Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Dear Mr. Osteen

I found this quote especially interesting from Wesleyan scholar, Ben Witherington's blog (you can link to his blog from my "Other Sites That Are Worth Your Time" section). The comments are also interesting. I thought his title was telling.

Memo to Mr. Osteen from John Wesley

"I fear, wherever riches have increased, the essence of religion has decreased in the same proportion. Therefore, I do not see how it is possible, in the nature of things, for any revival of religion to continue long. For religion must necessarily produce both industry and frugality, and these cannot but produce riches. But as riches increase, so will pride, anger, and love of the world in all its branches."

John Wesley (1703-1791)

What does Jesus teach about wealth? What does his lifestyle reveal about how Christians should view wealth and possessions?Thoughts?


Colby said...

hello David, great blog. Well another hit for the "smiling" preacher. Hey if you get a chance hit me at this email,

I would love to hear from you and hear how you and your family our doing.



Jonathan Moorhead said...

David, excellent quote! I may steal it for my next edition of "Quotation Friday" at the Moor. Tell the fam "hi" for us.