Col 2:18 “18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,”
I was driving the other day and thinking about how many of today’s “Christian” or “gospel” songs are neither Christian nor gospel. While I could get picky about what music should contain, I’m expecting, at minimum, to hear some mention of Jesus in “Christian” music. At some point, I should hear something about Him if the song isn’t geared for worship but encouragement. I got neither Saturday. Instead, I got this song (first time I ever heard it).
“I Need an Angel” (with lyrics)
video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaJSCgjFBQ0&feature=related (is that an anarchy symbol on his jeans?)
The light that keeps shining seems to indicate that we should be looking for a glowing light or halo – which, by the way, is how Satan appears. 2 Cor 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”)
Now, if I missed a barely perceptible mention of Jesus, I apologize. However, I don’t understand why this is being played on Christian stations other than it sounds nice. The questions I immediately began asking when I heard this were:
– Why is he needing, calling, requesting and pleading to be sent an angel? If I didn’t know I was listening to a “Christian” station, I would think he was looking for a wife.
– Why is he asking an angel for mercy? Angels do not have the power to forgive. They hearken to the voice of God and His Word, so they probably aren’t even hearing this song. I imagine if they did, they are asking the same questions of why this man is calling for them.
– Why does he think an angel can set his soul free?
– The way the bridge is written seems to leave room for a double meaning to actually be singing to the angel. (I say that because I used to write poetry that had double meanings, so I understand how easy it is to cover tracks.)
- Jesus is our Light for our road – John 8:12 “12Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
- Jesus is our Redeemer allowing a way for us to be forgiven and shown mercy – Gal 3:13-14 “13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” 1 Peter 1:3 “3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” Jude 21 “21Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
- Jesus doesn’t give us a heavy burden – Matt 11:29-30 “29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
- Jesus is the One Who sets us free – John 8:36 “36If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Romans 8:2 “2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
While it is possible to stretch the imagination and give the benefit of the doubt to the writer and singer to be asking God for all these things, someone who doesn’t study the Bible, know Jesus is God or that Jesus is the one He should be asking because He provides all these things is led to believe angels are the ones we should be seeking over Jesus. In this song, God is reduced to a secretary/dispatcher assigning all powerful angels to the man that has lost his way. (“Answer me! Send it on down right now!”)
I know people think I pick on musicians and get extra technical, but my concern is this fixation people have developed for angelic beings and this intense desire to have an encounter with them. I understand that angels are important in God’s overall plan and that He assigns angels for protection, but there are also some things I’ve noticed in the Bible regarding angels.
* No one requested a meeting with an angel. God sent angels when He decided it was needed. That tells me that I should not be trying to look into the supernatural and requesting an angelic interaction.
* God’s angels caused fear because they carried His holy presence. That tells me that I’m not going to be awaiting an angel so the two of us can go “kick it”.
* Angels appear to people in male form. I understand in Heaven, there is neither male nor female, but I do not see any evidence that any angel appeared as a female to any human. In fact, the fallen angels came in male form because they took wives (Gen 6:2).
* When an angel appears to anyone, there is no “halo” or blinding light radiating from them. The only time I see angel and light appear together in Scripture is in reference to satan appearing as an angel of light.
* Angels ALWAYS give glory to God. (Acts 12:21-23 “21And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”) They never try to usurp His position and do not receive worship because they know that is reserved for Him. Rev 22:8-9 “8And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
This desire for angelic encounters is present in many forms. Sometimes, it is not realized while other times it is overt. I don’t think we should do right by people because we think they may be angels in disguise (Heb 13:2) but that we should because it is the right thing to do. I’m under the impression that people are hoping they get this opportunity to entertain an angel even though the Scripture never says it will happen in the future. It states that it already happened. Our command is to love our brother regardless.
I’ve been called an angel several times over the past month, and it made me wonder why we tend to think of angels as sweet or really nice people, especially women. When angels delivered messages or made appearances, it was to bring the judgment of God, make war with His enemies, to bring news of a deliverer or something similar. Angels didn’t stop by to make small talk, give hugs or cook meals. Our culture has created a soft, feminine, not rocking the boat picture of God’s warriors. [This is not to say God does not have ministering angels because He does (see the temptations of Jesus Matthew 4:11 – angels ministered to Jesus).] You can see this with countless pictures of female angels. If we did not have so many figurines, avatars, cards, posters, shirts, books, videos, and stuff showing a woman in a robe with wings and smiling or holding someone, I doubt this idea would have spread so far. MAYBE that’s one of the reasons God commanded us not to make any graven images.
Todd Bentley – emphasis is on angels and has a personal angel “Emma”
– “Told by God to preach angels and not Jesus”
– Todd claims visiting angel caught the hotel on fire –
(just burning buildings, huh? Why is everyone touched by this angel acting crazy?)
– Apparently, he has access to “financial angels” as well –
– He STARTS reading Isaiah 45 and skips ahead to verse 3. Let’s see what verses 1-3 actually say. “1Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut; 2I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: 3And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.” Hmmm….sounds like an important piece of Scripture was omitted.
Okay, I know, enough of Todd Bentley since I already discussed him previously as a false prophet/teacher here.
This has nothing to do with “angel worship,” but I found it fascinating and decided to add a little bonus showing how many people are preaching around God’s holiness but aren’t recognizing Him for Who He is. It’s like God is a cool decoration for stories mistakenly called sermons.
Jesse Duplantis “If you don’t meet Jesus Christ, you gon’ miss a wonderful place.” (What happened to the warning of HELL?) Angels are flying into walls because God moved His hand (so God is injuring angels and people accidentally because He doesn’t know how to control His strength?). (John, the Apostle, wrote His hair was white rev 1:14, but I guess we should believe Jesse who says His hair is “kinda light brownish” and can give us His measurements.) There are quite a lot of problems with this sermon, but in order to find them, you can’t get sucked into the emotion or entertainment delivered.
someone teaching people to channel demons (since holy angels don’t give self-help classes)
Don’t get sucked into this foolishness!
God is our salvation and protection. Whether He chooses to protect by word, by an angel, or with His hand is His choice. Angels are not to be our focus – much less given so much attention they are worshiped.
Gal 1:6-9 “6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
(Originally posted in 2011)