Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”
Did Paul then violate this when he contended with Peter over Peter’s actions/attitudes concerning the Judaizers’ approach to the Gentile Christians??
In my view, this verse (and others like it) have been grossly misused in recent years by those who seek to stifle criticism and correction aimed at leaders of various ‘ministries’, so perhaps I am a little oversensitive to its use.
Besides, my commentary says that it refers in its larger sense to ‘all’ in whom the Spirit of God resides. We are all called to be Saints, annointed of God, and ‘set apart’ for His service.
As I said, this did not preclude Paul from chastising, correcting, and reproving various people in various NT churches, or even Peter himself.
What this verse refers back to is a verse in Genesis:
” Gen 26:11 And Abimelech charged all the people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
This carries with it a somewhat different connotation than remonstrating with someone in ‘leadership’ for their approach or their attitude, doesn’t it?
Context is everything!!