Best Quotes about Churches
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.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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?
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
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
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
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.
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
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 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.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
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
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.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
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.
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 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 Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
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.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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 greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
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.
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
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