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The Samson Syndrome: Can you be anointed in sin?

Messiahs Mandate, Ron Cantor, August 5, 2019

Someone recently asked me if Romans 11:29, which teaches that God’s gift and call to Israel is “irrevocable”, can be applied to ministers who fall into sin. Are they still called?


First of all, in context, yes, it is referring to Israel. Paul is making the case that God cannot reject Israel because “God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29) Israel is still called, despite her present rejection.

However, I think it can be applied to a person. Paul is stating a principle and applying it to Israel. But the principle is true in other circumstances, as well. If someone rejects God, they can still have an anointing. Spiritists are often really communicating to the spirit world, but it is the dark side, if you will. We have seen ministers moving in the power of the Holy Spirit, real power and real Holy Spirit, who are then discovered to be living in adultery.

How can that be?

While sin can disqualify you for ministry; the gift of God will not disappear. Paul speaks about the potential for disqualification when individuals do not crucify carnal desires.

No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Cor. 9:27)

I don’t think he is saying that a single sin will necessarily disqualify someone. Rather, if you live a crucified life, you are unlikely to cheat on your wife, become a drug addict or live in bitterness. You are far less likely to do something that would disqualify you if you crucifiy your flesh daily. For instance, the man who can control what he eats, is far less likely to commit adultery. I am not talking about legalism—where guilt and pressure from others, yourself and a false image of God, condemn you into living a certain way—but rather simply taking reasonable control over your carnal desires.

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