Francis Frangipane
Another Good Example Of The False Latter Rain Teaching
On The Transferable Anointing
by Sandy Simpson, 6/30/04

Elijah List sends out heretical Latter Rain teachings all over the world daily in their newsletters.  So it is no surprise to see Francis Frangipane, a long time Latter Rain false teacher, featured in their newsletter.  The Latter Rain teaches that there is a transferable impartation of the "anointing" that can be transferred "by" the laying on of hands "by" the will of man, usually though slain in the spirit.  As I have written before, this is heresy. This teaching denies the Triune nature of God, that He is One sovereign God eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  When you claim you can transfer an impartation or anointing of the Holy Spirit by human hands by the will of men, you effectively deny both the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit.  You deny the Deity by claiming you have the power to transfer the Holy Spirit at will, and you deny the person of the Holy Spirit by treating Him like some kind of "force" or "power" separate from His person.  These ideas are New Age ideas wrapped up in a Christian wrapper.  Slain in the spirit and the transferable anointing are nowhere taught or demonstrated by the Apostles, prophets or Jesus Christ Himself.

Frangipane uses another tired argument to try to prove the Latter Rain transferable anointing that has cropped up from time to time.  But it has no basis in fact.  Following is the salient portion of his article:

There is a story in the Old Testament that captures well my concern with the effects of a passive spirit. Elisha the prophet was about to die and Joash king of Israel came and, in an unusual show of affection, wept over the man of God. Adding to the intrigue, the king then spoke the very words Elisha uttered to Elijah in the last hours of Elijah's life: "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" (2 Ki 13:14).

It is possible that the king sought some special power or gift-anointing from the prophet before he died. Elisha, in fact, accommodates the king, yet he tests him, ordering the king to take a bow and arrows. He then told Joash, "Put your hand on the bow." Elisha then laid his hands on top of the king's hands. He said, "Open the window toward the east," and Joash opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot!" And he shot. Elisha then proclaimed: "The Lord's arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them"

(2 Ki 13:15-17).

God was going to honor the efforts of Joash. The king had recognized the Lord's anointing on His servant. He had come to receive, by impartation, the prophet's blessing as it pertained to the need in his life. Elisha actually "laid his hands on the king's hands" (vs 16). Yet, one more test was required. Elisha said, "Take the arrows," and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground," and he struck it three times and stopped. So the man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have stuck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times" (2 Ki 13:18-19).

Elisha was angered by the passive spirit in King Joash. The prophet knew Joash did not possess the perseverance to pursue his enemies until he fully conquered them. Joash could possibly have been a great king. Yet Elisha's anger burned at the king's passive approach to God's promises - ultimately, many Israelites would die in the future raids of the Arameans because Joash would only defeat them three times. (Breaking the Bondage of a Passive Spirit by Francis Frangipane, The Elijah List e-Newsletter, 6/29/04)

Now it is true that God wants us to have an active faith, to put our faith into deeds.  This illustration from the life of Jehoash (Joash in the KJV, Jehoash of Jehoahaz in the NIV to distinguish him from Joash of Ahaziah) teaches that concept as well as other lessons, but if you want to learn more about putting your faith to work, read James.  Yet the idea of an "impartation" of  "special power" of the Holy Spirit in the story of Jehoash has no merit whatsoever, and is present in this article strictly as a heretical device to get people softened up to Latter Rain false teaching and practice.  Let's step through this issue, shall we?

(1) The Scripture is silent on any transferable impartation in the story of Elisha and Jehoash.

2 Kings 13:14-19 Now Elisha was suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. "My father! My father!" he cried. "The chariots and horsemen of Israel!" Elisha said, "Get a bow and some arrows," and he did so. "Take the bow in your hands," he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. "Open the east window," he said, and he opened it. "Shoot!" Elisha said, and he shot. "The LORD’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!" Elisha declared. "You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek." Then he said, "Take the arrows," and the king took them. Elisha told him, "Strike the ground." He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times."
There is no mention of Jehoash seeking "some special power or gift-anointing from the prophet before he died".  He simply went up to visit Elisha before he died, selfishly lamenting that there would be no more prophet like Elisha in Israel during his rule.  He used the same words Elisha said to Elijah, as he went up to heaven, which very probably Jehoash knew about.  The Targum is, “my master, my master, who was better to Israel by his prayers than chariots and horsemen.”  Matthew Henry comments:
This king was herein selfish; he lamented the loss of Elisha because he was as the chariot and horsemen of Israel, and therefore could be ill spared when Israel was so poor in chariots and horsemen, as we find they were (#2Ki 13:7), when they had in all but fifty horsemen and ten chariots. Those who consider how much good men contribute to the defence of a nation, and the keeping off of God’s judgments, will see cause to lament the removal of them.
So this had nothing to do with wanting a power transfer, but Jehoash wanting Elisha not to die and leave Israel without a major prophet and God's protection.

(2) The Spirit is not transferred "by" human hands and will, but sovereignly by Jesus Christ (John 15:26).

Please note that all the passages in Acts and elsewhere, used wrongly by Latter Rainers to try to prove a transferable impartation of the Holy Spirit, use the words "through" and "at" the laying on of hands, not "by" them.

2 Timothy 1:6  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
1 Timothy 4:14  Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
Acts 8:18-19  When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, "Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
There are other instances, but there is no indication that a power transfer took place "by" the laying on of hands or the will of the Apostles.
Acts 19:6  When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
The only conclusion possible from all the biblical passages is that this is not some kind of magic that can be learned and bought for a price, as in the story of Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8:18-19) and in the way Latter Rain, Third Wave false teachers teach it and promote it. True believers wait upon the Lord (Ps. 27:14; 38;15, 1 Cor. 1:7).  When hands are laid on for the purpose of sending Christians out for service (1 Tim. 4:14) or praying for healing (James 5;14) and the Holy Spirit chooses to fill a person or heal them, He does so sovereignly, not "by" the laying on of hands or "by" the will of men.  None of the Apostles or prophets did this the way it is taught and demonstrated by Latter Rain heretics.

(3) The Bible expressly forbids any transfer of the Anointing.

Ex. 30:29-33  You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy. "Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. Do not pour it on men’s bodies and do not make any oil with the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred. Whoever makes perfume like it and whoever puts it on anyone other than a priest must be cut off from his people.’"
God is the One Who gives the Anointing (2 Cor. 1:21-22).  There is only one Anointing (1 John 2:20), that is the Anointing of the Anointed One (Ps. 2:2, Acts 4:2), Jesus Christ, King of Kings.  When a person is born again, they are anointed by the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:21-22, Eph. 1:13), foreknown, predestined, called, justified, glorified (Rom. 8:29-30).  No one can or should try to transfer the Holy Spirit to another person as the Anointing is the person of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:18, Titus 3:5).  This picture of holy anointing oil in the Old Testament is a foreshadowing of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on everyone who believes and is born again.  I bet most Christians today, who have been partially or fully brainwashed by Third Wavers, don't know that the "transferable impartation" made popular by movements like the Toronto "Blessing", Brownsville "Outpouring" and false prophets like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Francis Frangipane and thousands of others, is forbidden by Scripture.  This fact alone, among many others, completely demolishes the entire basis for the "slain in the spirit" false anointing.  Read my booklet called "What Should I Say" for more information on the false arguments and teachings of the Latter Rain.

(4) If Jehoash had received a Holy Spirit impartation, wouldn't he have made the right choice?

This seems fairly obvious. If Jehoash had received the impartation Frangipane claims he sought when Elisha touched him, he would have received the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is called "the Spirit of truth" (John 14:17, 15:25, 16:13, 1 John 4:6).  If the Spirit of truth was residing in Jehoash then he would have realized what he should do with the arrows.  But he did not.  There was no impartation at all, simply a choice afforded by God to see how bold Jehoash was, to test his faith.  It was strictly Jehoash's choice, his test, and he, at least in part, failed the test.  Elisha, full of the Holy Spirit, knew the truth about the arrows.  Jehoash clearly did not, therefore there was no transfer of the Holy Spirit to Jehoash.


This is just another in a long line of examples of the inability of false teachers like Francis Frangipane to correctly exegete the Scripture. Why?  Because he and his Latter Rain counterparts are false teachers and continue to try to promote a false anointing.  They do not understand the Scripture and they remain driven to advocate things "beyond what is written" (1 Cor. 4:6).  Jude makes the definative statement about these wolves:

Jude 1:19  These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
Something to think about!