In chapter 12 of Acts, we learn something about the early church’s belief in angels and how it contrasts with the false Angelology of the New Age. An angel liberates the Apostle Peter from prison where two guards have him chained between themselves. He then goes to the house of the mother of John Mark. Rhoda answers the door but is too excited to let him in. Instead, she runs to the other disciples to tell them that Peter is at the door.
They said to her, “You are crazy!” But she insisted that it was so. They said, “It is his angel.”
Acts 12:15 WEB
Here we see that the disciples all believe that we have a personal guardian angel. But nowhere in the Bible do we see people praying to their angels. Nor do we see people using angels to get what they want. It is always God who commands the angels. They appear according to His bidding, not to ours.
In the New Age, angels are treated as a commodity or as objects of worship. Both views go completely against the teachings of the Word of God.
Angels Without God
I can recall when I first started working with the angels outside a Christian paradigm. It was after reading Doreen Virtue’s The Lightworker’s Way and Angels, Companions in Magick by Silver Ravenwolf. I also had a book called Angel Therapy by Denise Whichello Brown.
Obviously, by then (circa 2003), I was already far away from the Lord. I stopped going to church altogether in the late 1990s and my Bible had been gathering dust for many years. I had no prayer life to speak of, other than saying a quick blessing over my food.
And I had no idea what kinds of spirits I was inviting into my life by doing ‘angel magick.’ The idea was that I was a ‘Lightworker’ and therefore the angels would do my bidding. I’m a bit horrified now, thinking back on the level of arrogance I possessed at the time.
My mind had been saturated by New Age ideology by then, after reading countless ‘self-help’ books. It’s a feel-good mindset. If it feels good, do it and pursue it. The truth no longer matters. And is there really any objective truth? Nah… So no need to bother. Right?
My Encounter with My Guardian Angel
Many years before I started down this delusional path, I had a genuine encounter with my guardian angel. It happened in a park when I was 15. It was a sunny summer’s day in Stockholm and I had gone to the park to catch some rays. I was sunning myself close to some trees, at the edge of the park, quite far away from any other people.
A man came out from behind the trees and pinned me down. He started whispering what he intended to do to me. To say that I was panicking as I felt the weight of him crushing me into the ground was an understatement. All of a sudden, everything became still and I heard a loud voice (inside my head) shout, ‘Go!.’ As I obeyed the voice, the man became light as a feather and flew off me. I ran all the way home and never looked back. My guardian angel had narrowly helped me escape rape and perhaps worse.
In my ignorance and arrogance, I have referenced this event in a way that glorifies the angels rather than the Lord. For this, I apologise. I am sorry and to God be the glory for saving my life!
Failing to Give God the Glory
Interestingly, the New Age fails to do exactly what Herod fails to do later on in chapter 12 of the Book of Acts. The New Age bestows the glory on the angels instead of on the Lord. In verse 23, the people are praising Herod and say they are hearing the voice of God speak when he speaks. What happens next?
Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he didn’t give God the glory. Then he was eaten by worms and died.
Acts 12:23 WEB
In the Gospel of Matthew, we learn that the angels will gather the harvest on the day of judgment.
He answered them, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seeds are the children of the Kingdom, and the darnel weeds are the children of the evil one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. As therefore the darnel weeds are gathered up and burned with fire; so will it be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and those who do iniquity and will cast them into the furnace of fire.
Matthew 13:37-42 WEB