Preaching for Pay and Simony

Most priests or preachers or Rabbi do not work as a profession: Rabbi do not get rich and famous. Godly priests did not hang around the Temple but went on circuits teaching the people.  The priests taught the people the rules of the Civil society and the Prophets taught the spiritual values. 

In the beginning the "Poor Priests" were preachers who went out setting up schools and teaching all of the skills of the farming, marketing, roads and other skills of a developed society. Most religious workers are happy to go out into undeveloped society and do the same thing: they know that they will not get rich or famous. Paul warned about the MANY who wanted to get paid because their teaching and preaching skills were superior to that of Paul who knew that as a Jesus follower he would go out, suffer and die.

1Tim. 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare,
        and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
        which drown men in destruction and perdition.
Plout-eō , (ploutos) p. apo tōn koinōn to be rich from the public purse, build castles in the ai Ar.Pl.569;
RHETORIC in the ekklesia (church) where the role was to READ and DISCUSS something handed down by a higher authority. This is also the meaning of synagogue where anything beyond reading and explaining the Scriptures was forbidden. 
opposite PRODUCTIVE work Hes.Op.313;

Hes. WD 313 For the son of Cronos has ordained this law for men, that fishes and beasts and winged fowls should devour one another, for right is not in them; but to mankind he gave right which proves [280] far the best. For whoever knows the right and is ready to speak it, far-seeing Zeus gives him prosperity; but whoever deliberately lies in his witness and foreswears himself, and so hurts Justice and sins beyond repair, that man's generation is left obscure thereafter
        Through work men grow rich in flocks and substance, and [309] working they are much better loved by the immortals.1 [311] Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace. But if you work, the idle will soon envy you as you grow rich, for fame and renown attend on wealth. And whatever be your lot, work is best for you, [315] if you turn your misguided mind away from other men's property to your work and attend to your livelihood as I bid you. An evil shame is the needy man's companion, shame which both greatly harms and prospers men: shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.

1 The alternative version is: “and, working, you will be much better loved both by gods and men; for they greatly dislike the idle.”
As the priests did not clutter up the Temple, A Church of Christ is a School of the Word specificially the Prophets and Apostles. The command and example of Jesus was to go out to the next town to preach the gospel: the gospel was "I will give REST (sabbath-Pauo) to the laden as the come out of the "plant" and learn of me.

Historically, priests had a DAY JOB and only served at the temple on rare rotating duty.  Their job was to be roving teachers of the Word.
Destruction is apōleia , , “tōn khronōn a
2. perdition, Ep.Rom.9.22, 2 Ep.Thess.2.3.
3. thing lost, LXXLe.6.35.22).
Hebrews 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known,
        endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 
Hebrews 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy,
        which he had afore prepared unto glory, 
Hebrews 9:24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?


2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it will not be, unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction,
People who want to get rich and sell themselves an their products in the name of God are guaranteed to get trapped in their own wealth gained from widows and honest workers.

Jesus paid the "temple tax" and Paul insisted that "laying by in story" is not "at church" but by yourself. He denied that giving even for the famished was a command.
  Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: in Ezekiel they are preachers for pay, singers and instrument players. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for making up their own songs and sermons (hymns) so that they could escape teaching the Word: they did this so they could eat up the widow's meager living.

But, how can that work for my mega church?
Christ defined the Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness. The pattern never changed: Rest, Read and rehearse the Word of God

Parasite is a Greek word which defines those who were in it for the "bread and fish."

Parasi_t-os , ho, A.one who eats at the table of another, and repays him with flattery and buffoonery, parasite, ; peri Parasitou, title of work by Luc.: c. gen., “kenēs p. trapezēs[Money Changer's Table: collection Plates] metaph., ikhthus ēn p. (v. opson) Luc.Lex.6. II. of priests who had their meals at the public expense,

Parasi_t-i^kos , ē, on, A.of a parasitos : - tekhnē) the trade of a parasitos, toad-eating, ib.4 ; in full, Ath.6.240b.
        LEGALISM: tekhn-ē , , (tektōn) A. art, skill, cunning of hand of a soothsayer, A.Ag.249 (pl., lyr.), Eu.17, S.OT389, etc.; “tekhnai heterōn heteraiPi.N.1.25; “ōpase t. pasanId.O.7.50.
III. an art or craft, i.e. a set of rules, LAWS system or method of making or doing, whether of the useful arts, or of the fine arts, Pl.Phdr.245a, Arist.Rh.1354a11, EN1140a8; “hoi tas t. tōn logōn suntithentes LAWS of rhetoric, Arist.Rh.1354a12, but rather TRICKS of Rhetoric, in Aeschin. 1.117)
Each religious work has to decide whether they are Christ-like and willing to be a servant or become skilled performers claiming to speak for God or a god:
Plat. Phaedrus 244e Moreover, when diseases and the greatest troubles have been visited upon certain families through some ancient guilt, madness  has entered in and by oracular power has found a way of release for those in need, taking refuge in prayers and the service of the gods, and so, by purifications and sacred rites, he who has this madness is made safe for the present and the after time, and for him who is rightly possessed of madness a release from present   ills is found.
245a And a third kind of possession and madness comes from the Muses. This takes hold upon a gentle and pure soul, arouses it and inspires it to songs [ōdas opposite Logos] and other poetry, and thus by adorning countless deeds of the ancients educates later generations.
        But he who without the divine madness comes to the doors of the Muses, confident that he will be a good poet by art, meets with no success, and the poetry of the sane man vanishes into nothingness before that of the inspired madmen.
1Cor. 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
Like most words, there is way people speak FOR God and another way when they are just performers. While their profession may be honorable, may not have the right to claim that God commanded that you pay them.
La^l-eōII. chatter, opp. articulate speech, as of locusts, chirp, Theoc.5.34; mesēmbrias lalein tettix (sc. eimi), a very grasshopper to chirp at midday, LOCUST
III. of musical sounds, “aulō laleōTheoc.20.29; of trees, v.supr.1.2; “di'aulou ē salpiggos l.Arist. Aud.801a29; of Echo, D.C.74.14: also c.acc. cogn., magadin lalein sound the magadis,

Mousa A.Olumpiades M., Dios aigiokhoio thugateres” 
II. mousa, as Appellat., music, songkanakhan . . theias antiluron mousasS.Tr.643
HOW TO MARK SIMONY FOR AVOIDANCE:
Simony: the buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges or ROLES, for example pardons or beneficesThe term also extends to other forms of trafficking for money in "spiritual things".

Simony (sĬm´ənē), in canon law, buying or selling of any spiritual benefit or office. The name is derived from Simon Magus, who tried to buy the gifts of the Holy Spirit from St. Peter (Acts 8). Simony is a very grave sin, and ecclesiastics who commit it may be excommunicated. The temporal price may be one of many kinds, e.g., money or high office. What is sold may be the performance of a sacrament or any other spiritual service; it is also simony to sell a benefice or endowment or other temporality to which anything spiritual is attached. ... the sale of indulgences is prohibited in any form, and no blessed article may be sold as blessed. 
He or she probably has access to "sermons" and CDs for which you must pay. He will if possible pour out a steady stream of books claiming to have A Spiritual Gift: Why else would he want to sell you when every family has several Bibles and you can get them for free?

THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST FORBIDS SELLING OUR WORDS AND CLAIMING TO BE GOD-INSPIRED
Is. 55:1   Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
        and he that hath no money;
        come ye, buy
, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk
        without money and without price. 
Is. 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?
        and your labour for that which satisfieth not?
        hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good,
        and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 
Is. 55:3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: HEAR, and your soul shall live;
        and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 
Is. 55:4 Behold, I have given him [Jesus] for a witness to the people,
        a leader and commander to the people. 

Is. 55: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
        and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him;
        and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 
Most Religious Centers perform great social services but it is too easy to merge the bonding of a local society and the Christ-ordained role of simply teaching what He has taught and commanded to be taught.  Without making His teachings into divisive dogma, the Bible claims that it's power and authority is gained simply by reading the great lyrics of the good, the bad and the ugly of human society.

The fatal insult to a Holy God for claiming that you can aid or assist God and fill in the blanks? You have to call the Spirit OF Christ a liar when you claim that A spirit person gives you power?

Is. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
       
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 
Is. 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
Is. 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
        and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
        and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower,
        and bread to the eater: 

Doth this offend you?
John 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
        the WORDS that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are LIFE.

This warns against any one who claims that A Spirit person tells them what to say and how much you must pay.
Is. 55:11 So shall my WORD be that goeth forth out of my MOUTH:
        it shall not return unto me void,
        but it shall accomplish that which I please,
        and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

People may not believe that but that is part of the meaning of being a Christian. The American Restoration Movement was based on the historic understanding that:
Church is A School of Christ
Worship is Reading and Musing the Word

The Synagogue has always been a Qahal or a School of the Word. Everyone can assemble together and be reconciled by:

Ephesians 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross,
        having slain the enmity thereby: 
Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace
        to you which were afar off [Gentiles] and to them that were nigh. [Jews] 
Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 
Ephesians 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners,
        but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
        Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 
Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 
Ephesians 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

The Synagogues READ the LAW which regulated Civil society and the PROPHETS which regulated Spiritual Society. The Prophets intend to show that the Civil government does not speak for God in spiritual things.  Paul was wise unto salvation because he attended synagogue along with all Jewish kids and was taught at home.  Jesus taught only what had been defined by the Prophets so that Jews and Gentiles could assemble together unless hindered by Institutional Climbers.

At the time of Jesus, many or most of the godly Jews had fled Jerusalem where the Temple had been turned into a pagan system. Jesus did not speak against them but the Jews who became priests and high priests as HIGH BIDDERS.
Eph. 2:20 And are built upon [educated] the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
        Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Luke 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God,
         I will send them prophets and apostles,
         and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

No Godly Jew or Israelite killed a prophet: killing becomes necessary only when religion is taken captive and turned into a Money Tree.  Men buy the role and sell the system which is neither Jewish nor Christian.
Eph. 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men,
        as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Godly Jews attended the Synagogue which is apparent when Jacob warned against the Qahal or synagogue of Levi.  It is better explained in Exodus 18 where leaders of small groups governed and taught the Jews in isolated villages.
Eph. 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
2Pet. 3:2 That ye may be mindful
        of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets,
        and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

Peter makes it clear that Jesus did not teach anything new and unique but "made the prophecies more certain.

God did not command a Temple be built: when Solomon's Tyrian temple was dedicated with loud musical instruments, God filled the "house" with a heavey smoke so that nothing could be done in the way of worship to Him.  The people outside the city gates prayed to God and He heard directly from heaven. Solomon finally unerstood that God permitted people to pray TOWARD the temple.  The "house of God" where people prayed was the outer court. No one led the prayers.
Mark 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem:
        and Jesus went into the temple, 
        [only the outer court: Jesus could never enter the "house."]

        and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple,
        and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers,
        and the seats of them that sold doves;
Mark 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them,
        Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?
        but ye have made it a den of thieves.

The House of God is the Church:
1Tim. 3:15 But if I tarry long,
        that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself
        in the house of God, which is the church of the living God,
        the pillar and ground of
the truth.
As we noted above, the House of God was the outer court where Godly Jews came to pray. There was no religious institution to hold a "prayer service."  The early believers met in the outer court or Solomon's Porch to pray and listen to the Apostles teach the Word. The Apostles understood the difference between the Civil Laws and the Prophets teaching spiritual laws.  What happened in the outer court severely limit the Church of God as revealed by Christ.

The ONLY role of the Church is to make known the manifold wisdom OF GOD: it is not a house of entertainment or a service center for all needs real or imagined.  If you took a musical instrument or a sermonizer into the literaly temple the Levites were commanded to execute you.

A female leader noted that "we will produce women ministers so fast that churches will be forced to HIRE them." She
understood that the ambitious would have to PAY her university an obscene price so that she-they could BESTOW the power to perform the roles always called sorcery. She-they also CLAIM that anyone who procures an endorsement will have the GIFT of A holy spirit to guide them "beyond the sacred pages."

If you PROCURE the Certificate honored by too many not APT elders, you can claim that  "a" spirit told you that the God of the Levite exorcists ordained to execute you if you came near any "holy" place that their God NOW commands that you can lie, cheat and steal the church house and flock of any and all you feel the need to betray.

Carroll D. Osburn ACU: On pages 14-15: "With so many questions flying around and so much uncertainty being expressed in various quarters, what an opportunity for the various faculties of our Christian colleges and universities to help shape the future! These are the best of times to be involved in Christian education!

If we are to have a truly significant impact upon the national and international scene, faculties of religion must play leading prophetic roles in channeling and facilitating whatever changes loom ahead.

Rick Atchley Using what Scriptue calls "sorcery" to divert a church.
We sent them to youth rallies and Church of Christ events
        with some of the finest Christian bands in the world.
        We discipled our children to leave our Movement!

Rick Atchley: Can you REALLY think that "a spirit" told you that God commanded instrumental praise in YOUR happy church of Christ and I INTEND to make certain that YOU do not disobey what "a" spirit told me to do: Sorry, I promised not to do that to you but THAT was THEN and THIS is NOW.

ventus , B. Plur., personified as deities, the winds: te, Apollo sancte, fer opem; teque, omnipotens Neptune, invoco; Vosque adeo, Venti! Turpil. ap. Cic. Tusc. 4, 34, 73 (Com. Rel. v. 119 Rib.); Lucr. 5, 1230 (1228); cf. Ov. H. 17 (18), 37.—

spīrĭtus The air: imber et ignis, The breath of a god, inspiration: “ spiritum Phoebus [Apollo, Abaddon, Apollyon]  mihi, Phoebus artem Carminis dedit, poetic spirit or inspiration,

Speakers for hire, singers, instrument players are all called merchants: the ugly word "prostitute" is included in Paul's not "corrupting the Word" or selling GIFT OF LEARNING at wholesale.

Simon Magnus was a Magi, magician and a primary meaning of a sophists (from whom God hides) who is a speaker for hire, a singer, an instrument player or actor.

Arnobius, Heresies IV May it not happen, may it not come to pass, although you craftily conceal it, that the one should take the other's place, deluding, mocking, deceiving, and presenting the appearance of the deity invoked?

If the magi, who ares o much akin to soothsayers [Levites], relate that, in their incantations, pretended gods steal in frequently instead of those invoked;  that some of these, moreover, are spirits of grosser substance, who pretend that they are gods, and delude the ignorant by their lies and deceit,-  why should we not similarly believe that here, too, others substitute themselves for those who are not, that they may both strengthen your superstitious beliefs, and rejoice that victims are slain in sacrifice to them under names not their own?

33. Your gods, it is recorded, dine on celestial couches, and in golden chambers, drink,
        and are at last soothed by the music of the lyre, and singing .
        You fit them with ears not easily wearied;
        and do not think it unseemly to assign to the gods
        the pleasures by which earthly bodies are supported,
        and which are sought after by ears enervated by the frivolity of an unmanly spirit.
You can claim that you have NEW SPECTACLES and are getting a new vision or image of what the Church of Christ WOULD be if Jesus had the benefit of a Phd from the people who market certificates of supernatural power. From LU Rubel Shelly Re-Visioning The Church

Acts 8: 6 the multitudes also were giving heed to the things spoken by Philip,
        with one accord, in their hearing
        and seeing the signs that HE was doing, 
Acts 8:7 for unclean spirits came forth from many who were possessed,
        crying with a loud voice,
        and many who have been paralytic and lame were healed, 
Acts 8:8 and there was great joy in that city. 

THE NEW THEOLOGIANS INTEND TO HAVE THE POWER TO CAST OUT THE SPIRITS OF THOSE THEY OPPOSE.

The first introduction of instrumental music into the American Restoration under the Disciples and Christian churches were defended first in the year 1878.
Stark-Warlick Debate: One of the most remarkable and historic debates in which Warlick participated was with J. C. Stark, November, 1903, in Henderson, Tennessee, where the church had been taken over by the digressives and the instrument installed. J. C. Clark, of Christian Church fame, was campaigning in West Tennessee, literally bombarding the churches on the instrumental music issue, an innovation threat to all the churches of Christ west of the Tennessee River. Through the solicitation of two young professors who were notable in the effort to stay the tide of digression—A. G. Freed and N. B. Hardeman—Joe Warlick was brought from Texas to Henderson to debate Stark. This debate stopped the music movement and had it not been held then, the history of churches in West Tennessee would have been very different. This debate saved the church from being swept into the Christian church movement.

Stark: The whole thing comes from a devilish, domineering spirit, which, instead of worshiping God, has taken God's seat in judgment to control the praise others might bring  It is well enough to teach them: but "rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubborness is as iniquity and idolatry." (1 Slam. 15:23) If taken as he is to the "city of gold," he would surely raise hell in heaven and make all "know and feel what it is to be there."
Like Paul's '"man of sin," they have taken their place in the temple of God and assume to speak as God.
SIMON MAGUS WAS A MAGICIAN WHICH WORD USES SPEAKING, SINGING, PLAYING INSTRUMENTS AND SLIGHT OF HAND TO "MAKE THE LAMBS DUMB BEFORE THE SLAUGHTER."

Watching a Christ-Gifted Philip was a merchant of the supernatural:

Acts 8:
9 And a certain man, by name Simon, was before in the city using magic [ma^g-euō], and amazing the nation of Samaria, saying himself to be a certain great one, 

You can purchase an advanced degree in Spiritual Formation or performing the roles of Simon Magnus
Măgus , “artes, carmen,Sen. Herc. Oet. 467
carmen  tune, song; poem, verse; an oracular response, a prophecy; a form of incantation a tune, song, air, lay, strain, note, sound, both vocal and instrumental
carmine vocali clarus citharāque [guitar, harp an instrument of enchantment]
APOLLYON OR ABADDON AS LEADER OF THE MUSES Apollinem concordant carmina
barbaricum,id. M. 11, 163.—With allusion to playing on the cithara 5. A magic formula, an incantation:
Ma^g-euō , Magus or skilled in Magian lore
memageumenon pharmakois Apollod.1.9.28.

Plut. Num. 15 In other ways these divinities might be likened to Satyrs or Pans, but they are said to have used powerful drugs [pharmakōn] and practised clever incantations, and to have traversed Italy playing the same tricks as the so-called Idaean Dactyli of the Greeks
The singers, instrument players and craftsmen and all religious technicians all follow rigid LAWS and John in Revelation 18 calls the SORCERERS.  Songs induce literal drugs (pharmakia) and create the impulses of fight, flight or sexuality. All of these attacks or Laded Burden intend to seduce the simple and steal their money.
epideik-nu_mi -nuō   parade it before of speeches, compositions, “rhapsōdiansophian
how off or display for oneself or what is one's own, mousikan orthan e. give a specimen of his art . of a rhetorician lecturing, orators, a musician

goēt-eia , ,  A.witchcraft, jugglery, “g. kai mageiahupokriseōs

hupo-kri^sis
,playing a part on the stage, 2. an orator's delivery
rhētores orators who depend on their delivery metaph., playing a part, hypocrisy, outward show, Phoc.2 B, Plb.35.2.13, LXX 2 Ma.6.25, Ev.Matt. 23.28,
Speakers, singers and instrument players in Ezekiel 33, oracles

Mousa
, music, song, “m. stugera [always daughterskanakhan . [clanging]. theias antiluron mousas”  “aluro
IN THE WORDS OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS "FOOLS LOVE TO BE FOOLED." The "many" fleecing the Corinthians said Paul was not worthy of a wage. Paul said that "you put up with fools very well."

So, the Corinthians and just about everyone loves to have someone claim supernatural power.

Acts 8:10 to whom they were all giving heed, from small unto great,
        saying, ‘This one is the great power of God;’ 
Acts 8:11 and they were giving heed to him,
        because of his having for a long time amazed them with deeds of magic.


When you get that "thrill" or "goose bumps" or tears from singing or listening to songs you are under a drug or pharmakōn attack: the word is Charismatic Ecstasy. Ancient and modern merchants say that you are having a "sexual-like climax with the SPIRIT." The next act is Giving of Money. That means that you have received an addictive sexual-like climax sold to you as a "spiritual encounter."
Existēmi , simply e. tina drive one out of his senses, confound, amaze, diverts the attention, 3. get rid of, dispose of the claims of a person,
Magos  3. enchanter, wizard, esp. in bad sense, impostor, charlatan, II. magos, on, as Adj., magical, “magps tekhnē prattein tiPhilostr.VA1.2; “kestou phōneusa magōtera
phōn-eō  4. of a musical instrument, sound, E.Or.146 (lyr.); of sounds, hēdu phōnein sound sweetly,

Epôidê used Of the Magi, Hdt.1.132

Sophos , ē, on, A.skilled in any handicraft or art, clever,
Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238 (lyr.)
Marg-os  A. mad, marge madman! Od.16.421; “maia philē, margēn se theoi thesan23.11, cf. Pi.O.2.96
margoi hēdonai  2. of appetite, greedy, gluttonous, “meta d' eprepe gasteri margēOd.18.2;
3. lewd, lustful, Thgn.581, A.Supp.741, E.El.1027

Pind. O. 2 Songs, rulers of the lyre, what god, what hero, what man shall we celebrate? 
        But praise is confronted by greed,
        which is not accompanied by justice,
        but stirred up by depraved men,
        eager to babble and to bury the fine deeds of noble men.
Since the sand of the shore is beyond all counting, [100] who could number all the joys that Theron has given others?

Nep. Ep. 2.1 

Thebanus magis. nam et citharizare et cantare ad chordarum sonum doctus est a Dionysio, qui non minore fuit in musicis gloria quam Damon aut Lamprus, quorum pervulgata sunt nomina, cantare tibiis ab Olympiodoro, saltare a Calliphrone.

BUT, SIMONY GETS JEALOUS WHEN THEY SEE THE POWER OF GOD.
Acts 8:12 And when they believed Philip, proclaiming good news, the things concerning the reign of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized both men and women;

The Apostles and their Evangelists were given supernatural power. The object was not theatrical but to validate the WORD of the Evangelists.
Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands
        the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money
Acts 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands,
        he may receive the Holy Ghost.
Acts 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee,
        because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Sĭmon or Sĭmo  3. Simon Magus, or the sorcerer, Vulg. Act. 8, 18 sq.

Epôidê, Ion. and poet. epa^oidê , hê, A. song sung to or over: hence, enchantment, spell, epaoidêi d' haima..eschethon Od.19.457 , cf. Pi.P.4.217 ; ou pros iatrou sophou thrênein epôidas pros tomônti pêmati S.Aj. 582 oute pharmaka..oud' au epôidai Pl.R. 426b ; charm for or against
used Of the Magi, Hdt.1.132

Heredotus 1.CXXXII He then cuts the victim limb from limb into portions, and, after boiling the flesh, spreads the softest grass, trefoil usually, and places all of it on this. [3] When he has so arranged it, a Magus comes near and chants over it the song of the birth of the gods, as the Persian tradition relates it; for no sacrifice can be offered without a Magus. Then after a little while the sacrificer carries away the flesh and uses it as he pleases.

A sophists who is skilled in the musical arts and crafts are MARGITES or MAGUS working magic.
sophos , ē, on, A.skilled in any handicraft or art, clever Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s.

sophis-tēs , ou, ho, A.master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, “meletan sophistais prosbalonPi.I.5(4).28,
melet-ē , , II. practice, exercise
c. freq. of orators, rehearsal, declamation, “tautēs tēs meletēs kai tēs epimeleiasD.18.309, al.; of actors, nēsteis ontes tas m. poioumenoi making their rehearsals,

Pind. I. 5 then do not grudge [25] to mix for her in song a boast that is fitting recompense for toils. In heroic times, too, fine warriors gained fame, and they are celebrated with lyres and flutes in full-voiced harmonies for time beyond reckoning
2; of musicians, “sophistēs . . parapaiōn khelun” [playing the lyre]
with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn”[Melody in a holy placeAel.NA11.1; anthrōpōn Hupeboreōn genos kai timas Apollōnos tas ekeithi hadousi men poiētai, humnousi de kai suggrapheis,
Professors of Rhetoric, and prose writers of the Empire, “Apollōnidē sophistē

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Acts 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands
        the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money

Doctors of the Law make you PAY them to perform the profession of SpiritualFormation.  They claim that a holy spirit PERSON or PEOPLE can be caused to enter and grow inside of your body: that would be a much more outrageous expectation than Simon Magnus who wanted the power to speak in all languages: that would certainly be a magical power.

People willingly PAY people who claim that they can massage your spirit and make it grow.  People market themselves as Worship leaders able to LEAD you or conduct you into the presence of God.  They make you pay them to EXPOUND the Word when Jesus expounded the prophets so that all of the expounding has been done by Christ in the Apostles fulfilling the Prophecies of the Spirit OF Christ.

The Doctors of the Law have mounted their marketing sect using music. Music was always called "sacred violence" because the performers intended to induce a "hurt" to enchant your rational or spiritual mind long enough to fleece the lambs.

Apollōn , ho, Apollo: gen. ōnos (also ō An.Ox.3.222): acc.

A.ApollōIG1.9, al., A.Supp.214, S.OC1091, Tr.209 (lyr.) (mostly in adjurations, nēton Apollō, etc.), “ApollōnaPl.Lg.624a, “ApollonAlc.1, A.Th.159(lyr.), Cratin.186, etc.; “ApollōnA.Ch.559; cf. Apellōn, Aploun.II. Pythag. name of a number,

-[1.1.4] The Athenians have also another harbor, at Munychia, with a temple of Artemis of Munychia, and yet another at Phalerum, as I have already stated, and near it is a sanctuary of Demeter. Here there is also a temple of Athena Sciras, and one of Zeus some distance away, and altars of the gods named Unknown

Pausanias Greece Paus. 1.2 But in my time it was devoted to the worship of Dionysus. This Dionysus they call Melpomenus Apollo [Abaddon, Apollyon] Musegetes (Leader of the Muses). 

Mousagetēs1 doric for Mousēgetēs leader of the Muses, Lat. Musagetes, of Apollo, Plat1Mous-a_getēs, ou, ho

melpō , Il.1.474, celebrate with song and dance, melpontes hekaergon Il.l.c.; Phoibon [Apollo] sing to the lyre or harp, “meta de sphin emelpeto theios aoidos, phormizōn” [Apollo's Lyre] Melpomenos, epith. of Dionysus at Athens,

Abaddon or Apollyon was unleashed as the King of the Locusts: the locusts were the MUSES who were sent to the smokey pit because the had deceived the whole world once. Revelation 18 calls the craftsmen and muses sorcerers who HAD deceived the world once and they will be or are Cast Alive into the Lake of Fire.
 
Jesus said that God HIDES from the wise or sophists: as musicians they are enchanters and Magus.  Nothing gives the mega churches more power than buying or procuring MUSES or the "musical worship team." The universities SELL skills and CERTIFICATES, the not APT elders buy the ACapella (castrated Opra singers) and they SELL them to the audience by using psychological violence forcing them with "tithes and offerings" to procure the performers. Caroll Wimber and the Fuller-Vineyard connect says that the musicians bring on a sexual-like climax just before the last ACT of worship: giving of substance or paying for what the Egyptian Huxley called a visual and aural orgasm.


ma^geia , , A.theology of the Magians, “m. Zōroastrou”  II.magic, Act.Ap.8.11 (pl.), tēn goētikēn m. oud' egnōsan hoi magoi] Arist. Fr.36.
goēt-ikos , ē, on, (goēs) A.skilled in witchcraft, juggling, “ g. mageiaArist.Fr.36. Adv. “-kōsPoll.4.51:—pecul. fem. goētismorphēbewitching,AP12.192 (Strat.). goētos

goēs , ētos, ho, A.sorcerer, wizard, Phoronis epōdos Ludias apo khthonosE.Ba.234,
2.juggler, cheat, “deinos g. kai pharmakeus kai sophistēs magos kai g.
khthonos   of the nether world,Tartaron
 
3. Earth, as a goddess, A.Pr.207, Eu.6.
Epodos is singing over and over to enchant, charm away fears, repeated over and over which defines the LADED BURDEN. LEXIS as SPEAK is the opposite of ODE and ODE is the opposite of LEXIS.  All of Scripture commands that we SPEAK.

Eur. Ba. 234 the women have left our homes in contrived Bacchicrites, and rush about in the shadowy mountains, honoring with dances...And having bound them in iron fetters, I will soon stop them from this ill-working revelry. And they say that some stranger has come, a sorcerer, a conjuror from the Lydian land, [235] fragrant in hair with golden curls, having in his eyes the wine-dark graces of Aphrodite

Bacchus or Dionysus was the Old Wineskin God.

pharmakeus kai sophistēs magos kai g.

Rev. 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
The mother of harlots uses "Lusted after fruits" the same as describes in Amos 8 as the mark that God had been there and "would not pass by again" for ever andever.
Rev. 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Rev. 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth;
        for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. pharmakeus

PRACTICING SIMONY INVOLVES BUYING THE RIGHT TO SPEAK AND THEN SELLING IT TO NOT-APT ELDERS:

emporoi   merchant, trader, . bioua trafficker in life, kapēlosA.retail-dealer, huckster,

Paul was neither and "emporoi" who travelled from place to place SELLING the free Word nor was he a RETAIL seller of the Word.  Being sincere he was not a HYPOCRITE.

2Cor. 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God:
        but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

KEPELOS speaks of HUCKSTERS and includes adulterers who SELL some body part.

ădultĕroI.a. [id.], to commit adultery, to pollute, defile.  jus testamenta falsa supponere,

The use SIMONY to replace the Last Will and Testament: Gal. 3:15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto

“last will and testament” by which one’s possessions are distributed after his death
sup-pōno
1.
To put in the place of another, to substitute
2. To substitute falsely or fraudulently, to falsify, forge, counterfeit:
A. In gen., to add, annex, subjoin
Put the testament beneith or below one's own thoughts.
qui suppositā personā falsum testamentum obsignandum curaverit,Cic. Clu. 44, 125: “testamenta falsa supponere,

Cic. Clu. 44.125 But as long as it is plain that Oppianicus was a man who was convicted of having tampered with the public registers of his own municipality, of having made erasures in a will, of having substituted another person in order to accomplish the forgery of a will,
Rev. 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Rev. 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
Rev. 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
 
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Is. 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts:
        but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of HIS hands.
Is. 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge:
        and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Is. 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure:
         and their glory, and their multitude,
        and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
B. In partic., of language, lofty, elevated, sublime (freq. in Quint.): “sublimia carmina,Juv. 7, 28: “verbum,
of orators, poets, etc.: “natura sublimis et acer,Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 165: “sublimis et gravis et grandiloquus

Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto them that are WISE  in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

sapientes or SOPHOS
[H2450 SKILFUL OR ARTFUL]
prūdens fabulis scribere, (doctors of the law take away the key to knowledge) disserendo,
Arts I.Skill in producing any material form, handicraft, trade, occupation, employmentjurisprudence and eloquence, Liv. 9, 42: “ars grammatica,grammar, Plin. 7, 39, 40, § 128: “rhetorica,Quint. 2, 17, 4: “musica,poetry, Ter. Hec. prol. 23: “musica,music, Plin. 2, 25, 23, § 93:  “magica,witchcraft


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