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.
Best Quotes about Churches
Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
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
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
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
Many are called but few are chosen. There are sayings of Christ which suggest that the Church he came to establish will always be a minority affair.
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.
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 parson knows enough who knows a Duke.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Allen, Fred A.
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
And of all plagues with which mankind are cursed, ecclesiastic tyranny's the worst.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
Too hot to go to Church? What about Hell?
Poster In Dayton, Ohio
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
Wotton, Sir Henry
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.
Archbishop -- A Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ.
Mencken, H. L.
People have described me as a management bishop but I say to my critics, Jesus was a management expert too.
Many people are in a rut and a rut is nothing but a grave--with both ends kicked out.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
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 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.
A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
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.
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 greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Mott, John R.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
Shaw, George Bernard
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.
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
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Ingersoll, Robert Green
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.
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?
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
The local church is the outcrop of the church universal.
Forsyth, Peter T.
The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Nash, L. L.
A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.
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
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.
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