I started reading "Against All Heresies" by Irenaeus again. I stopped for a while because Gnostic systems are so complicated. It's a bad soap opera. This deity is married to this other deity and their offspring generated another offspring, and this woman got cast out of heaven by being to close to another Jesus. It's too confusing.
One strange idea is that God the father is actually an offspring of Sophia but does not remember that. He is the Demiurge who is the God of the Old Testament. Meanwhile, Jesus is his father, but Sophia came out of the Pleroma of gods because she got to close to him and produced the Demiurge.
This all comes from people who still do not want to believe that God the Father and God the Son are the same God. They want to think of Jesus as a marshmallow who is everyone's buddy, not the God of creation who also has wrath.
So I will no longer comment on all that. But all the confusion has one thing in common: God reveals secret things to some people and they get a higher echelon in his kingdom. Somehow they have to do something to tap into this knowledge. In that time, they had to somehow get in touch with Sophia. Does this happen today? Does it sneak into the true church? Yes it does. It has not died down. We still have people telling other people that they have to tap into tongue speaking or prophesy to receive the Holy Spirit's baptism when the Bible says you just need to become a Christian. Leaders tell people that they need to do a certain thing to be higher in God's kingdom when Jesus clearly says that all his saved people are on the same level and counted as brothers and sisters of Jesus. How much higher can that get? We have Jesus as our brother. We don't need anything higher.
But in this way men seduce people, promise quick answers, better wealth, and cause them to look into themselves when they need to go far from themselves and see what God says openly in his Bible.
The moral: this attitude creeps into all Christian lives to deceive them away from trusting in anyone other than Jesus for their salvation. Do not fall for it. Trust in Jesus and realize that you need nothing if you have him.