Within the last six months I’ve looked at some alleged Bible contradictions supposedly found in Luke 9.
These are claims that are found online. I find these claims to be problematic when one considers the context.
Today I want to consider another one: “Who can cast out devils in the name of Jesus?”
Here’s the claim from the skeptics:
Only the followers of Jesus can do it.
(It’s one of the signs of a true believer.)
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils. Mark 16:17
Others can do it, too.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.Matthew 7:21-23
And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. Mark 9:38
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. Luke 9:49
I took a lot longer to post today because of research within the text itself as part of my response. So here it is:
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