There are angels in our very midst

Published 8:36 am Monday, January 15, 2024

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From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Dear Rev. Graham: My friends talked me into attending an event called “Connecting with Spirit” where the speaker helped us explore our own abilities to intuitively/psychically sense the spirit world. I believe I was visited by an angel, but it was terrifying and not what I would have expected. As a Christian, I was not comfortable with what took place. Should I feel honored to have been invited or horrified that I went? – S.W.

Dear S.W.: New ideas about spirituality have become all too common. The New Age movement has introduced a whole host of strange and disturbing beliefs about God and His creation. The New York Times bestseller list once included eight separate books on the subject of angels. These works ranged from collections of poetry and fantasy to how-to courses on contacting the spirits. Most of them seemed to be written for the growing number of people who believe in the dynamic forces of the spirit world but who have very little knowledge of what the Bible teaches on these subjects. At a time when many people have lost touch with their Christian heritage, there is a great risk of falling for ideas that sound exotic and appealing but that are actually misleading and extremely dangerous.
There are angels in our very midst – but not all supernatural forces are good, and not all angels are from God. Paul warns that Satan transforms himself into an angel of light and deceives many people – including spiritual leaders. The apostle writes, “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15, NKJV).
Whether or not we sense and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit or one of the holy angels, by faith we are certain God is with us.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)

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