Obviously that period, when the Church was being established, was a unique period in New Covenant history. At a time when the Holy Spirit was giving extraordinary power to the Apostles for spreading the Gospel by allowing them to confirm their witness with miracles, Ananias and Sapphira were making a mockery of God's work.
They were hypocrites who held God in contempt. They had no concept of His power, that He is able to see what people do in secret and reveal it to others. They were exposed as unbelievers who had no fear of God. Their sudden death served as a warning and reminder to the Church of how God views sin. "And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things." Acts 5:11
If the hypocrisy of Ananias and Sapphira had succeeded in fooling the Apostles, they would have destroyed their authority and their claim to infallibility. The fact that the Holy Spirit revealed their secret to Peter helped to further establish that God was the source of their message.
Ron Paul - Honorary Founding Father
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