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The Secret of Godliness

"Great is the mystery of godliness," Paul declares. The book of Acts (19:28) records that a great disturbance arose in the city of Ephesus because of the Way, 19:23. The Ephesians were filled with rage and began to shout, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians." Now, as Paul writes to Timothy who is pastoring in Ephesus, Paul declares; "Great is the mystery of godliness." Paul is shouting that the answer to false worship and idolatry, to a pagan and humanistic culture is Christianity.