“All we possess is the Lord’s, and we are accountable to Him for the use we make of it.  In the use of every penny it will be seen whether we love God supremely and our neighbor as ourselves” (MYP 310).

“...He will no more accept the little pittance they hand into the treasury than He accepted the offering of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, who purposed to rob Him in their offerings” (2T 128).

“Systematic benevolence looks to you as needless; you overlook the fact that it originated with God, whose wisdom is unerring.  This plan He ordained to save confusion, to correct covetousness, avarice, selfishness, and idolatry.  This system was to cause the burden to rest lightly, yet with due weight, upon all” (1T 545).  [Systematic benevolence was the church’s personal giving plan prior to adoption of a ten percent tithe]