are some of the churches of today , guilty of simony . Simony is the ecclesiastical crime of paying for offices or positions in the hierarchy of a church, named after Simon Magus, who appears in the Acts of the Apostles 8:18-24. Simon Magus offers the disciples of Jesus, Peter and John, payment so that anyone he would place his hands on would receive the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the origin of the term simony but it also extends to other forms of trafficking for money in "spiritual things". i will name no person in this post , but there are many high flying evangelists with large ministries today , who i believe are guilty of this , they are forever selling there wares on tv and radio , and telling us we will be blessed or healed if we buy them .this verse comes to mind when i hear them do this , acts 3 : 4-6 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. The gifts of the spirit are not for sale , but sadly this seems the norm in many places now .