Best Quotes about Churches
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 Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
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.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
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.
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.
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.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
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.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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
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.
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
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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
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.
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
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?
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
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 Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
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.
My own mind is my own church.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
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.
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
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 itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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.
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.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
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
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