Angels, holy and fallen: child angels, guardian angels, and more

By Marcia Montenegro, Written, June 2016 (page 2 of 2)

Conclusions on Guardian Angels and Matthew 18:10

So if these "little ones" refer to believers in Christ and not to children in general, then we cannot conclude that all children have guardian angels, that is, if one sees the angels here as guardian angels (a dubious concept anyway). Although some believe this confirms the doctrine of guardian angels, many disagree. Benson writes:

Quote==And as all the angels are ministering spirits, sent forth occasionally, at least, to minister to the heirs of salvation, they may in general be properly called their angels. The expression, They behold the face of my Father, alludes to the custom of earthly courts, where the great men, those who are highest in office and favour, are most frequently in the prince's palace and presence, and perhaps daily converse with him. The meaning, therefore, of the passage is, that the chief angels are employed in taking care of the saints.==End quote

Angels ministering to those who have trusted in Christ is supported biblically in passages such as Hebrews 1:14 and in accounts such as an angel releasing Peter from prison. However, we cannot draw too many conclusions from this, and the idea that there are guardian angels is not explicit in Scripture or even strongly implicit. 

Contacting Angels

How can we say that books and videos such as those in the Roma Downey series will not encourage children to think it is okay to summon or communicate with an angel? Angels are not to be prayed to or sought for guidance: Christ is the only Mediator between man and God (1 Timothy 2:5).

Angels are spirits and contacting them is spirit contact. Spiritism is forbidden in Leviticus 19:31, 20:6; Deuteronomy 18:11; 2 Kings 21:6; Isaiah 8.19, and elsewhere.

First Timothy 4:1 warns against "doctrines taught by demons," which likely refers to false teachings inspired by or given by fallen angels. (Also see Galatians 1:8).

There is no example in the Bible of anyone summoning or initiating contact with angels though there is condemnation of those who worship angels (Colossians 2:18, probably a practice by those following a mixture of early Gnosticism and Jewish based mysticism). The holy angels are sent by God to various people, but they are not summoned by men.

Worship of false gods or idols is equated with worship of fallen angels (demons): Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17; Psalm 106:37, 38; 1 Corinthians 10:20; and Rev. 9:20.

Fallen angels disguise themselves as good angels, the dead, aliens, ascended masters, and others. Satan can disguise himself as an "angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Jesus, the Sole Mediator, Superior to Angels

Jews had a high regard for angels, and a danger came about in the early church from a focus on angels, which is warned about in Colossians 2:18:

"Let no one who delights in false humility and the worship of angels pass judgment on you. That person goes on at great lengths about what he has supposedly seen, but he is puffed up with empty notions by his fleshly mind"

The writer of Hebrews demonstrates how Jesus is superior to angels in chapters one and two. Angels are depicted as serving God and sent out to minister to those who inherit salvation. Angels had a role in providing the law to Moses (Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2), but Jesus himself became the mediator between man and God, with no angels needed. Nor will angels rule the world to come, for all things are under Christ.

And finally, Jesus did not come to die for the angels, but for men. In order to be the perfect sacrifice for sins, Jesus had to become fully man (added humanity to his deity; Jesus never set aside his deity, nor could he as the Son of God, having the same nature as God the Father). Jesus willingly died

...In order to destroy the devil's power through sin:

"Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." Hebrews 2:14

...and to become the High Priest for man by atoning for the sins of man:

"For it is clear that He does not reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham's offspring. Therefore, He had to be like His brothers in every way, so that He could become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people." Hebrews 2:16, 17

Jesus lowered himself in becoming man but this was done out of love.

"For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

"Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10

Differences in Men and Angels

Therefore, those who know this love of God through faith in Christ are commanded to exemplify this love. This is something the angels cannot do because they do know not know redemption as man does (1 Peter 1:12). Angels have a special role in serving God but are distinct from humanity, possessing different traits.

Men, not angels, are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Man was made to rule the earth, not angels (Genesis 1:26, 28; Psalm 8:4-8). Those who believe in Christ are made to rule with Christ (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 5:10, 20:4, 6); this is not a role for angels. Men who believe in Jesus are made sons of God and adopted as children (Ephesians 1:5). Although angels are sometimes called "sons of God," this is because they have no parents; they were created directly by God. However, angels are not called into a special father-child relationship with God as men are (through faith in Christ).

Humans do not become angels when they die. Angels and humans are two different orders of beings, as we can see from the information given above. To say that a dead person has become an angel is to actually downgrade the humanity of that person. It also disparages the purposes for which God created humanity, as well as demeans God's wonderful grace offered for salvation to people, not to angels.

Therefore, human beings and angels are always distinct in nature. And Jesus is superior to angels in every way, but fallen humanity is loved by this superior Jesus who offers man a special relationship not even the angels can have.

Cozy Innocence and Diabolical Deception

It is worth keeping in mind that many false religions started from contact with fallen angels, including Swedenborg's church (Swedenborg was the grandfather of New Thought); Islam; the Mormon faith; and William Branham, a "Christian" evangelist and purported healer who denied the Trinity and claimed an angel named Emma guided him.

Moreover, the numerous channeled books (including bestsellers such as the Seth books, A Course in Miracles, and Conversations with God, and New Age standards like The Aquarian Gospel) and teachers in the New Age who channeled messages (such as Edgar Cayce, J Z Knight, Ruth Montgomery, and countless others) have as their source fallen angels; and the New Age spirit guides are fallen angels.

No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14

The cozy innocence of the Little Angels as seen in the stories is diabolically deceptive. No one would think there could be any danger in such a story. But evil and deception are not confined to that which is ugly, repugnant, or openly irreverent. Evil is much more successful when disguised not only as good and religious, but as innocent and warmhearted. As someone who was long in the New Age, and as someone who has been in full time ministry dealing with the New Age and the occult since 1998, I can wholeheartedly attest to this.

RESOURCES

Thorough article on the biblical teaching on angels
https://goo.gl/C5gU2Q

Angels Among Us: Separating Fact from Fiction, by Ron Rhodes

"10 Q & A on Angels," Rose Publishing: http://goo.gl/YE1ges
(Marcia wrote the answer to Question 6)

Sharon Fish Mooney, "Healing Touch: Trouble with Angels" in the Christian Research Journal, Volume 28, No. 2, 2005 at http://goo.gl/QqySDi

 

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