Demetrius

There can be no doubt that there have been some very amazing conversions to Christianity. The example of Saul of Tarsus, who persecuted Christians to their death and was radically changed into the mighty Apostle Paul, is the ultimate example. His holy and dedicated Christian example sets him up as the greatest example of Christianity of all time. He was light years different from how darkened grace changers present him as the worst of sinners!

Besides Paul, there are some we can speculate about. Such includes the little known Demetrius, who may have been very noteworthy as well, but it isn’t clear. We first read of the name Demetrius in Acts:

About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:23-34)

That Demetrius was an idolater, as well as a maker of idols who lived in Ephesus. He stirred up other business people with a speech regarding how Paul’s teachings are not beneficial for their business. The pagan goddess, Artemas, was afterwards praised loudly for 2 hours. The city clerk had to quiet down the commotion. At a later time, John wrote:

Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true. (3 John 12)

Who was the Demetrius John reported well of? Could it be that he was the same Demetrius of Acts 19? If so, he too was one of the most shocking conversions to Christianity. Dan Corner thinks it is highly possible. If you agree or disagree with Dan Corner about Demetrius, it is clear that Saul of Tarsus was changed more than the possible change in Demetrius of Acts 19!

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