In those days shortly after the resurrection of Christ many believers gathered in Jerusalem we are told and
were of one heart and of one soul...and had all things common (Acts 4:32). In other words they cared for one another and each shared what he had with the group. Many sold land and houses and handed the money over to the Apostles for distribution as needed.
Ananias and his wife Sapphira were among those selling land and giving the money for the benefit of all the new believers (Acts 5). The problem with this couple was that they conspired to lie to the Apostles and tell them they had sold the land for one amount when in reality they had sold it for more and quietly kept back the difference. It was their land and they were free to do as they pleased and give as much or as little as suited them, but they were not free to lie, which they did do.
Peter confronted Ananias and told him that he had not lied to men, but that he had lied to God. At those words Ananias promptly fell down dead and was carried out and buried. Three hours later his wife came in and Peter asked her if they sold the land for so and so a price which was the amount they gave to the group. She agreed that the price of the sale was in the amount Peter had asked about. Peter asked her why they had agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord and informed her that the young men who had buried her husband would also carry her out and bury her, and she too fell down dead.
A simple lie, Who could it harm? How they must have justified in their mind their deception. Surely they felt no one would ever know of their misrepresentation of the facts, their lie. Folks, God knows everything we do and think and today many of us deserve the same that Ananias and Sapphira received at the hand of God for our lies, no matter how harmless we think they may be.
No one today is getting away with lies or any other sin they have not sincerely repented of. The Grace of God, won for us by the blood of Jesus, is staying the hand of God until Judgment Day. Then all sin will be dealt with and our only hope is that our sins have been blotted out before that great and terrible day comes.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; ~ Acts 3:19