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Angels: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! Part II by Don Boys, Ph.D. Posted August 15, 2012

When bad angels allegedly speak to humans (who almost invariably write books about their experiences and do the talk show circuit), the bad angel (demon) almost always conveys the false message of reincarnation and that any religion is good and acceptable. With both teachings, you are wading into the deep, dark, dank, and dirty backwaters of heresy. Such teachings are not found between the covers of the Bible, and that’s our only reliable guide, not the self-serving ranting of disturbed or lying individuals.

New Agers even teach gullible people how to contact their angels and tell them to meditate on angels especially when one is depressed or has a bad thought. When Satan or his demons set a delicious-looking meal be assured that there is wickedness and death in every bite. Remember that Christ said that Satan is the father of lies; so are his henchmen.

Bookshelves are loaded with books about angels but most of them are heresy or hilarious but seldom harmless. When an angel instructs you, be assured that it is “the other guys” not the good guys and you sure don’t want to hear from that crowd! Whenever your “angel” talks with you, be assured that his information will be a mixture of truth and error. Just enough truth to deceive very shallow people. It is impossible for an angel to contradict the Word of God nor can he reveal any extra biblical information. There is no Scriptural reason to believe that good angels speak with us today. Why should they when we have God’s Word to direct us? There is a huge amount of speculation, superstition, skepticism, and silliness from “the dark side.”

Many angel books suggest that there is an angel inside everyone that you must discover and permit him to exit the body. Of course, demons do occupy unsaved people as revealed in Luke 8:2. To suggest that good angels occupy people is so silly and absurd; it is shocking that any sane person would believe it. Especially is this true when Christ dwells in every Christian. "Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col. 1:27).

One-third of the angels followed Lucifer (now Satan) in his rebellion against God and were cast out of Heaven (Rev. 12:9) and have since done the bidding of their nefarious leader. All angelic rebels will be consigned to the bottomless pit at the end times. Since those angels were created to be above mankind, we should remember that if angels could disobey God, then humans would be in even greater danger of disobedience.

Satan, leader of all bad angels (demons), often appears to be an angel of light (II Cor. 11:1), yet is the great deceiver (Rev. 12:9) and the great devourer (I Peter 5:8) whose end will always be destruction.

Is it possible for the presently good angels to stage a coup d’état against Christ in the distant future and lead another rebellion? Lucifer, while a rebel, was not stupid. He knew of God’s incredible attributes yet he led the infamous unsuccessful rebellion. Did he know there was no possibility of success but was blinded by his lust for power, position, and prestige? Surely he knew that Heaven was “not big enough” for both he and God. I suppose he expected to reign on Earth (which is what he is trying to do today) after his expulsion from Heaven, but much to his surprise, God prepared Hell for him and his demons (Matt. 25:4). He is now convinced, I think, that it was not "Better to reign in Hell, then to serve in heaven," as the famous quote from John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost reads. But then, Satan will not reign in Hell or Earth, but suffer with every other demon and lost person (Rev. 20:10).

Satan’s attempted coup failed and he and his band of defiant, disobedient, and destructive demons were cast out of Heaven to do their dirty work on earth. But could it happen again tomorrow or a million years from today?

Surely I am not the only one who has been troubled by this question.

How could God’s creatures choose to disobey God? Some questions demand an answer. Do angels have free will? Following the aborted coup attempt did God say, “Oops, I’d better do it better and remake these creatures so it doesn’t happen again?” But God doesn’t say, “oops” or “On second thought.” Is it possible for God to create a flawed creature? If not, then is not a free will required? I want to know how it could happen the first time. And since it happened once, could it happen again? If not, why not?

There seems to be little debate that angels were created with a will. That seems to be a required, after all, Lucifer and his bunch of bullies did choose to rebel. Adam Clarke suggests that angels, like man, were given a probation period or opportunity to choose between right and wrong. He wrote, “The angels were originally placed in a state of probation; some having fallen and some having stood proves this.”

I think most theologians agree that God has no desire to have robots worshipping Him. Mankind failed the test in the Garden and was confirmed in his fallen, lost estate. One-third of the angels, with their free will, chose to follow Lucifer and were confirmed in their lost estate and eventual destination in the Lake of fire. The angels, who refused to follow Lucifer, were apparently confirmed to a state of being unable to sin, having passed the test or probation period by exercising their free will and choosing to remain faithful to God. Therefore, angels can no longer choose to sin. They made their irrevocable choice at the beginning. Humans, however, have been given the opportunity to choose to be redeemed from their fallen, lost condition.

The above is concurred with by Adam Clarke and my old college friend Dr. Harold Willmington of Liberty University and our theology professor at Moody, whose notes Harold still possesses! (No, they were not on parchment or even slate.)

Summarizing that idea, I suggest the original angels, being free moral agents, were able not to sin (posse non pecarre); however, the rebellious angels’ status changed when they exercised their free will and followed Satan. Then their nature changed and they became not able not to sin (non posse non pecarre). The remaining non-rebellious angels were then declared not able to sin (non posse pecarre).

Therefore, there will be no rebellion in heaven for redeemed Christians to observe. The angelic “good guys” will always remain the good guys since they were confirmed that way when they refused to follow Lucifer. They lost their free will and received instead eternal faithfulness to God without the capacity to sin. Same with redeemed Christians in Heaven.

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