Best Quotes about Churches
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
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 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.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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
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.
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 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 Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
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
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
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.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
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.
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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
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
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
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.
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 priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
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
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.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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 Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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.
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.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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
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 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.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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