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THE SIMON MAGUS type
of evil spirit

 PART 1

Philip was one of the 70 disciples, according to early church records, and Biblical evidence. His ministry is shown to us in describing two of his converts. One, led to Jesus by Philip was Simon Magus. Another of his converts was the Ethiopian Eunuch. There are vital lessons to learn about each of these. The stories told in the Bible about such conversions, were included for reasons, vital reasons. The early church understood, but many today have missed seeing why these stories were so important to be included in the Book of Acts.

One convert (Simon Magus) started a terrible heresy. Led away by doctrines of devils, Simon Magus started heresies that still are being instigated, encouraged by demons of our day. Those same demons, and ones like them are still propagating evil doctrines like those preached by Simon Magus.

This Simon magus became a heretic, and an apostate. He was saved for a short time, reverted back to old ways. His apostasy led to him pretending a ‘Christian’ witness, but became so perverted from Christ’s teachings, that it is a wonder that anyone could call it Christianity. Remnants of the teachings of Simon magus are still claimed by a great number of apostates today.



Acts 5:5-24 (NKJV)

{5} Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.

{6} And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

{7} For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.

{8} And there was great joy in that city.

{9} But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great,

{10} to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God."

{11} And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.

{12} But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.

{13} Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done.

{14} Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,

{15} who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

{16} For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

{17} Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

{18} And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money,

{19} saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit."

{20} But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

{21} "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.

{22} "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

{23} "For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity."

{24} Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me."

 

Philip traveled to Samaria, and proclaimed the good news there. Miracles occurred, the sick were healed, and demons were cast out. One convert was Simon Magus.

Acts 8:13 says that he ‘believed", and we have no reason to doubt the truth of that, but his conversion did not continue, for he backslid. Judas had his name written in heaven, and he sinned and went to hell. This convert, Simon Magus, also left a faith that he had found for a short time.

In the present time, the church has paid little attention to Simon Magus. In the early church, this name was very familiar, and the purpose of this portion about him in Acts is of vital importance. During the following 300 years, the name of Simon Magus was spoken of very often.

"Simon" is the Greek form of a the Hebrew word, "Shimon" meaning "hearing with acceptance..." The word "magus" does not occur in relation to Simon, but in verse 9, "mageuon" is used, meaning "to use sorcery". The word "magias" is used in verse 11,

meaning "sorceries".

Therefore, this man was a magician, using the powers of deception, and powers of demonic forces to amaze, astonish, and overwhelm the people.

 

{9} But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria,

claiming that he was someone great,

{10} to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is the great power of God."

{11} And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.



Simon Magus had made the people to think that he was "the Great Power of God..." The Greek words for
"Great Power" are: "megas dunamis" meaning the "exceeding great and mighty miraculous power".

 


This man, Simon Magus, was well-known, accepted, and thought to be a god by these Samaritan people. There were many such "magicians" in those days. Tiberius had a host of magicians in constant attendance with him. People, then as today, are attracted by miraculous signs and wonders.

 

Peter and John were dispatched to Samaria to see what was happening. When they arrived, they began to "lay hands" on the converts, and they began to receive the Holy Spirit. The sight of these people speaking in tongues, prophesying, and beginning to exhibit the other gifts of the Spirit, astounded Simon Magus. Simon began to see this new found religion, as another means to make a living, become powerful and accepted.

Peter and John were showing forth the miraculous power of God, that was even a step beyond the signs seen in Philip. Simon Magus offered money to Peter and John to be shown how to give forth the miraculous power shown in the ministry of Peter and John. Today, we still call the idea that trying to buy or to sell spiritual gifts to be "simony".

 

Even today, we find many in Christianity, that try to offer spiritual gifts, blessings, prosperity, and answers to prayer to be received by MONEY. It is a common false doctrine of today, started long ago by Simon Magus. and deserves rebuke today, as it did then.

{20} But Peter said to him, "Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money!

{21} "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God.

{22} "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.

{23} "For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity."

{24} Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me."

 

Simon Magus took the doctrines of Christianity, and tried to integrate what he had believed beforehand. It started a heresy known as GNOSTICISM. Over the next years, there became a group within the church called "SIMONIANI" or "SIMONIANS". They had doctrines that were a combination of Judaism, Samaritans, paganism, and Christianity. The early church often referred to Simon Magus as the founder of the GNOSTIC SECT.

 

Simon reverted to using his former powers of deception and demonic miracles to astound people. The works of supernatural powers appeal to the outward senses. The bewilderment they had at watching his sorceries, and deception of Simon Magus attracted some in the church. The signs seen by many, then done by Simon Magus, and now done by many Christian charlatans, apostates, make people open to receive spiritual doctrine.


Simon Magus preached a doctrine that was heresy, false, and damning to the souls of his victims. The true divine works and miracles done by true men and women of God are greater than anything Simon Magus then, and false prophets today, can imitate. Yet, the false and evil wonders done by charlatans of the church do lead many into false doctrines and heresy.


The devils then were instigating these false doctrines. Still today, evil spirits instigate the same heresies to some who were thought to be church leaders. We hear them on Christian television, we read them in books found in Christian book stores.


When a Christian apostatizes, demons obsess and the false doctrines begin to come forth from them.


Then the ruling powers begin to empower the apostates, and they get power to become a false prophet of some renown.


The devil could not stop the early church by the evil Pharisees, Sadducees, and ungodly Romans. Therefore, the devil began to infiltrate the church, leading some who were saved, to through the deception of devils, to take on doctrines of those demons, false doctrines, nto their Christian beliefs.

We see many illustrations today of such demonic attempts to pervert Christian doctrine. Some charlatans today call out illnesses and diseases unknown to the person, and then tell them that they were healed. The person often believes that they truly must have had such disease, and believes that this was truly a healing. Thereby, they make themselves susceptible to the false heretical doctrines promoted by the simonian-like apostate, charlatans.


Some apostates and charlatans of today, as did Simon Magus in that time, deceive people by pretending to announce a healing of someone in "t.v. land" or in "radio land". While the ones who have come personally to the meeting needing and wanting healings go home unhealed. The simonian apostates have many believing there were astounding miracles done to someone, somewhere, but not there.

 

 

 


Jesus healed those who came to Him, and did not just sit there and tell the sick of Jerusalem, that someone in Nazareth has just been healed. The gullible, easily led away by every wind of doctrine, swallow the lies of the impostors. They are swindled by such deceptive lies. With the greed of Simon Magus as an example, many today want money to guarantee a miracle, prosperity, and blessings. Jesus never asked for offerings to give forth His blessings. In fact, we are to continue the works of Christ, and His miracles were mercy,undeserved favor. Some today, ask for $2000 to get God to procure the victims of the charlatans out of debt. Now they are so greedy that they even want the 'tithe' of the amount needed to get them out of debt, first. This prosperity doctrine is evil, and perpetrated by the "quacks" of Christianity.


PART 2 TO COME.... STAY TUNED


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