Thus far the book of Acts has painted a beautiful picture of the birth of God's church. The church has been characterized by unity, generosity, hospitality and boldness. Even when threat of persecution from the outside came they responded in faithful prayer and proclamation of the good news of Jesus. In Acts chapter 5, however, the enemies of darkness change tactics and corruption comes from within. An assault on the purity of God's church is carried out and God responds to this sin quickly and justly in what is one of the most shocking stories in the New Testament.