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The Cult of Simon Magus

The Cult of Simon Magus - The beginning of the Roman Catholic Church

I will begin this chapter with my own experience while visiting Vatican City. While tasked for duty for the military. I began working at an Italian military base near the town of Pisa. On the weekends I and some others I was working with would visit Rome. So I had time to look at everything and spend time looking around Vatican City. I was able to learn much history but I must admit some of what I saw kind of spooked me. To me these Cathedrals seemed part museum and part cemetery and gave me a very spooky feeling. I remember seeing a long dead pope in a glass casket and this seemed shocking to me. One of the Cathedrals had beautiful covering Cherubim cut into stone. The artistry was so beautiful until I looked at the feet. The feet of these “Angels where hoofed!” I wondered to myself as to why many of the Angels in Rome have these hoofed feet. I then realized these where not God’s angels but someone else’s! Since when do God’s angels have hoofed feet! One of the things I learned was the name of the founder of this Church because his name is written in several places throughout the city. I was surprised to find its founder was not Simon Peter the Apostle but Simon the magician something they reluctantly admit. When questioned about this deception the answer to me was “Well, Simon Peter had made Simon Magus another apostle, actually the head of all the apostles!” Anyone who has any concern and can busy themselves long enough to read the Bible knows this was never the case concerning Simon Magus! Let us analyze Simon Magus because much is written about him in the Bible. So he must have played a major role somehow. First we will read Acts 8:9-24

Acts 8:9-24
"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which before time in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me."

Right from the very beginning, Satan had his counterfeit "messiah" operating right in the true Messiah's backyard. His name was Simon Magus or Simon the Sorcerer and this man, and not Simon Peter the Apostle, went on to found the Universal Roman "church." His career was the history of Roman Catholicism in miniature originally coming to Jerusalem to learn the Kabbalah from the Mystics. For a long time he bewitched the people with his false miracles. Since the year 800 A.D., Rome has bewitched the world with her false miracles of transubstantiation (Turning a wafer of bread magically into the supposed body of Christ). Simon ‘believed’ and was baptized. Outwardly he was a Christian but his belief was only superficial and he was still a pagan at heart. He coveted the apostolic office and saw the opportunity of using Christianity to make money — a business corporation masquerading as the church of Christ! After his encounter with the Apostle Peter, this magician went to Rome and by tricks and false miracles established a "Christian church" in that city. This man can truly be considered as the first of the age long dynasty of Popes —many coming in Christ's name and deceiving many. See Matthew 25:5.

What does Luke Tell Us about Simon Magus?
Notice the points Luke places clearly before us.
1. Simon was a Samaritan, not a Jew -- (Acts 8:9). Remember that the Bible tells us salvation was of the Jews -- not of the Samaritans (John 4:22).
2. Simon Magus greatly used demonic powers to do miracles and wonders (Acts 8:9).
3. The whole population of Samaria (both small and great) gave heed to him (Verse 10). He was looked on as the greatest prophet -- all Samaritans BELIEVED IN HIM!
4. The Samaritans WORSHIPPED him as "the Great One" -- a god. "This man is that power of God called Great [that is the Almighty]" (Verse 10). Imagine it! They called him god in the flesh!
5. Luke is also careful to inform us that Simon had become firmly established in Samaria as "the Great One" and had practiced his powers "for a long time" (Verse 11).
6. Luke wants us to understand that he nominally became a Christian ("Simon himself believed") and was baptized -- that is, he physically, outwardly "entered" the Christian Church (Verse 13).
7. Simon even recognized that Christ’s power was greater than his but wanted to be associated with that great name (Verse 13).
8. Simon, seeing the potential of the Christian religion waited until the authorities, Peter and John, came to Samaria and then offered to pay them money to OBTAIN AN APOSTLESHIP IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Verses 18-21).

Simon Coveted the Apostle’s Office! He thought himself as an Apostle.

Those who carelessly read this section of Scripture may get the mistaken notion that Simon wanted only to buy the Holy Spirit. Yes, he wanted that -- but his main intention went far beyond. He had eyes on becoming an APOSTLE!

Peter immediately perceived his intention and said "You have neither PART nor LOT in this matter" (Verse 21). The true Apostles had been chosen after Christ’s death to take PART in the apostleship by LOT (Acts 1:25, 26). Peter was telling Simon he couldn’t buy an APOSTLESHIP.

Luke is showing that Simon wanted to be one of the APOSTLES -- a top man in the Christian Church. He was after that office. After all Simon imagined himself to be fully qualified to be an APOSTLE, especially over the Samaritans since they already looked to him as the greatest religious leader of the age. However, Peter rebuked him sternly.

9. Peter perceived that Simon was in the "gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity [lawlessness]" (Verse 23).

Who History Says This Simon Became!

Quotes from History:

"When Justin Martyr wrote [152 A.D.] his Apology, the sect of the Simonies’ appear to have been formidable, for he speaks four times of their founder, Simon; and we need not doubt that he identified him with the Simon of the Acts. He states that he was a Samaritan, adding that his birthplace was a village called Gitta; he describes him as a formidable magician, and tells that he came to ROME in the days of Claudius Caesar (45 A.D.), and made such an impression by his magical powers, THAT HE WAS HONORED AS A GOD, a statue being erected to him on the Tiber, between the two bridges, bearing the inscription ‘Simoni deo Sancto’ (i.e., the holy god Simon)"
Source: Dictionary of Christian Biography Vol. 4, p. 682

That these things actually happened CANNOT BE DOUBTED! Justin was writing to the Roman people at the time and they could certainly have exposed Justin’s credulity if what he said was not so. And, that a statue of Simon was actually erected is definite, for Justin asks the authorities in Rome to destroy it!

There are many writers, who lived in Rome itself, who afterwards repeated Justin’s account. Those who want to reject these clear statements have nothing in their favor. Justin is clearly giving us fact!

Only Paul builds a true Church in Rome.

II Timothy 4:11
"Only Luke is with me"

In regard to his trial, notice what Paul said in II Timothy 4:16.

II Timothy 4:16
"At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men [in Rome] forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge."

This means, if we believe the Catholics, then Peter forsook Paul! For they tell us Peter was very much present at Rome during this time! Peter once denied Christ, but that was before he was converted. To believe that Peter was in Rome during Paul’s trial is unthinkable! Simon Peter Not in Rome! Simon Magus in Rome!

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