Best Quotes about Churches
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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 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.
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work.
I'm a priest, not a priestess. Priestess implies mumbo jumbo and all sorts of pagan goings-on. Those who oppose us would love to call us priestesses. They can call us all the names in the world -- it's better than being invisible.
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.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
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
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
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.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
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?
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
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.
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
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
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
My own mind is my own church.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
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.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
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 first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
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.
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