Acts 8:9-24

Acts 8:9–24 (ASV 1901)

9But there was a certain man, Simon by name, who beforetime in the city used sorcery, and amazed the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is that power of God which is called Great. 11And they gave heed to him, because that of long time he had amazed them with his sorceries. 12But when they believed Philip preaching good tidings concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13And Simon also himself believed: and being baptized, he continued with Philip; and beholding signs and great miracles wrought, he was amazed.

14Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: 16for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18Now when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, 19saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay my hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit. 20But Peter said unto him, Thy silver perish with thee, because thou hast thought to obtain the gift of God with money. 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right before God. 22Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray the Lord, if perhaps the thought of thy heart shall be forgiven thee. 23For I see that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity. 24And Simon answered and said, Pray ye for me to the Lord, that none of the things which ye have spoken come upon me.

Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage

Nkoi and other witch-doctors had bamboozled the people of the Free Congo State with their deceitful art for years, but all that changed when Harry Guinness and other missionaries settled in the Congo. By exposing their tricks, not only were innocent victims freed, but the people as a whole, were free from the fraternity of witch-doctors.
Khama's jettisoning of heathenism for Christianity did not go down well with his father Sekhome - a witch-doctor. One night, after several failed attempts at getting him do his bidding, Sekhome gathered a band of fiery black wizards to make incantations and lay curses on Khama, but valiantly, Khama dispersed their gathering, causing the workers of evil to flee into the darkness of the night.