Susan C. Anthony

The Perils of Money

Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, "Who is the Lord?" Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. (Proverbs 30:8-9)

Perils of Wealth

Perils of Poverty

Perils of Debt

Incorrect Beliefs About Money

Satan is a master of extremes. He's indifferent to which side of the horse we fall off, as long as we're not in the saddle.

Their property held them in chains. . .chains which shackled their courage and choked their faith and hampered their judgment and throttled their souls. They think of themselves as owners, whereas it is they rather who are owned: enslaved as they are to their own property, they are not the masters of their money but its slaves.
—Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, writing in the 3rd century

There is within the human heart a tough, fibrous root of fallen life whose nature is to possess, always to possess. It covets things with a deep and fierce passion. The pronouns my and mine look innocent enough in print, but their constant and universal use is significant. They express the real nature of the old Adamic man better than a thousand volumes of theology could do. They are verbal symptoms of our deep disease. The roots of our hearts have grown down into things, and we dare not pull up one rootlet lest we die. Things have become necessary to us, a development never originally intended. God's gifts now take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.
—A.W. Tozer

A strange species we are. We can stand anything God and nature can throw at us save only plenty. If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much, and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy, sick.
—John Steinbeck in a letter, printed in the Washington Post on January 28, 1960

In my experience, 95% of the believers who face the test of persecution pass it, while 95% who face the test of prosperity fail it.
—Romanian leader of the persecuted church under Communism

You can have both God and money, but you cannot serve both God and money.
Money can be a great servant to those who have the right master.
If the rug can be pulled out from under you, you are standing on the wrong rug.
Materialism treats the temporal as if it were eternal and the eternal as if it were nonexistent.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.
If your treasure is on earth, you are headed away from it.
If your treasure is in heaven, you are always headed toward it.

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Source:, ©Susan C. Anthony