“There are people who are known to be very liberal [generous], yet they never give without scolding or pride or even insolence. We are sunk to such a depth of calamity in this awful age that scarcely any alms are given, at least by the majority of men, without haughtiness and contempt. The corruption of our times is so enormous that it would hardly have been tolerated by the pagans.”
John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005, page 39.