Best Quotes about Churches
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.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
He who is near the Church is often far from 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
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.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
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.
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.
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
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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.
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 parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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 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.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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
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.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
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's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
The difference between listening to a radio sermon and going to church...is almost like the difference between calling your girl on the phone and spending an evening with her.
Moody, Dwight L.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
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.
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.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
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.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
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