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Tactics of the Lawless Children

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TACTICS OF THE LAWLESS CHILDREN
by Pastor Jeromy John Visser

(Introduction:)

This evening's topic is called Tactics of the Lawless Children and it's a sort of sequel to my longest sermon to date called Tactics of the Lawless One. Surprisingly, the first part was extremely well-received by those who read it so I launched a sort of small web campaign by posting links to the sermon in various forums and sometimes even pasting the entire twelve-page text itself for the public's scrutiny. Dealing with seedline, the children of the devil and so much more, Tactics of the Lawless One has been printed out by many internet readers and about the worst feedback I've received to date was a "this teaching is non-traditional" which is really a compliment.

Naturally, there's so much more material to cover so tonight I'd like to look at several Biblical "children of the wicked" and what exactly made them false prophets. From Cain and Balaam to Judas Iscariot and Simon Magus we'll be looking deeper into the characteristics that identified them as snakes. Peter tells us; "There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you (2 Peter 2:1)" meaning that we'd better pay attention their tactics so we can better arm ourselves to withstand their "damnable heresies." Not each of these shoddy characters is a Biblical 'prophet' but their denial of the Lord does make them antichrist.

A quick glance at many 501(c)3 churchianity buildings should be proof enough that there's false prophets teaching "traditions of men" and sometimes worse. A semi-attentive study into the Bible should also be proof that their deceptive 'image' of an effeminized Jesus is not the God and Savior of the scriptures, rather a creature of their own making. In this day and age it doesn't pay to straddle the fence or listen to easy-believest 'reverends' who can't substantiate their claims without taking two verses and twisting them into something different. "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15)."

(The Cainine Connection:)

What list of Biblical 'bad guys' would be correct if it didn't start with Cain, the first murderer? 1 John 3:12 says that Cain "was of that wicked one" and he slew his brother "because his own works were evil" as apposed to righteous Abel's. Let's take a closer look at what made Cain kill Abel and see how he was exactly spawned from "the wicked [lawless] one" or Satan himself. This part of the study is essential because it ties into the particular "lawless children" or serpent's seed that I'm addressing in this sermon.

"Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from Yahweh. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto Yahweh. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And Yahweh had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Yahweh said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him (Genesis 4:1-7)."

Literally hundreds of studies have been published into these verses, The Problem With Genesis 4:1 by Clifton A. Emahiser could be considered 'essential reading' for any honest seedliner. Rather than break down the Hebrew and Greek-added words found in the manuscripts I'll rather focus on what the Word says about Eve and her "beguilement." Before doing so we should take notice that Eve "again" or continued (Strong's #H3254) to bare Abel proving that he and Cain were 'twins' so they both bring their offerings "in [the] process of time" on the same exact day. Interesting is the fact that the word "tiller" used to describe Cain is taken from the Hebrew word ‛âbad (pronounced aw-bad') which means "a slave (Strong's #H5647)" proving that Cain and his future seed would always be "slaves to the ground or earth." Right from the beginning Yahweh has no respect for Cain nor his offering while "the keeper of the sheep" Abel is forever considered righteous.

A historical clue can be found in the non-canonized Protevangelion 10:1-10 (as rendered in The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden); "When her sixth month was come, Joseph returned from his building houses abroad, which was his trade, and entering into the house, found the Virgin grown big: Then smiting upon his face, he said, With what face can I look up to the Lord my God? or, what shall I say concerning this young woman? For I received her a Virgin out of the temple of the Lord my God, and have not preserved her such! Who has thus deceived me? Who has committed this evil in my house, and seducing the Virgin from me, hath defiled her? Is not the history of Adam exactly accomplished in me? For in the very instant of his glory, the serpent came and found Eve alone, and seduced her. Just after the same manner it has happened to me. Then Joseph arising from the ground, called her, and said, O thou who hast been so much favored by God, why hast thou done this? Why hast thou thus debased thy soul, who wast educated in the Holy of Holies, and received thy food from the hand of angels? But she, with a flood of tears, replied, I am innocent, and have known no man."

This aligns with Paul's teaching in 2 Corinthians 11:3 which reads; "I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." As I mentioned in Trees and Stars In The Garden of Yahweh, the word beguiled is taken from the Greek exapataō which plainly means "wholly (sexually) seduced." Cain and his bastard clan are without a doubt 'bad seeds' both then and now.

(Doctrine of Balaam:)

An even less-known idiot from the Holy Bible is the counterfeit prophet Balaam who was murdered at the slaughter of Midian. Born in Mesopotamia and considered a full-scale soothsayer, Balaam's false prophecies are mostly transcribed in the book of Numbers but he's also mentioned several times in the New Testament as an eternal example of what not to follow:

Jude says; "Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core (Jude 1:11)." Peter gives Christians a second witness in 2 Peter 2:15-16; "Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet."

Neither what Peter nor Jude has to say about Balaam is as important as the Words of Jesus Christ Himself who says; "I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication (Revelation 2:14)."

Recently, I've spoken about both Balaam and his ass in Jesus, God Or Not? and Tactics of the Lawless One and those familiar with the jewish Babylonian 'tulmud' might be aware that the name of Jesus is replaced by this very false prophet. For example, a half-hearted study into Sanhedrin 106b proves that the jews teach the virgin Mary was a 'whore' and a quick glance at the footnotes will also show that "all the Balaam passages are anti-Christian in tendency [so] Balaam [is] being used as an alias for Jesus (Rabbi Freedman)." The ADL gives even further proof when they say "In the nineteenth century, when the field of academic Jewish studies was in its infancy, a small group of Jewish scholars suggested that in some cases the term Balaam in the Talmud may be a codeword for Jesus." It's no wonder the Creator Jesus Christ purposely calls out "the doctrine of Balaam" by name!

Here's what happened -- the children of Israel were camping out in the plains of Moab near Jericho after they had just wiped out both the kings of Og and the Amorites. They had already been commanded by Yahweh to "Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle (Deuteronomy 2:9)" yet the current king of the Moabites named Balak "was sore afraid of the people, because they were many (Numbers 22:3)." So, he sends for Balaam 'the son of Beor' offering "the rewards of divination" and asks him "Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and I may drive them out of the land (Numbers 22:6-7)."

Balaam accepts the offer from king Balak so Yahweh hurriedly tells him "Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed (Numbers 22:12)." Nevertheless, he still sets out the next morning in an attempt to curse the chosen people except "the angel of Yahweh stood in the way for an adversary [śâṭân] against him (Numbers 22:22)." The story of how Balaam's ass gains the ability to speak is classic -- "Yahweh opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times (Numbers 22:28)?" A little while after this Balaam begins to "bless" the children of Israel while Joshua himself resists to "deliver" the chosen people (Joshua 24:10)."

What exactly is this 'stumblingblock' that Balaam cast before the Israelites? Pay attention to what happens next and how yet another attack on Israel's race started; "And Israel abode in ****tim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before Yahweh against the sun, that the fierce anger of Yahweh may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor (Numbers 25:1-5)." Indeed, the same age-old attack of miscegenation and eventually serving other gods, in this case it was Baal-Peor.

Baal-Peor was the false god of the Moabites who was worshipped by his adherents in so-called temple 'orgies' where the illegitimate offspring where eventually sacrificed to him, much like Moloch. I won't call out any specific names but several modern-day cults that call upon the name of ''Jah-Bal-On" are also unaware that the 'Bal' part of that name is actually derived from this very same Baal-Peor. This deity is most often represented as both a male sun-god and a female moon-goddess and he was worshipped high atop Mount Peor, hence the fitting name 'Baal [lord of] Peor.' Because of this forbidden sexual activity David would eventually write; "They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead (Psalm 106:28)" and Hosea would add; "I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto shame; and their abominations were according as they loved (Hosea 9:10)." All brought to you by the false prophet Balaam!

(Iscariot the Traitor:)

Judas Iscariot is quite arguably one of the better-known disciples of Jesus Christ due to the fact that he was a thieving snake who eventually betrayed our beloved Savior to the serpentile enemy. I have already covered numerous aspects about Judas in Calling of the Twelve which is more-or-less an overview on the twelve chosen men and their varying positions within the ministry. Iscariot was actually the 'keeper of the treasury' meaning that he handled most of the funds but towards the end of his sad life he would betray Jesus for a mere thirty pieces of silver, the price of a common slave (Exodus 21:32). Truly, "the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10)."

During a deeper study into Judas Iscariot and his actions we can start to see major similarities between him and Satan. One such parallel has been already mentioned and it's the fact that Judas was 'keeper of the treasury' but he was also among the first group chosen by Jesus. Compare this to the fact that Lucifer was "the anointed cherub that covereth [the Law]" and was "perfect in [his] ways from the day that [he] wast created, till iniquity was found in [him] (Ezekiel 28:14-15)." Also think upon how both Judas and Satan are chosen 'vessels of dishonor' used to bring about Yahweh's glory and perfect will on earth.

This shouldn't be very surprising because Luke 22:3-5 teaches us; "Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money." To me, the most important thing to notice about the betrayal is that it came from a so-called 'close friend' of the Messiah in keeping with Biblical prophecies like "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Proverbs 27:6)" and "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me (Psalm 41:9)." Yes, these same verses are in reference to Judas Iscariot.

Jesus taught us; "a man's foes shall be they of his own household (Matthew 10:36)" and this truth certainly rings true today. For example, this month alone I've witnessed the disbanding of the National Alliance from several of its founding members, the false wing of Aryan Nations headed by August Kreis turn against Christianity claiming that it's a "ZOG concept" and the Christian Separatist Church Society claim to have "all truth" while condemning other followers of Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, how can we ever expect to overcome the tactical enemy when so much time is spent slinging mud at one another? I've actually partly addressed this very concept in our recent CPM Freestyle: Q&A broadcast, we certainly need unity!

During the last supper Jesus says; "He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said (Matthew 26:25)." He also taught us; "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me (John 13:17-18)." As we can see Jesus Himself taught that it would've been better for Judas to have 'never been born' and that he was not 'chosen' by the Messiah. Ever wonder why this was?

For further clarity, I'd like to address a few aspects about Judas Iscariot. He was obviously a selfish man who cared less about the poor (John 12:4-8) and deceived those that he stole from, including Jesus Christ (Acts 1:17). He was also an steadfast unbeliever (Luke 22:1-6) that left himself open to satanic influence (Matthew 26:14-16) so towards the end of his life he engaged in bribery (Matthew 26:47-50) to forsake the Savior, someone that he ate and walked with and supposedly considered a friend. Many motion pictures like to portray Judas as just a confused man with overall good intentions that was really trying to 'protect' Jesus -- this is the exact opposite of his Biblical description. Judas Iscariot was a wicked person, period.

Unlike Satan, Judas did see the error of his ways before finally buying a section of land with a part of the thirty pieces and hanging himself there so violently "he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out (Matthew 27:5 & Acts 1:18)." In Matthew 27:3-4 it states; "Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that." Still, it was a bit too late by this time so we read in the very next verse; "He cast down [some of] the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself."

There's a lesson to be learned by Christians in the example of Judas -- never betray Jesus Christ. That sounds like a rather simple concept but remember that the Bible says "Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts (Hebrews 3:15)." Jesus Himself said; "Ye shall be hated of all for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22 & Mark 13:13)" meaning that those walking in the truth -- and I mean Biblical truth, not the watered-down judeo 'prosperity doctrine' concept -- will without a doubt be hated of all. Saying that Jesus is God is a sure-fire way of heaping that hatred from our enemies on yourselves, give it a try!

(Simon, Magus, Simony:)

"There was a certain man called Simon, who before 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 for a 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 (Acts 8:9-13 wbs)."

Simon Magus was a sorcerer of great status and his morbid magical arts among the Samaritans was certainly well-known during the time of the Acts. As soon as phony Simon sees the apostle Philip baptizing other Christian believers he quickly decides that he wants a part of 'the gift' so he poses as a believer until he finds an opportunity to offer the early church money for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The modern-day negative term of “Simony,” as denoting the purchase for money of spiritual offices, is derived from him.

Let's continue to read this gloomy account; "Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John: Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit: (For as yet he had fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then they laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-19 wbs)."

This Simon alongside the whore 'living goddess' Helena -- known as Salome to John the Immerser -- not only helped to found the bogus Gnostic sect, but he also through turn of events actually helped spawn the not-so-holy Roman Catholic church as we know it today. It's not so strange that Simon Magus was worshipped in place of Yahweh as some type of a false god, the term 'magus' simply means "a worker of magic" and truly "there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9)." A decent self-study into the history of Simon Magus proves that he was considered the first 'pope' -- just contact CPM for more information if you're interested.

Before finishing up this morning, let's see how Peter answers this chump; "Peter said to 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 thy 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 (Acts 8:20-24 wbs)."

Notice that even after Peter's stern rebuke Simon refuses to repent? What type of idiot would think that either the gift of the Holy Spirit or forgiveness of sins can be purchased with money or a simple chant like 'Hail Mary?' Jesus Himself condemned this type of practice when He said; "Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition (Mark 7:10-13)." That word 'corban' means "an offering or present (Strong's #G2878)" and the practice still exists today in the false pagan catholic church.

(Intention:)

My intention with this morning's sermon, like Tactics of the Lawless One is to expose some of the tactics that "false brethren" can use against us at times during our walk with Jesus. Look for an upcoming Tactics of the Lawless Whores dealing with 'bad girls' of the Bible and done much in the same manner as today's study -- I pray that Jesus Christ gets the honor always! War for Christ! Amen.

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  1. Prakazrel's Avatar


    Lawless Tactics (Part #1) is a lengthy investigation into the Bible's teachings on Satan and several fallen angels. This one-hour study looks at demons, temptations, wickedness, tares, scoffers, antichrists, false prophets and even worse abominations! This special reissue contains a complete summation of the adversary and an extended overview of the second (and final) part.

    http://covenantpeoplesministry.org/a..._1_reissue.mp3

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    Lawless Tactics (Part #2) completes our series on the iniquitous tares by studying four "bad guys" of the Holy Bible - Cain, Balaam, Judas Iscariot and Simon Magus. To further prove that both sexes are sinful and Christians must carefully choose their spouses, this one-hour analysis cross-compares four "bad girls" from scripture - Eve, Jezebel, Rahab the harlot and Delilah of Sorek.

    http://covenantpeoplesministry.org/a..._2_reissue.mp3

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  2. Solomon's Avatar
    Simon Magus was labeled "the father of all heretics" by Irenaeus in the Preface of his "Against Heresies, III." This view was also adopted by Eusebius in his "Ecclesiastical History" and Simon was said to be the "first author of heresy" by the Early Christian Church.

    Whether Simon Magus deserves these titles is still presently debateable. Today as then, in the first century AD, most orthodox Christians would say Simon is worthy of such titles, because as it shall be shown Simon started the religion of Gnosticism, and particularly the sect of Simonians.

    But, his activities must be examined and judged with caution because they are neither described by his followers nor himself but by his enemies the early Church Fathers and writers whose purpose it was to only present the official view of the Church.

    It can be acknowledged that for Simon to be described with such distaste must have meant he was a great irritant to Church leaders. It is only from these negative references to the man that one gains an oblique picture of his personality.

    Simon bears the surname of Magus, it is not clear whether this was his real name or it was self-imposed. Magus means "worker of magic." This further hinders an objective judgment of the man because the word magic eludes a rational definition.

    Simon was called a sorcerer as well as a magician. Caution must be exerted here too, for it will be recalled that the Three Wise Men who visited Jesus at the manger were also referred to as magicians or magi. (See Magus) According to the first biblical description of Simon in the Book of Acts he was referred to as a wise man. The Samaritans said of him, "This man is that power of God which is Great," a judgment which is only acclaimed to few men.

    This man also was called an "uncanny magician." His contemporaries sensed that Simon possessed abilities above the ordinary man. It was said that he "amazed the nation of Samaria."

    >From this brief description one sees that Simon had a great ability to arouse amazement in men. It is also a sign of spirituality both within the magician himself and his ability to inflame it in others. Magic was still believed in by most of the ancient world. Even the early Christians still believed in the magic of the universe, but as they became more involved in the Church they became skeptical of magical powers within men and eventually thought them sinful.

    Also according to the Book of Acts Simon was Christianized by being baptized by the disciple Philip. Philip himself testified to this. Whether Simon's conception of Christianity differed from the rest of the apostles no one can be certain. Today such a difference would not matter with the various views on Christianity. But, in the first century such a difference would be taken very seriously and make fellow Christians turn away from Simon.

    Within the sketchy history that is available it seems that Simon had previous ties to Christians as well. He had come from Getthon in Samaria, where he attended a religious school founded by Dositheos after the death of John the Baptist. Simon afterwards studied Arabic-Jewish magical medicine in Alexandria.

    It is from this latter fact that the third-century Church Father Hippolytus inferred that Simon had been relatively close to the philosopher called "dark Heraclitus." Hippolytus claimed that Simon taught the principle of the universe was an Infinite Force. Hippolytus even quoted Simon as writing: "This is the book of revelation of the voice and the name by knowledge of the great Infinite Force. Therefore it will be sealed, hidden, veiled, and placed in the space where the roots of the universe are found."

    There is no certainty that Simon uttered and wrote these words or any part of the work eventually called the "Great Annunciation." However, what is definitely evident is the work has Hellenistic overtones. Phrases which are throughout the book such as "roots of the earth" bear a strong sound of the writings of Empedocles.

    The extracts that Hippolytus quotes were taken from an edition of the work which was possessed by second-century Simonians and showed much influence of Greek philosophy. This, however, is no evidence that Simon did not author the work because his followers displayed that Simon was a student of Hellenistic culture.

    This Hellenistic influence on Simon appears to have initiated the beginning of his troubles with the Christians, namely Peter. It was in Samaria that the two men first met. The apostles Peter and John, according to Acts 8:9-24, had come there to preach. They also performed the ceremony of the laying on of hands to bless and heal the sick. Simon witnessed the ceremony and was deeply intrigued by its power. Some accounts say he was obsessed with the desire to possess this power.

    Desperately wanting the power Simon offered to give Peter money for it saying, "Give me this power, that any on whom I lay my hands shall receive the Holy Spirit."

    Simon's request shocked and angered the apostles. They dared not think that anyone would dare buy such a holy power.

    Peter rebuked him with, "May your silver parish with you because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God. Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart be forgiven. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity."

    Simon humbly replied, "Pray for me to the Lord that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."

    But, the stigma had been imprinted by Peter. Still, to the this day, Simon's name is synonymous with "simony," meaning to buy or sell a church office.

    What had occurred here is just another incident among many which have occurred throughout the history of the Christian Church, the church official was right and the outsider was wrong. Only Peter's intentions are clearly expressed in the Bible, not Simon's. One is left with the remaining impression that Simon was only trying to buy a holy power with money.

    The question is, but, was he? Was this Simon's real intention for offering money for the power of the laying on of hands? Yes, is the only answer concerning most Bible readers. Simon committed a grave sin by trying to buy a great, holy power with money--the impression left by Peter. But this seems not to be an accurate presentation of the entire incident when all the circumstances are examined.

    First, the characters involved must be examined. At least three apostles were involved: Philip, who claimed to have baptized Simon, John and Peter. Peter was the one whom Christ had appointed to build his church. Before becoming an apostle Peter was a fisherman, presumably without much education. It also might be assumed the apostles were zealous about their new power of laying on of hands for people to presumably receive the Holy Spirit. They had received the gift on Pentecost Sunday and this incident occurred not long thereafter. Men within a zealous frame of mind are not akin to critical thinking.

    On the other side of the incident was Simon, an outsider, and probably a Samaritan. At the time Samaritans were not too liked by the Hebrews. But Simon was also educated having been known to attend a religious school founded by Dositheos. He also had studied Arabic-Jewish magical medicine, and is thought to have been a student of Hellenistic culture. It should also be remembered this man had been said to be "...that power of God which is Great."

    In recognizing all of these facts Simon does not appear to be a man who would view the power exhibited by the apostles lightly and just want to buy it to possess it for his own use. No, under critical examination and with the knowledge that Simon had some previous training under Dositheos, a disciple of John the Baptist, it seems that the opposite might be true, that Simon recognized the importance of the holy power which the apostles possessed. He saw that it was valuable, and being familiar with Hellenistic custom of offering to pay compensation for what is considered a shared secret, Simon offered Peter money for this wonderful power. Peter, being unfamiliar with the Hellenistic custom, mistook Simon's honest gesture. Thereafter Simon became an outcast in the eyes of all Christians.

    Although Simon has always been held as a traitor and an immoral man by Christians, the rebuke of Peter did not stop him from becoming the founder of Gnosticism. His alleged immorality not only stemmed from his attempt to buy the holy power but also from his later conduct which was misinterpreted and confused by his adversaries.

    While continuing earning his living as a magician he is said to have practiced making himself invisible, levitating himself and changing himself into an animal by metamorphosis. But what caused the largest criticism from his enemies was his association with an alleged prostitute.

    Some said he conjured this woman up. Others claimed she was a prostitute from Tyre. Other said she was a shameless **** whom he had lured away from Dositheos and taken for himself. Whoever this mysterious woman was Simon called her Helen of Troy.

    This is significant for it leads to Simon's further teachings in Gnosticism. He referred Helen as his Idea. Within Helen, Simon saw the Spirit of God. His vision came to have a double meaning as Gnosticism grew. To the Gnostics the true God had a feminine part which was called the Spirit, which Helen had represented. Therefore, the Gnostics held that there was a Mother God, at times referred to as the Wisdom of God or Sophia. It should be noted, too, that because of their concept of a Mother God the Gnostics were a very difficult sect for the Christians to destroy.

    Excerpt from http://www.themystica.com/mystica/ar...agus_simon.htm
  3. Archivist's Avatar
    Lawless Tactics (The Final Cut) [2005] is the series that inspired the theology book Satanel by Pastor Visser and is finally reissued on its tenth anniversary from sparkly new audio sources. This amateur two hour broadcast proving the reality of Satan's influence on numerous Biblical characters ultimately appears in this proper format and still provides a broad overview of the enemy of Yahweh and His children.



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