The GOSPEL v. OCCULT & WITCHCRAFT? | Why Didn't a Demon Fear Jesus' Name in Acts 19?
Topic: Faith, Saving Faith, Effectual Calling, False Faith, Curiosity Scripture: Acts 19:11–19:41
If Corinth was the sex capital of the Roman world, Ephesus was its occult capital. Ephesus was the keeper of the temple of Artemus, Roman and Asian goddess of fertility. The temple of Artemus, known by some as Diana, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It posted 127 columns, each 60 feet high. It was the largest building in the world at that time. The image within this great edifice was most likely as a meteorite that had been carved into the multi-breasted image of Artemus the mother goddess of Asia.
As if that were not enough, the city was filled with occult practitioners and believers. We will see in this text that the occult is nothing to be made light of. The power of spiritual darkness has seized whole cultures and even cities and nations. The fear that comes from the secret, dark arts has bond many who have given themselves to its study.
Can the gospel of Jesus Christ be effective in such an environment? Can Jesus Christ our Lord use His church to minister to and reach such people with the Word of God? Is Jesus powerful enough to cast out evil and establish the good?
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