How Is Satan Disguised As An Angel Of Light?

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How is it possible that Satan can appear as an “angel of light?”  What do his disguises look like and how can we know we are seeing or hearing from Satan and not a true preacher of the gospel?

Satan’s Original Name

Satan is not his original name. It is Lucifer and in the Hebrew it means “shining one” or “morning star.” The Latin Vulgate refers to is as “the morning star, the planet Venus.”  More modern translations refer to his name as “day star”, “morning star” or “shining one” and so it is ironic that Paul says that Satan’s ministers can appear as an angel of light or as 2 Corinthians 11:14 says, “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”  Satan was created as Lucifer or the morning star and was created in perfection (Ezkiel 28:12).  It was only later that this powerful angel fell from grace and was cast down from heaven.

Why Did He Become a Fallen Angel?

Pride is the short answer.  Satan was so full of pride about his own beauty and position that he wanted to become ruler of heaven.  He said that he will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation. On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:13-14).  Not only did Satan want to rule heaven, he wanted to be like the Most High or be in the place of God and to be above the stars which means to be over the angels in authority or rule them. To “sit on the mount of the congregation means to be in charge of or rule over.  A mount or mountain almost always refers to a dominion.  When Jesus said that He saw Satan fall like lightning He may have been referring to the time that he was cast down from heaven (Luke 10:18).  Apparently Satan has access to God (Job 1, 2) because he is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) but eventually he will be expelled from heaven altogether (Revelation 12:7-9).  What a great fall this was.  From the one who was once a powerful and glorious covering cherub over the very throne of God to his eventual plunge into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10).  How the mighty have fallen as Isaiah appears to say in chapter 14 verse 12, How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations” and he will be “brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit (Isaiah 14:15).

How He Disguises Himself as an Angel of Light

“Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

Paul had to deal with false shepherds in his own day and they are still thriving today. How does Satan disguise himself as an angel of light or a preacher of the gospel?  A close reading of 2 Corinthians chapter 11 reveals how Satan’s ministers (yes, Satan has his own ministers!) disguise themselves as an angel or preacher of light.  Paul was afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, [the Corinthian’s] minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).  Paul had reason to be afraid because many were already being deceived as he wrote, For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

What Satan’s Disguises Look Like

Paul is warning the church at Corinth that anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face (2 Corinthians 11:20) are false apostles who aremasquerading as apostles of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:14).  How are these angels of light enslaving Christians today?  It could be by legalism or by telling them that they must keep certain holy days, or that they must tithe (some require up to 30% plus), or that they must…(the list can be quite long).How can Christians be exploited today?  Any minister, pastor, priest, or preacher that “exploits” can do so through begging or asking for “seeds of faith” in return for a promise of God’s blessing them.  They can require church members to donate time, money, talent or even personal resources for the gospel’s sake but the truth is they are exploiting believers for their own personal welfare.How can these false apostles “put on airs” in front of Christians today?  They can appear to be highly spiritual, claim a special gift from God to read believer’s minds and point them out in the church, they can prophesy about what a believer has coming or what is about to happen. They can claim that they received a special revelation from God or had a vision or they can claim special revealed knowledge sent to them from God.  The truth is that any revelation that comes from outside of the Bible is extra biblical and therefore is unreliable for we have all the revelation we need today from God and it is in His Word, the Bible.Finally, how can these disguised ministers “slap you in the face” today?  They can do so by humiliating you in front of others, belittling you in person, making you feel inconsequential compared to themselves, and some times (I have heard reported) actually slapping people in the face trying to “cast out an evil spirit.”


All Christians have the Holy Spirit inside of them.  The Holy Spirit can tell us when something is not right or that some teaching or teacher does not line up with Scripture.  They can appear to be spiritual giants but inside it is really all about!  A true pastor or what I call myself, an under-shepherd of the Great Shepherd (Jesus, since He is the Head of the Church) normally:

  • doesn’t masquerade to be something they aren’t.  
  • doesn’t usually claim special revelation from God, 
  • doesn’t demand a certain percentage of your income, 
  • doesn’t take advantage of their congregation, 
  • doesn’t enslave you to the law (the Mosaic Law), and 
  • doesn’t make God out to be a “pro quid pro” God which says if you give a “seed of faith” God will give you such and such.  

Look for pride to be at the root of all false ministers.  The same problem that caused Satan’s fall will eventually cause these “angels of light” to fall.  If something doesn’t feel right, sound right, or look right, perhaps the Holy Spirit is telling you that it isn’t right.  And this is to be expected these days because even Satan himself masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14) and so it shouldn’t be surprising, then, if his servants also “masquerade as servants of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:15) and may “exploit you or [take] advantage of you” (2 Corinthians 11:20) by teaching a “different gospel from the one you accepted” (2 Corinthians 11:4).  That is exactly how Satan can be disguised as an “angel of light.

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PST. EZEKIEL DAGBO January 9, 2013 at 7:07 am



Robert January 9, 2013 at 9:20 am

Very timely and well-written article, Jack. The church must be discerning enough to know what is from God and what is not. Thank you for this reminder and encouragement.
Yours in Christ,


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thank you Robert. This is my desire before I speak in church…that God would crush all pride in my life (a huge task indeed, but not for God) and that I would see myself as bankrupt in the capacity and ability to speak without the power of the Spirit. If God calls the nations “less than nothing”, how much less that less than nothing is one man? Thanks brother.


MARTIN ROCHE January 9, 2013 at 11:57 am



Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thank you Mr. Roche. Your words are an encouragement to me sir. I thank God for you coming here.


COG January 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Jack, I for some reason feel drawn to you, I will not be relenting until you respond to me. The fact that you are ignoring me , who is a soul in need of answers and the truth of Jeus Christ, is compelling me to seek you out. Please , answer me on why you did not show comments that I posted? Why did you not answer me? If I was wrong , wouldn’t that be a learning experience for me and others , to read my comments and see your responses? What are you hiding ? Here is a very solid reason to burn the NIV bible and replace it with one that is not owned by anyone , and hasn’t been tampered with. You would think that with a loving heart you would have recived me , because I would have recived any word of God from you lovingly as well, had you even tried . I also wanted to tell you that tad you should know we are in the end times , and everything i was saying I’d because you sometimes need to scare people with the TRUTH of what IS happening in the world AND compare it to scripture of Gods word to wake them up from their sinful slumber. And by not educating yourself and following what’s going on in the world , you will not be able to do that. I was waiting for you to correct me if I was wrong, tell me why I was wrong , and lead me to the truth if I was wrong, but you ignored me . So now I think God wants me to seek you even harder. I wonder if your going to answer this, I pray you will.


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hello Cog. Please forgive me sir. I am a bi-vocational pastor and so have to work to support myself and so frequently do not get a chance to approve comments soon enough. I see that you have had previous comments and that they may have expired. I apologize.


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Is the time now to act as though we are God and completely ban all communications from sinners ? Even if the sinner is wishing to lead a sinless and righteous life, and is seeking you for answers , and to lead them unto Jesus Christ by providing them with your knowledge and understanding of the word? You are a pastor correct ? I told you I didn’t live far from you, and you should consider me a sheep unto you if you are a Shepard or under Shepard . Feed me food in the form of answers to all of my questions and declarations Jack.


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I will try my best sir but as I said before, I am a bi-vocational pastor and have to work and so my schedule is hard to pin down as I also work with a foster care program for the state. I am not really a shepherd, but as a pastor, I consider myself as only an under-shepherd to the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ, Who is the True Head of the church. I can feed those only when I have been fed by the Word of God, the Bible and by the Head of the Church Himself, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Does this make sense sir?


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I wrote lengthy comments , and I have seen other comments get approved and answered , but mine not. Did you see any of the comments I wrote? I can copy and paste then agin if you did not get the chance to read them, and I apologize for accusing you of ignoring me if that was unintentional.


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Sir, I am afraid that the website does not allow for copy and paste which is beyond my control. I am simply a writer. And please know that if I do not respond immediately, I am either gone for purposes of work or for purposes of pastoral duties.

Also, I am not the sole one responsible for all comments and content and I am responsible and accountable to the administration of the website. See what I mean sir?


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

It makes me feel very happy that you are now going to answer me , I really need to talk to you .


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Yes ok, my question is , first , a more major issue. Why do you use the NIV bible ? And second , in my other comments , I posted lengthy evidence of the illuminati. And I provided eveifence that satan is the head of this very real evil empire. I also provided evidence of the president being one of them, and presidents before him , and that is by his actions , and the fact that he and other key politicains make the devils hand sign to the world. The fact that the illuminati triangles and all seeing eye is in almost every show or movie /cartoon ect. And all famous people are now doing the 666 hand signs and devils horn hand signs , especially but not limited to over one eye. Many of these famous people tell the public they are possesse by a demon and that they are involved in the illuminati


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

From my understanding, the NIV does not affect the predominant beliefs in the doctrines of salvation. As in Romans 10:9-13, Acts 4:12, 2 Cor 5:21 and so on. Why do you not like the NIV? Personally, I sometimes use the NKJV for quotes and I use the King James when I give the messages in church.

I would like to address one question at a time because, as I said, I also have to work, I have been working on messages for the church also which may take from 4 to 12 hours a week. I am currently working on a 3 month series on reassuring that the presence of God is in our church, to do so by lifting up and glorifying God the Father’s Great Son, Jesus Christ and by using the power that is in the Word of God, the Bible. My own opinions are worthless (no better than Oprah) but God’s Word has power. The messenger is nothing, the message is everything.


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

All of the key media / news stations are owned by known satanic masons who are members of the illuminati , and that the tv is the devils tool on brainwashing the world. I have been brainwashed my whole life by television , and this was their plan. Anyone else who watches tv is being brainwashed as well and they don’t even know it, they are sleeping. Blind. I have just recently began to be led to the truth by GOD because our heavenly father Is calling out to me . I also feel it is my duty to wake others up as well. I have ALOT of facts and evidences to present to anyone , along with where they can go to prove it to theirselves . I belive our president is intact the anti christ. This illuminati is not a theory , this is what is actually happening . All you have to do is look for the illuminati symbolism , it’s everywhere, all seeing eyes are over every single company they own. So is this not information that pastors and Christians should use to wake up the dead sleepers in sin?


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I believe that not ALL TV programs are satanistic. I watch Dr. Charles Stanley’s “In-Touch” sermons, Dr. David Jeremiah’s sermons, John Mac Arthur, Chip Ingram (Living on the Edge Ministries), etc. We watch the weather, we like to watch some sports…and these are not wrong in themselves are they. Yes, the predominant programing is of the world for sure but not all of it.

Let’s say that the Illuminati is true. Where does our ultimate fate lie? God will not lose any that come to Him (John 10:28-29) and will never turn any away that trust in Him (John 6:37) and the Father will call Whom He will call to Himself through Christ (John 6:44), right? Even Satan can not snatch anyone from the hands of God or Christ (who is God) – John 10:28-29. Does Satan have more power than God? No. Romans 8:37-39 says, ” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

I also understand that I should not be afraid of I am saved by Jesus Christ. I understand that. But from my understanding , we should use the evidence of evil and call out to the people who are not saved , because that I think is what they need to hear in order to be aroused from their brainwashed state. We don’t have to call anything that is not a proven fact a fact, but when people and symbols that clearly only mean one thing are all over outlets that people spend hours upon hours watching , they should know to look for them , research their meaning , and get to the bottom of WHY the symbol is there, and what it’s purpose and orgin really is. The illuminati symbolism was all over the newtown school shooting , down to the “owl” picture one of the child’s mothers just had to present the president on national tv. The fact that they held a interfaith vigil on national tv , to soften the blow and prepare the world for their agenda of one religion. The fact that the president meets with Rothschild , and Builderburgers at a private resort that no media is allowed at once a year and those names are known Masonic – satanic people who own just about every corporation in the US that provides entertainment or news. I could go in and on , but what do you think ? And what about that NIV bible?


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

As I said sir about the NIV, from my understanding, the NIV does not affect the predominant beliefs in the doctrines of salvation. As in Romans 10:9-13, Acts 4:12, 2 Cor 5:21 and so on. Why do you not like the NIV? Personally, I sometimes use the NKJV for quotes and I use the King James when I give the messages in church.

Please know that I am having a hard time responding to all your comments. You are posting about 3 to every 1 of mine and I can not keep up. I have made about 4,000 comments and I have about 200 Christian articles and so I must respond to the hundreds of others too…so, please don’t think I am ignoring you sir because I can’t allow one person to monopolize so much of my time. Do you see sir what I mean? Please take no offense of this or take it personally. I will eventually respond to all of your comments when I get time. I see that your zeal for the truth and passion for the lost are amazing and for that I thank God for sir.


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Thank you for your response to my posts 🙂 They are comforting for sure . I really believe that what you have said is more than true . And I am happy to know that our heavenly father protects and holds us close . But are we not to search out people who are not saved , and show them what /who /and how it is that they are worshipping satan? There are teenagers who listen and sing the songs on the radio, who don’t even know that they are worshipping the devils image by doing so. And did God not give us signs to look out for in revelations so that we could do just that? And when we see the signs are we not supposed to tell everyone to look , see , and understand? Say for instance Obama WAS the anti Christ , are Chirstians who support him worshipping the beast ?


Mary Whitehouse April 29, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Please can you me the references to these signs in revelation? I also think you need to loosen up a bit – allow yourself to watch tv and listen to music that you enjoy?


COG January 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Should we not warn others of the signs of the end times , and expose satans plots and schemes to prepare those who are weak in faith to die for Christ? People may become stronger in him that are not constantly thirsting after him , if we tell of what we know . I felt uncomforted By your other article , because if I did not know of what is happening in the world right now , and I was not actively seeking the lord , I would say ” ok well no big deal, everything’s fine. And I would probably have kept on my path of distruction.So with that being said , I think it WISE to expose the things we do know and can prove about the illuminati, in order to not help ourselves , but others who are in the trap. And we will know these things not by ignoring them , not by taking our attention off of God, but by comparing what is happening right now in the world VS scripture.


COG January 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Ok well it may not let me post any link to a video , but there are many words , missing . One very striking thing is that there are 3 sets of 7 words that are reduced to “6” mans number , and they did that 3 times equalling 666. Also that version is owned by the same man who also owns the satanic bible and the joy of gay sex . There are almost 70,000 words and whole phrases missing , and numerous words changed . The word ” sodomite ” is completely gone . The word ” begotten ” totally gone. Many many words , gone, changed . The KJV is not owned by anyone , and you would not have to notify anyone of its usage or give credit in your article for its usage . You could also print as many copys as you wanted , and not be liable to anyone for doing so. Do you think God wants his word in the hands and profits of man? KJV is a free entity , how it is ment to be and that is because it’s Gods true word. The NIV bible and others have been butchered and changed by satan . The NIV is gay and feminist friendly , on purpose .


COG January 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Also you can check out Gods judgment on the US by googling johnatan Cahn on Sid Roth. There are 9 harbengers that have to do with the twin towers and Gods judgment on the US , all dating back and comparing to ancient Israel. This is another weapon you can use against satan in our fight against him. I say weapon because that is exactly what I am presenting to you, these can be used in our fight to save as many souls as we can. If you enjoy watching Christian material, this will blow your socks off! Very powerful findings .I am just beginning to Memorize scriptures , but I have then in my heart. So forgive me for not being able to quote then, and know that I do wish I could . But I think it’s Isaiah 9:10 that this has to do with.


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks COG. I believe that this nation is already under the judgment of God for what nation can justify the murder of 56 million babies by abortion and not have the blood of these innocents on their hands. We have turned our back on God. We have kicked God out of the public square, out of the government and out of the public schools and when tragedy strikes again and again and people ask, “Where was God!?”, I say, “Don’t you remember? You kicked Him out!” I’ll check these things out COG as I am still a student and lifelong learned from our Lord. I am desperate to reach the lost for the Great Commission and to glorify God in all I do. I sense that is your passion too my friend for which I thank God for.

I’m probably going to sign off for now to work but know that I will respond when I have time and chance my friend. In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight of faith and may God richly bless your efforts and you too!


Mabel January 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Fantastic article Jack and so true sadly! I couldn’t help but read the comments between you and COG, I’m sorry if I disrespect by giving you a few words for our friend which perhaps you could relate to him. He seems to be desperately seeking Jesus, and in the process, I feel satan is distracting him from doing what he really has to do…which is read and study the Bible (does not matter which one, for God is not bound by anything and though, I agree with him that the KJV has not been altered in any way, I personally like that one, that any Bible can show him the Truth) AND pray, pray to God for discernment and the Holy Spirit will guide him away from liers & lies. It is easy to get caught up in all the “conspiracy theories” that are out there, and sadly there is a lot of truth behind them…we live in an evil world; and he is right about many of the things he’s looking into; but again, that is not going to help him in his search for God or build up his relationship with Him and build his faith; and that’s what the devil wants, to distract him from building up his faith. As far as telling others, again, he should become strong in his knowledge of God and pray that God will give him the opportunities to open other people’s eyes to the truth; he cannot obsessed about doing it himself because he will drive people away instead of winning them to Christ. God will use him in His time and all COG needs to do is get ready. My brother COG, yes the devil is behind most everything these days, but don’t fear or worry, because GOD IS IN CONTROL. Just be prepared and don’t replace conspiracy theories with the TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE! 🙂 GOD BLESS YOU BOTH!


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Thank you Mabel for such gracious words of truth. I remember that Martin Luther said that “Even the Devil is God’s Devil.” He can not do anything more than God allows and God has a history of even using evil for good. Just look at me (wretch that I am, Rom 7:24)! Thankfully, I can answer the question of Who will deliver this wretch “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord” that He can and will (Rom 7:25).


Michael January 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

exactly what I have been asking myself and you answered it for me in this article.


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thank you so much sir. When I wrote this, being only a simple under-shepherd (pastor) to the Great Shepherd, I did so with fear and trembling because there is such weight in writing things for God for He holds me responsible and accountable to Him and that is a terrifying thought. Terrifying in regards to reverencing His Word. Let me never take His holy Words out of context. Thank you again Michael.


COG January 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Wow, thank you so much Jack and Mabel! That was a very heartfelt and powerful message you gave me. It’s brought tears to my eyes, and if I read it again I will probably bawl. But I learned something very important from what you wrote me Mabel , and that is that I need to find a pastor that can teach me one on one. I need to be reborn, I need to have a whole church or a pastor pray for me to deliver me from sin. I can see how I can search and search , and learn and learn , but I am not being delivered from my sin. I am always talking to God , and knowing right from wrong, but just can’t seem to break loose. It’s because I need the other people to help deliver me. That was one of the reasons I was willing to drive to Jacks church! I thought maybe the reason I was drawn to him was that I was supposesed to be touched by him , but I find myself questioning if a pastor is a good pastor because I hear so many things , like about the bible and what they have dne to it. And that scares me and I don’t want to be lied to or duped once again. But me thinking that way is Satan lieing to me I see that now. I feel jealous of people who are not trapped in sin, and I feel left out. I need Guidance. I realize that I cannot properly distinguish things without being reborn. Does anyone know of a good church in Kansas city?


Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Wow Cog. This too made me touched and I really felt the humility and humble attitude with which you wrote. It is such godly and hungry-to-learn believers like you and Mabel that make it worthwhile to be an under-shepherd. The church I pastor is southeast of Wichita, KS COG. It is the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane, KS and we are so passionate to bring down the glory from heaven by exalting the Great Son of God, Jesus Christ and upholding His Word as being so precious that we also have this desire to rescue the perishing. Thanks Mabel and again to you sir, my friend (for that is what you are to me), COG. I thank God for you both.


Mabel January 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

COG, Im so happy that my words helped you, and honestly, they are not even my words, I prayed that God would tell me what to say to you, so to Him be the Glory!:) And as far as feeling left out because you “are trapped in sin”, well join the club; we all struggle with something and we are all on our way to God’s glorification, I too have to apply myself in order not to get caught up in looking up things that have nothing to do with God’s purpose for us, which is to study His Word so that we can share the Good News with others. Trust me, looking up conspiracy theories and all that alluminati stuff is very tempting and is ok to research it, but we first must be strong in the faith. I suggest that you join a Bible study group in the church where God puts you. And remember GOC, ALWAYS PRAY FOR EVERYTHING and enjoy God’s freedom, joy and peace! 😀


Mabel January 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

I’m so sorry 🙁 I meant COG, spelled it backwards…oops! 🙂


Michele January 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

Jack, you truly are a Godly and gracious man. I identify with a lot of what Cog wrote and could probably have written similar things years ago. I’m still trying to get right with the Lord. If the Lord lays it on your heart, please pray for me. Thank you.


Jack Wellman January 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

Michele, I am overjoyed that you are seeking to get right with God. One way to do that is to join a local church where Christ, the cross, and the Bible are upheld in preaching. You need to be surrounded by fellow believers who pray for one another, build each other up and to grow in the Lord (meaning grow in knowledge and grow closer to Him). That is what you are seeking and that is my prayer for you.


lisa January 12, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Thank you Pastor Wellman for sharing this article. It is a blessing. However I’d like to point out while Christians are to discern who is truly for Christ Jesus and who is not, and who wants to just use the Saints and take our money for their own greed. We have to remember that it is the will of God for the saints to pay our tithes and it is Godly to bless at free will by giving a monetary offering. Paying tithes is one way we prove that we trust God and we can hold the Lord to his promise-when we pay our tithes it will be given back to us even moreso in blessing and miracles from God. Also, we do want to contribute from our heart and help any church of God that glorifies Christ Jesus especially the church where we call our own.


Jack Wellman January 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Amen Lisa. I agree. I did not mean to insinuate that we should not be giving our tithes and offerings. You are so right. I believe it should be from the heart and we should be generous because it is a way to honor God. Well said.


Ty W. January 29, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hello Jack, I have just recently stumbled upon a few of your articles and feel you are a true and wise man. Unfortunately this is becoming harder to find these days. I believe your spiritual education and opinion influenced by this can help me find the means to better come to terms with a few of the conflicts I face. I am a 19 year old musician and have grown up in a very Christian background, even attending a Christian school up until my mid teens. I became interested in music and began playing guitar, and although music is a gift and a wonderful tool to glorify God, it is well known that it may also be a gateway to evil. I originally listened to classic rock of the 70’s and 80’s, mainly because I was presented it as the best entry into music. As rock music became the biggest part of my life, I began to lose touch with the values I was brought up on, and my faith became less important. The hypocrisy in my old school and church did not help either. By the time I was playing in local bands, I was becoming quite rebellious and experimenting with the whole drug and party mindset that comes with these things and growing up in general. My musical genre had switched to punk rock, and although this taught me to actually think about the world more, it also exposed me to many atheistic viewpoints. By May of 2011, I had been playing shows on my own all over the area for a long time and doing things that should of landed me in jail. I had gotten to the point where I didn’t know if I believed in Christ or not, and just didn’t care. I’d talk of Bible stories with a Christian band while having no issue with speaking against God with atheist often when at parties…I live in Joplin, MO, and on the day of the tornado I had been out doing very “bad” things as always, but had been told inside that I needed to go home. What occurred that day is an amazing story I would love to share on here in the near future, but to keep this from becoming to long, as I am a writer and could type for hours, I’ll very briefly sum it up. Our house was in the middle of the worst/strongest part of the storm, and we had no shelter of any kind. I watched the wall in front of my ripped from the foundation as the house was sucked up in tact from front to back and continued to watch it float off into one of the many eyes of the super storm. As my parents screamed words of surrender and hopelessness, the wind grew stronger with each negative cry. I began to lose my grip and finally screamed a prayer along the lines of “everyone has lost their faith but I will not, there is so much for me to do for You and I will not go to waste, do not permit it, I put all my faith in You, I have not given up, and I will not give up, I am Yours, Lord.” During this my feet had lifted into the air and I hung upside down, feet above my head with only one hand still hanging on, and as I finished, the strongest gust yet took me up. I was sucked straight up at a uncomprhendable speed, but not far. About 5-10 feet above the ground I was stopped, by a hand. It was a massive, warm hand full of love and peace, across my entire lower back, at that moment all was calm, I could see the chaos around me, but all was silent and I was happy. I was gently lowered and placed on the ground with most sever part of the storm passing in that moment. Later that evening I returned to find I had been laid atop a wooden cross, that had once been nailed to the wall I watched rip from the ground up and disappear right in front of me, therefore causing this to be physically impossible. The following days I was more pure and innocent than ever before or ever most likely will be until I leave this earth. I struggle with chasing after that high, the high of the hand of God, before once again becoming subject to the filth if this world, but that is not my main concern at the moment. After this I obviously became once again faithful, more so because I actually knew Him rather than knowing of Him. It’s been a long confusing road, and as of now one of my main conflicts and how to use my musical talent for Him while still doing what I love, because I know there is a reason for my love of punk rock. It is rare to find Christians among the punk rock community, and if so they aren’t devout. It is a generally anti-Christian group, but it is not as some think of it. Punk rock in this age is about coming together to sing and talk of things that make a difference in the world, it’s most likely nothing like what you may know punk as, with the blue Mohawks and spikes and what not, but it is now just the contrast to the pop music on te radio that influences some kids to close their mind and become materialistic, worldly and blindly sinful. That being said, the mind set of most “punks” actually consist of many Christian values, but they too have been blinded, I like to say…”The Shepard has not misled the sheep, but the sheep have been misled by the wolf in sheeps clothing, and the sheep in shepards clothing.” “Punks” are observant of all that is wrong in the world, one of which being corruption in Christianity. They see hypocritical religious leaders and institutions, and bloodshed in the name if God, causing them to stand against the label of the sinner rather than the sin of the sinner. To me I see these people as understandably misguided, and easier to save than other groups of my generation who have been “brainwashed” by the entertainment age and the demonizing of religion on tv. I know I have the gift of word and music, and through this the power to do great things for Christ, but I wish to be as worthy as possible. I want to balance punk rock and deep faith, I believe that all you need to enter heaven is to know and accept Christ, but I wish to live as holy as possible out of respect to Him. There is much I can do in the punk rock scene, but I will be in an envirement that is not exactly “church like”. I sometimes wish I didn’t curse in my music, and things of this nature, while surrounding myself with very worthy individuals, but at the same time I understand that with a lot of these kids, an uptight “goody” preacher type isn’t going to be able to save them, because they can’t relate and won’t take them seriously. I want to show that you can be yourself and still love Christ as your savior, and to do what it takes to show that “hey I’m one of you, hey I think the things you see are corrupt as well, hey I’m not going to run and hide when I see something ‘controversial’ but theres no reason to sacrifice your soul because of this.” But I just can’t come to terms with this, part if me wants to break away from all this and just be another “goody” 9 to 5 straight shooter and hide from evil as most mainstream church goers do, to keep all around me as pure as possible, but I know nothing will compromise my faith, so part of me feels I can do more for Christ by putting myself in a smokey bar singing songs that aren’t always politically correct and continuing my rock and roll life style but as a man of God. I can’t decide if the punk rock thing is selfish because it’s my worldly desire, everything that is “cool” about it, or if not using it for the chance to minister to those who require a different approach just so I can live a more pure life is selfish. I know God will guide me down the right path as He always has, but I thought you might have some good advice and know of scripture that could help me decifer this raging conflict inside me. I also thought you would enjoy to hear all of this, as I’m sure you probably don’t see something like this from a teenage punk rocker too often. I apologize for the length of this, I don’t like to write anything without good detail. I will post my full tornado story soon, as it is quite inspirational, and I will do so on an article I find most relevant so that other readers that need to hear such a story the most may stumble upon it easily. Thank you and God bless.


Jack Wellman January 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Thank you for your comment and questions Ty. We have an article about Christians and music at:

We can glorify Christ in many types of music. The Bible is silent about what kind of music we can worship Christ with and so I will be silent too. I love Rock and Roll still but really love Christian rock, like Skillet and Kutless (check these guys out!).

You said that “”Punks” are observant of all that is wrong in the world, one of which being corruption in Christianity [and] They see hypocritical religious leaders and institutions, and bloodshed in the name if God.” I hope you are not saying that ALL Christians are hypocritical are you sir? What mainline churches are involved in bloodshed today Ty? I see more death in the name of Islam and Communism (over 125 million dead) and abortion (55 million murdered babies) and these are non-Christians!

I would like to see your tornado story though. I believe that the Bible is full of verses that clearly show what we were created for. We are created to glorify Jesus Christ and to worship Him in song and prayer.

Rather than giving you just a few Bible verses for your “life-verses” Ty, so that you can find out what inspires you, check this out. Its an article called How To Find God’s Will in Your Life” and it is FULL of Bible verses that help us all to plug into God’s plan for our life and to do as much as we can to glorify Jesus Christ. THAT surely pleases the Father. May God richly bless you Ty.


Karl-Oskar June 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Hey man 😉

Dude, your love for punk rock is a love from God! God loves to live in you and participate in the music you create! 🙂 Keep on going for it buddy! Be a light in the darkness, as Christ shines within and through you!


Nathan Filyk January 31, 2013 at 8:40 am

Thank you Jack…you have done well man…as your name says. 🙂


phawhek April 1, 2013 at 5:10 am

My question is about christian dressing,I mean how does a christian suppose to dress in a godly way?


Jack Wellman April 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thank you Phawhek for your question. I believe that a Christian should dress modestly. That is, not provocatively or looking “sexy” or showing too much but in all things modesty. For women, they should be careful to wear things that do not attract attention to their bodies that might cause men to stumble and lust after them in their heart…for men, the same principle applies. They are responsible for the way they look and should not cause others to stumble by looking at them with lust. Is this what you mean?


phawhek April 2, 2013 at 6:46 am

Thanks for there any specific dressing for ladies or man as in man wearing trouses and woman wearing skirt


Jack Wellman April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

Again my friend…a man and woman should dress in all modesty. Women do not have to wear skirts at all times, even to church and men wearing trousers is not required. Just as long as the don’t dress bringing too much attention to themselves sexually if you know what I mean. Just have men look masculine and dress like a man and women dress feminine, looking like a woman. This means no tight pants, no blouses that are too low cut, and so on. We don’t want to tempt others by the way we dress, other than that, there should be freedom to for men and women to choose to wear what they want…as long as their clothes don’t become a stumbling block for the opposite sex.


Milano November 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

Jesus made a powerful statement: He said I am the door of the sheep; all who ever came before me are thieves and robbers))); Who are those who ever came before him ?


Jack Wellman November 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

Great question Milano. It may refer to those who proclaimed themselves as the Messiah and perhaps to the false prophets in the Old Testament…otherwise, I don’t know except for those who claimed to be working in Jesus’ name like many who believe that they are Christians but are not (see Math 7:21-23).


Isabel December 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm

This is true. On facebook there is a ‘friend’ called Pope Francis who is masquerading as the Pope and asking for donations for an orphanage in the West Africa….how sick some people can be to play with people’s faith and with God


Alma December 18, 2015 at 10:55 am

What do you mean by: rarely enslaves you to the law?


Jack Wellman December 18, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Thank you Alma. I read your comment and thought, “you are right.” I changed the wording to what it should have been to:

“Doesn’t enslave you to the law (the Mosaic Law)” rather than “rarely enslaves you to the law.”

Thank you for the correction. Nice catch.


Steven Wilson August 24, 2017 at 3:39 am

Pastor Jack,
I came across this when looking for satan being an angel of light. Cog seems to be heading in the right direction, but simply stating this, if things do not glorify God then they are not of God. I believe I read that God cannot look at evil, he turns His face away. I do hope God blesses you and I hope I see more post from you. God bless.


Isaiah Gelaye December 5, 2018 at 3:00 am

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