Best Quotes about Churches
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
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.
My own mind is my own church.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
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
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
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.
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.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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 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 Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
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 Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
Brown, Robert Mcafee
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
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.
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.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
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.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other 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
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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.
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.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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