What about popular angels and other important methods of spiritual deception?

By: Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon; ©1995
Demons are impersonating godly angels today, not only for purposes of spiritual deception, theologically and philosophically, but also so the demons can more easily possess people in the guise of higher consciousness and “profound” angelic contact. From our book, “The Facts on Angels”

We think that the true reason demons are impersonating godly angels today is not only for purposes of spiritual deception, theologically and philosophically, but also so that the demons can more easily possess people in the guise of higher consciousness and “profound” angelic contact. To this, the angels must establish implicit trust with their human contacts. One way is by seeming to appear in a different nature and context than spirits that are traditionally deemed evil, or at least questionable, such as ghosts or poltergeists or séance spirits of the dead—allegedly confused, “earthbound” spirits. For example, A Book of Angels tells us that “when a spirit enters a room, you feel a chill… when it touches you or when its body passes through you, you feel an arctic cold…. But angels are different, and no one who has seen an angel ever mistakes it for a ghost. Angels are remarkable for their warmth and light…. You are flooded with laughter, happiness…. Angels give aid, or bring messages of hope, but what they do not is wander, earth bound, like the lonely spirits who are dead.”‘” (What proves this idea false is that there are many cases in modern channeling where the spirits act in the positive manner described, and yet we know these spirits are demons by the very messages they give.)

Another ruse is where the angels discredit the Christian interpretation beforehand. In this scenario, it is Christians who are agents of the “devil,” pandering to false ideas and the consequences of their misinterpretation of angels as demons As Rosemary Ellen Guiley emphasizes, “If we start mistrusting the agents of light, fearing that they are demons in disguise, then we paralyze ourselves—which is precisely what the dark side wants. They would like us to trust nothing and encase ourselves trembling in fear. Fear is the best weapon the darkness has. Fear is the fertile breeding ground for all evil…. The engines of darkness have terrible power, but nonetheless, they cannot stand up to the greater, more awesome power of light and love.

Another deception is for the demons to be as kind, loving, protective, and humorous as possible in order to throw people off guard. “The angels love us always”; “I know that the angels are taking good care of my soul”; “Angels are truly everywhere—kind beings who only want to help and to love us”; “We, your angelic teachers… [promise] you are held eternally in divine love”; “We, your angelic teachers, ask you to accept that… your long term best interest are always being considered.”

Such deceptions can only be true reflections of the demons’ hatred for human beings.

Finally, consider the following teachings of the angels, which appeal to people’s egos, to what they want to hear, and to their use of mystical intuition rather than rational thinking:

Vulnerability isn’t weakness; it is spiritual strength…. Living in the moment is one of the most significant universal teachings for improving the quality of your life…. Truth is the acceptance of your spirit’s voice and a willingness… to honor the Force that brings you life…. Life is confusing when you listen only to your rational thinking. We, your angelic teachers, expect nothing of you save that you listen to your heart.

By appealing to human naïveté and the baser instincts in the guise of wonderful spiritual guidance, heaven, and enlightenment, demons are able to get people exactly where they want them. In our next question, we will see where this can lead.

Do the popular angels want to possess people?

For whatever reason, demons like to possess people. This is witnessed to by the fact that spirit possession is a universal phenomenon in pagan cultures throughout history. And with the modern revival of the New Age movement, the occult, Eastern religions, channeling, and now the popular angel phenomenon, possession is increasing in the culture of the West, which is itself being paganized in the process.

In The Little Book of Angels by Peter L. Wilson, we are told that not only can we worship angels but “there is another sort of angelic rite: one in which they are specifically evoked and called down, either to give and receive messages, or to enter into the body of the ritualist. In its simplest manifestation this results in the phenomenon of possession.”

Some angel books even assume that angels already exist within people, hence it is hardly surprising if advocates one day discover angels unexpectedly speaking out of them. The Angels Within Us is a book that teaches people how to become spirit possessed under theme of spiritual enlightenment. It claims, ‘Within your individualized energy field, the microcosm called you, are twenty two Causal Powers, or angels, that control your conscious behavior and govern the manifestation of all forms and experiences in your personal life.” At this point, possession is assumed whether or not anyone even believes in angels.

In some books, angelic meditations precondition the per son to accept the concept of possession. For example, “I will unite my spirit with the angels” or, “We have the glorious opportunity to learn about the miraculous power of prayer and surrendering to a higher power.”

As in the world of the occult, various energy concepts are emphasized to rationalize possession by spirits as spiritual contact with the energy forces of Nature. Thus, one book uses the theme of Nature to mask a person’s possession: “You are merging with those on and of the Earth who are guiding your energy because you accept a different future for humanity…. So when you feel let down… talk to Nature. Nature is all around you no matter where on the Earth you live. Nature is all about merger, because it functions as one entirely interwoven system. You, like Nature, are becoming more and more connected with other light workers in physical and non physical reality.”

In other words, merger with Nature becomes the basis for spirit possession, rationalized as a merging or uniting with Nature’s divine energies. In telling people that “love is energy,” the message is given that possession by angels or their energy is a form of love: “Many cultures initiate their own spiritual students, and we, your angelic teachers, also initiate our own. Initiation requires you to release preconceived ideas about the period of training you are entering and to accept the higher good and spiritual guidance that places you under the protection and inspiration of the Universe.”

Consider the following statements by angels or angel authors concerning divine energies that can possess us: “Inner authority is spiritual energy born from union with the Divine.” “The spiritual energy of your life is welling up deep inside you from the core of your being and circling your spine to renew your life. You are in the process of managing this intense emerging energy so that you will direct it toward awakening the God within.” “Each time you allow this flow of creative energy—angel energy—to stream through your being, you expand this energy.” “The more that you are aware of this divine consciousness, the more its dynamic energies can fill the physical plane person you thought you were. And when the infusion is complete, you awaken and understand that you embody all the Powers of God.” “It is the giving up of the personality, a replacing of the human consciousness with divine consciousness…. There is a fading out of one consciousness and a fading in of another.”

Consider the words of one person who “tapped into the energy” of an angel: “I felt a tremendous surge of energy move into my back and heard the words, ‘I am the strength of Jehovah, mighty in battle to slay those who would defile.'” In the same &’ k we find the student encouraged to be possessed by the angel of death and rebirth: “This angel represents the force of metamorphosis, and its function is to… condition our consciousness for the final infusion of the God self energy…. This divine agent [is]. the Master of Death.”

In most occult traditions the theme of death is synonymous with that of possession because the old person does die in the process of transformation/possession. In fact, they become a new entity in which their old consciousness is now “enlightened” and the possessing spirit has complete control—sometimes permanent, lifelong control—of the person’s consciousness. This theme is touched on briefly in our The Facts on Hinduism in America and in more depth in Tal Brooke’s Riders of the Cosmic Circuit.

Of course, biblical or godly angels possess no one—there is no biblical record or historical account of a good angel possessing any person anywhere. Demons, of course, have a very long history of possessing people—and this is our final proof that the popular angels of today are really something other than what they claim.


We live in an age requiring a more critical attitude toward spiritual phenomena and religion in general. This includes many practices and beliefs that claim to be Christian. While no one can deny the vital and godly ministry of the good angels, no one should ever forget the multifaceted activities of the evil angels. To do so is to place one’s soul at risk.

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