Yikes, folks... and may you all have peace! I don't know if any of you see it, but all of your comments smack of the very erroneous teachings of the WTBTS on the matter of anointing and things associated therewith. I can already hear your long sighs, but I ask you to bear with me if for no other reason so that you actually know the TRUTH about this matter. I mean, at least so that when you discuss it you are not simply repeating/parroting/perpetuating their false teachings. I am not trying to patronize or be condescending, truly, so I hope you can receive this in the spirit [of love] that I offer it, which I do because I once believed the lies, too.
1. Partaking... and being anointed... are two entirely, separate things. "Partaking" is eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ, via bread and wine which symbolizes the flesh and blood. Being anointed means being CHOSEN... by means of holy spirit. The person so chosen receives either a anointing by literal oil (poured over his head - done for kings and priests)... and/or holy spirit... the "oil of exultation"... which is literally poured out UPON such one and so much of it that it FILLS such one. The two CAN be related, but not necessarily. One who partakes has not necessarily BEEN anointed... or will be. One who is anointed may not have partaken, but since Pentecost all do. Some examples:
- The Apostles partook. While they were chosen by my Lord, that were NOT yet anointed... with holy spirit... at the time they did. They did NOT receive holy spirit until it was blown on them... and then poured out upon and filled up IN them.
- King Saul, David, and Cyrus, were all anointed. The first two by oil, literally, as well as holy spirit, and Cyrus solely by holy spirit. Yet, none of them partook of the flesh and blood of Christ... because that flesh and blood had not yet been prepared and sacrificed.
- Cornelius and his household weren't even BAPTIZED when they received holy spirit... and none had partaken, yet.
That one partakes of the flesh and blood of "Christ," therefore, does not constitute one as anointed. It simply indicates an attempt to be IN UNION with Christ... which many make. However, one's works, lack of works, faith, lack of faith, love, lack of love, etc., are all instrumental in such a union or lack thereof. Just because one eats a piece of bread and drinks a sip of wine, therefore, does not mean one is in union. Such one may be eating and drinking "unworthily"... EVEN if one HAS received holy spirit (received an anointing).
2. It really is NOT true that one cannot say/describe what it's like to have been anointed... or WHEN. If one CANNOT describe their anointing... one has NOT received an anointing. Forgive me, but that's kind of a "duh" revelation, is it not? Prior to Pentecost 30 CE, "anointing" was merely the act of having the priest pour oil on one, to signify that one's choosing AS KING (for example, Saul, David, et al.)... or priest. OR... the Most Holy One of Israel STATING that a certain one was chosen (i.e., Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Cyrus, the Prophets, et al.). OR... granting His holy spirit to such one (i.e., priests and Christ). OR... the HOLY One of Israel, His Son... stating that a certain one was chosen (i.e., the Apostles, Saul of Tarsus, et al.).
Starting with the Apostles, however, and then at Pentecost 30 CE... ones received an anointing with God's holy spirit... and directly from CHRIST (John 20:21, 22; Acts 2:1-4). The anointing is done with the "water of life"... aka "living water"... aka "the oil of exultation"... which is poured out UPON one... which pouring one can FEEL... and then fills up IN one... which filling one can also feel. It is MANIFEST by one or more of the GIFTS of that spirit: wisdom by means of that spirit, knowledge by means that spirit, faith by that same spirit, gifts of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between (hearing/discerning) spirits, speaking in different kinds of [HUMAN] tongues, and interpretation of tongues. It also grants power to forgive sins... in the SPIRIT realm.
If a person does NOT possess one or more of these gifts... it is more likely than not they have NOT received the promised holy spirit and its anointing. Because (1) it has a PURPOSE (including granting life); and (2) it's not supposed to be some big hidden SECRET: it's SUPPOSED to be means to build up the Body of Christ... a means to show UNBELIEVERS what that spirit can DO... AND it is an identifying "mark" to the Adversary. By means of it, he knows who the "seed of the Woman" is. If it does NOTHING, however... how is an unbeliever supposed to be convinced of its POWER? Not that it's to be used to go around saying, "Hey, look at me, at what I got/can do; I'm special" to just any person - it absolutely is NOT. Rather, it is for the "Thomases", those who have SOME faith... and/or want to have [more] faith, but are still yet so fleshly that they need a physical manifestation. OR, so that one who speaks one language can speak coherently ABOUT the good news... with one who speaks another language.
For example, tongues are NOT incoherent, unearthly, nonhuman languages; they are human languages, always. Are their tongues of spirit beings? Yes. But WE don't speak the language of angels, so why speak or prophesy in their language? And if they can speak to us in OUR language, why in the world would one receive in message in THEIRS? But one who speaks English may wish to share with one who speaks, say, Mandarin. Holy spirit will allow that one to SPEAK that language, perhaps not fluently but with enough words so that the recipient understands... or, alternatively, allow another to interpret FOR the recipient.
Are their false anointed (christs)? Yes. And one way to tell is to ask someone to tell you how they know... what their experience was... and what their gift(s) is/are. If they can't answer ALL of these... then they're not who they say they are. There is no "Wink-wink, I know, but you don't need to know" goings on... going on. Christ does not work that way. Another way is by the FRUITS of such persons: the fruit of God's holy spirit is love, joy, peace, faith, kindness, mildness, goodness, long-suffering (patience), and self-control. There are "rotten" fruits, however, and by these one can tell that God's spirit does NOT dwell in another.
What of those "wicked men" who arise "from among us"? They are those who receive such spirit or choosing... and then either turn away from (as King Saul and Judas did), prove false to, deny, or attempt to fool the One who dispenses it (as did Ananias). From among these are those who go off and "commit fornication with the kings of the earth" so as to produce "daughters"... the various religions that claim to know/follow the Most Holy One of Israel and His Son. THEY are the foundation of Babylon the Great, the ADULTERISH Harlot.
Regarding your statement, dear cedars (again, peace to you!), that:
obviously hypothetically speaking the scripture about unworthiness must also extend to any who partake of the emblems "unworthily" insofar as they claim to be of the anointed when they aren't. OBVIOUSLY the original scripture wasn't written with two-tier christianity in mind, but if you are going to super-impose this idea and stick by this interpretation, you should also grasp and enforce the concept of 'partaking unworthily' which you would obviously be doing if you were partaking when you shouldn't be. Originally this scripture was intended for other reasons, but the concept holds true in the Society's application. Make sense?
It makes sense only in the hypothesis you give it; however, that was NOT the case when Paul wrote what he did. He wrote to the Corinthians CONGREGATION. If they were OF the congregation, then, they WERE partakers. The command to eat his flesh and drink his blood was given by Christ... BEFORE the blowing of spirit on the Apostles OR the outpouring at Pentecost.
But even more important, UNLESS one eats or drinks... one has NO life within themselves. Nor can one be resurrected by Christ, as one who belongs to HIM. It is this eating... from Christ, the TRUE Vine... the Root of Jesse... Sprout!... who IS the Tree of LIFE... by means of which those who DO live forever do so.
Finally, being humble has absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Saul of Tarsus certainly was NOT a humble young man. Nor was Peter or a couple/few of the other disciples. Certainly, Judas wasn't... yet, he was chosen. It has to do with MERCY... and FAITH. If one is humble, one can say... or perhaps others will say as to him... "Well, I/he DESERVE(S) to be chosen." But, no. It does NOT work that way. It is due to UNdeserved kindness... as to EVERYONE... except Christ himself. NO ONE deserves it... no matter WHAT they've done... or how humble they are. Humility CAN, however, cause the Most Holy One of Israel to feel compassion and pity for one... and thus GRANT mercy. But one can be humble as the day is long; if they lack faith, they may not be any better off than one who has faith... but not love.
ALL who are chosen (which is NOT all who are called!)... realize they are not worthy, that no one is worthy. Which is WHY they are SO grateful. They don't go around saying "I am chosen, so I am better than you/him/her/them." They go around saying, "I am chosen and you can be, too... so let's do this together!" They say, "I am chosen, and since my God is a God of SERVICE... and His Son a teacher of servitude... I am YOUR servant. Whatever I CAN do for you, I WILL do. Because... I WANT to. Because HE loves you... and so I love you."
Our humility, therefore, comes from what HE teaches us, not what we have in ourselves. That is what is meant when it states, "Go... SUBDUING... in the midst of your enemies." It is his chosen ones that my Lord is subduing... teaching love... and peace. Because those who rule as part of HIS kingdom... MUST rule in and with love, peace, joy, faith, kindness, mildness, goodness, long-suffering, and self-control. MUST. Because neither he... nor the Father... will have it any other way.
I hope this helps and again, peace to you!
Servant to the Household of God, Israel, and ALL those who go with... and a slave of Christ,
SA, who wonders at the dichotomy of man, who says that one who has received an anointing should be hush about it for the most part, and Christ, who said, "Do NOT hide your light under a basket..." and "What I whisper to you in the dark, SHOUT from the rooftops..."