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
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
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.
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.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
My own mind is my own church.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.
Morrison, Charles C.
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.
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.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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.
A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady's voice blurted out loud and clear, Anybody been saved here lately?
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
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.
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
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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
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
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
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
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
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.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
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