Why would God kill someone because they lied about a tithe?


When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then some young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. Acts 5:5-6
            It seems extreme to see someone die for not bringing enough tithe.  Today, when the plate is passed down the aisle, people would be dropping left and right.  But back then, the early church was starting and tithing was a new thing for the church.  God wanted to make a point that this was serious business and used Ananias and Sapphira as an example.  In verse 11, it says “Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.”  God established the church as a powerful force with God’s hand upon it.