Churches quotes
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
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.
Because religious belief, or non-belief, is such an important part of every person's life, freedom of religion affects every individual. State churches that use government power to support themselves and force their views on persons of other faiths undermine all our civil rights. Moreover, state support of the church tends to make the clergy unresponsive to the people and leads to corruption within religion. Erecting the "wall of separation between church and state," therefore, is absolutely essential in a free society.

- Thomas Jefferson
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
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.

- Spong, John
What is this strange thing, without which even the true knowledge of doctrine is of no use? without which either a man or a nation is poor, and blind, and wretched, and naked in soul, notwithstanding all his religion? Isaiah will tell, "Wash you, make you clean, saith the Lord. Do justice to the fatherless, relieve the widow." Church-building and church-going are well, but they are not repentance. Churches are not souls. I ask for your hearts, and you give me fine stones and fine words. I want souls, I want your souls.

- National Sermons. 1851.
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.

- Ruskin, John
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.

- Luther, Martin
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.

- Nash, L. L.
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.

- Walker, Alice
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

- Thomas Paine
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.

- Amis, Kingsley
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
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?

- Poster In Dayton, Ohio
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.

- Paine, Thomas
We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war.

- Dwight D. Eisenhower
Gossip is always a personal confession of malice or imbecility; it is a low, frivolous, and too often a dirty business. There are neighborhoods where it rages like a pest; churches are split in pieces by it, and neighbor made enemies for life. Let the young avoid or cure it while they may.

- Jack Holland
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.
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 church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.

- Havner, Vance

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