“I understand that this is the week for the church collection, and many of you do not want to give a thing. You ungrateful people should be ashamed of yourselves. . . . I am sorry I ever freed you from the tyrants and the papists. You ungrateful beasts, you are not worthy of the treasure of the gospel. If you don’t improve, I will stop preaching rather than cast pearls before swine.”
Martin Luther, exhorting his congregation, according to Roland Bainton, Here I Stand(New York, 1950), pages 351-352.
HT: Ray Ortlund