Dear CRI Partner:
Have you ever encountered an angel?
Unless your answer is an immediate “Yes,” wait just one second. How would you know, since Hebrews 13:2 tells us that “some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it”?
Those sobering words should cause us to pause and to ponder whether our presuppositions and paradigms keep us from seeing a multitude of things just beyond the range of our meager perceptual powers.
A well-known passage regarding “chariots of fire” makes the point powerfully:
When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:15–17)
While I could write entire chapters on why loving God with all our minds rightly entails the discipline of monitoring our mindsets as part of metanoia (sadly reduced in many contexts to mere moralistic notions of “repentance”), my aim in writing to you today is more modest.
Quite simply, I think many Christians today “have been had.” Imperceptibly, the relentless assaults of scientism, rationalism, and empiricism have narrowed their vision to the point that the extraordinarily rich, colorful, and multidimensional
worldview of early Christians has now been stomped flat and reduced to a drab, black-and-white, lifeless haze. And the awareness of extraordinary and awe-inspiring angelic activity just beyond our often fully secularized mental microcosms has now atrophied to the point that many Christians would dismiss even the notion of angels as little more than the archaic vestiges of a prescientific worldview.
While that perspective may not be fatal, it is folly, if we take the Bible seriously.
That’s why I want to commend to you Lifted by Angels: The Presence and Power of Our Heavenly Guides and Guardians. And to send it to you as my personal thanks for your support this month. In compelling and eminently readable prose, this book richly explores the relationship between people and angels through the eyes of the early church:
“Heaven is closer than we realize. Its boundaries overlap our own, and angels move in and out of our porous present, this moment that seems so solid and concrete. If that reality is dim to us now, it beamed for the early Christians. Through their writings, sermons, songs, and art, the ancient faithful confessed a powerful and vivid belief that angels help carry us on our journey to God.”
Rooted in Scripture, Lifted by Angels reveals:
- the role that angels play in the lives of people and in God’s plan of salvation
- the different ranks and functions of angels
- how Satan and his demons fell from grace and plagued humans
- the functions of guardian angels and how God assigns them to fit our personal needs
- how guardian angels help us resist evil, temptation, and the devil
- the ways angels join with us in our prayers, even adding their own to ours
- the service angels provide in worship
Because I think Lifted by Angels will do more than just bless you, I want to share it with you in appreciation for your support this month in undergirding all of CRI’s “24/7” outreaches.
I think it will open a window and help cleanse “the doors of perception” to better appreciate that we are not alone in our earthly pilgrimage and our journey toward our eternal home.
Because Life and Truth matter…
Host, Bible Answer Man Broadcast
Never a day goes by that I’m not grateful for your partnership and all that you mean to the multitudes of fellow believers around the world who are equipped daily because you care. May God bless you richly for the difference your support makes in so many lives!