Best Quotes about Churches
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
It is indolence... Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
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
We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.
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 first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Ratzinger, Cardinal Joseph
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.
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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
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
A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
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
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
What makes a church great in the eyes of God? Participation, proclamation, preservation, and propagation. Every church ought to exhibit all four.
Hawkins, O. S.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.
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