UNBIBLICAL IDEAS ABOUT ANGELS
By Marsha West
December 21, 2007
"For centuries, angels were seen as messengers for a holy God. Today, they seem to be all-forgiving therapists." --Terry Maddingly
'Tis the season of angels! At Christmastime angels are brought to our attention more than any other time of the year. Angel objects are everywhere you look and they come in just about every shape and size imaginable. Manufacturers offer angel ornaments, cards, fine art, books, jewelry, figurines, cologne, undergarments, sleepwear, body wash and makeup. On one website I found a whole host of angel pins that includes a military and patriotic angel that proudly waves the American flag.
Listen to what Christian apologist Ron Rhodes says about the angel craze in his article "Close Encounters of the Celestial Kind":
Rhode's article was written more than a decade ago, but interest in angels has not waned, thanks largely to New Agers.
Rhodes goes on to say,
Compassionate? The truth is, angels are utterly fearsome. In the Bible when someone experienced an angelic visitation, they were gripped with fear. Thus the angel's first words were, "Do not be afraid."
What we know about angels is limited. The Bible tells us that they are powerful supernatural spirit beings without gender, but on occasion they manifest in human form.
Even though angels are spirits, like the deities in ancient mythology, they are given human characteristics. Most angel artists depict angels in the feminine gender. However, in the Bible angels are referred to in the masculine pronouns "he/him." For example, the angel Gabriel took on the form of a man when he appeared to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and also to Zechariah. A male angel appeared to Joseph in dreams. It was a male angel who rolled back the stone at Jesus's tomb. Two angels appeared at the tomb at which Jesus had risen and were perceived by the apostles as men. Cornelius was given instructions by a male angel. Then there was the male angel that engineered Peter's prison break. Jacob wrestled all night with a male angel. The Archangel Michael wrestled with a fallen angel, namely Satan and we all know Satan is no lady. And in the book of Revelation we're told that God will employ an all male army of angels to pour out His wrath on Planet Earth.
The aforementioned are examples, not from mythology, but from the Holy Bible. If angels have a gender the Bible would indicate that they are predominately or universally male. But it doesn't say that. This bears repeating: Angels are genderless. Matthew 22:30 says,
Today it has become fashionable for humans to seek out angels. Some Christians even engage in this unbiblical practice! My question for followers of Jesus Christ is why would you want to go to the trouble of contacting an angel when believers have direct access to God? It's true! Listen to what the Bible says,
God knows our problems and struggles. He truly understands! His people are encouraged to draw near to Him.
So again, why would a serious Christian seek out angels?
The New Age website spiritproject.com claims people seek out angels because they need help from the other side. If someone wants to change but he or she doesn't know how, they can ask their angel to help them out:
How does someone go about making contact with a supernatural being? Well, the first step is to invite an angel to speak through you. According to spiritproject.com the next step would be to,
If they truly are angels, they would have no choice but to "hang in there," as God's elect holy angels would never disobey a direct command from God Almighty. Psalm 91:11 promises,
There's more than one way to skin a cat. Messagesfromtheangels.com offers these tips from a so-called angel,
1 Pray…Pray foor the truth and the gift of spiritual hearing. Let
us know your concerns and requests. Pray with an open heart and mind.
Some people imagine their angel sitting behind them. Still others listen to their "inner knowing." What they have in common is the belief that their "teacher and guide" is an angel. I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but what if the teacher happens to be a disgraced angel who "masquerades as an angel of light" the scriptures warn us about? The next time you decide to call on an angel for help and guidance keep in mind that the Bible makes it abundantly clear that Satan and his minions are characterized as ferocious wolves that hide beneath sheep's skin to deceive their prey!
Here's another piece of advice from an angel channeller:
Openness and receptivity to whom? Demonic spirits, perhaps?
In a commentary I wrote about angels, Beware of Angels from the Dark Side , I commented on the participation of demons in the practice of contacting so-called angels:
Forewarned is forearmed.
As for praying to angels, Scripture does not teach us to pray to spirits! In Matthew 6:6 Jesus made this statement to his followers,
Christians can come directly to God because of Christ!
The Apostle Paul chastised the Colossians for engaging in angel worship. Look at verse 18:
In his article "Making Distinctions: A Warning Against Mixing Beliefs" Rick Wade explains the reason for angel worship:
Now, getting back to Mary. Note that in the Bible she made no attempt to contact Gabriel. Here's what happened:
Sending the angel to Mary was entirely God's idea!
It is patently absurd for followers of Jesus Christ to attempt to contact angels - or dead relatives! Christians must focus their attention on the Lord Jesus Christ. How do Christians receive instructions from Him? Through God's Word, the Bible.
Why is post-modern Christianity sorely lacking in discernment? Because a large number of Christians don't read and study the Bible. As a result they have no clue what God says about mysticism – or anythinng else! Additionally, many Christians have no interest in attending a church where they'll hear expository teaching from the pulpit. What they prefer is to hear the pastor preach on is their "felt needs." Moreover, Christians spend their free time reading best-selling books and novels while God's Word goes largely ignored. So, is it any wonder the Church lacks discernment?
And by the way, when professing Christians are advised that certain practices (yoga, for example) are unbiblical, instead of having a humble heart they get their hackles up and react defensively. From my own experience many of them will continue dabbling in occult practices even though they're aware that what they're doing could be spiritually damaging. I know a number of Christians who deceive themselves into believing that no harm is done!
I'll close with an allegory I received in an email the other day. It's an excellent illustration of what will happen to the Church if professing Christians continue to ignore those who warn about the dangers of mixing New Age spirituality, which supports the world of the occult, with orthodox Christianity:
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
What food might this contain, the mouse wondered? He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.
But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. (Author unknown.)
Close Encounters of
the Celestial Kind By Ron Rhodes.
Do Popular Angels Support the World of the Occult? By John Ankerberg
and John Weldon
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Marsha West is the Founder and Editor of the E-Mail Brigade News Report, an online news report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a freelance writer specializing in Christian worldview. She is a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, Alainsnewsletter.com, CapitolHillCoffeeHouse.com, plus her commentaries appear in MichNews.com and bibleteacher.org.
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The Bible tells us that they are powerful supernatural spirit beings without gender, but on occasion they manifest in human form.