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Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)
TITLE: Pro et Contra Counterfeit Devotion
By Diane M. Bowman
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Today I sold a piece of land. My plan is to keep part of the money from the sale for myself but tell the church I have given the full price to them. By supposedly relinquishing my possessions to the movement, I will:
- Appear to have full devotion without losing my financial safety net.
- Reap the benefits of taking part in the proceeds from the common fund.
- Receive recognition from the apostles.
Tomorrow, I will take the money to Peter. I hope I'll be able to appear humbled by their gratitude so they will never suspect how much I'm looking forward to the recognition I will receive. The only way we can truly belong is if we appear to give all our assets to the movement.
My husband came home with a wonderful idea yesterday. We have been attempting to find a tactic to make our devotion apparent to the followers of the way without actually needing to surrender all our goods. His plan is perfect.
He sold our property and deposited part of it in savings. The rest will go to the common fund. When he takes it to Peter and the other apostles today, he will tell them he is giving the church all the money we received from the sale. I'm so excited about having a higher status in the new social order we find ourselves.
I'll admit, I was a little concerned they would find out we didn't actually give all the funds to the church but Ananias said he is definite this is the best way. He even showed me the list he made of all the benefits we will reap from our little secret.
We don't want to invest everything in this movement; after all, we've always had a nest egg and now definitely isn't the time to change our practice. It's such a relief to find a way to have the good of complete dedication without committing entirely.
It has been nearly three hours since he left to take the money to Peter. Maybe I should go check on him.
What a rough day. The church is learning to fear God afresh. Did Ananias and Sapphira really think they could lie to God?
By attempting to deceive God they lost:
- All their money.
- Their lives on earth.
- Eternity with Jesus.
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