Dear Valis... may you have peace!
Although it appears that this question is directed toward those of the WTBTS who claim to be 'anointed', I am compelled to answer as one who truly is, if you will permit me. Thank you.
There seems to be an irritating rash of anointment going around and i thought perhaps we could come up with a suitable salve...
Actually, there already exists such 'salve', and if those of the WT were TRULY anointed, they could tell you of it:
John 9:1, 6, 7
Revelation 3:17, 18
Unfortunately, their reluctance... or, rather, inability... to EXPLAIN their anointing when ones ask is a 'sign' that they have NOT... in TRUTH... recieved the promised holy spirit. For when one does, it becomes IN THEM... a fountain... BUBBLING UP... to impart everlasting life. It IS explanable, and in fact, is NOT to be hidden. So, all of that vagueness and ambiguity is simply the TRUTH: they don't know how to explain it because they have not yet become partakers OF it. But, the DOOR... has not yet been shut... to ANY of mankind save the Pharisees... some of those of the days of my Lord's flesh... and some of those of this day.
Matthew 10:27, 40
Now, on to your questions:
Question 1: On what basis do any of the so called anointed claim such a thing? And why?
It is on the basis of the receipt of the promised holy spirit, for the purpose that such spirit bears witness with my spirit and COMPELS me to rejoice in my gift and declare the excellencies... and righteousness... of my Father, the Holy One of Israel, JAH OF ARMIES, and His Son and Christ, my Lord, JAHESHUA MISCHAJAH... to any and all who are wishing, who are thirsting, and who have 'ears'... to hear.
Question 2: Why on earth would it matter to us?
Well, that would depend, wouldn't it, on who you mean by 'us'. For some, it would not and does not matter. For those seeking GOD'S righteousness, however... those seeking His face... those seeking entry into His kingdom... and those seeking to gain everlasting life by means of eating of the Tree of Life which resides therein... it WOULD matter, for it is by reason of such an anointing... the receiving from Christ (the One who 'pours [it] out') of holy spirit... that many will gain such things.
Question 3: How much egoism does it take to be "anointed"?
In TRUTH, it takes exactly none. In fact, it takes just the opposite, for he that exalts HIMSELF... will be humbled; yet, he that humbles himself WILL be exalted. As one who has received the promised holy spirit, such an anointing does NOT, in any way, make me 'superior' to ANY in this world. On the contrary, it makes ALL others superior to ME... and thereby renders ME... a servant... to ALL. Just as my Lord emptied HIMSELF out and tooks a slaves form... so, I, too, must do. For a slave... is not greater than his master, but is beneath such one.
The "pattern" of footsteps that my Lord left for ME to follow, then (which I cannot follow PERFECTLY, but only do the best I can to follow CLOSELY...), is to make myself the servant. He... although being Lord and teacher... washed his disciples feet... rather than have them wash his... and told them (and thus, me), that that is what we are to do to one another... minister TO one another, rather than expect to be ministered to BY others.
Although a vast place with NO boundaries, there is no place for egoism in the kingdom of God, I promise you. There is only room for service, and all who reside there... in righteousness... reside as servants of all others who reside there, and everywhere else.
Question 4: Do you know how crazy it makes you sound when you claim such things?
Crazy to whom? You? Those 'like' you? Those who lack faith? Those who do not believe? Well, sure. Certainly. My Lord himself was thought to be 'mad', yes? Again, a slave is not greater than his master: if they thought such things of him, and he was THE True Anointed One, how much MORE so will they think that of his TRUE brothers?
Now combine your answers and rub evenly over the infected logic.
Done. Though I am not so sure the logic is so much 'infected', as it is 'obscured'. We were talking about 'salve', weren't we? Well, perhaps folks would do well to heed my Lord's advice... and ask for EYE salve. Indeed, they WILL receive it... if only they ask... and ask... without DOUBTING.
Apply liberally several times a day until you come to your senses.
Great advice. What is the chance that you will take it... and ask in order to RECEIVE... and get the SENSE of it, yourself?
I bid you peace.
Your servant and a slave of Christ, by means of a TRUE anointing with the promised holy spirit, which IS the spirit of God, and which dwells in me by means of Christ, and by means of which I "live"...