The Sons of Sceva
A Sermon on Acts 19:13-16
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. (ESV)
The similarities between the sons of Sceva and the modern Church; the problem of a second-hand and indirect belief; philosophy and humanism in the guise of Christianity; the truth concerning Jesus and the way of salvation.