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Gordian Knot

Updated: Feb 12, 2022

In a temple in the city of Gordium was kept the chariot of Gordius, once a famous Phrygian king. The yoke of the chariot was fastened to the pole by a knot of tough fibre. The knot was said to have been tied by Gordius himself. It was a very complicated knot. An oracle had declared that whoever should untie it would become the master of Asia. Instead of trying to untie it, Alexander the Great cut it with one stroke of his sword. The people of Asia Minor took this as an omen that he was to be their master and offered him only minor resistance.

How to effectively reach the Italian people with the gospel is said to be a very complicated problem. The relativistic views of postmodern Europe, the influence of Catholicism, their strong deference to tradition, and the role of family all add to the “gordian knot” of reaching Italian souls for Christ.


Having been in Italy for only a year I certainly cannot speak as an expert on ministering here. However, I have a simple faith in the word of God which is said to be “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword” and I believe it is able to divide asunder the bonds that hold the Italian people spiritually captive.


I believe if we saturate the communities we are trying to reach with copies from the Bible of John/Romans as well as gospel tracts, and consistently communicate the word of God to those we meet with grace and humility then the “sword of the spirit” itself will cut through the tough fibre of men’s souls and the healing balm of Christ’s love will do its work.


“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

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