Best Quotes about Churches
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.
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 Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
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 Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
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 Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
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.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
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.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
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.
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
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 no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
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 old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
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.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
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.
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.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
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.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
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
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.
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 itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
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