Alexander Campbell Note to M. Winans (1842)





VOL. VI. B E T H A N Y,   V A. FEBRUARY, 1842. NO. II.


      Brother Winans--YOU must not suppose that while I represent the terms spirit and angel, as used in contrast, that the word spirit may not be applied to angels in some special sense as "ministering spirits." But when the one term is either added to the other or contradistinguished from it by any indication of contrast, it intimates a different existence. For example, "If an angel or a spirit have spoken" to Paul; or say the Sadducees, "There is neither angel nor spirit." In these cases it is obvious they indicate two distinct classes of agents. In no place do we find the phrase 'spirit of an angel,' as we find the phrase "Spirit of God" or "spirit of man."

      Demons are called spirits; but in no case do we find a demon designated by the term angel. They are frequently called "spirits," "evil spirits," "unclean spirits." As to the ability of such agents to torment men we have something to say at a more suitable time. Adieu.

A. C.      

[The Millennial Harbinger (February 1842): 65-69.]


      Alexander Campbell's "Note to M. Winans" was first published in The Millennial Harbinger, New Series, Vol. 6, No. 2, February 1842. The electronic version of the letters has been produced from the College Press reprint (1976) of The Millennial Harbinger, ed. Alexander Campbell (Bethany, VA: A. Campbell, 1842), pp. 95.

      Addenda and corrigenda are earnestly solicited.

Ernie Stefanik
Derry, PA

Created 17 January 1999.
Updated 7 July 2003.

Alexander Campbell Note to M. Winans (1842)

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