Many historians cite October 31, 1517, as the beginning of the Great Protestant Reformation. That’s the day Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” to the wooden doors of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany. Printers copied the document and spread it throughout Europe, and thus the Great Reformation was begun.
One of the main complaints Luther made in his “95 Theses” was against the Roman Catholic Church’s practice of simony. “Simony” is the buying and selling of any spiritual benefit or office. The word has its roots in the text that we will be looking at today in Acts. We will observe in chapter 8, Simon Magnus, as he attempts to buy the baptism
of the Spirit and the office of apostle from Peter and John. And so the practice of “Simon-y” was born and continues on, and will continue on until the day Christ returns.
May God through our study today make us beware of all the subtle ways the practice of simony is still taking place in Christendom now,