Acts Chapter Nineteen (NASB)
Verses 1-10: Paul preaches and teaches in Ephesus.
Verses 11-20: Seven sons of Sceva are cast out of the house while trying to cast out a demon.
Verses 21-41: A riot breaks out in Ephesus.
II. KEY PASSAGES
(A) Acts 19:11-12--"And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them." There can be no question that God's anointing was on Paul, confirming his status as an Apostle of Jesus Christ.
(B) Acts 19:15--"But the evil spirit answered them, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?'" Casting out demons isn't a matter of reciting particular words. Such work demands an appropriate relationship with Jesus Christ. Attempting to confront demons without God's protection is inviting an attack.
(C) Acts 19:30--"But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him." The crowd would most likely have torn Paul to pieces, yet he still wanted to enter the crowd in order to preach.
(D) Acts 19:35--"And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, 'Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky?'" In the ancient world, cities would often treat meteorites as objects that fell from heaven. Interestingly, Muhammad often kissed one of these "sacred stones," which is still kissed by Muslims to this day. The Bible condemns reverence for sacred stones, as can be seen in the following passage:
2 Kings 18:1-4--"In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (See also 2 Kings 23:14, where Josiah smashes sacred stones.)
Here the Bible says that Hezekiah did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and as an example the passage notes that he "smashed the sacred stones." This clearly condemns Muhammad, who taught his followers to kiss a sacred stone. We read in the History of at-Tabari (Volume 6, p. 101):
Ibn Humayd- Salamah- Muhammad b. Ishaq- Yahya b. ‘Urwah b. al-Zubayr- his father ‘Urwah-‘Abdallah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As: I said to him, "What was the worst attack you saw by Quraysh upon the Messenger of God when they openly showed their enmity to him?" He replied, "I was with them when their nobles assembled one day in the Hijr and discussed the Messenger of God. They said, ‘We have never seen the like of what we have endured from this man. He has derided our traditional values, abused our forefathers, reviled our religion, caused division among us, and insulted our gods. We have endured a great deal from him,’ or words to that effect. While they were saying this, the Messenger of God suddenly appeared and walked up and kissed the Black Stone. Then he passed by them while performing the circumambulation, and as he did so they made some slanderous remarks about him. I could see from the Messenger of God’s face that he had heard them, but he went on. When he passed the second time they made similar remarks, and I could see from his face that he had heard them, but again he went on. Then he passed them the third time, and they made similar remarks; but this time he stopped and said, ‘Hear, men of Quraysh. By Him in whose hand Muhammad’s soul rests, I have brought you slaughter.’ They were gripped by what he said, and it was as though every man of them had a bird perched on his head; even those of them who had been urging the severest measures against him previously spoke in conciliatory ways to him, using the politest expressions they could think of, and said, ‘Depart in true guidance, Abu al-Qasim; by God you were never ignorant.’"
On a completely different note, notice that Muhammad promised to slaughter the Meccans, after he had (1) derided their traditional values, (2) abused their forefathers, (3) reviled their religion, (4) caused division among them, and (5) insulted their gods. This is quite different from the picture of Muhammad presented by Muslims in the West.