Church quotes

  • The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis.  God give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Giving #Church #Trying

  • One of the special marks of the Holy Ghost in the Apostolic Church was the spirit of boldness.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Church #Special #Spirit

  • The bells they sound on Bredon, And still the steeples hum. "Come all to church, good people"- Oh, noisy bells, be dumb; I hear you, I will come.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #People #Dumb #Church

  • I think that if you can't be loyal to the Church, it's best to get out.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Thinking #Church #Loyal

  • I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Believe #House #Church

  • I think it is not well known in the Church that payment of tithing has very little to do with money. Tithing has to do with faith.
    -- A. Theodore Tuttle

    #Thinking #Church #Littles

  • I never joined, but I used to go to church now and then. I liked it, because they always passed out plates of money at the end.
    -- A. Whitney Brown

    #Church #Now And Then #Plates

  • It's not enough to attend church and pray every Sunday; you have to act.
    -- Abbe Pierre

    #Sunday #Church #Praying

  • Do you recall the laughter of the Philistines at the helpless Sampson? You can hear the echo of that laughter to-day, as the church, shorn of her strength by her own sin, is an object of ridicule to the world, who cry in derision, "Where is your boasted triumph and your Millennial glory?
    -- Abbott Eliot Kittredge

    #Laughter #Echoes #Church

  • A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
    -- Abigail Van Buren

    #Museums #Religion #Church

  • We worry a great deal about the problem of church and state. Now what about the church and God? Sometimes there seems to be a greater separation between the church and God than between the church and state.
    -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

    #Thought Provoking #Worry #Church

  • It is impossible, Bible in hand, to limit Christ's Church to one's own little community. It is everywhere, in all parts of the world; and whatever its external form, frequently changing, often impure, yet the gifts wherever received increase our riches.
    -- Abraham Kuyper

    #Hands #Community #Church

  • The greatest gift a church can receive is to have a group of families who take their responsibilitie s with such Christian seriousness that they are willing to completely alter their lifestyle to raise up disciples for Jesus Christ.
    -- Abraham Kuyper

    #Christian #Jesus #Church

  • Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theological character, while Calvinism put its impress in and outside the church upon every aspect of human life.
    -- Abraham Kuyper

    #Character #Church #Calvinism

  • I am the product of the sustained indignation of a branded grandfather, the militant protest of my grandmother, the disciplined resentment of my father and mother, and the power of the mass action of the church.
    -- Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

    #Mother #Father #Church

  • I'm actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend.
    -- Adam Savage

    #Children #Church #Generations

  • That this is possible may not be denied in a world where hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people voluntarily submit to celibacy, obligated and bound by nothing except the injunction of the Church. Should the same renunciation not be possible if this injunction is replaced by the admonition finally to put an end to the constant and continuous original sin of racial poisoning, and to give the Almighty Creator beings such as He Himself created?
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #People #Giving #Church

  • I had excellent opportunity to intoxicate myself with the solemn splendor of the brilliant church festivals. As was only natural, the abbot seemed to me, as the village priest had once seemed to my father, the highest and most desirable ideal.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Father #Opportunity #Church

  • The church is not the way to heaven; the church is the sign that points to heaven.
    -- Adrian Rogers

    #Heaven #Church #Way

  • The Church is not a showboat; it's a battleship.
    -- Adrian Rogers


  • If we go to church we are confronted with a system of begging so complicated and so resolute that all other demands sink into insignificance by its side.
    -- Agnes Repplier

    #Church #Sides #Demand

  • The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God... Our religion is weak because our God is weak... Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Strong #Church #Today

  • If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Differences #Church

  • Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God .... and if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Fall #Church #Disease

  • In many churches Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Hurt #Medicine #Church

  • The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has not done deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Men #Thinking #Church

  • I remind you that there are churches so completely out of the hands of God that if the Holy Spirit withdrew from them, they wouldn't find it out for many months
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Hands #Church #Months

  • Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle and end of everything to us....
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Jesus #Church #Ends

  • My ordination in the Church of God in Christ was at age 9, and I later became a Baptist minister, which I am today.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Age #Church #Baptists

  • The question is: until reinforced, can we learn the ways of church mice.
    -- Al Swearengen

    #Church #Way #Mice

  • The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free - which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state.
    -- Alan Barth

    #Church #Liberty #Communist

  • But it's a poor church that cares only for what happens to a soul after it leaves this life." -Damien
    -- Alan Brennert

    #Soul #Church #Care

  • It's not so much that the church has a mission, it's that the mission of God has a church.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Church #Missions

  • Currently, young Christians reach adulthood bored with church experience, and with little or no sense of their calling as missionaries.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Christian #Bored #Church

  • The missional church is not a new trend or the latest new technique for reaching postmodern people.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #People #Church #Technique

  • A missional church is a church that must live the dialectic. It must stay in the journey.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Journey #Church #Missional Church

  • Because we believe that somewhere in the nest of paradigms contained in the phrase "missional church" lies nothing less that the future viability of Western Christianity.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Lying #Believe #Church

  • Put simply, the church finds itself in a post-Christendom era, and it had better do some serious reflection or face increasing decline and eventual irrelevance.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Reflection #Irrelevance #Church

  • Most churches don't have the resources for these tricks and inducements but are still bound to the imagination that church happens on a Sunday in a building.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Sunday #Imagination #Church

  • Think of mission like the paddles of a defibrillator applied to the chest of a dying church.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Thinking #Dying #Church

  • In missional churches, the baby birds have been pushed out of the nest and are learning to fly for themselves.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Baby #Bird #Church

  • I'm getting married in the morning! / Ding dong! the bells are gonna chime. / Pull out the stopper! Let's have a whopper! / But get me to the church on time!.
    -- Alan Jay Lerner

    #Morning #Church #Bells

  • But perhaps when you were too obedient, and did not do openly what others did, and were quiet in church and hard-working at school, then some unknown rebellion brewed in you, doing harm to you, though how I do not understand.
    -- Alan Paton

    #Hard Work #School #Church

  • Glasgow is still full of churches built in the last century. Half of them have been turned into warehouses.
    -- Alasdair Gray

    #Church #Half #Lasts

  • Empires and churches are born under the sun of death.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Church #Empires #Sun

  • The Christian church does not ask the U. S. Supreme Court, or any other human court, what marriage is. Marriage is a pre-political institution defined by our Creator - for His glory and for human flourishing.
    -- Albert Mohler

    #Christian #Political #Church

  • A church determined to hold only those doctrines that a secular world finds adequately comprehensible is a church that will hold to no central vital Christian teaching whatsoever.
    -- Albert Mohler

    #Christian #Teaching #Church

  • Don’t allow the Internet to become your congregation. YouTube is a horrible place to go to church.
    -- Albert Mohler

    #Church #Internet #Youtube

  • By comparison with a night-club, churches are positively gay.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Gay #Night #Church

  • the church should just stay out of people's pants.
    -- Alex Sanchez

    #People #Church #Pants

  • The [president] has no particle of spiritual jurisdiction. . . .
    -- Alexander Hamilton

    #Spiritual #Church #President

  • As some to Church repair, not for the doctrine, but the music there.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Music #Church #Doctrine

  • Love is the essence of the holiness of the Church.
    -- Alexander Schmemann

    #Love Is #Essence #Church

  • The Church will pray to God for the dead. The survivor has honour and glory.
    -- Alexander Suvorov

    #War #Church #Survivor

  • I have church on Sunday.” “Of course you do.” “You’re welcome to come along.” “Thanks, but I’m allergic to incense.” “That’s a shame.” “It’s the bane of my existence.” - Beth and Jake
    -- Alexandra Adornetto

    #Sunday #Church #Jake

  • Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of God and what came was the Church.
    -- Alfred Loisy

    #Jesus #Church #Kingdoms

  • From education by the Church to education by Germanic value is a step of several generations.
    -- Alfred Rosenberg

    #Church #Generations #Steps

  • If the distinction provided by Jesus' words: Give unto god, what is god's, and unto Caesar what is Caesar's! is carried through, then other necessary intrusions by the national state into the domain of church creeds can be completely avoided.
    -- Alfred Rosenberg

    #Jesus #Giving #Church

  • There is no question, therefore, that the work to be done in familiarising the general public with the nature of the Mysteries is of paramount importance at this time. These Mysteries will be restored to outer expression through the medium of the Church and the Masonic Fraternity ... When the Great One comes with His disciples and initiates we shall have ... the restoration of the Mysteries and their exoteric presentation as a consequence of the first initiation.
    -- Alice Bailey

    #Expression #Church #Firsts

  • 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.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Humorous #Church #Telling The Truth

  • You don't need organized religion to connect with the universe. Often a church is the only place you can go to find peace and quiet... But it shouldn't be confused with connecting with one's spirit.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Wisdom #Confused #Church

  • Any God I ever found in church, I brought in myself.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Church #Found

  • The Church is where it is today because it has decided that the advertising agents know better than the Holy Spirit of God.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Church #Agents #Today

  • Regular expository preaching of the Bible is the staple diet of a healthy church.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Healthy #Church #Staples

  • You need to be in a church where the pastors are urging you, not so much to listen to what they say as to turn to the Bible from which they teach.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Past #Church #Needs

  • We have taken the latter course as a culture. So there is mass confusion today--even in the evangelical church--over whether the Bible is true and over how far we should go in obeying it.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Taken #Confusion #Church

  • My heart is in the Church of England but not my mind.
    -- Alister Hardy

    #Heart #Mind #Church

  • New revelations regarding faith or morals ... have always been abhorred and challenged in the Church ... Hence, the Sovereign Pontiffs, the Councils, and the Fathers have been most careful to reject all novelties or new doctrines on matters of faith which differed from those already received.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Father #Catholic #Church

  • The definitions of the Church are the rules of true faith.
    -- Alphonsus Liguori

    #Church #Definitions #Salvation

  • It is a better thing to save souls for the Lord than to save treasures. He who sent forth his apostles without gold had not need of gold to form his Church. The Church possesses gold, not to hoard, but to scatter abroad and come to the aid of the unfortunate.
    -- Ambrose

    #Soul #Church #Gold

  • The likeness of Your Church, O Lord, is that woman who went behind and touched the hem of Your garment, saying within herself: 'If I do but touch His garment I shall be whole' (Mt. 9:21). So the Church confesses her wounds, but desires to be healed.
    -- Ambrose

    #Christian #Church #Desire

  • The emperor is in the Church, not about the Church.
    -- Ambrose

    #Government #Church #Emperor

  • When I am at Rome I fast as the Romans do; when I am at Milan I do not fast. So likewise you, whatever church you come to, observe the custom of the place, if you would neither give offence to others, nor take offence from them.
    -- Ambrose

    #Rome #Giving #Church

  • When I go to Rome, I fast on Saturday, but in Milan I do not. Do you also follow the custom of whatever church you attend, if you do not want to give or receive scandal.
    -- Ambrose

    #Rome #Giving #Church

  • The Church's foundation is unshakable and firm against the assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly batter and crash against her, she offers the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress.
    -- Ambrose

    #Sea #Church #Foundation

  • Prelate, n. A church officer having a superior degree of holiness and a fat preferment. One of Heaven's aristocracy. A gentleman of God.
    -- Ambrose

    #Heaven #Gentleman #Church

  • SACERDOTALIST, n. One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest. Denial of this momentous doctrine is the hardest challenge that is now flung into the teeth of the Episcopalian church by the Neo-Dictionarians.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Challenges #Church #Teeth

  • Rome has seven sacraments, but the Protestant churches, being less prosperous, feel that they can afford only two, and these of inferior sanctity.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Rome #Two #Church

  • PRIMATE, n. The head of a church, especially a State church supported by involuntary contributions. The Primate of England is the Archbishop of Canterbury, an amiable old gentleman, who occupies Lambeth Palace when living and Westminster Abbey when dead. He is commonly dead.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Gentleman #Church #England

  • The most consistent musical experience I had growing up was church music.
    -- Amy Grant

    #Growing Up #Musical #Church

  • Church reminded me very much of going to shul. It was a bunch of men wearing long robes, speaking in a language I didn't understand.
    -- Amy-Jill Levine

    #Men #Long #Church

  • Surely that little pseudo-gothic church on Broadway, hidden amongst the skyscrapers, is symbolic of the age! On the whole face of the globe the civilization that has conquered it has failed to build a temple or a tomb.
    -- Andre Malraux

    #Civilization #Age #Church

  • I go to churches to pray, but I don't go to mass.
    -- Andrea Corr

    #Church #Praying #Mass

  • I like the aesthetics of the Church.
    -- Andres Serrano

    #Church #Aesthetics

  • I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones.
    -- Andres Serrano

    #Spiritual #Church #Reason

  • I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church.
    -- Andres Serrano

    #Real #Catholic #Church

  • As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to.
    -- Andres Serrano

    #Christian #Catholic #Church

  • The leadership lost its nerve. Instead of taking the lead in the reform movement... they pulled the plug on it. They tried and are still trying to return the church to the dry ice of the previous century and a half.
    -- Andrew Greeley

    #Leadership #Ice #Church

  • God has a plan for His Church upon earth. But alas! we too often make our plan, and we think that we know what ought to be done. We ask God first to bless our feeble efforts, instead of absolutely refusing to go unless God go before us.
    -- Andrew Murray

    #Thinking #Effort #Church

  • The Church is larger than any one nation or any one political scene.
    -- Andrew van der Bijl

    #Political #Church #Scene

  • The Church is a family expecting guests.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Church #Guests #Expecting

  • Jesus is the hope of the world and the local church is the vehicle of expressing that hope to the world.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Jesus #Church #World

  • If you're a preacher's kid, you see the church differently.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Kids #Church #Preacher

  • The Church must stop expecting outsiders to act like insiders while insiders act like outsiders.
    -- Andy Stanley

    #Church #Outsiders #Expecting

  • Its very difficult to determine whether this is the fault of the world that has abandoned the Church, or the Church that does not know how to relate to the world.
    -- Angelo Scola

    #Church #Doe #World

  • I really started to get into reading the Bible and I started to look for a church to go to. Every Sunday I was going to like three or four churches, I was just looking for the right church.
    -- Angus T. Jones

    #Reading #Sunday #Church

  • I am doing a lot of work for my church, taking an evangelism class, doing a lot of reading - mostly the Bible and things that coordinate with the Bible and go with the evangelism class.
    -- Angus T. Jones

    #Reading #Class #Church

  • Doing good doesn't always make you feel good. I don't care what they tell you in church.
    -- Ann Rinaldi

    #Feel Good #Church #Care

  • For years I had been disillusioned by the Church of England's compromising on everything. The Catholic Church doesn't care if something is unpopular.
    -- Ann Widdecombe

    #Years #Catholic #Church

  • the separation of church and state grew out of a desire, not so much to protect government from religion, but to protect religion from government.
    -- Anna Quindlen

    #Government #Church #Desire