147: Do the Angels Really Celebrate When a Sinner Repents?
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There is a common saying in modern Evangelical circles that whenever someone repents and comes to faith in Christ (often called “getting saved”), the angels in heaven “throw a party.” Is this true? Do the angels indeed celebrate?
In this episode, Kenny explains the passage of Scripture that this idea comes from (Luke 15:7-10) and he highlights what those verses are actually saying. The Bible does indeed tell us about a form of rejoicing and abundance of joy that is in heaven whenever humans repent, but when we examine the passage closely, it becomes obvious to us that the source of the joy and rejoicing isn’t the angels.
Kenneth E. Ortiz (M.Div.) is a professor and recruiter at Bethlehem College and a pastor at Cities Church. He has 15+ years of vocational ministry experience. He’s also a podcaster, author, and Ph.D. student. Kenneth lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife Malaina, they have one daughter.