In the book of Acts Chapter 5, the first Calvary Chapel experienced a “vival”- we can’t call it revival, as the church had never been alive before. Amazing growth and amazing grace ensued, and then, amazing housecleaning. A couple in the church are literally “slain in the Spirit”, all because they lied about what they gave in the offering. Imagine the soberness (and healthy fear) that ensued at the news of Ananias’ and Sapphira’s deaths! These two wanted to look as good, as spiritual, as generous, as committed to Christ as the next guy- and died trying. It’s enough to sober me up fast! Do I appear to give more, be more, do more, than the books in heaven record? Then maybe I’m in danger of exiting the church in a most embarassing way: “Wow! Laura was fine a minute ago! Here, you grab her feet, we’ll get her arms.” Lookin’ good ends up lookin’ really bad. But that’s the whole problem-it’s not about appearances, God looks on the heart. That should be enough to make me squirm. And, pray for revival. A revival of one.
Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Acts 5:4