Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Prosperity - christiansquoting.org.uk

All sunshine makes desert.--Arab Proverb

Prosperity does not promote piety for a full belly stands secure and neglects ~God - Puritan Proverb

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes. Francis Bacon. 1561-1626.

Is it, then, an exaggerated statement, that a time like the present is one of more danger than the time of oppression and persecution? We verily believe that, splendid as is the grace which carries the martyr to the stake, and sustains him in his baptism of fire, glorious as is the display of Divine power, in a church down-trodden but indomitable, persecuted but not consumed; the grace which would carry a church through such a season of continued prosperity and carnal ease as we are now experiencing, without a decay of spirituality, would be still more mighty. The church has often enjoyed the former grace; she has not yet attained unto the latter. R.L. Dabney

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Affliction has slain her thousands but prosperity her ten thousands. - C H Spurgeon

How soon are we broken on the soft pillow of ease! Adam in paradise was overcome, when Job on the dunghill was a conqueror. - THOMAS WATSON

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

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