Deceit/Insecurity in the Early Church (Acts 5: 1-11)
Fraud in the Early Church (Acts 5: 1-11)
“Fraud” is an act of deception carried out for the purpose of unfair, undeserved, and/or unlawful gain. It is an assumption of false identity.
In the early church, those who had land or houses sold them and brought the money to the apostles to be shared.
Not all the members of the early church were honest.
Ananias and Sapphira his wife, were not sincere, in giving out their possession. They agreed to sell their property, and bring the money to the apostles, but after they had sold the property, with his wife’s full knowledge, Ananias kept back part of the money for himself.
They were instantly punished with death for lying to the Holy Spirit and God.
This caused fear among all the members of the early church.