Best Quotes about Churches
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.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
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.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
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
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
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 Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
Brown, Robert Mcafee
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
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
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.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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.
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
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
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
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
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.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
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
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
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?
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Gaulle, Charles De
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
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.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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.
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 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.
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