Do you know much about Simon Magus? He is called a man from Samaria that the Samaritans referred to as a 'great one' in the Book of Acts. He believed Philip's message and was baptized, Yet after attempting to purchase the giving of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands, he was condemned by the Apostle Peter. Simon Magus went to Rome and is considered by some to have been the 'father of heresies.' Many groups, directly, and indirectly hold to doctrines that he and his followers and/or followers of early followers held. Do you know which teachings those were? Do you and/or your church hold to any of the doctrines of Simon Magus?
A written article of related interest is titled "Simon Magus: What did he teach?" URL: http://www.cogwriter.com/simonmagus.htm