While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”
–Acts 5:4 (NKJV)
What happened to Ananias and Sapphira? Why did they die? In God’s presence evil and sin cannot exist. Here in Acts we see that they ‘conceived’ this plan to sell property and give it to the church. There was nothing wrong with giving to your church. However, these people wanted attention. They wanted glory for giving but they were cheating. They should have just said they wanted to give a percentage of the proceedings of the sale. Not say that they were giviing everything and just giving a percentage.
Ananias and Sapphira were judged for their hypocrisy and lying to God, not for their decision to retain some of their personal property for themselves.