As a student of theology, I recognize it is extremely important to “get the word of God right”. If we don’t, we risk corrupting everything. For this reason, I want to go into a little more detail concerning the letter I received last week, if you don’t mind.
That letter started as follows:
“Dear brother in Christ,
I’m [55-65] years old, pastor a church and have been a student of the Holy Bible for many years. Although I agree with most of your articles, I am quite sure you are far off base on this area. I also poo-pooed” this idea [that demons “came down” and had sexual relations with women who then bore children by them] for years till I found upon deeper bible study and prayer that the giants in the earth could not be the children of the people in the earth as this would violate one of Gods’ laws of creation. He said, “let everything bring forth after its own kind” giants many feet tall as in the case of Goliath and the giants that inhabited the earth in the promised land could not be childred of the natural peoples of the earth.”
The letter continues:
“Look into what Jude in the New Testament said about the angels that kept not their first estate but lusted after strange flesh.”
You’ve misquoted the Scripture. It does not say that. Here, I quote for you what the Bible actually says:
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 6-7, KJV)
Thus, in verse 6, the angels kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation — in this you are correct. That is to say, they left the estate (or habitation, or dwelling place) of heaven, where they were created, and where God had intended for them to stay and worship him. And the Scriptures say about those angels that did so, that God “hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” That is the penalty for rebelling against God (and there is no redemption possible for those angels that have done so, which is really one reason why they cause so much havoc here on the earth, I suppose, because, in my estimation, it must be “a deeply frustrating thing” to know that “one day you’re going to get it” and that “there is no way out!”).
But to say that these same angels “lusted after strange flesh” is incorrect. Rather, as Jude says here, it was “Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner” that were the ones that “lusted after strange flesh”.
The letter continues:
“Many references through out the Bible will illuminate your mind. Satan is rarely mentioned in the entire Old Testament, it took the coming of Our Blessed Lord to turn the light of revelation on the evil kingdom and the wiles of the Devil.”
Your comment “many references throughout the Bible will illuminate your mind” I’m sure is correct … if many (or even one) such reference could be found. So far, all you have provided me with, however, is an incorrectly stated reference which, as I have attempted to show, does not support your theory.
The fact that “Satan is rarely mentioned in the entire Old Testament” may or may not be true. We could do a study on that. However, to say that Satan IS involved must be substantiated on more than this one statement of yours. Again, show me the Scriptures …
I’m afraid that’s the extent to which I am willing to give this letter. Sir, please feel free to write me back, addressing the concerns that I have mentioned.
And, by the way, come to think of it, your argument that “everything reproduces after its own kind” is actually an argument in favor of demons NOT being able to have sexual relations with human women … for human women cannot reproduce EXCEPT AFTER THEIR OWN KIND! Thus, they cannot reproduce with demons, or produce demon offspring … only human!
I would encourage you — you being a pastor and all — to really search the Scriptures on this. I am only 37 years old, that is true, and perhaps have a great less experience than you have in many ways. Yet you have miquoted the Scriptures, and have done injustice to God’s word.
As a leader myself, I am only trying to correct a terribly frail, and, in my opinion, potentially quite destructive teaching that many have for so long “taken at face value” without really ever questioning it. Sir, I have done it too. In many respects, I am no better. But in this case, I must say, you are quite mistaken in your understanding of Scripture. For the sake of your congregation, to whom God has called you to, please go over it again.
As I have said before, and I say it again now, the whole point of the Genesis 6 passage is about what happens when we, as a people, turn our backs on God and rebel against him — it has nothing to do with demons, or fallen angels at all.
Sin has its punishment. As God said in his word, that punishment is death. God proved that by wiping out all of the people during the times of Noah. The reasons he saved Noah was because of his [God’s] grace — that, combined with the fact that Noah himself was a God-fearing man (see Genesis 6).
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. … Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:8-9)
The whole point of the Scriptures is to steer us towards God and away from evil. The “demon” theology is an unfortunate theology, I’m afraid, that does what Satan had always intended it to do: glorify demons and Satan’s kingdom, while removing that sense of personal accountability before God.
You see, that is how Satan himself got caught. In pride, he convinced himself that he was not accountable before God — he could do anything he wanted to. So he did it. And got judged. Now he wants to “drag along everyone and anyone he can find” into his pit of hell.
So friend, don’t do it. Don’t buy into that demon theology, that was indeed created BY demons, ABOUT demons, and FOR THE GLORY of demons. No, I say, don’t buy into it. No, but rather, STICK CLOSE TO GOD’S WORD, and EVEN IF A PASTOR TELLS YOU ITS TRUE, DON’T BELIEVE IT, BECAUSE YOU ARE A STUDENT OF THE WORD!