What Went Incorrect?
Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:111) knew they had been deceiving the church once they bought some property and agreed to behave as in the event that they had been giving all the proceeds once they had been giving solely half. However the story doesn’t give the impression that they thought what they had been doing lacked integrity. In spite of everything, they had been doing one thing good and beneficiant.
If it occurred at this time, Ananias would wait till the organ was taking part in I Give up All after which humbly come ahead, laying his examine at Peters ft and mumbling, I want I had extra to offer, Peter, however that is all I’ve.
Think about the scene within the early church: Ananiass coronary heart was thumping quickly underneath the fun of his public show, however Peter was not smiling. Someway he knew!
Ananias, why has Devil stuffed your coronary heart to mislead the Holy Spirit and to maintain again for your self a part of the proceeds of the land? Whereas it remained unsold, did it not stay your individual? And after it was bought, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you’ve got contrived this deed in your coronary heart? You haven’t lied to man however to God. (Acts 5:34)
Poor Ananias. His racing coronary heart stopped, and he couldn’t breathe. Peters grim visage gave solution to darkness as Ananiass life ended, and the younger males got here and carried Ananias outas they later did his lifeless widow.
R. Kent Hughes
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The story of Ananias and Sapphira shocks us as a result of they suffered dying for such a small infraction. In order that they misrepresented the proportion of their earnings that they gavewhy dying? In spite of everything, they did givewhich is greater than many individuals do!
A Nice Want
The reply is, the church can’t prosper with deception amongst its membersand God needed to make this clear forever. Deception wounds the physique of Christmakes it dysfunctionaland is a sin in opposition to God! This is the reason Peter cried to Ananias in the meanwhile of his dying, You haven’t lied to man however to God (Acts 5:4).
The churchs nice want for integrity is instantly linked to the wants of our misplaced world.
Integrity is likely one of the best wants of the church at this time. The church wants individuals who not solely chorus from blatant mendacity, however are free from hypocrisy. Paul says, in truth, that honesty is important for progress within the church: Fairly, talking the reality in love, we’re to develop up in each means into him who’s the pinnacle, into Christ (Eph. 4:15). Actually, the divine medium for genuine church progress is truthing in lovetalking and doing fact to at least one one other.
The churchs nice want for integrity is instantly linked to the wants of our misplaced world, for the world longs for liberation from dishonesty. Positive, it cultivates and promotes deception, however deep down inside, many individuals lengthy to flee the pretense. A considerable variety of individuals outdoors the 4 partitions of the church will eagerly embrace the religion of believers who mannequin the honesty and integrity for which they lengthy.
Helmut Thielicke, the nice German theologian and pastor who maintained his integrity all via Adolf Hitlers Third Reich, stated, The avoidance of 1 small fib . . . could also be a stronger confession of religion than an entire Christian philosophy championed in prolonged, forceful dialogue.1
A truthful spirit is a superb evangelistic instrument. I’ve recognized individuals who had been magnetized to Christ as a result of they noticed this high quality in a church or particular person. Integrity, for some, is a tantalizing cool drink within the secular desert of delusion.
Males, the expertise of Ananias and Sapphira tells us that our integrity issues to God. We have to declare with Job, Until I die I cannot put away my integrity from me (Job 27:5).
- Helmut Thielicke, Life Can Start Once more (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1980), 55.
This text is customized from Disciplines of a Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes.