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What of the further history of Simon Magus???

Justin Martyr (also a Samaritan) tells us:

Simon Magus was from a village called Gitton. In the time of Claudius, Simon became to be worshipped as a god in Rome because of his magical powers. There was a statue erected to Simon Magus on an island in the river Tiber. On the statue was engraved "SIMON DEO SANCTO", meaning "to Simon the sacred god".

Jerome claims to quote from writings of Simon Magus:

"I am the Word of God, I am the Comforter, I am the Almighty, I am all there is of God."

Origen said of Simon Magus:

"It escapes the notice of Celsus that the Simonians do not in any way acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, but they call Simon, 'The Power of God'".

Irenaeus had much to say about Simon Magus, and tells us enough to see the perverted doctrine preached by this heretic.

"Simon, having purchased a woman named Helena, who had been a prostitute in the city of Tyre, carried her about with him, said she was the first conception of his mind, the mother of all things, by whom, in the beginning, he conceived the thought of making the angels and the archangels. Knowing her father's wishes, she descended to the lower world, and produced the angels and powers; by whom he also claimed this world was made. But after she had produced them, she was detained by them though envy, since they were not willing to be considered the offspring of any other being, for he (Simon) himself was entirely unknown by them." They did not want her "to return upward to her father."


So she was "confined to a human body, and for ages passed into other female bodies. She was that Helen, on whose account the Trojan was fought, at last she became a prostitute, and that this was the lost sheep."

"On this account, he (Simon) himself came, that he might first of all reclaim her and free her from her chains, and then give salvation to men through knowledge of himself. For since the angels ruled the world badly, because one of them desired the chief place, he had come down for the restoration of all things, and had descended being changed in figure, and made like to principalities, and powers, and angels, so that he appeared among them as a man, and was thought to have suffered in Judaea, though he did not suffer."

"Furthermore, he said that the prophets uttered their prophecies under the inspiration of those angels who framed the world. For which reason, they who rest their hope on him and his Helena no longer cared for them, but as free men could act as they pleased, for that men are saved by his (Simon's) grace, and not according to their works, for that no acts were just by nature, but by accident, according to the rules established by the angels, who made the world, and who attempt by these precepts to bring men into bondage."

"For this reason, he promised that the world should be released, and those who are his set at liberty from the government of those who made the world."

Simon Magus and Peter debated at least three times.

Simon Magus tried to preach that there were two gods. Simon Magus denied the deity of Christ Jesus, and said that Jesus was only a Jewish prophet. Simon Magus preached that people could live as immoral as they wished, and as long as they had an acceptance of him, they were saved from eternal destruction. He claimed that the God of the Old Testament was imperfect. Peter followed Simon Magus and countered his sorceries and false teachings with the truth and the miracles of God.

There first confrontation was at Antioch, another at Laodicea, and the final one at Rome. Simon died in Rome, after challenging the people to accept his teachings as superior to those of Peter. Simon claimed he would ascend to heaven before them, and through demonic powers began to rise in the air. He flew about Rome for some time, but as Peter prayed to Jesus, Simon Magus suddenly fell to the ground and died.

Simon Magus had told his followers that if he ever died, he was to be buried, and in three days, he would arise from the grave. They waited fruitlessly, for he did not arise!

The false heretical teachings had taken seed in the early church, and gnosticism was confronted by the true prophets of the church for many years. We still fight many of the false doctrines of gnosticism.

John wrote I and II John to confront and counteract the heresy started by this Simon Magus.

I John 4:1-6

{4:1} Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

{2} By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ  has come in the flesh is of God,

{3} and every spirit that does not confess  that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist,  which you have heard was coming,  and is now already in the world.

{4} You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater  than he who is in the world.

{5} They are of the world.  Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.

{6} We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.  By this we know the spirit of truth  and the spirit of error.



The thing that most concerned John about the gnostic heresy was its view of Jesus Christ. If anyone does not have the correct view of Jesus, that person has the spirit of the "antichrist". John is very adamant about this. Today, as then, there are people who do not deny the historicity of Jesus, but want Him only to have been a prophet, a great man, a righteous leader. Jesus was the "Sent One of God" (Messiah, Christ), He was the Son of God, and He is the Only Savior of the world.

John proclaims that these gnostic heretics are of the world, and of the world's paganism, even though they may claim to be of the Christian faith. There are many beliefs in Christian circles of today that are so false, so heretical, so damning in their belief that we must learn how to know the "spirit of truth and the spirit of error" to ascertain the fact that those doctrines are given of the devil and his cohorts, not of God.

1 John 4:12-16 (NKJV)

{12} No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

{13} By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

{14} And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.

{15} Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

{16} And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.


John also lets the saints know that Simon Magus was not "God", and that "no one has seen God at any time..." The true God abides within us, and we know His presence by the love within us. Jesus was sent of God to become the Only Savior of the world. It is confession of Jesus, not Simon Magus, that saves us. John strongly confronts the gnostic teaching of that day, and so must we. We must glorify God as the True God, and Jesus as the only Way of salvation. We may tolerate other religions, but we must still re-iterate, Jesus is the Only Way to heaven.

{5:1} Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who love Him Who begot also loves Him Who is begotten of Him.

{2} By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

{3} For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

{4} For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith.

{5} Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?


The teachings of this demon obsessed Simon Magus, that there is no moral law, no standard of ethics to which we must adhere is still prevalent today.


Many want morality to be a personally chosen thing, but God has established a morality ethic that He demands to be kept.


Sinners do not answer to us, but to God. We try to show mankind the route to the mercy of God, for all of mankind is on the road to hell for their breaking of His law.


We may hate these demonic doctrines, and hate the damning effect those evil demonic doctrines have on mankind, but we still love the sinner, if we are truly Christian. We try to point mankind to the Savior.


Those who trust the "Simon Magus" demonic doctrines of this day, who believe they can choose whether something is "right or wrong", and who believe that there is any other way to heaven will be sadly shocked to someday awaken in hell-fire.


We have a short time to convince the world of its need of a Savior.

1 John 5:10-21 (NKJV)

{10} He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

{11} And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

{12} He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

{13} These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

{17} All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

{18} We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself,  and the wicked one does not touch him.

{19} We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

{20} And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

{21} Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

In II John, John again cautions and warns the church of the "deceivers" that leave the whole truth of God, and who bring a "doctrine" that is contrary to that proclaimed by John. If anyone even "greets" such a one with a "blessing" of God, that one shares in the "evil deeds" of the heretic. That is strong talk, but it is proclaimed in the Word of God.

 2 John 7-11 (NKJV)

{7} For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

{8} Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.

{9} Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.

{10} If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;

{11} for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.


The false doctrines started by the demon obsessed Simon Magus, are still found in the church of today. Hypocrites of today base many of their beliefs on the same doctrines as Simon Magus. Judgment will come on the church of our day, due to many of the same beliefs and practices started by Simon Magus.


The early church which faced the heresy of Simon Magus and his followers, needed to know how this one came to be in the church. Hence, in Acts, Luke records where his conversion occurred, and what began his backsliding into these heretical beliefs.


"Simony" is one of the chief sins of the prosperity movement of today. Offering to sell the blessings of God for money, seeking to use Christianity for personal gain and riches, began with Simon Magus.


Some in the church of today, use deception and charlatan tricks to imitate miracles, in order to deceive congregations. They do it to have a big offering, power, and recognition. This was the same desire of Simon Magus.

Many today preach that Jesus did not truly rise from the dead. These ‘modernists’, as we have called them, are actually believing a heresy started by Simon Magus.


Some today believe that the commandments of God can be broken, and if they have somewhere accepted the Christian faith, they can, with impunity, abort babies, practice sexual promiscuity or perversions, and still be headed for heaven. This heresy started with Simon Magus.


Many today want to be considered Christian, despite their heretical beliefs, and Simon tried to continue to call himself a ‘Christian’ despite his heresies. Many, many, of the heresies of the church, started with this Simon Magus. We need to rebuke the followers of such, as Peter did Simon Magus.

{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."

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