Words to Grow By: I’m Sorry
August 4, 2019
The sin Ananias and Sapphira committed was not stinginess or holding back part of the money. Their sin was lying to God and God’s people—saying they gave the whole amount but holding back some for themselves, trying to make themselves appear more generous than they really were. This act was judged harshly because dishonesty and covetousness are destructive in a church, preventing the Holy Spirit from working effectively. All lying is bad, but when we lie to try to deceive God and his people about our relationship with him, we destroy our testimony for Christ.