In this week’s study of the Book of Acts, we have arrived at the Lying Church present in Acts 4:32-5:16. In this section, it shows how the early church continued to grow and how no one was in need because people were actually selling land and homes and giving it away to those who had need.
Pretty incredible stuff! We think it is awesome when people give 10% to meet a need, and these people were actually selling stuff if the need was too great.
Then, they walked in.
Ananias and Sapphira were a part of the church. They were watching all the hype happening with the people. The church was celebrating individuals for their acts of holiness, and they decided to try to cash in on the excitement.
Bad, bad idea.
They did sell a piece of land. They did give some of the money to the church, but they lied about how much it was so that they could: 1) benefit themselves, and 2) receive praise from man. The Holy Spirit alerted Peter of their deception, and he calls them out individually and each of them dies in the midst of the church body.
I’m sure Peter had everyone’s attention then! Can you imagine this scene at your church house if this happened on a Sunday morning?!
Here’s what we can take away: