Book Review of The
Browne begins his book with the major scriptures on the anointing: Luke 4:14-19
( Jesus preaching); Isa.61; 1 Jn.2 :20, 27 the anointing of believers.)
begins with scripture departs quickly from a Biblical understanding and
interpretation of these passages to something quite different. On p. 2, we read
his understanding of the anointing. 'Brother Rodney, more is happening in the
supernatural realm than is happening in the natural realm.' He says, “That’s
a bunch of religious garbage. If something is happening in the realm of the
Spirit, then it will be manifested in the natural realm.”
Is this true? When Elisha prayed for the servant's eyes to see into the spiritual realm, he was shocked to see so many more chariots than their physical enemies had. Obviously it was not a regular thing to see this. When Daniel prayer a revelation, Michael fought for 21 days to give him his answer to prayer about the end times for Israel. Daniel never knew what was going on at that time, he had to be told by the angel. Over and over, examples can be used to prove that what is happening in the invisible is not manifested in the physical except on rare occurrences and for God's purpose. However, this is a common view in the occult metaphysical world view and the mind sciences, where things are incubated or realized first in the spiritual before they manifest physically in the earth plane. This is not surprising as Browne’s roots are in Rhema, Kenneth Hagin’s school.
everything going to be revealed to us that goes on in the spiritual realm,
imagine what life would be like if this were so.
pages 3-4, he goes on to say that if the anointing is present, something
supernatural will happen. His description of this anointing is most revealing:
“It is tangible. It can be felt.” “Just as electric” is “tangible, so
is the anointing.”
one of his meetings in Carpenter's Home Church, his describes this anointing as
being electricity: 'Not only is it tangible but transferable. You can
communicate it you can give it away. You can store it up and you can give it
away.' The anointing of God as wonderful as it is, is electricity. Electricity
can either bless you or it can burn you. Electricity can either bring heat to
your homes lights you can play some of your electrical equipment in your home or
if can blow your house right off of its foundation.' Another quote -- 100,000
volts going into a suburb will bring great blessing. 100,000 volts going into a
I person will bring great destruction.'
his view on God's Spirit (Who is a person) is not Biblical but sounds rather
cultic. He's not electricity, but Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not irrational or
out of control, squirting from fingers and bouncing off of wails as Browne
describes. Browne has several stories of his experiences of this power and it
has never dawned on him that this is not normal
or even abnormal. Nowhere can this be seen in the scriptures. If the Holy Spirit
is electric” then the electric companies become the spiritual centers of the
world, since they are the ones who send it to our homes of which we, in turn,
pay good money for their service. This kind of uncontrollable power attributed
to God makes it seem that if something gets done right its by happenstance. This
view has become very accepted today despite it’s going against all biblical
examples. So people actually believe they can have the Holy Spirit squirt onto
people and every irrational thing that occurs in a service is the Holy Spirit at
page 6, he gives two extremes on a minister: one who screams and jumps around
and another Who is dignified and professional, stating that if the touch of God
is not on the minister, lives will not be changed. While it is true that the man
in the pulpit has influence, it is the one who reads God's Word in truth and
purify and live it that God's hand is on.
the claims of miracle healings of incurable diseases, he gives an example on
page s 10-11 of a woman who was dying of cancer and only had a few hours left to
live. Commanding the Spirit of death and cancer to leave her in the name of the
Lord, he spent 20 minutes cursing the cancer as Jesus cursed the fig tree. He
describes the Power of God as hitting her from the top of her head down to her
feet, and shaking her and her bed as well as her nephew. She finally fell out of
her bed healed.
we go back to a Biblical basis for this, there seems to be very little. Jesus
made a distinction between those having physical diseases and those afflicted by
demonic power. There is hardly a description of people feeling the anointing and
shaking. This sounds very much like an occult experience. There was a
purpose for Jesus cursing the fig tree, it was a illustration of Israel's
leadership that made merchandise of the people. There may be some correlation
page 11, he describes the anointing as our cloak or clothing. He then states
Adam was originally clothed in Eden, before he fell, in the shekinah glory of
God. When he fell, he was then naked. As we can see, he is taking this change
literally. But there is no biblical precedent for this, not a hint in the
then goes on to state that, through the new covenant, Jesus restored us back to
what Adam lost. He quotes 2 Cor. 4:7 and deduces that this treasure is in
earthen vessels. This is convoluted reasoning. If we are restored to what Adam
lost, (Assuming that what he says is right), then we could see God's glory
physically clothed on us. Considering that he has already defined the anointing
as electricity, we become walking dynamos. When Adam fell, he didn't lose
electricity (the anointing). He lost his innocence and severed his relationship
from inside. Simply put His spirit became dead to God and it was replaced with
guilt and a stained conscience.
15 The anointing on the life and ministry of Jesus. After citing Luke 4:18 about
the Spirit of the Lord on Jesus, he states one of the strongest flows in his
personal theology: “Nothing Jesus did was because He was Jesus the Son of God.
The Bible says that he laid aside his royal robes of deity-and when He walked
the earth, He did so as a prophet under the Abrahamic Covenant.'
type of teaching is nowhere to be found in scripture. Jesus never put aside His
deity. He did add humanity to His
deity. Jesus gave up His independent use of His power to be a servant coming in
the likeness of man. He never surrendered His nature.
cultic groups see Jesus as only a prophet or that He became the Christ at His
baptismal anointing. I hope that this is not the case with Mr. Browne. Jesus was
fulfilling all 3 offices-prophet, priest, and king. He was a prophet when He
come but that does not exclude the other 2 offices. What it does mean is that He
did not function in all 3 offices at that time.
Rodney is saying, apparently, is that Jesus was only capable of performing
miracles by the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. This makes the
Spirit more powerful than Jesus and Jesus becomes less than co-equal with the
Father. We find it clearly presented in the transfiguration of Jesus unveiling
His glory, which He hid while here on earth. Philippians 2: 7 also tells us that
He lowered Himself in position, not in
his nature, He never stopped being God. Mr. Browne is implying and stating that
this same anointing that was on Jesus is on us. Then we too can do the same
miracles that He did. This fits in perfectly to the Latter Rain's theology of
God restoring power to the Church and the doctrine of the Manifest Sons of God.
Which is exactly what Browne is involved with. One can tell this by the people
he quotes and what he refers to. (See more on the Latter
2:11 tells us that Jesus was anointed before His birth. He is called Christ (the
anointed one), He had a special anointing at His baptism which was to identify
Him as the Messiah to John and Israel. Being in complete submission, His
humanity needed to be anointed even though He was God.
in The Touch of God, we read on page 129, this idea of Jesus being under the
Abrahamic Covenant: 'But you ask what did it mean then by- “It is finished'?
It meant that He had fulfilled the Abrahamic Covenant of which, He, you
remember, was a part.'
is wrong, very wrong. The statement 'It is finished' is not part of the
Abrahamic Covenant. It was the Mosaic Covenant of which the sacrificial system
was part of. Jesus said paid in full which He was referring to the sin debt. His
dying for sin was accomplished (Col. 2:14-15, Heb. 7:27, Heb. 10:10,20). If the
Abrahamic covenant was finished Israel would be in the land, read Gen.12.
The Anointing, p.22, Browne states that any believer can operate in any of the 9
gifts of the Spirit. This is patently false because I Cor.12 explains to us that
everyone has certain gifts and that God has placed each one in a specific part
of the body. No one person functions as the whole body with all the gifts. We
are interdependent on each other. No one is a body unto himself. Some may have
one gift other several, to have all is false. Some may have gifts stronger than
others as some of them are operated by faith, to teach we have it all is later rain we have the fullness
that O.L. Jagger’s and others spoke of. Is just not so.
Chapter 5 on page 27, we read about the five-fold ministry and the call of God.
Speaking on prophets, he says they speak by divine inspiration and revelation,
and not just as one who operates in the gift of prophecy. People who prophesy
are not always prophets: 'A prophet is either a preacher or a teacher, a prophet
is a seer. He has visions and revelations and can interpret the plan of God for
the church. Yes here we have the later rain agenda in wanting to set up their
prophets and apostles in all the churches.
might have been so in the Old Testament or in the beginning of the New Testament
period but it is clearly not applicable for today. Heb. 1:1-2 says that “God
in past times spoke to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days
spoken to us by His Son.' Eph. 2:20 also states that the Church is already built
on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief
Cornerstone. An apostle was one who saw the resurrected Christ. It was an office
and a gift. A prophet was one who spoke revelation in the New Testament church
as God was forming it. Once it was built, the offices faded yet the gift of
prophecy is still functioning as encouragement to the body. However, we can have
enormous problems with self-proclaimed prophets and apostles. Do they submit to
others, are they willing to be corrected? It seems they are only answerable to
those who are of the some mindset and they are never wrong. These are the only
people they choose to be accountable to in the doctrines because they will have
no challenge. if they are erroneous in their teaching and everyone has the same
mindset that one should not or cannot correct each other or touch God's anointed
ones. Then no one is ever wrong. So the prophets can be only 10 to 30% right and
revelation was completed when the apostles penned it all down. The office of the
prophet is no longer functioning. We have the completeness of it as Heb.1
states. While prophecy continues it is not scripture because God is not giving