“… Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property … Peter said, ‘Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.’” Act 5:4
No one asked Ananias and Sapphira to sell their property or donate the funds to the church. They tried to copy Barnabas’ actions, but not his motives when he sold his field. Ananias and Sapphira wanted the recognition without purifying their attitudes.