Acts 8:13 (KJV) The Pseudo-Spiritual Heart of Simon

Acts 8:13 (KJV)
Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Simon the sorcerer is an interesting study in our day of mega ministries claiming super spiritual abilities. A Faith healer who claims to be able a heal and otherwise sway crowds just by hitting them with his suit coat and mega churches that turn a song like “Silent Night” into a flapper dance song  remind me of a “Simon-like” spirit.

Simon’s true interest was influence and power over people. Simon, the Bible says, believed and was baptized but notice where his interests were; he beheld and wondered and the miracles and signs and not the Lord. This, I believe, is the common spirit of modern Christianity. It is performance based. It is focused on some sort of human accomplishment. If it is not a faith healer, it is:

  • A  preacher super star, or
  • A ministerial super center or
  • A spirito/politico  movement

in every case, the focus is missing Jesus Christ.

Simon’s true spirit eventually rose to the surface. The Apostle Peter quickly spotted the pseudo-spiritual heart of Simon and sternly rebuked him. Christians ought to be gracious, but passionate about Jesus Christ and honest faith.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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