Summary: A look at the story of Ananias and Sapphira, and their lack of honesty and integrity
A single man named Jerry had a pet cat that he loved very much.
One year, he decided to take a vacation to England, so he left his cat with his brother Dan.
As soon as Jerry got to England, he called his brother Dan.
“How is my cat?” he asked.
“Your cat is dead,” Dan said.
“Oh my!” he shouted. “I’m in shock! Did you have to tell me that way?”
“How else can I tell you that your cat is dead?” asked Dan.
“You could have led me up to it gradually.
First, you could have told me that the cat was on the roof,
But the fire department was coming to get her down.
Then, the next day when I called, you could have told me that the fire department accidentally dropped my cat
Broke his back, and he was taken to the veterinarian.
Then, on the third day, you could have told me that the vet did all he could for my dear cat
But she quietly passed away.
That way, it wouldn’t have been such a shock.
That would have been much easier on me.”
“By the way,” he continued, “How’s mother?”
“Mother?” answered Dan.
“Oh, she’s up on the roof, but the Fire Department is coming to get her down.”
Ephesians 4:25 tells us
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
We are to be truthful in everything we do
In today’s politically correct society we can’t always tell the truth
Political correctness at its core can be a good thing
It is not P.C. to call someone retarded or to use racial slurs when referring to people with a different skin color
And that’s good
But sometimes people try to hide the truth by using politically correct language
A few examples
Instead of saying “I’m lazy,” they say “I’m motivationally deficient.”
Instead of saying, “I’m fat,” they say “I’m horizontally-challenged.”
Or instead of saying “I’m short,” they say “I’m vertically challenged.”
Instead of saying, “I’m wrong,” they say, “I’m logically different.”
Instead of saying, “I’m ignorant,” they say, “I’m knowledge-impaired.”
Instead of saying, “I’m a liar,” they say, “I misspoke the truth.”
But the truth is the truth
It is always best to just tell the truth
Honesty and integrity should be characteristics of all Christians
Honesty is being truthful in your relationships
And integrity is being true to yourself, true to your convictions
In our passage we read of a married couple, Ananias and Sapphira
Who display no honesty, and no integrity
Read Acts 5:1-11
Things were going great in the early church
In the previous chapter we read in v 33
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
The church was in the midst of a great revival
As I hope our church is right now
But let me warn you
When God’s church is experiencing revival, that is when Satan is at his worst
That is when Satan attacks
Satan is always the enemy of God’s plans
And he was persecuting the church from the outside
Using civil and religious authorities
But this tactic had proven ineffective in stopping the advance of the Gospel
So he tried a different strategy and attacked from within
It is always tragic when Satan can use Christians to wreck the church
One thing that can be encouraging to us today is the fact that even the early church had problems
It goes without saying that every Baptist church ever founded was had its share of trouble
Most of them from within
But we should learn from the early church leaders
To keep our focus on what is most important
Spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ
For some background on this passage we look to vs. 36-37 of chapter 4
Acts 4:36-37 And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,  Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
Barnabus, Joseph’s nickname means Son of Encouragement
Was singled out among the many who had sold their possessions and gave the money to the church
Barnabus plays a huge role in the N.T.
God used his relationship with Paul at one point and with Mark at another to keep these men going when either might have failed
Barnabus was responsible for convincing the church of Paul’s conversion
We can only wonder what might have happened to Paul without Barnabus
In contrast to Barnabus’ behavior we learn of Ananias and Sapphira
They had beautiful names, but they had crooked and deformed natures