By Mike Evans
Acts chapter 16 relates the story of the apostle Paul and his missionary traveling companion, Silas. Not long after they arrived, the cast a demon out of a young woman who was a fortune teller. Her owners realized they had lost their effortless income from her soothsaying and wanted revenge. Paul and Silas were dragged into the town square. The two men were dropped on the pavement at the feet of the magistrates and charged falsely. Magistrates and crowd alike were whipped into a frenzy; Paul and Silas were stripped of their outer garments and beaten before being thrown in prison.