We teach that angels were originally created and pronounced good (Genesis 1:31; 2:3). The holy angels (or elect angels) are those, which did not participate in Satan’s rebellion against God. Since angels are created beings they are not to be worshipped. They are a higher order of creation than man and were created to serve God and to worship Him (Luke 2:9–14; Hebrews 1:6–7, 14; Revelation 5:11–14; 22:8–9).

We teach that Satan is also a created angel and the author of sin. He incurred the judgment of God by rebelling against his Creator (Isaiah 14:12–17; Ezekiel 28:11–19), by taking numerous angels with him in his fall (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:1–14), and by introducing sin into the human race by his role in the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:1–15). We teach that Satan is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Isaiah 14:13–14; Matthew 4:1–11; Revelation 12:9–10), that he is the prince of this world (Ephesians 2:2), who has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 16:20), and that he shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

We teach that Satan’s rebellion against God established a second moral class of angels known as fallen angels. Such angels are identified in Scripture as demons, or evil spirits (James 2:19; Revelation 9:20), and serve Satan in his opposition to God and man (Ephesians 6:10–20), yet their eternal doom is certain (Matthew 25:41).