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Angel of Light - by Petra

Is there a devil? Yes or No? And how do you know? If you can not see him, can you at least see his influence?

1981 album which contains the song Angel of Light
Petra

There is a song entitled "Angel of Light" which was written and performed by the great classic Christian rock band Petra. Found on their 1981 album Never Say Die, it is primarily based upon the scripture in 1st Corinthians which states:

" ... false apostles, deceitful workers, [are] transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. Do not marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers appear to be transformed into ministers of righteousness ..." I Cor 11:13-15

This concept of Satan and his followers appearing to be the exact opposite of what they truly are in order to deceive those who would seek after God, is a frightening concept - one that was not received well by the church of the early 80's.

Many church leaders considered any form of "rock" music to be of the devil. Then to have one of these rock bands turn and point the finger at the church, warning listeners that Satan may actually be using some of these religious leaders for demonic devices, well, that did not go over too well.

Nevertheless, the lyrics to this song expose a truth that reaches far and wide into all facets of society, because Satan is far more insidious than most people ever realize or care to accept.

Read and Listen to the video to the left.

Lyrics to Angel of Light

City lights are flashin', they call you to the streets
Hearts are filled with passion in everyone you meet
The Boulevard is waiting, it wants to get you high
Neon signs are waiting to sell you anything you want to buy

But I know your devices, it shouldn't seem so odd
You lied from the beginning, I see through your facade

Angel of light, I see you glow in the night
But you only bring darkness to my soul
Angel of light, you're telling me wrong is right
But I won't let your evil take control

They follow in your footsteps, not knowin' that you fell
Bumper to bumper on the freeway to hell, you lead them into wrong
You make it look so right, you lead them into darkness
And make them think you lead them into light

But I know where you're going, too bad you're not alone
If it wasn't for the real light, I might have never known

Angel of light, I see you glow in the night
But you only bring darkness to my soul
Angel of light, you're telling me wrong is right
But I won't let your evil take control

You got the clergy working overtime to widen the narrow way
You've got politicians everywhere listening to what you say
You've got false apostles teaching lies, perverting the only way
You've got principalities and powers waiting to obey

You've got philosophies and vain deceits lying to deceive
You've got hate and greed, ungodly lusts in the deadly web you weave
Somehow you've got so many thinking you're not even there
One look is all it takes to get them blinded by your glare

Angel of light, I see you glow in the night
But you only bring darkness to my soul
Angel of light, you're telling me wrong is right
But I won't let your evil take control, oh no

Angel of light, I see you glow in the night
But you only bring darkness to my soul
Angel of light, you're tellin' me wrong is right
But I won't let your evil take control
I won't let your evil take control, oh no, no, no

- See Classic Petra in Concert at The Majestic Theater in Dallas

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