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Remain in Ephesus was the title of a presentation I gave at Labor Day weekend at Seabeck Christian Conference Center. Based on Paul’s words to Timothy, shortly after they left a Roman prison and went to Crete, where Paul set sail for Macedonia and Timothy left for Ephesus at Paul’s request. Why remain in Ephesus? In order to command certain persons not to teach “different doctrines.” My research says the different doctrines he wanted Timothy to combat were primarily under the heading of Gnosticism. I was shocked to discover the same ideas alive and well today, in pop culture items like Matrix, The Da Vinci Code, and a wide variety of new and old religions.

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