“But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land’” (Acts 5:3)?
The startling account of Ananias and Sapphira and their deceit is the first real crisis faced in the church. That death befell both of them speaks to the radical nature of the gospel and the vision that God has for his church. Does the gospel, in fact, have the power to transform human hearts that are by nature hard, selfish, greedy, and materialistic, and convert them into something selfless, charitable, and joyful in giving? It’s a question that has been answered in the affirmative by 2000 years of faithful saints and their stewardship to the Lord.