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.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
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
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
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 have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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 was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Moody, Dwight L.
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.
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
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
Stevenson, Robert Louis
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
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
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.
There is not in the universe a more ridiculous, nor a more contemptible animal, than a proud clergyman.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
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.
Be neither intimate nor distant with the clergy.
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.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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 first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
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
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
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.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
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 no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
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 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.
This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
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.
If church prelates, past or present, had even an inkling of physiology they'd realize that what they term this inner ugliness creates and nourishes the hearing ear, the seeing eye, the active mind, and energetic body of man and woman, in the same way that dirt and dung at the roots give the plant its delicate leaves and the full-blown rose.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
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