Quotes and Sayings about Churches



"Praying privately in churches, I began to discover that heaven was my true home and also that it was here and now, woven into this life."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Home, Life, Churches, Heaven, Now)

"Yet through history gays have always dominated religious life and churches."
- Malcolm Boyd
(Related: History, Life, Churches, Religious)

"While attendance at traditional churches has been declining for decades... the evangelical movement is growing, and it is changing the way America worships."
- Tom Brokaw
(Related: America, Churches)

"All churches and all religions contain aspects of the truth, but only God is truth."
- Pat Buckley
(Related: God, Truth, Churches)

"Political organizations have slowly substituted themselves for the Churches as the places for believing practices. Politics has once again become religious."
- Michel De Certeau
(Related: Politics, Churches, Religious)

"There are no small churches, just small people."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: People, Churches)

"Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction."
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Related: Government, Churches, Freedom, Wrong)

"The stars are the great Gothic churches: spires, naves, delicate flying buttresses, massive conventional buttresses, stained glass and grandeur, grandeur, grandeur."
- John Corry
(Related: Flying, Stars)

"I know that those who esteem these little organised associations to be the churches of God, see nothing but mere meetings of men in every other gathering of God's children."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: Men, God, Children, Churches, Meetings, Nothing)

"If real churches exist, such persons are not called on to make them."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: Churches)

"Some respected and beloved brethren insist that the forming and organising of churches is, according to God's will, the only means of finding blessing in the midst of that confusion which is acknowledged to exist."
- John Nelson Darby
(Related: God, Churches, Confusion, Will)

"The more I do bookstores, the more people come up to me from church groups. I spoke at Pittsburg State College and had 2 or 3 ministers and book groups from a couple of churches."
- Anita Diament
(Related: People, Church, Churches, College, State)

"The result has been that although few conservative Presbyterian churches actually worship in the Puritan way, the Puritan theology of worship remains the standard orthodoxy among them. This discrepancy sometimes leads to guilty consciences."
- John Frame
(Related: Churches, Conservative, Result, Theology, Worship)

"I sang with Anita Bryant in the Southern Baptist churches."
- Kathie Lee Gifford
(Related: Churches)

"Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wanted... to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home."
- Edvard Grieg
(Related: Home, Men, Artists, Churches)

"The Christian churches were offered two things: the spirit of Jesus and the idiotic morality of Paul, and they rejected the higher inspiration... Following Paul, we have turned the goodness of love into a fiend and degraded the crowning impulse of our being into a capital sin."
- Frank Harris
(Related: Love, Morality, Inspiration, Christian, Being, Churches, Goodness, Sin, Spirit)

"The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all."
- Charles Hodge
(Related: Age, Church, Authority, Body, Churches, Rest)

"Those churches have closed down or have been merged with a church that has a more positive vision."
- Bill Hybels
(Related: Positive, Vision, Church, Churches)

"Ten years ago, 15 years ago, I think the church would have been asleep at the switch. This level of activism and engagement with the needs of society by local churches I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime."
- Bill Hybels
(Related: Society, Thought, Church, Activism, Churches, Needs, Years)

"Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!"
- Mahalia Jackson
(Related: Time, Churches, Singing, Want)

"Sodomy is in the Bible, to be read in churches. I wouldn't rule it out of Mr. Bruce's act if he cares to comment on it."
- Dorothy Kilgallen
(Related: Bible, Act, Churches)

"I support mosques, obviously. We need churches, temples, mosques. Whatever people use to speak with their god or to receive spiritual inspiration is good for the country. But the symbolism of it at ground zero, within two blocks or three blocks, I believe is wrong."
- Peter King
(Related: God, People, Inspiration, Churches, Country, Spiritual, Support, Wrong)

"The seminaries must be like the churches' poor relations, prolonging their existence with austerity."
- Abraham Kuyper
(Related: Churches, Existence, Poor)

"I believe in Christianity, Judaism and Islamism, but I stay away from churches, synagogues and mosques."
- Ted Lange
(Related: Christianity, Churches, Judaism)

"Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their heads, were like the little images that they place in the very bowing of the vaults of churches, that look as if they held up the church, but are but puppets."
- William Laud
(Related: Men, Church, Churches)

"Why did men worship in churches, locking themselves away in the dark, when the world lay beyond its doors in all its real glory?"
- Charles de Lint
(Related: Men, Churches, Glory, World, Worship)

"They cannot make it say what they want it to say. And this is the beginning and the end of the case for retaining the old language: If the churches give it up, who will remember how to say what is said?"
- Clifford Longley
(Related: Beginning, Churches, End, Old, Want, Will)

"In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people."
- James Madison
(Related: People, Churches)

"I spent a lot of time in churches. If you go to a synagogue, someone is always asking if you're alone, if you're married. In a church, in a hundred years no one would ask."
- Peter Malkin
(Related: Time, Church, Churches, Years)

"The rosary was said every evening. I always liked that sentence about the medieval Churches, that they were the Bibles of the poor. The Church was my first book and I would think it is still my most important book."
- John McGahern
(Related: Church, Churches, Evening, First, Poor)

"I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word, that they were the bibles of the poor."
- John McGahern
(Related: Love, Churches, Poor, Word)

"The churches... have lost much of their authority over youth because they have refused to re-examine their religious sanctions and their dogmatic preaching in the light of modern physiology, psychology and sociology."
- Agnes E. Meyer
(Related: Authority, Churches, Light, Preaching, Psychology, Religious, Youth)

"Flesh sells. People don't want to see pictures of churches. They want to see naked bodies."
- Helen Mirren
(Related: People, Churches, Want)

"There are enough churches already, but the world still needs salvation."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: Churches, Needs, Salvation, World)

"You can count on one hand the number of Novus Ordo churches in this country that feature a fully Catholic music program of any quality, consistent with the Roman rite tradition."
- Richard Morris
(Related: Music, Quality, Churches, Country, Tradition)

"One may as well dam for water tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man."
- John Muir
(Related: People, Heart, Temple, Churches, Man, May, Water)

"I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist, so we went to both churches."
- Aaron Neville
(Related: Father, People, Churches)

"We do hereby command the Leaders of the Hebrew, Catholic and Protestant Churches to sanctify and have us crowned Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico."
- Joshua A. Norton
(Related: Churches, Leaders, states, United)

"The relationships that people have - that are sexual, psychological, emotional - these relationships are not open to supervision by parents, schools, churches, or government. Nobody has any right to intervene at all in any kind of relationship like that."
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(Related: Government, People, Churches, Open, Parents, Relationships, Right, Schools)

"You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it."
- Edward James Olmos
(Related: Beauty, Churches, Culture, Diversity, states, Understanding, United, Years)

"A lot of churches have not moved with the times."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: Churches)

"All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit."
- Thomas Paine
(Related: Power, Christian, Churches, Inventions, Mankind, Profit)

"However, as the Eastern churches have always maintained, through Christ creation is intended eventually to share in the life of God, the life of divine nature."
- John Polkinghorne
(Related: Life, Nature, God, Christ, Churches, Creation)

"All the modern christian churches have no more authority to preach, baptize, or administer any other ordinance of the gospel than the idolatrous Hindoos have."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Christian, Authority, Churches)

"The principle that certain sins should not receive the Church's testimony of forgiveness was probably no novelty at all, but had been applied in various churches; perhaps, however, with no strict consistency."
- Robert Rainy
(Related: Forgiveness, Consistency, Church, Churches, Novelty)

"I've been speaking at churches for years, as well as juvenile jails, rehabs and hospitals, and I always talk about my faith. That is a declaration of my relationship with God."
- Smokey Robinson
(Related: God, Faith, Churches, Hospitals, Talk, Years)

"I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Religion, Progress, Christian, Churches, Enemy, World)

"I still call myself a communist, because communism is no more what Russia made of it than Christianity is what the churches make of it."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Christianity, Churches, Communism, Russia)

"I am saying voluntarily that I have sung for almost every religious group in the country, from Jewish and Catholic, and Presbyterian and Holy Rollers and Revival Churches."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Churches, Country, Religious, Saying)

"If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces."
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Men, Churches, Poor)

"Every one who has a heart, however ignorant of architecture he may be, feels the transcendent beauty and poetry of the mediaeval churches."
- Goldwin Smith
(Related: Architecture, Beauty, Poetry, Heart, Churches, May)

"My father was Catholic, my mother was Protestant, and because of that I got Christened in both churches, so I've got all these names... but my Dad always called me Mick."
- Mickey Spillane
(Related: Dad, Mother, Father, Churches, Names)

"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."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Churches, Favorite, Mankind)

"The nations were awakened from the sleep of death, as the words of eternal life flowed from the Apostles' lips, - the temples of superstition were shut or destroyed, and churches were planted in every part of the civilized world."
- John Strachan
(Related: Life, Death, Churches, Nations, Sleep, Superstition, Words, World)

"In the scattered settlements of this Diocese, schools and Churches are of necessity for many years few in number, and multitudes of both sexes are growing up in great ignorance."
- John Strachan
(Related: Churches, Growing up, Ignorance, Necessity, Schools, Sexes, Years)

"In regard to education, something has been done by the Provincial Legislature; but to build churches, and to place clergymen is a work of greater difficulty."
- John Strachan
(Related: Work, Education, Churches, Difficulty)

"I think our failure in the production of good town churches of distinctive character must have struck you often, as it has me, when contrasted with our comparative success in country churches."
- George Edmund Street
(Related: Success, Character, Failure, Churches, Country, Production)

"As of essential importance in town churches which are not at all equally necessary in the country."
- George Edmund Street
(Related: Churches, Country, Importance)

"The fault seems to me to have been that men have taken ancient country churches as their models and have failed to discover that between them and churches in towns there ought to be a most distinct and marked difference."
- George Edmund Street
(Related: Men, Churches, Country, Difference, Fault)

"Marriage is the mother of the world. It preserves kingdoms, and fills cities and churches, and heaven itself."
- Jeremy Taylor
(Related: Marriage, Mother, Churches, Cities, Heaven, World)

"I've traveled all over the country for years speaking in churches, teaching the Ten Commandments. It's amazing if 2 percent of any congregation knows the Ten Commandments."
- Randall Terry
(Related: Churches, Country, Teaching, Years)

"After playing so many songs in churches for eight or nine years, I've learned what songs people react to. Then I just had fun with the arrangements. That's how this album came together."
- John Tesh
(Related: People, Churches, Fun, Songs, Years)

"And they turned around and leased it to The Assembly Of God Churches - their headquarters are in Springfield, Missouri. They leased it to them for the first year. Then, after the first year, they will donate it to the church."
- Mel Tillis
(Related: God, Church, Churches, First, Will)

"But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews, where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living, a Labour government - yes, a Labour government - is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Faith, Government, Churches, Living, Luxury, Nation, Schools)

"But I have been in some very beautiful churches, then I've looked outside and seen people starving to death."
- Don Van Vliet
(Related: Death, People, Churches)

"This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy."
- Henry A. Wallace
(Related: Failure, Vision, Churches, Democracy, Importance, Measure, Schools, Spiritual, Welfare)

"Martin Luther King Jr. really understood the role of the churches when he said, 'The church is not meant to be the master of the state.' We don't sort of take power and grab the levers of government and impose our agenda down people's throats."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Government, Power, People, Church, Churches, Martin, State)

"No, we are not the master of the state, said King. We are not the servant of the state. We are the conscience of the state. The churches or the religious community should be, I think, the conscience of the state. We're not just service providers."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Churches, Community, Conscience, Religious, Service, State)

"If there were no ministers and no priests, how long would there be any churches?"
- Lemuel K. Washburn
(Related: Churches)

"Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ, is preached in most of our churches."
- George Whitefield
(Related: Morality, Christ, Churches)

"The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people."
- Walt Whitman
(Related: Genius, People, Churches, Newspapers, states, United)

"Offers for me to play dances, society parties, even churches, were now coming in regularly. For most dates I was paid the sum of one dollar per hour, and they always tipped me at the end of the night."
- Mary Lou Williams
(Related: Society, Churches, End, Night, Now, Play)

"Let Catholics build their own churches and works."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Churches)