Best Quotes about Churches
The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
Brown, Robert Mcafee
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
King Jr. Martin Luther
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
Tozer, A. W.
The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.
John Paul II
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
Mencken, H. L.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
A full-dressed ecclesiastic is a sort of go-cart of divinity; an ethical automaton. A clerical prig is, in general, a very dangerous as well as contemptible character. The utmost that those who thus habitually confound their opinions and sentiments with the outside coverings of their bodies can aspire to, is a negative and neutral character, like wax-work figures, where the dress is done as much to the life as the man, and where both are respectable pieces of pasteboard, or harmless compositions of fleecy hosiery.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.
Shaw, George Bernard
His creed no parson ever knew, for this was still his simple plan, to have with clergymen to do as little as a Christian can.
Doyle, Sir Francis
Those who marry God can become domesticated too -- it's just as hum-drum a marriage as all the others. The word Love means a formal touch of the lips as in the ceremony of the Mass, and Ave Marialike dearest is a phrase to open a letter. This marriage like the world's marriages was held together by habits and tastes shared in common between God and themselves -- it was God's taste to be worshipped and their taste to worship, but only at stated hours like a suburban embrace on a Saturday night.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
An instinctive taste teaches men to build their churches with spire steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
The church exists to train its member through the practice of the presence of God to be servants of others, to the end that Christlikeness may become common property.
Brown, William Adams
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