There are many Bible stories that I would love
to see happen again today, but there are some
that would be quite frightening to witness. The
story of Ananias and Sapphira record in Acts 5
is one that falls into that latter category. It is quite
shocking how severely God dealt with their sin
by bringing sudden death upon them both, but
we know that whatever God does, He does it for
a good reason.
Ananias and Sapphira did more than lie about how
much they sold their land for. They were,
apparently, more concerned about pleasing their s
elves while maintaining a false image of spirituality.
They yielded to a Satanic suggestion, allowing the
Devil an inroad to harm the church through their
sin. They endangered the entire church by their
ill-conceived and self-centered publicity stunt.
God takes it seriously when the church is
threatened. We must be vigilant against Satan’s
attacks. We cannot allow him to use us as a tool
to disrupt and distract the church from its primary
objectives of evangelizing the lost and edifying the
believers. If we become the source of Satan’s
influence in the church, it may be that God will
take drastic measures to remove us in order to
protect His church.