Simon Magus vs Simon Peter


A professional class does not easily encourage the spontaneous zeal of men who are not members of their profession. Spontaneous zeal is alarming to them. When the faith is spread spontaneously both the charlatan and the saint find an opportunity for acquiring influence over others. Side by side with Peter is Simon Magus.

In the working of an organisation the man who is welcome and at home is the plain, mechanical, orderly man who will keep within the bounds. Not only the swindler but the inspired saint is a difficulty. He appears self-willed, extravagant, eccentric. He is independent and is always on the verge of breaking the orderly methods of the organisation.

Roland Allen, Spontaneous Expansion, 114.