Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers was born in Florida in 1931. He contacted pneumonia of both lungs as a complication of colon cancer treatment and died in 2005 (aged 74).
Rogers graduated from Stetson University and was ordained by the Baptist Church in 1972. He published 18 Books, he also set up the Adrian Rogers Pastor Training Institute for Ministers.
Some people thought his views should be lived by, others did not like him at all, like his views or not, a lot of people from different parts of the world still today mention this quote which was read out in congress, it was remembered by many, and is said to be the most famous. I myself think it is a brilliant quote, and it is still relevent today I feel.
This quote was said by Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers in 1984.
You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the industrious out of it. You don’t multiply wealth by dividing it. Government cannot give anything to anybody that it doesn’t first take from somebody else. Whenever somebody receives something without working for it, somebody else has to work for it without receiving. The worst thing that can happen to a nation is for half of the people to get the idea they don’t have to work because somebody else will work for them, and the other half to get the idea that it does no good to work because they don’t get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
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A school class had insisted that socialism would work and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.
The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on a socialist plan”.
All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.
After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.
The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.
As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little. The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.
All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.