"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).
Ben Witherington III posted this on his blog today as a memo for Joel Osteen. A little underhanded unless he knows Joel, but humorous and insightful nonetheless. Good quote.