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The Existence of Angels (1 of 16)
Series: Angels! Angels! Angels!
Dr. Stan Coffey
We have been invaded by the occult! Astrology and spiritism are on the upswing.- But more astounding even the once rejected and shunned witchcraft and Satan worship have rapidly gained disciples as we approach the end of the 20th Century. Various estimates contend that there are as many as 200,000 witches in the United States. Black magic groups have been long in existence and continue to practice on a large scale. The popularity of self styled prophets and prophetesses such as Jeane Dixon who use a crystal ball and tarot cards and have visions to predict the future is a grime testimony to the growing obsession with the occult. The Church of Satan founded by Anton La Vey stopped giving out membership figures when they exceeded 10,000. Popular entertainers such as Shirley McLain have introduced the world to ancient eastern mysticism giving rise to the New Age Movement.
As Christians what should our reaction be to the invasion of the occult and the increase in the demonic? We must know the truth about the occult and the spirit world to combat their erroneous views, but at the same time Christians need perspective lest we belittle the enemies of righteousness or lest we give them more than their due. We need to be confident of the truth and life we have in Christ and in His Word. To gain this perspective we must have our eyes opened to God's revelation concerning His mighty, holy angels. That is why Elisha asked God to open his servant's eyes that he might see as recorded in II Kings 6:17.. When Elisha's servant's eyes were open he saw that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. It is my prayer that in this study God will help us to have open eyes of faith to know that they that are for us are more than those against us (II Kings 6:18). John Calvin in Volume 1 of his Institutes of the Christian Religion said, 'Angels are the dispensers and admini ...
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