Friday, April 28, 2017
Review: "Angel's: God's Supernatural Agents"
I don’t know that I have ever read such a thorough-going work of eisegesis as Ed Rocha’s Angels: God’s Supernatural Agents. It would take a book of my own to show how the Scripture has been developed in such a way to say more than what the Scripture allows.
I do believe in angels.
I do believe that God has and may send them to help the Church.
I do believe that there have been times when people have seen angels.
Rocha’s foundation for his book is Hebrews 1:14, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (ESV)”
Rocha argues through anecdote and Scripture, that this means that God created the angels for us to do what we need of them. For example, he tells the story of a healing prayed for in the church, and angels appeared and at the request of the church, the angels flapped their wings, “because there is healing in their wings,” and the person was healed.
I believe the foundational verse is misinterpreted – and from there – the application and link to all of the anecdotes. The author of Hebrews says that the angels are sent – by Whom? – God – to serve – Whom? – humans? NO! God. The angels may minister to us as God will them to do so for His purposes and glory.
This book seems to have been written with good intentions, but the angels are not puppies at our beck and call.
Please avoid this book and read something like John Owen’s commentary on this verse – which is extensive – and gives the glory to God.
[This review appears on my blog and on Amazon.com. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.]