Divine punishment for deceiving the Holy Spirit

Scripture reference

Acts 5:1–11 (ASV 1901)

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4While it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy heart? thou has not lied unto men, but unto God. 5And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it. 6And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and bu...

Stories

In obedience to God’s prompting, several people surrender valuable things in their lives for the sake of the orphans. For example, after surrendering to Christ, a physician sold a conservatory that had become an idol in his life. He sent the proceeds to George Müller as “the price of an idol, cast down by God’s power.” Another woman has a terrible experience that reminds one of the deceitful Annanias and Sapphira.