Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Getting Right to the Point!
Please Don’t Pray To Angels!
As all things should be, the focus of the holy angels is on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and not themselves. They announced His birth, protected the Christ-child, served Jesus in the wilderness, and are still instantaneously available for His service. Angels were heralds of His resurrection and ascension, and give their special attention to ministers of Christ’s invisible Church.
Today angels continually praise the ascended Christ before His throne, and will accompany Him and assist Him at the final judgment. And it is only because of their relationship to Jesus Christ, and at His bidding alone, that believers receive the help and protection of angels.
However, Colossian 2:18; Revelation 19:10; and 22:8&9 expressly and absolutely forbid and condemn the worship and invocation of angels. The Christian Church, through the time of Pope Gregory the Great, completely condemned any such practices. Indeed, up to the Seventh Century it was proclaimed gross idolatry to invoke or adore angels in any way.
Luther put it best when he said, "Although the angels in heaven pray for us, as Christ Himself also does, . . . yet it does not follow that we should invoke and adore the angels and saints, and fast, hold festivals, celebrate Mass in their honor, make offerings, . . . and in still other ways serve them, and regard them as helpers in need, as patrons and intercessors . . . For this is idolatry, and such honor belongs to God alone!" And that's the point!
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