By C. A. Huft
Many people believe the Bible tells us angels are “sexless, celibate” and without gender because of this verse from Matthew: At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage: They will be like the angels in heaven, (Matthew 22:30; NIV). This verse has created a lot of confusion about angels. I can’t tell you how many angry letters and nasty remarks I get from people who to this day refuse to take the whole counsel of scripture, but instead hinge their entire belief on one line in the Bible. “Angels can’t have sex, or reproduce”…well let’s see about that.
Before I proceed let me ask you a question. Priests take a vow of celibacy as part of their duties to their religion, correct? Now, a priest is a man, no argument there (and no I am not going to go down the path that women have recently been ordained as priests). Do these men undergo some strange castration? Maybe a spiritual effeminacy? Do they ever slip up and think about sex? My goodness, do they even sin and actually have sex? Do they still have all of the right plumbing under those robes? Of course I am being facetious here, but I think I made my point, just because you have an elect position doesn’t mean you become androgenous, doesn’t mean you lose your equipment, doesn’t mean you are incapable of sinning. We are all painfully aware of the Vatican’s shame in the last 50 years of the inappropriate conduct of priests…these ‘rebel priests, outlaw priests’. Did there elect position protect them from sin? No. So let me ask you this, where did sin originate? Man? Or Angel? Angel my friend, not man. Lucifer was the first to sin, uh oh—that would make him a rebel, and outlaw, a lawbreaker.
How many of you have read the Bible, and took note of what God said about remaining chaste before marriage? Okay, many think that is outdated and silly, but if we serve an Almighty, unchanging God, what do you think God would say about it today? “Don’t do it” right? But, yet, we CAN. This is called “free will” my friends. Is it wrong? Yes, according to the Lord it is wrong, but he didn’t stop you from doing it. You rebelled, you disobeyed his command, you lived outside of the His Law.
Are you seeing where I am going with this? Angels have free will, otherwise, Satan would have never been able to sin, rebel, make a choice to defy the Living God. Did God take away Satan’s masculinity for this crime? No. Did God strip away the powers of the angels who rebelled with Satan and fell with him? No. If you were a rebel, what would be the first thing you would do when you found yourself no longer complying with social norms and laws? Uh, Duh! You go break everyone of those norms and laws wouldn’t you? Just to prove a point…to mock the Living God, who created you, spite him, incite him, really, see just how far you could go, just how far you could push the envelope…Outlaw Angels running amuck—enter in Genesis 6.
Wickedness in the World
1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Okay, are you seeing a pattern here? Who came to earth and looked upon the daughters of men? Sons of God right? Who are the Sons of God? Angels…no brainer. Why would the Almighty God inspire Moses to write about some fallen angels that were doing naughty things, and then contradict himself later in the Gospel of Matthew? You cannot pick and choose your verses, you have to take the whole counsel of God. So I will ask another question; Why would Jude, Jesus’ half brother write about what happened to those same angels and the special place of lock-up that they would spend all of eternity in? Just go read Jude! It says the angels would not keep their positions of authority, but abandoned them, and then relates the sexual sin of Sodom and Gomorrah.
And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
So are you seeing a pattern here? Outlaw angels do bad things, naughty things. They—according to scripture took human wives, and produced Nephilim.
We will cover the Nephilim next time…until then, get right with God, keep yourself from unrighteousness, and study the Scriptures in depth.
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