Lies are Deception

Reference scripture: Acts 5: 1-11

In this passage, we learn the unusual story of Ananias and his wife, Sapphira. The account is unusual because it takes place in the New Testament, under the New Covenant of Grace; yet, we will find that immediate judgement and pronounced discipline took place.

The early church was marked by community and remarkable generosity. For example, early believers sold land and possessions in order to share with those in need—perhaps most notable among these believers was Barnabas (see Acts 4:36). Ananias, not to be outdone by Barnabas and the others, sold a possession but kept back part of the price. Apparently, it appeared that he was giving everything by either claiming he had or simply by failing to disclose that he withheld part of the proceeds. Peter said, “Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land (v. 3)? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God (v.4).” As soon as he heard Peter’s words, he fell dead. Virtually the same scenario happened to Sapphira when she was asked about the price of the land—she lied and also fell dead. They both had deceived the church.

The consequence of Ananias’ and Sapphira’s lies may seem extreme…maybe a bit shocking. After all, where was grace and forgiveness that characterized the New Covenant? The story clearly demonstrates the importance of truth, especially when the very foundations of the church were being laid. As we have seen, Peter had asked why Ananias had allowed Satan to fill his heart to lie to the Holy Spirit. The couple chose to listen to Satan, the father of lies, and acted in accordance with the character of the devil himself. Furthermore, by lying to impress others, they demonstrated that they regarded the opinion of people over the Lord’s. It is clear that purity and total devotion to the Lord was necessary for the church to grow and flourish as Jesus intended; we must believe it is also necessary in today’s church. “Choose you this day whom you will serve…(Joshua 24:15).”

I never want to allow Satan to fill my heart by deceiving others…

Instead, I want to choose and serve the One who is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life—Jesus!

In the next few posts, we will examine the absolute necessity for truth among believers in order for the church to be a light in our dark world.

One Reply to “Lies are Deception”

  1. I believe that we need to be constantly on guard to make sure we are saying and hearing truth! Thank you for this post to remind us of that. As a follower of Christ, I am going to strive and resolve to appropriately speak more truth whenever opportunity arises.

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