The title for this sermon is The Danger of False Prophets. Our text is Acts 8:9-25 and 2 Timothy 4:1-4.
vs 9-10 Simon was a magician. Less Criss Angel more Harry Potter. Magicians could predict the future. They kept scrolls and books with spells in them. These magicians would use special incantations, they would call on the names of gods and demons. They would use potions, magical objects, amulets, bowls and figurines.
Simon claimed to have divine power. Early church writers said that he claimed to be Messiah, angel, or a prophet. He was not trying to reform their lives or push them to be more devoted to Jesus.
It is likely that Satan sent Simon to Samaria to undo the work that Jesus had already done in that city.
The people revered Simon and said his powers were from God. These people were ignorant in knowing who God really is. These people were infatuated with Simon. They gave him the power and authority to influence them. So, they would rather believe a lie than the truth.
vs 13 The text says that Simon believed. Is this a true conversion? Not likely. Why?
vs 14-17 The apostles went to see if the people were truly regenerated or just faking it.
vs 18-25 Simon tries to buy the gift of the Holy Spirit. Peter confronts him and rebukes him harshly.
The Bible deals strictly and harshly with false teachers. There is language used such as dogs, brood of vipers, white washed tombs, wolves, etc.
The Bible even says that the converts of false teachers will be twice the children of hell that they are.
Your responsibility – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Weigh, measure what you hear from any biblical teacher. Run that through the filter of Scripture. Sola Scriptura. Scripture is our highest authority. It is God’s Holy Word. It will never lead you astray.