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.
Best Quotes about Churches
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
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 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 has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
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.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
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
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
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 don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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
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
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.
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
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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.
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.
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 woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
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
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 local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
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.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
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.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's 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 have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
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