Summary: The sins that have entangled other people you know are at your door, and those same sins can entangle you, too.
Read Acts 4:36,37; 5:1-10
A. This is a strange story, yes?
B. Why did the two of them die?
1. They tried to deceive men
2. Peter pointed out that they really didn’t lie
to men, but to God
3. Psalm 101:7 (NIV) No one who practices
deceit will dwell in my house; no one who
speaks falsely will stand in my presence.
C. Does this kind of thing happen anymore? (Tell the
story Shawn Bowman told me: drunk man in bar
said, “If I’m lying, then may God strike me dead.”
God struck him dead.)
D. God also did this to king Herod: Acts 12:23 (NIV)
Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to
God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he
was eaten by worms and died.
There are a few things I want to pull out of this passage
I. Ananias and Sapphira probably thought they had a
A. They were obviously able to agree on the
important issues. (In this case, their finances)
B. Husbands and wives, just because we’re in
agreement on something, doesn’t mean that we
have the mind of God
1. Don’t mistake the peace you can arrive at
when you can agree with each other for the
peace of God.
a. We can make the mistake of
agreeing not to go to church
b. We can agree to eat a gallon of ice
cream every night - that doesn’t
make it the right thing to do
2. Eccl 4:12 (NIV) Though one may be
overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly
a. In a Christian marriage, there are 3
personalities: man, wife, and Jesus.
b. Press in until all three have peace,
not just the man and wife
II. I can’t help but touch on giving
A. There is much debate on whether a NT believer is
required to tithe
B. I ran across an Internet sight that offered a reward
for anyone that could show him a NT scripture that
demanded a tithe and/or a person in the NT that
payed a tithe
1. Didn’t bother with the little quiz, because I
know that there is no examples of that
2. Acts shows us that they gave all!
a. We sit and figure out whether to pay
tithe on our net income or our gross
income, while the NT believers gave
all that they had
b. So appreciate our pastor, who not
only encourages us to give
generously, but does so himself
3. Besides, why would the NT have to repeat
the OT - if it did, it would by the OT!
III. The verse I want to focus on is V.9, “Look! The feet of
the men who buried your husband are at the door, and
they will carry you out also.”
A. Picture that . . . the men standing at the door . . .
let the feet represent sin . . .
1. Translate metaphorically:
2. The sins that have buried other people you
know are at your door, and those same
sins will carry you out, too.
3. God is no respecter of persons; neither is
B. Ever wonder why things continue to work time and
1. Why does a fish work still work?
2. Why does a mouse trap with a glob of
peanut butter still work
3. Why doesn’t the mouse or the fish figure it
out: peanut butter and hooks are no-no’s!
C. Fish and mice aren’t much worse than us (Think
about the vice of . . .)
1. Gambling still hooks many,
a. “Did you know that Americans
gamble more money each year than
they spend on groceries? Or that
more than $600 billion is wagered
legally in the United States
annually” James Dobson, January
b. This is more than the recording,
video game, movie, cruise ship,
spectator sport, and theme park
business revenues combined.
Revolution, Dr. Mike Brown, p. 138
2. Pornography still hooks, “Americans spend
more than $9 billion every year on
pornography. The number of hard-core
pornagraphy video rentals increased from
75 milion in 1985, to 490 million in 1992, to
686 million in 1998" Revolution, p.137
3. Drugs/alcohol still seem to hook people,
kids are killed in alcohol related accidents
4. Jealousy, anger, unforgiveness still hook
and trap people
5. Materialism, idolatry, fleshly indulgence
(america consumes 90% of the worlds
resources, yet doesn’t even make up 10%
of the world’s population)
D. There are traps set for the man and the woman of
God that we must beware of!
1. Paul said, “. . . I have forgiven in the
sight of Christ for your sake, in order
that Satan might not outwit us. For we
are not unaware of his schemes” (II Cor.