Saturday, July 03, 2021

Wesley: in debt to the rich

Saturday, July 3, 2021
    Feast of Thomas the Apostle
    Then [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
    —Luke 12:15 (NIV)
    Let all our chapels be built plain and decent; but not more expensively than is absolutely unavoidable: otherwise the necessity of raising money will make rich men necessary to us. But if so, we must be dependent upon them, yea, and governed by them. And then farewell to the Methodist-discipline, if not doctrine too.
    ... John Wesley (1703-1791), instructions to Methodists in the U.S. [1784], in A Constitutional History of American Episcopal Methodism, John James Tigert, Nashville: Publishing House of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1908, p. 592 (see the book)
    See also Luke 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:10-11,17-19; Jas. 5:1-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant Your people fidelity to Your word.
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