Why weren't the seven sons of Sceva able to cast out the evil spirit in a possessed man if they cast it out in Jesus Christ's name?


Acts 19:11 - 17

ESV - 11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul. 12 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.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Although the Jewish exorcists mentioned in the passage cited in the question invoked the name of Jesus, they themselves had no faith in Him (as indicated by the fact that they referred to Him as "Jesus, whom Paul preaches" (Acts 19:13)).

Jesus instructed His apostles not to stop someone who was casting out demons in His name, even though he was not one of them (Luke 9:49), but that individual apparently at least had genuine personal faith in Jesus. The sons of Sceva in Acts 19 did not have such faith (as also indicated by the fact that, although they knew about Jesus, they were acting in concert with other Jewish exorcists, rather than as followers of Christ).

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