirit.  And I say this not bragging, only by the grace of God, but it is the truth, I have been speaking in lounges, longer than some of you have been speaking English,  so tongues, a dance, falling out in the floor, it takes more than that to impress me.   I was Pentecostal long before it was acceptable, before it was called charismatic, back when it was a cult called holiness to those who did not understand.  A committed life before God impresses me more than the physical manifestations.  

So it can turn very nasty when we allow strangers or those whose teachings and/or doctrines are at the very least questionable to pray over us, lay hands upon us and impart ‘something’.  I am like the Apostle Paul, I wish we could also move pass this teaching or doctrine, and other things, as in Hebrews 6:2.   But with so many not understanding the basics of the faith, then how can we.  So let us be clear, there are the many claims of healing and deliverance. Through the years — through the centuries — countless have benefited from prayer that is said while a healer or simply another person rests one or both hands onto the afflicted person, allowing for the flow of the Holy Spirit. “When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied,” we have in Acts 19:4-6. So clearly, the laying on of hands is biblical. But then, in Scripture, we also have: “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others,” intones 1st Timothy 5:22. “Keep yourself pure.”   As not only must be careful who we allowed to lay hands on us, but we must also be careful who we land hands on.

So here we have talent Tyler Perry, great writer and producer, on stage talking about his giving, which I have no issues with, he quotes a few verses, that to some prove that he knows Bible. Well! I know a few verses out of Koran, and I am surely not a Muslim, or know the book.   He speaks in tongues; again, I have spoken in tongues, even though I was not where I was supposed to be with God.   Then he turns to Bishops Jakes, speak blessings upon the Bishop’s life, reach out, Jakes throws up his hands, and Tyler lays hands on him.   This is where I have issues with for this reason.  Though his actions might have been pure, you just don’t’ walk up to the leader without permission and place your hands upon him.  You ask Bishop may I, but you just don’t do it.  Though your actions might be pure…..try hugging or shaking the President hands without permission, and see what the Secret Service do.  I can remember visiting my pastors Bishop A.D. Brooks and Bishop Walter Thompson, Sr. in the hospital, and on both occasions, I was somewhat  imitated to pray for them and to lay hands on, them because of the respect that I had for them both and I was a minister of the church.   I find it real brazen for a movie star to walk up the angel of the church and lay hands on the Bishop.  It was out of order and God is a God of order.   I don’t care how much you speak in tongues, you are subject to the prophet, the leader of that local assembly..   You just don’t take lead without permission, as God is a God of order.

Sorry for the length of the blog, but I am sick and tired of folks playing church.    But let me say it’s not so much a knock against Mr. Perry, but the act of anyone just doing such out of order.  As Bible has said, we must be careful, with the doctrine laying on hands, be one the receiver or the doer.  I am remembered of the story when David was bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem, and it look as it was about to fall off the wagon, and even though it seemed harmless, God had ordained that no one touch the ark.  Even the Levites couldn’t touch it, but only carry it while it was on the pole. But when Uzza reach down to put it back on the wagon, when it look like it was about to fall, God struck him dead.  And for some reason, as for the most part one has nothing to do with the other, but in my spirit, I hear the Lord say….”touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm”.   Now I know this blog will not please all….but turn to your neighbor and ask them do I care.   Just as God is a God of order, my preacher, my teaching, my blog writing, and my steps are ordered by the Lord.      

Published on September 8, 2013 at 2:21 am  Comments (5)  

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  1. LOL……………
    and just cause you wrote this does not mean it is of the Lord

  2. Hey Cuz, enjoy the blog, I usually don’t make a comment because I agree with everything that you speak about on your page. I have only one problem with this blog – when quoting the scripture, quote it according to the King James Version. “He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost (not holy spirit) since you believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there by any Holy Ghost (not holy spirit)” Acts 19:2 (KJV) “And when Paul had laid his lands upon them, the Holy Ghost (not holy spirit) came on them, and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” Acts 19:6 (KJV) I’m sending this to you because if I back you up and support you, you have to take your time when writing your opinion that is going out to the nation.
    Cousin Hank

    P.S. Have you purchase the book that I wrote: “Prodigal Son, Prodigal Daughter, Come Back Home” – check it out on “google” “amazon” or just type my complete name.

    • Thank you Cuzzin for your opinion, as I do agree that there is a difference between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost, but it’s not something I spend a lot of time on, as I feel it’s not a really a big deal, as using one term over the other will not saved or damned anyone. But it is good for theological debate.

      Also I ask that you not promote your book on my page, and the only reason that I ask that because this site is not for selling. I don’t even ask for offerings to my own ministry on this page. So I want to put an end to it, before other preachers and other ministries try it as well. I don’t want A PLACE CALL AGAPE become a selling site.

  3. Wow, and no one really commented. I assume it was because the subject matter is intimidating. Most know in their hearts that something is wrong, when they see someone like say….Juanita Bynum laying hands on Bishop Pearson, or Tyler Perry laying hands on Bishop Jakes, but they can’t put what is felt into words, because most don’t have a thorough knowledge of not only Christianity but the roots of Judaism, where it started.

    Yet, the most important aspect of that which you wrote is,

    “when we willingly allow others to lay hands upon us, we are actually spiritually submitting to this person[s] AND to what they are attempting to impart on us?”

    You are right. Peace…

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