Best Quotes about Churches
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.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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 old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
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.
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 Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
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.
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
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.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
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.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
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.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
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.
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?
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.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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
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
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
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.
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
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
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
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.
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 don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
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.
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