Image via WikipediaBy Neal Stone
In Acts Chapter 4 we read the story of Ananias and Sapphira.
First off we find the believers of one heart and mind. Try and find that in today's church.
As the story continues we find people who had houses and possessions and would sell them to help those who are needy. How awesome. Today you wouldn't even think of doing that. Not because we are selfish, but because we can't trust those in charge of churches to handle that kind of money. If we were to do this today a majority of the money would go to "administrative costs." Churches today are big money machines.
As the story goes on, Ananias and Sapphira decide that they would sell their possessions but keep half while claiming to give all. They had in fact lied to the church and put on a show to impress the other church members. We all know that NEVER happens today. NOT! One of the reasons I quit church was I was tired of the show offs. They would be praised as spiritual giants and yet were the biggest liars.
But that is not even my point.
When Ananias and Sapphira lied to the church the Apostle Peter they were immediately exposed for their lie. How was this to be? Simple, according to the Bible Peter was filled with the Holy Ghost who told him these people were lying.
So tell me this. How is it so many churches, preachers and the like are deceived on a daily basis? How is it big phonies are lifted up as spiritual giants in churches? Those who really want to serve and be good Christians are often swept under the carpet while the big showoffs are praised and lifted up.
Either the Holy Spirit is a lie, or the churches of today are filled with something else. So many times did I desire to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but was left wanting.
How sad that so many are deceived by these phonies. Well you can count one less to be fooled. The truth has set me free!
Online Reading List
- An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish by Bertrand Russell (1943)
- Bible Teaching and Religious Practice by Mark Twain
- God is Imaginary
- Is there an Artificial God? by Douglas Adams (1998)
- Skeptics Annotated Bible
- The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (1795)
- Which Way? by Robert Ingersoll (1884).
- Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell (1927)