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Counsels on Stewardship, Page 206

loosed his purse strings; yet, after all, his liberality has no deeper motive. He gives by spasms; his purse opens spasmodically, and closes just as securely, spasmodically. He deserves no commendation, for he is in every sense of the word a stingy man; and unless thoroughly converted, purse and all, will hear the withering denunciation, “Go to, now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.”

Such will awake at last from a horrible self-deception. Those who praised their spasmodic liberalities, helped Satan to deceive them, and make them think that they were very liberal, very sacrificing, when they know not the first principles of liberality or self-sacrifice.—Testimonies for the Church 1:475, 476.

For Further Study

Willing Obedience and Pure Love to Bind Every Offering on the Altar, Testimonies for the Church 5:269, 270

Small Offering Given in Cheerfulness Is Greatly Blessed, Testimonies for the Church 7:295

No Virtue in Giving More With Grudging Heart, Testimonies for the Church 5:285

None Compelled to Sacrifice, Must Be a Freewill Offering, Early Writings, 50, 51

Those Who Give Must Esteem It a Privilege to Do So, Testimonies for the Church 1:177

Anciently Offerings Must Be Without Blemish, the Best, and Given Freely, Testimonies for the Church 1:221

Selfishness the Reason for No Freewill Offerings, Testimonies for the Church 1:225

Responsibility for Large or Small Gift an Individual One, Testimonies for the Church 1:237, 238

Freewill and Thank Offerings Brought to Convocations, Testimonies for the Church 2:573, 576

Freewill Offerings Enrich Not God but the Giver, Testimonies for the Church 2:653

No Heart-stirring Appeals Needed When Heart Is Filled With Grateful Love, Testimonies for the Church 3:396, 413

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