Top 656 Church Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Church Quotes from famous people such as Deontay Wilder, Del Shannon, E. Franklin Frazier, Elsa Maxwell, Bill Condon, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I was raised by both parents up to 17. We had a good fa

I was raised by both parents up to 17. We had a good family. We had a middle class family, good teaching and good surroundings, raised by the church, where I went every week whether I wanted to or not.
Deontay Wilder
I was an outcast growing up with a bunch of Christian people. My father didn’t go to church, and that was not good news if you lived right in the middle of it.
Del Shannon
Educational institutes can no longer be prizes in church politics or furnish berths for failure in other walks of life.
E. Franklin Frazier
Under pressure, people admit to murder, setting fire to the village church or robbing a bank, but never to being bores.
Elsa Maxwell
Kinsey thought that Freud in his own way was as dangerous as the Catholic Church.
Bill Condon
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
I don’t believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church.
Tom DeLay
God Almighty never intended that the devil should triumph over the Church. He never intended that the saloons should walk rough-shod over Christianity.
Billy Sunday
You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church.
Joel Osteen
I grew up in a sanctified church. I had to wear skirts below the knee. I couldn’t wear pants, open-toe or heeled shoes. We couldn’t cut our hair.
Da Brat
The Roman Catholic Church and its rituals were so much part of life that, although my parents would often question a small matter of dogma and none of us seemed more religious than anyone else, no one ever questioned the rituals or the basic tenets of belief.
Colm Toibin
The role of the church and the government are fundamentally different. The church must always show compassion – always.
Rick Warren
The ‘means of grace’ are such as Bible reading, private prayer, and regularly worshiping God in Church, wherein one hears the Word taught and participates in the Lord’s Supper. I lay it down as a simple matter of fact that no one who is careless about such things must ever expect to make much progress in sanctification.
J. C. Ryle
With reference to other religions, the Church sees a great difference between them and herself. The other religions are expressions of the human soul seeking God, with some beautiful spiritual insights, but also not without errors. Christianity is rather God seeking humanity.
Francis Arinze
There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.
Thomas Aquinas
The Church is not an automobile showroom – a place to put ourselves on display so that others can admire our spirituality, capacity, or prosperity. It is more like a service center, where vehicles in need of repair come for maintenance and rehabilitation.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
I was married awfully young and I felt trapped. My wife had been divorced and all the time we were married we were out of the Church. It wasn’t until we were divorced that we became good Catholics again.
Don Adams
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
Billy Sunday
In the West there has always been the attempt to try make the religious building, whether it’s a Medieval or Renaissance church, an eternal object for the celebration of God. The material chosen, such as stone, brick, or concrete, is meant to eternally preserve what is inside.
Tadao Ando
And I found both literature and the church very dramatic presences in the world of the 1950s.
Thomas Keneally
Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in church. They’re afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs.
Fred Allen
And I definitely wanted to be a writer, but I felt a duty now, having used up those educational resources, I felt a duty to the church and my parents to become a priest.
Thomas Keneally
I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.
Alice Walker
It doesn’t really matter how much of the rules or the dogma we accepted and lived by if we’re not really living by the fundamental creed of the Catholic Church, which is service to others and finding God in ourselves and then seeing God in everyone – including our enemies.
Martin Sheen
Obviously I don’t really go to church any more – no time.
Kimbra
The Enlightenment was an attempt to liberate myth and base truth claims on evidence, not just dogma. But when science threw out the church, they threw out the baby with the bath water.
Ken Wilber
Hopefully when you see the movie, Maybe you don’t have the Orlando in your life, but you know that guy. He goes to church. He’s down the street. He’s one of the boys at the schoolyard. They exist.
Shemar Moore
Judges cannot – nor should they try to – align our legal system with the Church’s moral teaching whenever the two diverge. They should, however, conform their own behavior to the Church’s standard.
Amy Coney Barrett
I believe there is no doctrine more dangerous to the Church today than to convey the impression that a revival is something peculiar in itself and cannot be judged by the same rules of causes and effect as other things.
Billy Sunday
My whole damn family was nice. I don’t think I’ve imagined it. It’s true. Maybe it has to do with being brought up as Christian Scientists. Half of my relatives were Readers or Practitioners in the church.
Henry Fonda
A Church which has lost its memory is in a sad state of senility.
Henry Chadwick
If it came to saving the life of one priest or sacrific

If it came to saving the life of one priest or sacrificing the life of an entire congregation, the church would save the life of the priest. Which is backwards, of course.
Rob Walton
I grew up a Catholic and I don’t want to talk badly about the Catholic Church but there’s a lot of routine stuff going on. You say the same prayers, you sit, you kneel, whatever.
Bernhard Langer
My training in Science of Mind had begun with my mother. She took me to a different church every Sunday, and she encouraged me to question the minister afterward.
Esther Williams
Church architecture describes visually the idea of the sacred, which is a fundamental need of man.
Mario Botta
I go to church because my parents go to church, and I believe the things they were doing at the time were right because they were the ones growing up in righteousness, and their life was supposed to be an example, seen?
Peter Tosh
Some of the speakers we bring on campus may not reflect official church teaching, but that’s how it is.
William P. Leahy
I am politically pro-choice, but personally pro-life. I have my faith but refuse to force it on the world at large – especially this world, so brutal and unjust. I cannot make these wrenching personal life and death decisions for others – nor do I believe they should be made by a church run by childless men.
Julianna Baggott
My wife attends a Presbyterian church.
Pat Robertson
For some of my friends who raise personal objections to marriage equality, they still recognize the importance of being accepting. And many of them also recognize that regardless of what they choose to believe or practice at home or at their church, that doesn’t give them the right to discriminate.
Scott Fujita
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
I’m Presbyterian and I don’t go to church very much.
Joan Van Ark
Each faithful young woman in the Church proclaims that individual worth is one of her most cherished values.
Russell M. Nelson
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.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
Fred Allen
There needs to be a place in the church or just outside – there needs to be a place where people feel free to ask questions without being put upon, where they feel free to ask difficult, challenging questions to voice their skepticism.
D. A. Carson
You can separate the church and state all you like, but Christmas is inescapable, and it’s marvellous, and it’s not going away.
Robert Rinder
Through the confessional system, the Catholic church spied upon the lives of its congregants. While Latin mass excluded most people who could not speak Latin from an understanding of the very system of thought that bound them.
Julian Assange
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
Simone Weil
Even in my hometown of Linkoping where I grew up… the church we had was very lavish – very boasty. So it ticked most of the boxes of big, imposing Christianity. And I love being there if I’m in town… because it’s just this haunting place.
Tobias Forge
There has always been a certain proportion of people who leave the Church on issues of authority and sex. That hasn’t changed since we started doing research on it back in the early 1960s.
Andrew Greeley
Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
Marquis de Sade
I believe in the separation of church and state, absolutely. But I don’t believe in the separation of public life from our values, our basic values, and for many of us, our religious values.
Jim Wallis
I rebelled against all form of authority, against my grandfather, my step-father, the Church, the police, the government, the bosses. Everything male that was there, and was determining my life.
Isabel Allende
The Divine Thing that made itself the foundation of the Church does not seem, to judge by his comments on the religious leadership of his day, to have hoped much from officers of a church.
Charles Williams
Well, I think that Catholicism’s basic foundation of faith is personal conscience. I think it’s between you and God, not you and the Church.
Martin Sheen
I go to a church that’s an interracial church.
Dabo Swinney
I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones.
Andres Serrano
My beliefs and my faith are part of who I am, and I’m so grateful that I had the foundation laid early on. My mom took me to church from my earliest memories, so I’m grateful to have had that foundation laid early, and it’s just part of who I am.
Jay DeMarcus
What people pray for will tell you more than anything else whether they are locked into the vision and priorities of the church.
Andy Stanley
Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
Samuel Butler
At a grand evening service in a church, my concerto created such a furor that the worshippers rushed out to keep the crowd outside the church quiet.
Niccolo Paganini
I was raised in the Catholic Church, and for me, the th

I was raised in the Catholic Church, and for me, the thought in the Bible and Christianity, and the spirit within that, is one of the guiding principles in my life.
Jon Batiste
For you see this scripture fulfilled this day and therefore I desire you as you tender the Lord and the church and commonwealth to consider and look what you do.
Anne Hutchinson
As for the British churchman, he goes to church as he goes to the bathroom, with the minimum of fuss and no explanation if he can help it.
Ronald Blythe
I am not the Jesus of the official church tolerated by those in power. I am not your superstar.
Klaus Kinski
I hope not in works. I hope not in ethics. I hope not in baptisms or church membership. I hope in Christ alone.
Paul Washer
I went to church and couldn’t swallow it. The music was nice but I don’t belong there.
Alain de Botton
We have taken a giant step forward in correcting some of the misconceptions people have about the church. I think that we’ve made a lot of friends.
M. Russell Ballard
In the ordinary church, it is suppressed by respectability, by a desire to appear better than we really are.
E. Stanley Jones
You don’t have to go to church to be spiritual, but there are certain times in your life that you know there is a presence of something very spiritual.
Tom Watson
Others don’t want to listen to viewpoints that members of the church have.
William P. Leahy
It’s true, the Church will be raptured before the final seven years of Earth’s history, but during that final seven years, many people will come to faith in Christ, but they will pay a terrible price to do so.
Robert Jeffress
I grew up in the church. I was raised in the church.
Quinton Aaron
I’m a God-fearing man, go to church every Sunday, and have since I was a boy. But if I ever found out that God cared one way or another about a borderline illegal fist-fight on Saturday night, I would be so greatly disappointed that it would make rethink my entire belief system.
Chael Sonnen
The minute the church and pastors start saying what do people want and then giving it to them, we betray our calling. We’re called to have people follow Jesus. We’re called to have people learn how to forgive their enemies.
Eugene H. Peterson
Then one day I read about a book that said that the church is the only army that shoots its wounded.
Keith Miller
Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
Billy Graham
When Queer Eye hit, the church told my mom they were praying for me. She said, God loves him too. And I support him 100 percent.
Jai Rodriguez
I’d like to do my first record I ever made, A Church, a Courtroom, and Then Goodbye.
Patsy Cline
I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.
Maya Angelou
I am deeply aware of the pain caused to any victim of child abuse, especially at the hands of a trustworthy person within the church. I do encourage any person who believes they have been a victim of abuse to come forward and to inform the police.
David Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes
My dad is a preacher. Growing up, I went to church every time the doors were open.
Morgan Wallen
All leaders in the Lord’s Church are called by proper authority. No prophet or any other leader in this Church, for that matter, has ever called himself or herself. No prophet has ever been elected.
Russell M. Nelson
We thought the church had withdrawn from interfering in Italian politics… but instead there is a terrible resurgence. These are ugly signs for freedom of expression.
Dario Fo
Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.
H. G. Wells
Irish people are still very prickly about Catholic Church. Despite all the scandals and cover-ups that have rocked the church, you can only push it so far.
Ardal O’Hanlon
‘Phantom of the Opera’ started in my little 100-seater converted church in Britain with a stage where we did what we did. But it was the score itself was what made it.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
A member must say that he is a member of the Unification Church and that he is the follower of Sun Myung Moon. If he doesn’t have the courage to say it, he is not worthy of me.
Sun Myung Moon
I was a made an eternal member of the Church of Satan by Anton LeVey himself in 1988.
King Diamond
If you had told me 28 years ago that the largest organization in the world touching the lives of gays and lesbians would be a church, I would not have believed you.
Troy Perry
Seeing people catch a feeling in their spirit and sprint the aisles of the church while my cousins played driving, uplifting gospel stuck with me. I let that same feeling wash over me when I experience and perform music.
Lizzo
The church saves sinners, but science seeks to stop their manufacture.
Elbert Hubbard
This also is a part of the Church's teaching, that the

This also is a part of the Church’s teaching, that the world was made and took its beginning at a certain time, and is to be destroyed on account of its wickedness.
Origen
Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor – but the Church is not a campaign.
Rowan Williams
I have a group of people, about 40, in a local church in Surrey in England, who pray for me regularly.
Cliff Richard
I’m raising my family in The Church, and I’m proud of that.
Brandon Flowers
The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ, the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church while our Saviour was on earth, and this organization was designed to be perpetual.
Charles Hodge
My childhood was limited to mostly gospel music. We didn’t have, like, a lot of records in our house, you know. It was like my grandparents who raised me. They were pretty old-fashioned in their religious ways, so it was like church, church, church, school, school, school.
Faith Evans
I went to Montreal. My first gig went very badly. They just weren’t laughing at anything. I found out they were a load of Christians, and it was a gig to raise money for a new church roof.
Allan Carr
In Australia, they really want to turn me into a religion. A religion! Can you imagine? The Church of Edna? Oh. I don’t want to be over-revered.
Barry Humphries
I take the kids to church and Sunday school. They love it. I really think it’s important for a child to feel that there are things that are bigger than your life out there.
Reese Witherspoon
If these hands, used to fighting, would be acceptable to His Holiness, we most thankfully dedicate them to the service of him who deserves so well of the Church and of the fatherland.
Giuseppe Garibaldi
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
BC is not going to replace the hierarchy, and BC is not going to lead some major reform in the Catholic Church – that’s got to come out of the whole Catholic community.
William P. Leahy
No religion can long continue to maintain its purity when the church becomes the subservient vassal of the state.
Felix Adler
In the polls, over 80% support the right to die and have done for the last 25 years. Even 80% of practising Catholics and Protestants support it, plus 76% of Church Times readers.
Polly Toynbee
I was more than happy to not wear shoes. The only time we wore shoes was on Sunday when we went to church.
Beauden Barrett
I think people often come to the synagogue, mosque, the church looking for God, and what we give them is religion.
Gene Robinson
There’s so many gifts from the faith to appreciate and it strikes people differently, but the one-ness of the Church wherever you are, Raleigh, San Diego, Alabama. Every place we were was home because the Catholic Church is the same everywhere.
Philip Rivers
The Church’s role should be separated from the state’s role.
Roy Moore
In a jazz atmosphere, the audience members were so quiet and respectful of the musicians that you felt you were almost part of a meeting at a church or a temple, where everyone was completely in tune with the sermon and what the whole event was about.
David Amram
Which prophecy of Christ we see wonderfully to be verified, insomuch that the whole course of the Church to this day may seem nothing else but a verifying of the said prophecy.
John Foxe
The church must always show compassion, always.
Rick Warren
I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.
Pope Francis
One of my beliefs is that there are certain institutions within a community which stand for the spirit and heart of that community, there’s the church, the local football team, the local pub and the theatre.
David Soul
I see no faults in the Church, and therefore let me be resurrected with the Saints, whether I ascend to heaven or descend to hell, or go to any other place. And if we go to hell, we will turn the devils out of doors and make a heaven of it.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Growing up, I was vaguely aware of things that went on in church, because I was in the boys’ choir at the local Episcopal church. But I got the clear message that I was supposed to learn music there, and not pay too much attention to the rest of it, and I followed those instructions very carefully.
Francis Collins
My grandparents knew it was important that I understood Christianity and the Bible. But they never took me to church; they sent me to church.
Lee Greenwood
Ministers should impress upon the people the necessity of individual effort. No church can flourish unless its members are workers. The people must lift where the ministers lift.
Ellen G. White
The devil took advantage of Christ’s hunger to tempt him to limit his concern to the relief of human need. These are vital concerns, but they cannot be the sole concern of the Church. We need daily bread; we need, too, a reason for living, a sense of purpose, a vision.
Basil Hume
My family went to a Mennonite Baptist church – they’re pretty conservative Christian folk. We weren’t on a colony or anything like that, but it certainly shaped me throughout the years.
Colter Wall
Mom and Dad would stay in bed on Sunday morning, but the kids would have to go to church.
Lynn Johnston
Child abuse is a heinous and personally damaging crime; it is therefore incumbent on the Church to treat such matters with the utmost seriousness.
John Sentamu
Your life isn't about doing one perfect 'thing' and the

Your life isn’t about doing one perfect ‘thing’ and then falling down dead. It’s more like going to church or writing a book. You do it over and over, always trying to be a little bit better. Then you die.
Chuck Palahniuk
Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon.
Martin Luther
I had a dream that my dad passed away and that Jesus came into the room and he was basically knocking on my door, saying, ‘Hey, you need to find out more about me.’ So that Sunday morning I ended up going to church, and that’s when I got saved.
Russell Wilson
I grew up in eastern Kentucky, and we would sing in the churches, and there’s lots of good mountain church singers out there. Like a lot of folks who turn out to be secular music artists, that’s a lot of the training you put in, whether you know it or not.
Chris Stapleton
As for the depiction of the Catholic church, it’s not meant to be a prediction.
Dan Simmons
Do good ’cause God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God, really. You’re doing it for yourself because that’s what makes God happy.
Victoria Osteen
If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God’s goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her.
Saint Teresa of Avila
History shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it.
Rick Warren
I had actually gone to a church-related college, but I went on a football scholarship, not because of any interest in the church.
R. C. Sproul
I’m a Christian. I go to church when I can. I was raised Baptist. I went to a Lutheran school. I’m a nondenominational practicing Christian. I have a lot of faith.
Brittany Murphy
Well, to take me from where I was, and the life I was leading, to the life I lead now with the church and with the Lord and with Jesus Christ, it’s a total, total turn-around.
Pat Summerall
When I was seven, I decided to buy all my friends some ice cream, but the problem was where to get the money. Sneaking into church, I went to the side of the altar where you can light a candle for your loved ones and took the money from the collection boxes.
Suzi Quatro
There have been times when I’ve felt inappropriately emotional. I remember making ‘The Most Hated Family in America’ about the Westboro Baptist Church, and being on the way to a funeral of a U.S. soldier with the Phelps family; they were going to picket the funeral.
Louis Theroux
We like to say we pray in the church of Graham, Dodd, Buffett, and Munger.
Whitney Tilson
I tend to give to those who have helped me along the road of life: Blair Academy, Princeton University, our church, and several hospitals that got me here in one piece. On the community side, I’ve always been a big supporter of the United Way.
John C. Bogle
Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.
Dwight L. Moody
Singing in church is a very different approach to music. It’s very much about transcending the idea of self. It’s about finding something greater that connects all of us. Gospel music is about tapping into that.
Lizz Wright
If you’re a preacher’s kid, you see the church differently.
Andy Stanley
I see no faults in the Church, and therefore let me be resurrected with the Saints, whether I ascend to heaven or descend to hell, or go to any other place. And if we go to hell, we will turn the devils out of doors and make a heaven of it.
Joseph Smith, Jr.
It doesn’t say anywhere in the Constitution this idea of the separation of church and state.
Sean Hannity
My wife, Dixie, is evangelical Christian. We met in the Reagan White House, when she was a student intern. We’re members of the Horizon Christian Fellowship Church.
Dinesh D’Souza
I feel in me the vocation of the Priest. I have the vocation of the Apostle. Martyrdom was the dream of my youth, and this dream has grown with me. Considering the mystical body of the Church, I desired to see myself in them all.
Thérèse of Lisieux
Yesterday I had a Shaker visitor, and today a Catholic; and the more I see and hear, the less do I care about church doctrines.
Maria Mitchell
There were theoretical elements in the subjection of women and it is not possible to avoid the conclusion that a large contribution was made to them by the Church. In part this was a matter of its hostile stance towards sexuality.
J. M. Roberts
That is simply that Marxism has been tremendously fashionable in our time, so it has infected a very large number of major institutions in many countries of the world. So I suppose that we shouldn’t be too surprised that it should infect the church as well.
Jeane Kirkpatrick
You can’t seperate modern jazz from rock or from rhythm and blues – you can’t seperate it. Because that’s where it all started, and that’s where it all come from – that’s where I learned to keep rhythm – in church.
Art Blakey
The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles; first, that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood; and secondly, that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly, which is independent of every other.
Charles Hodge
We’re not opposed to Catholics having pride in their church, but that doesn’t mean that every church that doesn’t join them isn’t a church.
Pope Shenouda III
If it is true that the great missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that one who was not baptized was lost – and that explains their missionary commitment – in the Catholic Church after the Second Vatican Council, that conviction was definitely abandoned.
Pope Benedict XVI
Saw a wedding in the church. It was strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition.
Samuel Pepys
It wasn’t until my second year that I got to actually work with Church.
Stephen Cole Kleene
I know at my church a lot of the times we sung from hym

I know at my church a lot of the times we sung from hymn books and as we got older we started to change with time. I can honestly say that I was never influenced to write for the church.
Charles King
A servant church must have as its priority solidarity with the poor.
Claudio Hummes
I haven’t been baptised. My dad’s not in the church and is not a religious person. My mum is more spiritual – she does Thai-chi and goes to Stonehenge and things like that. I’m proud to be pagan. Finland is not really a religious country. I’m still looking for my god.
Ville Valo
I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed… anything that could be counted, I did.
Katherine Johnson
It’s 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
As God as my witness, they said, We’re above the law. There’s nothing you can do to us. You’re just a church secretary.
Jessica Hahn
The church is the only mechanism for mass mobilization. That’s why the civil rights movement came out of the church.
Tony Evans
I have said to people I have six children, one son, four daughters, and a church.
Robert H. Schuller
She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
The evangelical movement has become just a bit victimized by a success-oriented culture, wanting the church – like the corporation – to be successful.
Henri Nouwen
I believe in the Devil. I believe there’s a God, too. I met God at church – the Catholic Church.
Trippie Redd
One of my good friends is Christian, goes to church every Sunday, very religious. I’m fine with that and I will never judge her.
Amber Tamblyn
Our fathers founded the first secular government that was ever founded in this world. Recollect that. The first secular government – the first government that said every church has exactly the same rights and no more; every religion has the same rights, and no more.
Robert Green Ingersoll
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Pauline Phillips
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.
Saint Ambrose
Although I myself don’t go to church or synagogue, I do, whether it’s superstition or whatever, pray every time I get on a plane. I just automatically do it. I say the same thing every time.
Barbara Walters
Religion stands, the Church blocking the sun.
Stephen Spender
I pastor a very large church in western Australia. We have about – over 2,000 people, which we have a Bible school, community services, a lot of things linked with it. So my life’s very full today. Not enough days in the week.
Margaret Smith Court
See, my hope and dream is that people have a good time watching basketball. It’s not church. It’s not serious.
Charles Barkley
Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.
Ezra Pound
It is sufficient to say, what everybody knows to be true, that the Irish population is Catholic, and that the Protestants, whether of the Episcopalian or Presbyterian Church, or of both united, are a small minority of the Irish people.
John Bright
You get a heck of a sound from the church. Can’t you hear it in my voice?
Muddy Waters
My sense is if the Episcopal Church can’t stand challenge within its own ranks, then it is not a church I would want to be a member of anyway.
John Shelby Spong
I was never interested in singing in the church choir or in school. I was more interested in becoming a musician.
Cassandra Wilson
I was aware of it, but I grew up in a very a-religious family. My mother never went to church, she never had any religious training or background. It was never a part of our social interaction.
Donald Johanson
My activities were centered around school and football and church and senior high fellowship, and I got together with a couple bands and started playing parties, proms, stuff like that. It was the music that really worked for me.
John Denver
From education by the Church to education by Germanic value is a step of several generations.
Alfred Rosenberg
The day will come, however, when they will truly know the Unification Church and me. The day will come when the truth will be known and the message of love will be taught. On that day, their regret will be deep.
Sun Myung Moon
Running is my church.
Joan Van Ark
We can never get around to being one nation under God if we can’t even get around to being one Church under God.
Tony Evans
It was like going to church, except Ozzy Osbourne was t

It was like going to church, except Ozzy Osbourne was there.
Sam Kinison
I grew up in a very spiritual home in a Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, FL. I was raised in the church, and my mother was a very inspirational person in my life.
Robert Battle
Only a couple of times have I ever been to church and felt enlightened by it.
Lynn Johnston
I have confidence that the Unitarian Church will steadily grow and will help to sustain many of my fellow citizens in these important days that lie ahead of us.
Leverett Saltonstall
Singing actually came first. As a kid, I grew up singing in church and around the house.
Tink
The Reformation did not directly touch the question of the true character of God’s church.
John Nelson Darby
The Church has never changed its teaching on the sanctity of human life – it didn’t make up a rule for the convenience of a particular time like a rule at a country club as the Governor would have us believe.
Wellington Mara
We’ve got to deal with the fact that the church has been violently prejudiced against gay people. We’ve murdered them; we’ve burned them at the stake; we’ve run them out of town for something over which they have no control. And that’s immoral.
John Shelby Spong
I believe the collapse of the House of Windsor is tied in with the collapse of the Church of England.
A. N. Wilson
In our local Baptist church, I sang in the choir and formed a gospel quartet. When our minister caught me messing with his guitar, he taught me three positions – one, four and five. After that, I taught myself to play.
B. B. King
Without a common loyalty to either a state or a church they have nevertheless a vast deal in common.
Emily Greene Balch
I was raised as a Catholic, but I got up to go to church because I thought I’d be hit by a bolt of lightning if I didn’t.
Chuck Feeney
The church which ceases to be evangelistic will soon cease to be evangelical.
Alexander Duff
I was baptized as an infant. I was confirmed as an adolescent; I was active in my church’s youth group and in my university student group. I was married before the church’s altar; trained at the church’s seminaries, ordained deacon and priest at age 24.
John Shelby Spong
The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing, civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary, ignorant people.
Kenneth Clark
My childhood was all about going to church, singing in church. And later on, after I got a little older, my mother taught me how to do poems for Easter and Mother’s Day, recitals and so on. I got attached to that, so as I got older and older, I began to recite poetry.
Rudy Ray Moore
At age 11, I went to a Jewish school. I speak Yiddish. I’m Church of England Protestant. My father was Catholic, and my mother was Protestant. My wife is a Muslim.
Michael Caine
I sang in church choir all my life, through elementary school, junior high and high school.
Kevin Richardson
I’m not a religious person. I have a one-on-one relationship with God, but I don’t go to church like I should.
John Daly
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
H. L. Mencken
Really, at a time when they’re debating when and where a nativity scene can be used, this is the kind of stuff we need to have out there – outside of the church.
John Tesh
I tell people, and it’s the truth, I could sit in my garage for a week and it won’t make me a car. And you can sit in church till your bottom is flat and that won’t make you a servant of Christ.
Joyce Meyer
It is the custom of the Roman Church which I unworthily serve with the help of God, to tolerate some things, to turn a blind eye to some, following the spirit of discretion rather than the rigid letter of the law.
Pope Gregory VII
Since the Church is to be servant to the poor, it is our fault if that wealth is not channeled to help the poor in our world.
Cesar Chavez
If the Church is a living body united to the same head, governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit, it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest.
Charles Hodge
If churches around the world would grasp the revolutionary truth that Christ’s transforming power always comes through sacrifice and weakness, it would dramatically alter the landscape of the global church.
Joni Eareckson Tada
I was baptized Methodist, but I was mainly raised First Church of NFL, which is to say that my family, especially my father, was much more concerned with watching football on Sundays than attending services.
Christopher Moore
We need to avoid the spiritual sickness of a church that is wrapped up in its own world: when a church becomes like this, it grows sick.
Pope Francis
‘We really shouldn’t look like a church.’ I’ve heard that so much I want to vomit. ‘Why?’ I ask. ‘Do you want your bank to look like a bank? Do you want your doctor’s office to look like a doctor’s office, or would you prefer your doctor to dress like a clown?’
Charles R. Swindoll
God is sufficient in all ages for His church.
John Nelson Darby
I walked away from going to church when I was 8. I didn’t set foot in another church until I was 28.
Billy Corgan
Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church

Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God.
Pope Francis
The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.
Willa Cather
You know how the church has been hit so hard by the sexual misconduct by clergy, and what’s that’s done to Catholics, especially here in Boston but elsewhere as well.
William P. Leahy
I grew up loving music, like, loving it. I was involved in church choir, leading worship and all the choirs in my school – even glee club.
Kelsea Ballerini
Every anti-gay remark from the Church gives the thug a license to be cruel.
Ian Mckellen
Negroes’ problem is that they do not have their egos. That’s why our churches end up having a white service, because our preacher is not arrogant enough to take God’s word, so he have to go and get some white fellow’s agenda and put it in his church.
Jesse Jackson
The true idea of a church has not yet been shown the world, a visible Church, I mean, unless it was in the very earliest times; yes, the twelve disciples bound to their Lord in love, to do his work forever, that was a church, a Christian family.
Lucy Larcom
Callings in the church, as important as they are, by their very nature are only for a period of time, and then an appropriate release takes place.
Ezra Taft Benson
I built my church on Easter services, Christmas Eve services, and Norman Vincent Peale.
Robert H. Schuller
The early Church had nothing but the Old Testament. The New Testament lies hidden in the Old; the Old Testament lies open in the New.
Randall Terry
You know the AME Church has a history of empowering black people and having an international outlook. So it was the women of the church who began to give Sarah Breedlove an image of herself as something other than an illiterate washerwoman, and she wanted to make her life better, and her daughter’s life better.
A’Lelia Bundles
My children have absolutely no interest in my fame. They’re very sophisticated, and they have a spiritual perspective on material things because we go to church.
Val Kilmer
I was raised in the church, and there’s still a fire burning inside me. I definitely don’t ever want to be preachy. But less and less young people are religious. The thing is, I see so many positive things about religion, so I’m happy to talk about it.
Brandon Flowers
A church is an incubator, a nursery, a grade school. You start where people are and move them to where they need to be.
Adrian Rogers
Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish a church in the heart of Times Square.
David Wilkerson
It is not that the Church hasn’t been trained in evangelism; it is not a lack of instruction or information. The fact is, if you don’t love people through the eyes of Christ, the world will never be changed.
Reinhard Bonnke
In an unconstitutional partnership with the state, the church can impose the most irresistible, if covert, controls conceivable.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
Well, I’ve never left my faith – but have I made a lot of mistakes? But was I fortunate that I was brought up in that Pentecostal church, where I heard about God’s love and God’s forgiveness.
Billy Ray Cyrus
The city’s contradictions and frailties drive me to the church. The church, in turn, binds my wounds and soothes my troubled heart, and sends me right back out into the city again.
Steve Ross
That a man built the biggest church in the world is not an issue, not something to be excited about. The people of Satan also have money to build a big place and worship him.
T. B. Joshua
I was raised in a Catholic school, and I would always go to church on Sunday, and I would hear the same music over and over and over and over again, same gospels, hymns, everything.
Charlie Puth
Those churches have closed down or have been merged with a church that has a more positive vision.
Bill Hybels
I speak for a lot of church groups, youth groups, schools, colleges and do personal appearances. I’ve done conventions and trade shows. A lot of different little hats.
Donna Douglas
And I ask why am I black, they say I was born in sin, and shamed inequity. One of the main songs we used to sing in church makes me sick, ‘love wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Peter Tosh
My mother was truly my saving grace, because she would take me to church with her. I would see my mother smiling in the choir, and I wanted to know this God that made her so happy. If I had not had that faith in my life, I don’t know where I would be right now.
Tyler Perry
It is my belief that everything you need to know about the world can be learned in a church choir.
Connie Willis
The Church does not pretend to be scientists. It teaches based upon what science tells it.
Wellington Mara
In my freshman year of high school, I don’t think I had a single date. I was really shy, really timid and quiet. I had my first real date when I was a sophomore, with a girl from church.
Eddie Guerrero
My mother says I was two-and-a-half when I started playing. My father was a minister, and when he went to church in the morning, she would put on Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and Cole Porter records. I’d crawl up on the piano stool, sit on a phone book and play.
Tori Amos
For me, true beauty has nothing to do with wrinkles and everything to do with the fact that my maternal grandmother raised five children just after the war and remained a fighter throughout her life. True beauty is the slick of red lipstick my paternal grandmother would put on before going to church on Sunday.
Monica Bellucci
Every true prayer is a prayer of the Church; by means of that prayer the Church prays, since it is the Holy Spirit living in the Church, Who in every single soul ‘prays in us with unspeakable groanings’.
Edith Stein
I was raised in a very religious household - it wasn't

I was raised in a very religious household – it wasn’t dogma, but we were raised Christian; we went to church every Sunday, Bible study, Bible camp every summer.
Adrienne C. Moore
We always performed for our church, but we also just performed whenever the family got together.
Debra Wilson
I grew up in the Holiness Church, where prayer was an event.
Iyanla Vanzant
The fact that the church is convinced of not having the right to confer priestly ordination on women is now considered by some as irreconcilable with the European Constitution.
Pope Benedict XVI
Vanity, showing off, is an attitude that reduces spirituality to a worldly thing, which is the worst sin that could be committed in the church.
Pope Francis
Christianity means a lot more than church membership.
Billy Sunday
Being no bigot myself to any mode of worship, I am disposed to endulge the professors of Christianity in the church, that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct plainest easiest and least liable to exception.
George Washington
Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism… to ward off threats to her own security and influence.
Bernadette Devlin
The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church.
Mark Wahlberg
I had always owned them to be the Word of God… the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by God.
John Nelson Darby
It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to church and think of sport.
Fridtjof Nansen
Really I feel less keen about the Army every day. I think the Church would suit me better.
Winston Churchill
For me, true beauty has nothing to do with wrinkles and everything to do with the fact that my maternal grandmother raised five children just after the war and remained a fighter throughout her life. True beauty is the slick of red lipstick my paternal grandmother would put on before going to church on Sunday.
Monica Bellucci
Yes, though I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing in the church.
John McGahern
What we do is nothing like the portrayal of badminton as a gentle game played in a church hall. Badminton can be fun and relaxing, but as professionals, this sport is our heart and soul and passion, and our games are fast and aggressive.
Rajiv Ouseph
I am atheist in a very religious mould. I’m always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them.
Mark Haddon
The audience that I try to reach are members of what I call the church alumni association. Now they are people who have not found in institutional religion a God big enough to be God for their world.
John Shelby Spong
Until they put that sand and dirt in my face I will not sit in church all day.
Alberta Hunter
I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word.
John Nelson Darby
We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. The teaching of the church is clear, and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.
Pope Francis
When I walk into an Orthodox Church… one is immediately aware that one has stepped into the presence of what St. Paul would call the whole family in heaven and earth. You have stepped into the precincts of heaven!
Thomas Howard
The United States may be a religious nation. But it is also a nation with a strong commitment to separation of church and state.
Adam Cohen
Nature is my church. The wind in the trees and the bugs and the frogs. All those things are comfort to me.
Sissy Spacek
I was like the class clown in school so I guess I would say I did like the attention. In church I did a lot of plays, my mother made me play characters, do a lot of drama and acting, trying to become someone else. So it helped me create who I am, to create Snoop Dogg.
Snoop Dogg
Before my grandpa built his own church, we went to the neighboring town, and it was a white community. You know, up north, mostly middle European people and Indians, Chippewa Indians. We were welcome to that church, but once we got in, they didn’t know what to do with us.
James Earl Jones
It is death that goes down to the center of the earth, the great burial church the earth is, and then to the curved ends of the universe, as light is said to do.
Harold Brodkey
For years I thought my assignment or the Church’s assignment was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don’t support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus.
Max Lucado
You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.
Justin Bieber
There is great mystery in a church. For me, there is a great privilege to be confronted with the design of a church because it shelters the most powerful themes of humanity: birth, marriage, death.
Mario Botta
Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it’s to have any meaning in this world – and stop being its apologist.
Bono
I thought it was a really good contrast to have a really sweet, sincere, church girl sitting next to the church lady who seemed kind of, you know, over the top.
Victoria Jackson
Before I had crossed the threshold of my church I was m

Before I had crossed the threshold of my church I was made to realize that I was shepherd of a divided flock.
Anna Howard Shaw
I am, I think the only surviving member of the original Battle Creek church. The church was disbanded, with the exception of thirteen members, in 1870.
John Harvey Kellogg
When I’m performing for the people, I am me, then. I am that little girl who, when she was five years old, used to sing at church. Or I’m that 15-year-old young lady who wanted to be grown and wanted to sing and couldn’t wait to be smokin’ a cigarette, you know?
Etta James
First, I am definitely going to give some money to my mission program at church, and then I have to get my mom a dishwasher.
Darci Lynne Farmer
I consider myself a non-denominational Christian. I grew up in a Bible church and still hold those beliefs very close to me.
Jensen Ackles
We were poor. My mother got our clothes out of the free box at the church, you know? So much of when you’re a kid is about relating about what you watch on TV. And who’s got these cooler shoes, and ‘Let’s trade lunches.’ And I was just like, ‘I don’t have a television. I have a rock and a piece of tofu.’
Aisha Tyler
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
Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.
Erica Jong
The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church.
Saint Ambrose
Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.
Pope Francis
I think the Church is a conduit to God. The Church is not God. And I think that from the very beginning Jesus taught us that.
Martin Sheen
For faithful Catholics, communion is not just a nice ritual: It is the body and blood of Jesus Christ, and the ultimate sign of our willingness to be incorporated into the church.
Maggie Gallagher
Church members in too many cases are like deep sea divers, encased in the suits designed for many fathoms deep, marching bravely to pull out plugs in bathtubs.
Peter Marshall
I left the Church of England because there was a huge bundle of straw. The ordination of women was the last straw, but it was only one of many. 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
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.
Saint Ambrose
I went to church with my grandmother every Sunday.
David Linley
It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to her work with calmness and generosity. It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.
Pope John XXIII
It’s kind of like some kind of church for me, playing live. Each show, good people from different pockets of the world come and open their soul and let their spirits mingle and dance. That energy comes up through me, and all I do is channel it; it’s like a circular motion and very sacred.
Xavier Rudd
I am a believer of all religions. I will happily visit a temple, mosque, church. I do not differentiate between religions.
Rishi Kapoor
It is only the forcible propagation of conventional Christianity that makes the agnostic so bitter toward the church. He knows that all the doctrines cannot possibly be true, but he would view them with toleration if he were asked merely to let them alone for the benefit of the masses whom they can help and succour.
H. P. Lovecraft
The world looks at preachers out of church to know what they mean in it.
Richard Cecil
I don’t have to go to church. The church is within me and the experience is my own. It’s my life experience.
Mariel Hemingway
The first persecution of the Church took place in the year 67, under Nero, the sixth emperor of Rome.
John Foxe
Religions work for their own aggrandizement – strengthen the church and so on – and they use reinforcers of one kind or another to get obedience and so on from their communicants.
B. F. Skinner
My dad would give me $10, which is a lot of money when you’re 9, to sing at church, on tables at restaurants, at family functions, just about anywhere.
Katy Perry
Hollywood is finally waking up to the fact that people who go to church also go to the movies. I’m not sure what took them so long to see that or how long they’ll keep it up.
Tyler Perry
Christians often want to hide behind the walls of the church, where we are comfortable, but sometimes we have to come out of the box.
Cheryl James
The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
Alan Watts
I have a lot of memories of Falls Church. I went to grade school in Madison Elementary School.
Jim Fowler
As any Christian would understand, I feel church is sacred. For me, it is the place I worship, where I learn about God and feel closest to Him each week.
Ainsley Earhardt
I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than SLAYER.
Kerry King
The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.
Tertullian
The history of the Church of Rome is a constant leakage of members into such breakaway cults, which go on splitting.
Mary Douglas
Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.
Alice Walker
Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church.
Robert Anton Wilson
Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds – it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization and any stable economy.
Allan Savory
To me, a theater is a kind of a sacred space. It needs a kind of ceremony, like what happens when you consecrate a church.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Church is great, but I found my church here. Hugh Hefner has been nothing but a gentleman.
Jessica Hahn
The church is not a political power; it’s not a party, but it’s a moral power.
Pope Benedict XVI
There is a lot of absurdity sometimes, not just in Mormonism but often in other religions that want to pretend that no bad happens in their church, rather than taking care of what bad does happen.
Neil LaBute
If you grow up playing in church, it removes a lot of the boundaries that other musicians might have, growing up with sheet music or whatever.
Anderson Paak
You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.
Justin Bieber
Standards of conduct appropriate to civil society or the workings of a democracy cannot be purely and simply applied to the Church.
Pope Benedict XVI
I auditioned for a solo in church and got it. I was about seven and I sang a song called, ‘Jesus, I Heard You Had a Big House’ and I remember people standing up at the end and me thinking, ‘Oh, I think I’m going to like this.’ That’s how it all began. Sounds funny to say you got your start in church, but I did.
Kristin Chenoweth
I used to always go to church on holidays, but I don’t go much any more.
Michael Phelps
The Church is presided over personally by Jesus Christ.
Richard G. Scott
I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight.
Venerable Bede
We must not reduce the bosom of the universal church to a nest protecting our mediocrity.
Pope Francis
Clearly a big challenge for Christianity is how to remain in contact with the millions of people who look for God but do not come to Church.
Timothy Radcliffe
Church members in too many cases are like deep sea divers, encased in the suits designed for many fathoms deep, marching bravely to pull out plugs in bathtubs.
Peter Marshall
The teachings of the Church line up more with the Democratic Party than the Republican Party.
James Carville
If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.
Susan B. Anthony
Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent.
Pope Francis
If you want to get healthy, you just might not want to go to a doctor. You might instead, go to church.
Mark Hyman
I’m a church boy. I got whuppin’s. So I’m afraid at any moment my grandmother could just swing down from heaven with a switch.
Anthony Hamilton
I go to St. Matthews in Pacific Palisades, an Episcopal Church.
Stephen Collins
The ordinary ministry is that which receives all of its direction from the will of God revealed in the Scriptures and from those means which God has appointed in the church for its continual edification.
William Ames
‘Safe Harbor’ is a state of mind… it’s the place – in reality or metaphor – to which one goes in times of trouble or worry. It can be a friendship, marriage, church, garden, beach, poem, prayer, or song.
Luanne Rice
I don’t go to church regular. But I pray for answers to my problems.
Loretta Lynn
My husband and I have been married for 15 years. He is a priest in the Church of Sweden. I have a faith, but it’s not so formal. We made our peace with that.
Sofia Helin
The whole tone of Church teaching in regard to women is, to the last degree, contemptuous and degrading.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
We went to church every Sunday. When I was a kid, the only time I sang was around my family.
Darius Rucker
When you think about the Catholic Church, it is a bit f

When you think about the Catholic Church, it is a bit flamboyant, in’t it?
Scarlett Moffatt
I like Church furniture.
Andres Serrano
Anybody who had come up with a new concept would have been under suspicion for being out of step with the tradition or out of step with the teachings of the church.
John Templeton
Humanity is not a church made of stone, in which vault after vault lies open.
Goran Persson
We come to church not to hide our problems but to heal them.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
You have the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of England, the Presbyterians, the Wesleyans, represented in each school, and they are each to take alternate days.
Charles Tupper
I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday.
Desmond Tutu
But, actually, so many of the clerics that I’ve met, particularly the Church of England clerics, are people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness who are extraordinarily presumptuous about the significance of their position in society.
Rowan Atkinson
Church is the only place where someone speaks to me and I do not have to answer back.
Charles de Gaulle
People do bad things in their lives. And those sort of things are forgivable. That’s half the point of having confession in church – you need to be able to fess up to what you’ve done.
Macaulay Culkin
The point I’m trying to make is that you go to church on Sunday. But the real Christ is out there in your life every day, whether it be the guy you help on the street, how you live your life, and your countenance that makes people want to be you.
Jim Caviezel
The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.
Robert Green Ingersoll
They’re after one world religion and one world government. That’s why they’ve attacked the Catholic Church so strongly, to ultimately take control over it by their doctrine.
Hutton Gibson
The Church is or should go back to being a community of God’s people, and priests, pastors and bishops, who have the care of souls, are at the service of the people of God.
Pope Francis
Both state and church have as their object actions as well as convictions, the former insofar as they are based on the relations between man and nature, the latter insofar as they are based on the relations between nature and God.
Moses Mendelssohn
I began with dance, doing ballet at 3, then tap, jazz, modern. Then I sang in church choirs, learned how to play clarinet and drums, sang with rock bands and only then did I get into musical theatre.
Samantha Barks
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family – a domestic church.
Pope John Paul II
And a third thing is the understanding of the Church as a community, a communion which is just a hierarchy but the people of God, whose servants are the priests and bishops.
Hans Kung
Think of me as the weathered sheriff coming back into Dodge ’cause the youngsters are shooting up the church and scaring the horses and not doing right by the women.
Frank Miller
I kept quiet for eight years. I did not want to hurt the church.
Jessica Hahn
I didn’t grow up in the Catholic church, but I went to a Catholic high school and a Catholic college, and the Jesuit priests are not saints floating around campus.
Chris Sullivan
Spirituality is no different from what we’ve been doing for two thousand years just by going to church and receiving the sacraments, being baptized, learning to pray, and reading Scriptures rightly. It’s just ordinary stuff.
Eugene H. Peterson
I was brought up Catholic and know the stench of the Catholic Church. I moved away from religion early, but the impression remains.
Gunter Grass
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
Tom Brokaw
I was raised in an evangelical Methodist church. Evangelical meant that though you had been baptized and made a member of the church on Sunday morning, you still had to be ‘saved’ on Sunday night. I wanted to be saved, but I did not think you should fake it.
Stanley Hauerwas
I had a born-again experience at the age of 33. As a result of that I found a church where I felt I was being fed properly. I don’t say that as a reflection on Catholicism. But once I was born again, I got an evangelical spirit.
Bill McCartney
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state.
James Madison
I don’t want to just preach to the church. I feel like I have a broader message.
Joel Osteen
I know it is a somewhat delicate matter to refuse a gift, but in this case the statue is so atrocious that every endeavour should be made to keep it out of the church.
Giles Gilbert Scott
My family for several generations have been members of

My family for several generations have been members of the Unitarian Church.
Leverett Saltonstall
God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
Muhammad Ali
Priesthood is the means whereby the Lord acts through men to save souls. One of the defining features of the Church of Jesus Christ, both anciently and today, is His authority. There can be no true Church without divine authority.
David A. Bednar
There is a kind of thinking in the Church that wants to reduce the priest to a mere functionary, a managing director, where administration rather than doctrine and worship are to determine the form of the Church.
Arthur Middleton
There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious.
Harriet Ann Jacobs
Far too often, we have limited the definition of the Church. While not in all cases, in many cases, ‘Church’ has become an informational, inspirational weekly gathering rather than the group of people that God has ordained from Heaven to operate on his behalf on Earth in order to bring Heaven’s viewpoint into history.
Tony Evans
I realized that my truest passion was for helping people change through faith in a higher power. That meant, for me, belonging to the church. Using my abilities to bring Christian doctrine to a postmodern world.
James McGreevey
Our public schools began as ministries of the church; now it is time to return them to the Lord.
Jay Alan Sekulow
I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.
Al Green
The Southern Baptist Church is a specific culture in itself. So, I had to study, talk to people, watch tape and go to performances to see how Gospel artists move compared to secular artists.
Boris Kodjoe
This also is a part of the teaching of the Church, that there are certain angels of God, and certain good influences, which are His servants in accomplishing the salvation of men.
Origen
Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.
Billy Sunday
I believe in the separation of church and state, but I do not believe in the separation of politics from religion.
Rick Warren
And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church, by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins.
Thomas Keneally
Every individual in the church is free to think as he pleases.
Gordon B. Hinckley
The Church’s note must be a supernatural note which distinguishes incarnation from immanence, redemption from evolution, the Kingdom of God from mere spiritual process.
Arthur Middleton
That’s just my family’s mentality. We are a very loving, hugging and kissing kind of family. And we grew up in a church atmosphere and still have that atmosphere. There is no negativity.
Eric Davis
When my father died, I had a real experience with Christ, a real conversion with Christ and I had it in a Oneness church.
T. D. Jakes
Even the humble black grandmother, who sings in the church choir and struggles to raise a grandchild abandoned to her care, must assert ideological liberalism in order to make others comfortable about her blackness.
Shelby Steele
I believe in the Devil. I believe there’s a God, too. I met God at church – the Catholic Church.
Trippie Redd
As a member of the Church, you have made sacred covenants with the Lord.
Russell M. Nelson
Oh the Christian church has encouraged enormous immaturity among the peoples who are its primary adherence.
John Shelby Spong
There were so many outstanding women in scripture that were leaders. And, you know, the organized church sometimes puts boundaries on us that the Bible doesn’t.
Anne Graham Lotz
I was a virgin. People find that hard to believe, but when you’re raised in a church, that was just the way it is.
Jessica Hahn
My grandmother, she say I shouldn’t be playing. I should go to church. Fially, I say I’m going do this, I’m going do it. And she got where she didn’t bother me about it.
Muddy Waters
The intelligence investigation under the leadership of Senator Church, which I know has helped cause this investigation by you, points out that the agencies did not disclose certain facts to us and that certain plots were going on.
John Sherman Cooper
I had always sung, as far back as I can remember, for the pure love of it. My voice was contralto, and I sang in a church in Naples from fourteen till I was eighteen.
Enrico Caruso
Nationalism – in other words, the dividing of the church into bodies – consisting of such and such a nation, is a novelty, not above three centuries old, although many dear children of God are found dwelling in it.
John Nelson Darby
I loved music since the Seth Ward Baptist Church outside of Plainview.
Jimmy Dean
The pope’s instruction for priests to forgive may mean, in some cases, the difference between a woman staying in the Catholic Church or leaving for a more understanding and empowering church nearby.
Anthea Butler
The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity.
Matthew Henry
I like to sing with my cousins. We're in a church choir

I like to sing with my cousins. We’re in a church choir.
Tua Tagovailoa
The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
Barbara De Angelis
It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.
Matthew Henry
It might kill you to say it, because the film really takes on the Catholic Church, but I do think there is a sort of affection for certain rituals, and an authenticity to the presentation of those rituals, in ‘Mea Maxima Culpa.’
Alex Gibney
The Roman Catholic Church isn’t going to change its theologies.
Robert H. Schuller
People who put money in the church basket and people who go to church and pay the pastor: that isn’t real philanthropy; that’s just like you belong to a country club. You pay your dues to belong to that church, so you pay your tithing or whatever it is.
Jon Huntsman, Sr.
I read the Bible, I speak through issues, I see what I think is hypocrisy in the church and things that are wrong, and I speak to these things. But I could be wrong.
Tony Campolo
I had stopped going to church the moment I joined the Regiment. No more could my mother nag me into God’s presence.
Spike Milligan
The faith of the church must be tried by God’s word, and not God’s word by the church; neither yet my faith.
Jane Grey
I always sang in church always was in a gospel choir and directed choirs and always performed, but I never thought of it as a powerful thing.
Charles King
First of all, do I think there’s some racists in the Tea Party? Yeah. I’m an ordained United Methodist pastor; there’s some racists in the Methodist church. I don’t know if there’s a body that does not have some racists in it.
Emanuel Cleaver
In the periods of my life when I’ve had least contact with the Church, I’ve always assumed a belief in God is a solid thing, but clearly it’s a relationship; it has good days and bad days.
Tom Hollander
What can the Church do? If she stands by her moral teaching, then she will be seen as standing in judgement over a vast percentage of Europeans.
Timothy Radcliffe
The separation of church and state was meant to protect church from state; a state that declares religion off limits in public life is a state that declares itself supreme over all religious values.
Ben Shapiro
An angel is a spiritual creature created by God without a body for the service of Christendom and the church.
Leo Rosten
A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!
Billy Sunday
Mr. Trump, like too much of the church, offers little more than an excuse to project complex problems onto simple villains. Yet the white working class needs neither more finger-pointing nor more fiery sermons.
J. D. Vance
Indeed, no one does more injury in the church than he who acts perversely and yet has the name and order of sanctity.
Jan Hus
I was raised by the Christian Brothers, who believe in that, fortunately. They were, to me, the most rebellious arm of the Catholic Church – and one of the most liberal and forward thinking.
Paul Kantner
I think church and state should remain entirely separate at all costs, and that the decision of religious marriage should be of each faith to debate and decide free of political influence.
Adam Rickitt
The living Church of the redeemed is his book. He founded a religion of the living spirit, not of a written code, like the Mosaic law. Yet his words and deeds are recorded by as honest and reliable witnesses as ever put pen to paper.
Philip Schaff
For the judgment was accomplished not only upon all the men of the Christian church, but also upon all who are called Mohammedans, and, moreover, upon all the Gentiles in the whole world.
Emanuel Swedenborg
The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It’s just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There’s a difference.
Jill Scott
Men who hold a theory of the Church which excludes from communion those whom they admit to have the Spirit of Christ simply proclaim that their theory is in flat contradiction to the spiritual fact.
Roland Allen
The Church controlled so much in Ireland for so long. I’m not going to get into whether or not religion per se is a bad thing, but my point is the political aspect in Ireland was way out of kilter, and it wasn’t right.
Roisin Murphy
Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
Marquis de Sade
In an age robbed of religious symbols, going to the shops replaces going to the church. We have a free choice, but at a price. We can win experience, but never achieve innocence. Marx knew that the epic activities of the modern world involve not lance and sword but dry goods.
Stephen Bayley
The Catholic Church has never really come to terms with women. What I object to is being treated either as Madonnas or Mary Magdalenes.
Shirley Williams
I’m very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I’m singing.
Fantasia Barrino
I wrote in my book, ‘unPlanned,’ about a church that kicked me out when they found out that I worked for Planned Parenthood. I often get questioned about that, whether I still think they made the wrong decision. My answer is a resounding ‘Yes.’
Abby Johnson
The last years of fading communism provided an ideal environment for Poland’s Catholic Church, which acted as an umbrella for dissenters of all sorts.
Norman Davies
I'm not a big fan of religion for that reason. But I am

I’m not a big fan of religion for that reason. But I am a true believer in God, and I have great faith, and I think that a spiritual connection with something is a really important part of our experience. That doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the church.
Shaun Cassidy
My mind is my own church.
Thomas Paine
I am a believer of all religions. I will happily visit a temple, mosque, church. I do not differentiate between religions.
Rishi Kapoor
Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
Billy Graham
I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear.
Billy Sunday
My father was full of tales. He said his family were ministers in the Church of Scotland, or they were lawyers.
Anne Reid
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
Thomas Aquinas
For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.
Martin Luther
There’s always been a religious strain in me. I can’t get rid of it. I don’t want to get rid of it. I’m not involved in a church, but I understand that impulse to believe in something that’s never going to betray you.
Ruth Wilson
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church.
Tom Brokaw
The Taj, the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Cracao Basilica and Polish church are some monuments that hold a special place in my memory.
Shaan
I just find the evangelical church too, well, restrictive. But the School of Practical Philosophy is nonconfrontational. We believe there are many forms of Scripture. What is true is true and will never change, whether it’s in the Bible or in Shakespeare. It’s about oneness.
Hugh Jackman
I started singing in church and I was probably around seven and I started singing anywhere that I could. I used to sing at my school. I was in musicals and then it kind of got to a point where I started to – wanted to do my own songs.
Avril Lavigne
In other words, the Church acknowledges Science as the higher authority.
Wilhelm Ostwald
I liked blues from the time my mother used to take me to church. I started to listen to gospel music, so I liked that. But I had an aunt at that time, my mother’s aunt who bought records by people like Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and a few others.
B. B. King
My family and I would never receive royalties on the revenue that my materials brought into the church; materials that were created on our own personal time.
Robert H. Schuller
I sang in church growing up. Memphis is the blues capital of the world, we like to say.
Justin Timberlake
I’ve been stuck on John Eldredge lately. He’s all about being a warrior outside of the church. I hate to think about this kind of stuff – I just like to do it.
John Tesh
I was raised as a Catholic, but I got up to go to church because I thought I’d be hit by a bolt of lightning if I didn’t.
Chuck Feeney
The Church in England is the Church of England.
Joseph Barber Lightfoot
Around 10 years old I started being into church and being around the church. I started doing poetry – I was doing all clean poetry, totally clean.
Cupcakke
This doctrine of Christ and of the apostles, from which the true faith of the primitive church was received, the apostles at first delivered orally, without writing, but later, not by any human counsel but by the will of God, they handed it on in the Scriptures.
Martin Chemnitz
Each of our children during their high school years went to ‘early morning seminary’ – scripture study classes that met in the home of a church member every school day morning from 6:30 until 7:15.
Clayton M. Christensen
My family was very open. My grandfather was German and a Protestant. My father, a lawyer, was Greek-Catholic and played the violin. My mother was very religious and went to church twice a day. My grandmother was Armenian. So I was raised with three different faiths – that’s why I am so open.
Krzysztof Penderecki
We all know that a church is not a building.
Robert H. Schuller
There are fully forty towers, which are lofty and well built, the largest of which has fifty steps leading to its main body, and is higher than the tower of the principal tower of the church at Seville.
Hernan Cortes
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
Lenny Bruce
An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An atheist believes that deed must be done instead of prayer said. An atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated.
Madalyn Murray O’Hair
The church we grew up playing at was not one of those churches known for its music, but it was just this all-around energy that would be happening because, at the same time we’d be playing in church, we’d be playing in the city jazz band under Reggie Edwards.
Thundercat
I believe with all my heart that the Church of Jesus Christ should be a Church of blurred edges.
George Carey
I would say that social work began in my mind in the Unitarian Church when I was ten or twelve years old, and I started to do things that I thought would help other people.
Roger Nash Baldwin
I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. What if the

I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. What if the well-filled church in the homeland needs stirring? They have the Scriptures, Moses, and the prophets, and a whole lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers.
Jim Elliot
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.
Pope John Paul II
A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.
Brigham Young
St. Peter announced the glad tidings of the Gospel to the people on the day of Pentecost, and converted, by the first Christian sermon, ever preached, three thousand – which formed the primitive Church.
John Strachan
The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
Willie Nelson
There’s nobody who doesn’t have problems with the church, because there’s sin in the church. But there’s no other place to be a Christian except the church.
Eugene H. Peterson
I go to church every Sunday, which is like going to the gas station once a week and really, really filling up.
Anne Lamott
I would suggest the taxation of all property equally, whether church or corporation, exempting only the last resting place of the dead and possibly, with proper restrictions, church edifices.
Ulysses S. Grant
My first solo was in church when I was five.
Suzy Bogguss
My mom is very religious – Catholic – and from a young age they brought me to the church.
Bad Bunny
I suppose the Church would be perfect only if it were run by perfect beings. God is perfect, and His doctrine is pure. But He works through us – His imperfect children – and imperfect people make mistakes.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Marriage is a sacrament, and the decision of what is a sacrament lies with the Church, not with Parliament.
Jacob Rees-Mogg
I grew up in the South and went to church a lot.
Patrick Wilson
Unless you have made a complete surrender and are doing his will it will avail you nothing if you’ve reformed a thousand times and have your name on fifty church records.
Billy Sunday
I never really liked the Gospel of John because I never could find the humanity of Jesus in it. I thought it presented Jesus as a visitor from another planet; in addition, John’s gospel is and has been interpreted as a document that fuels anti-Semitism in the church.
John Shelby Spong
I think my election is one of several indications that gay and lesbian folk are being brought more into the center of things. I’d like to think that my election signals my bringing of gay and lesbian folk into the center of the church.
Gene Robinson
We lived in the schoolhouse of the village school in Church Preen, in deepest Shropshire, and my mum was the schoolmistress. She taught the juniors, and one other teacher taught the infants. I went there from the age of three, no doubt as a form of childcare.
Mary Beard
I loved getting to do Promised Land with him. I mean, he’s really there for you. We did one very emotional scene in the church. He’s just a wonderful acting partner. You feel very safe with him.
Delta Burke
Gaga came to me, and I just could not find a soul. I come from church; maybe that has something to do with it. I like to get to the soul of a person. I just didn’t feel a soul.
Grace Jones
It is not classified as a pagan religion. The so-called New Age activities and this are not called religions and therefore don’t come under the prohibition of mingling church and state that we have in this country.
Dixie Lee Ray
I had said to some pastor that I was having thoughts, and the church turned on me. They went to my mom and said, So sorry about your son.
Jai Rodriguez
Hypocrites in the Church? Yes, and in the lodge and at the home. Don’t hunt through the Church for a hypocrite. Go home and look in the mirror. Hypocrites? Yes. See that you make the number one less.
Billy Sunday
For years, my mom dated a man who was really active in the Baptist church in the town next to the town I grew up in, and so he used to drag me to these Baptist church services that lasted forever. I remember that I didn’t like the church services, but I really liked the music.
Moby
I do feel that federation, loose parallel processes, are less than we’ve got, less than we could have and, in the very long run, less than what God wants in the Church.
Rowan Williams
I think faith helps me a lot. God wants you to be where He wants you to be, and that’s where I want to be. If I do not get a part, I understand that maybe I needed to be home at that time, maybe in school; there’s always a reason. My faith is also where my core friends are, at my church, a faith-based friendship.
Jason Dolley
I think if the church did what they were supposed to do we wouldn’t have anyone sleeping on the streets.
Michael W. Smith
If you say that the history of the Church is a long succession of scandals, you are telling the truth, though if that is all you say, you are distorting the truth.
Gerald Vann
I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer.
John McGahern
I have never met a happy atheist. I believe in separation of church and state, but I think we have gone so far over in the other direction of separating church and state.
Dixie Carter
At the first general meeting of this Corporation in 1820, his Lordship presided; a circumstance, which may well be considered an era in the history of the Church of Upper Canada.
John Strachan
I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church. Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television singing their hearts out.
Tommy Shaw
Vatican II declares the Church... as necessary for salv

Vatican II declares the Church… as necessary for salvation.
Francis Arinze
Meanwhile the Church more and more provided for the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, by practically chaining His influence to the hierarchy and the sacraments.
Robert Rainy
I have taken this step because I want the discipline, the fire and the authority of the Church. I am hopelessly unworthy of it, but I hope to become worthy.
Edith Sitwell
People learn to shop for churches; there is no loyalty to the church. They’re consumers being attracted to one product or another. I think it’s sacrilege, to tell you the truth, it really is.
Eugene H. Peterson
I add, that those who are bent on restoring the whole church ought to be well instructed in the word, and to abstain from doing anything under the pretext of simplicity.
John Nelson Darby
A soldier of fortune with twisted tongue will come to pillage the sanctuary of the gods; To the heretics he will open the gate, thus stirring up the Church militant.
Nostradamus
Some of the greatest achievements ever have been achieved as a result of the Church. The Catholic Church. I’m not Catholic but yeah, the Church, for instance, you take a walk through the Vatican, and to your right is the double helix staircase built, I think, in 1138 or something.
Kelsey Grammer
I believe that Catholics involved in politics carry the values of their religion within them, but have the mature awareness and expertise to implement them. The Church will never go beyond its task of expressing and disseminating its values, at least as long as I’m here.
Pope Francis
As long as the house of The Holy Spirit remains a haven for criminals the reputation of the church will remain in ruins.
Sinead O’Connor
Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!
Pope Francis
I was playing drums in church when I was six. Then I picked up the piano when I was 11 or 12.
Robert Glasper
About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing.
Joan of Arc
And what I learned in Church’s course. He trained us intensively in his new system, which he was just developing. Two papers were presented. I think the second paper wasn’t published until well after the course was finished.
Stephen Cole Kleene
I was raised in the Catholic Church, and for me, the thought in the Bible and Christianity, and the spirit within that, is one of the guiding principles in my life.
Jon Batiste
My life goal is to see the world’s one billion people with disabilities embraced and encouraged by the church.
Joni Eareckson Tada
It is uncomfortable to be reminded that the Catholic church only removed the reference to ‘perfidious Jews’ from the Good Friday liturgy in 1960.
Justin Cartwright
It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.
William Penn
You should enter a ballpark the way you enter a church.
Bill Lee
Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?
John Calvin
On the day, therefore, when I went to the church to be confirmed, with a number of others, I suffered extremely from the reproaches of my conscience.
Maria Monk
I think by eighth grade I knew I wanted to be an actor. I’d done church plays and stuff, but my first actual acting class was in eighth grade. I was obsessed with it.
Aaron Paul
Truth is the silliest thing under the sun. Try to get a living by the Truth and go to the Soup Societies. Heavens! Let any clergyman try to preach the Truth from its very stronghold, the pulpit, and they would ride him out of his church on his own pulpit bannister.
Herman Melville
I don’t go to Mass every day. But I go to church every day. Just sitting there, thinking – it’s a great way to start the morning, you know? You feel so good coming out, and your approach to everything is suddenly really clear.
Mark Wahlberg
The Catholic Church was the church of the colonial fascist regime.
Samora Machel
The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Of course the case of the Christian Church planted among the nations must differ, in various ways, from that of any sect forming in connection with religious awakening in a territory of professing Christianity.
Robert Rainy
I was born into a Christian family and brought up in a Lutheran church. My faith has been the center point of my life, really, since I was a child, but at 16 years of age, I fully surrendered my life over to Christ. At that point, as a teenager, I began to grasp the concept of Christ’s true love and forgiveness.
Michele Bachmann
Rather than disliking theatre, I’ve expressed a preference for television because it tends to deal in its small way much more with issues and is able to reach a broader church of people than theatre.
Christopher Eccleston
I solemnly declare that this spiritual kingdom of faith will move forward with or without each of us individually. No unhallowed hand can stay the growth of the Church nor prevent fulfillment of its mission. Any of us can be left behind, drawn away by the seductive voices of secularism and materialism.
James E. Faust
The church also does not condone a broken immigration system in the U.S., one that too easily can lead to the exploitation, abuse and even death of immigrants.
Roger Mahony
It’s very easy for a church just to slide along from week to week, taking it for granted that we do our services like this and that, and we celebrate the sacraments like this and that.
N. T. Wright
Becoming Catholic involves entering into a relationship

Becoming Catholic involves entering into a relationship with the Catholic Church.
Carl Olson
That I am not a member of any Christian church is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or of any denomination of Christians in particular.
Abraham Lincoln
I think that together the church has learned a lot, and as we know from our own oversight board, the involvement of our wonderful lay leaders has been a real grace.
Roger Mahony
I remember going to church about four times a week. I liked it a lot.
Victoria Jackson
Indeed, in the present climate of mistrust of institutions, many people who yearn for a more meaningful and fulfilling life would regard the church as an unlikely place to go for guidance.
Hugh Mackay
I think I just knew in my head there was something special about ‘My Church,’ and getting to accept a Grammy for it was just proof that I made the right decision.
Maren Morris
If you were to look back at me as a school kid you’d see a very quiet little church mouse kind of character.
John Lydon
Every hip-hop artist I have worked with has a respect for higher power, whether that’s church, Allah, or any sort of higher being – they all have a humbleness.
BJ the Chicago Kid
The coronation is a symbol of power, but it’s not a symbol for us the people. It’s a symbol for that person, who is a human, to become a higher being and become one with God. The church, the scepter, and the crown have been around forever. And the line of kings of England goes back thousands of years.
Claire Foy
I’ve never been tied to one party or one candidate or even one institution. And that’s true even with one church as a Christian. I’m committed to truth and justice.
Cornel West
The Foxy character and Inga Marchand are two different people. My fiance calls me Inga. No one around me calls me Foxy. I go to church every Sunday. I go to Bible study every Friday night. I’m saved.
Foxy Brown
So, not only am I panicking over the weekend if I need to know my lines, but also if can I get the kids to the zoo. Can I even go to church? I was asking for certain things that would allow me to plan my life a little better.
Hunter Tylo
I left because I decided it just really wasn’t for me, and I got a better understanding of what the Catholic Church needed from its priests and ministers.
Peter Jurasik
I sang in the choir for years, even though my family belonged to another church.
Paul Lynde
Growing up, I always saw the hypocrisy of the Catholic church. The history speaks for itself, and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words.
Hozier
Church gives people a sense of community, a sense of how to behave… social support when times get tough. In a world where white working class folks are going to church less and less, they’re losing that when they might really need it.
J. D. Vance
The Church has failed to be a positive influence for good in our nation and our world.
Tony Evans
A church without women would be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is more important than the apostles, and the church herself is feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.
Pope Francis
The church is in the hope business. We, of all people, ought to be known most for our hope because our hope is founded on something deeper than human ability or wishful thinking.
John Ortberg
The Evangelical party in the Church of Scotland will lay all flat if they be not prevented.
Edward Irving
Yes, though I have nothing but gratitude for my upbringing in the church.
John McGahern
We live in the Bible Belt. I was born and raised in church. That’s something that was really, really important to me, to build that foundation with our kids so they at least went to church.
Jay DeMarcus
From you we have learned what we, at least, value, to separate Church and State; and from you we gather inspiration at all times in our devotion to learning, to religious liberty, and to individual and National freedom.
Seth Low
The medieval Church believed that the resurrection of Christ marked a new time for all of humanity.
Timothy Radcliffe
For me, church was about not only religion but about community. A woman in my grandmother’s church helped pay for my SAT classes when I was in high school and drove me there every week.
Jamila Woods
The limitless loving devotion to God, and the gift God makes of Himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable; it is the highest degree of prayer. The souls that have reached this point are truly the heart of the Church.
Edith Stein
Each of us has the choice to attend the church we want to, or none at all. Separation of church and state allows for religions to have their own set of rules as to whom they will accept and who they won’t, and the practices they support and the ones they don’t. They will continue to be able to do so.
Pauley Perrette
I love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, which has been restored to the earth in our day. I treasure the teachings of His holy life from newborn infant to resurrected man, Son of God.
Margaret D. Nadauld
In an urban environment, a church building is a thing of the past.
Mark Batterson
Can human hearts be changed? Why, of course! It happens every day in the great missionary work of the Church. It is one of the most widespread of Christ’s modern miracles. If it hasn’t happened to you – it should.
Ezra Taft Benson
There the union of Church and State tends strongly to paralyze some of the members of the body of Christ. Here there is no such influence to destroy spiritual life and power.
Josiah Strong
I did not compose my work as one might put on a church

I did not compose my work as one might put on a church vestment… rather it sprung from the truly fervent faith of my heart, such as I have felt it since my childhood.
Franz Liszt
I think that if you can’t be loyal to the Church, it’s best to get out.
A. N. Wilson
We need religion as a guide. We need it because we are imperfect. Our government needs the church, because only those humble enough to admit they are sinners can bring to democracy the tolerance it requires in order to survive.
Jeff Miller
In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians.
Karl Barth
The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.
Rowan Williams
I was raised in a Baptist household, went to a Catholic church, lived in a Jewish neighborhood, and had the biggest crush on the Muslim girls from one neighborhood over.
Will Smith
Catholic liturgical music, it would seem, is everywhere but in the Catholic Church itself.
Richard Morris
The Catholic Church is a weird church. Much mysticism is sown broadspread from its ritual mysteries till it extends into the very lives of its constituents and parishoners.
Jack Kerouac
I grew up going to a real small missionary baptist church. We would sing a lot of the old standards… the hymns and everything. Those songs are still my favorite and are pretty timeless.
Josh Turner
I went to church when I was younger, but it was never something pushed down my throat or anything, which is a good thing. I found out for myself where I belonged.
A.J. Styles
I’m a believer. I don’t go to church. I don’t belong to any particular religion, but I do believe in God. I couldn’t write what I write about and be creative without a certain form of belief.
Nick Cave
A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.
Brigham Young
Our church has been legal since late 1960s. I’ve been involved since 1972. I was ordained in 1975.
Sally Kirkland
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.
Ulysses S. Grant
Many people who no longer go to church end up falling prey to superstition.
Umberto Eco
I haven’t been baptised. My dad’s not in the church and is not a religious person. My mum is more spiritual – she does Thai-chi and goes to Stonehenge and things like that. I’m proud to be pagan. Finland is not really a religious country. I’m still looking for my god.
Ville Valo
I would like it to be known that I have decided not to marry Group Capt. Peter Townsend. Mindful of the church’s teaching that Christian marriage is indissoluble, and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have resolved to put these considerations before any others.
Princess Margaret
I do not use profanity in my novels. My characters all go to church.
Nicholas Sparks
Clearly there are individuals who don’t understand what the church teaches, or they think it’s so limiting.
William P. Leahy
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
H. L. Mencken
The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.
Pope John XXIII
When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it.
James Brown
The earlier practice of the Church had been more or less to employ in worship under the presidency of the pastor or pastors, the gifts of the congregation.
Robert Rainy
For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas.
Gerald R. Ford
There is a danger that threatens everyone in the church, all of us. The danger of worldliness. It leads us to vanity, arrogance and pride.
Pope Francis
It can have a secular purpose and have a relationship to God because God was presumed to be both over the state and the church, and separation of church and state was never meant to separate God from government.
Roy Moore
The death of Pope John Paul II led many of different faiths and of no faith to acknowledge their debt to the Roman Catholic Church for holding on to absolutes that the rest of us can measure ourselves against.
Suzanne Fields
Sailors ought never to go to church. They ought to go to hell, where it is much more comfortable.
H. G. Wells
How much we need, in the church and in society, witnesses of the beauty of holiness, witnesses of the splendour of truth, witnesses of the joy and freedom born of a living relationship with Christ!
Pope Benedict XVI
Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith is in him unless he knew where his believers are?
Martin Luther
When I came to CBS it was the mother church. I mean that was – everybody wanted to go to work for CBS News.
Mike Wallace
I was raised in the Methodist Church, which is a very G

I was raised in the Methodist Church, which is a very Germanic, military kind of music they have there. I heard this other music on the radio: Pentecostal. That was right up my street.
Leon Russell
Not knowing my birthday had never seemed strange. I knew I’d been born near the end of September, and each year I picked a day, one that didn’t fall on a Sunday because it’s no fun spending your birthday in church.
Tara Westover
The church, inserted and active in human society and in history, does not exist in order to exercise political power or to govern the society.
Claudio Hummes
The passion for art is, as for believers, very religious. It unites people, its message is of common humanity. Art has become my religion – others pray in church. It’s a banality, but you don’t possess art, it possesses you. It’s like falling in love.
Francois Pinault
I went to a church where you could not sing out loud in the service until you had been saved.
Bernice Johnson Reagon
I was raised on a farm in Kansas where we lived next door to my Grandma Dew, and I was her shadow. We went everywhere together – to the bank, the doctor, the Early Bird Garden Club, and to an endless procession of Church meetings.
Sheri L. Dew
The public school has become the established church of secular society.
Ivan Illich
Growing up in Jamaica, the Pentecostal church wasn’t that fiery thing you might think. It was very British, very proper. Hymns. No dancing. Very quiet. Very fundamental.
Grace Jones
My hope that the Church will emerge as a strong leader in society is just that a hope. What I described in The Catholic Moment is not a prophecy but the outline of a possibility. There are no guarantees that my hopes expressed in The Catholic Moment will ever be realised.
Richard John Neuhaus
Me and my girlfriend don’t have any family in Ipswich, so we were thinking of what we could do to fill our time on Christmas Day. We thought about feeding the homeless and we phoned up the church that we eventually went to and asked if we could help.
Tyrone Mings
I liked the name of the amendment. I couldn’t help feeling uneasy that the church was opposing something with a name as beautiful as the Equal Rights Amendment.
Sonia Johnson
The artistic taste of the Catholic priests is appalling and I am most anxious to have a Catholic church in which everything is genuine and good, and not tawdry and ostentatious.
Giles Gilbert Scott
There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.
James Joyce
The outcome can truly determine whether our homes will be destroyed, whether our children will be torn from their mothers, trained as conspirators and turned against their parents, their home and their church.
George Smathers
Not far from our house, and opposite the old church with the golden cross, stood a large building, even larger than the church, and having many towers.
Max Muller
People feel that decisions about their jobs, the way their children are educated, how their church functions, and products they buy are made by someone and some place so distant that they can’t find anybody to talk to that has any influence over them.
Robert Teeter
My first church had seven members in it, and I have to remember, the rent was $225 a month and I worked for Union Carbide and took the check I made from work to pay for the rent to keep the church open.
T. D. Jakes
What I think is that we in the church – and especially I as an Archbishop – I’m responsible for maintaining our rules, and making sure we hold to unity in the Body of Christ.
George Carey
I consider myself spiritual and I’m married to a man who is both an atheist and a humanist, and my kids have been raised with the traditions of different religions, but they do not go to church or temple. My feeling is that everyone should be able to believe what they want or need to believe.
Jodi Picoult
The church may hold whatever it holds with regard to clerical celibacy.
William P. Leahy
We’re not at a point in time to be taking chances with children and young people in the church. The Holy Father himself said… there is no room in the priesthood or religious life for someone who has abused a child. I think he’s right.
Roger Mahony
So from this time of peak every people or every organization that goes against the Unification Church will gradually come down or drastically come down and die. Many people will die – those who go against our movement.
Sun Myung Moon
Since politics fundamentally should be a moral enterprise, the church in this sense has something to say about politics.
Pope Benedict XVI
About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing.
Joan of Arc
I think it’s been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion, and yet the Islamists are evil. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this, just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning.
P. J. O’Rourke
Whenever they sang a certain song in church, I used to sing it the loudest: ‘Lead me, guide me, along the way!’ One day, as I was singing this song, I felt as if the Lord was saying to me, ‘Lead you along what way?’ I realized then that if you don’t have a plan, God doesn’t have anything specific to direct you in.
Myles Munroe
If there were more temple work done in the Church, there would be less of selfishness, less of contention, less of demeaning others.
Gordon B. Hinckley
The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one’s word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest’s inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.
Pope John Paul II
The Old Testament God is a person with body parts and passions. The Church of England God has neither body, parts nor passions, and is therefore not a person.
George Bernard Shaw
When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict.
Harri Holkeri
My father started me singing in church.
DeForest Kelley
Robertsons love Sundays! The most important thing we do

Robertsons love Sundays! The most important thing we do is gather together with our church family for worship, teaching, and fellowship. After church, we like to have a nice lunch of roast, vegetables, and definitely rolls or biscuits. And I love catching a nap when I can.
Kay Robertson
People are not on a truth quest; they are on a happiness quest. They will continue to attend your church – even if they don’t share your beliefs – as long as they find the content engaging and helpful.
Andy Stanley
I had five brothers and sisters. Four of them older, and some of them played instruments, and we would get together and have family recitals and raise money for the church. I belonged to a wonderful church community that encouraged me to sing.
Al Jarreau
Our own theological Church, as we know, has scorned and vilified the body till it has seemed almost a reproach and a shame to have one, yet at the same time has credited it with power to drag the soul to perdition.
Eliza Farnham
It is only the forcible propagation of conventional Christianity that makes the agnostic so bitter toward the church. He knows that all the doctrines cannot possibly be true, but he would view them with toleration if he were asked merely to let them alone for the benefit of the masses whom they can help and succour.
H. P. Lovecraft
The most important criterion is this: hire someone whose character and humility and attitude you would like to have reproduced in your church and in yourself.
John Ortberg
Christ’s Church is, above all, the spiritual temple where every Christian knows he has his place: he knows he has it, and he is aware of his duty to keep it with honor, dignity, and grace.
Pope John XXIII
Against the State, against the Church, against the silence of the medical profession, against the whole machinery of dead institutions of the past, the woman of today arises.
Margaret Sanger
I am politically pro-choice, but personally pro-life. I have my faith but refuse to force it on the world at large – especially this world, so brutal and unjust. I cannot make these wrenching personal life and death decisions for others – nor do I believe they should be made by a church run by childless men.
Julianna Baggott
Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure.
Fred Allen
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
The Church is the new creation, it is life and joy, it is the sacramental fellowship in which we share the ultimate purpose of God, made real for us now in our hearing the Word and sharing the Sacrament.
Rowan Williams
I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words.
Glenn Beck
The church must constantly promote dialogue.
Claudio Hummes
Is it possible that I am not alone in believing that in the dispute between Galileo and the Church, the Church was right and the centre of man’s universe is the earth?
Stephen Vizinczey
Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
As the Church is the aggregate of believers, there is an intimate analogy between the experience of the individual believer, and of the Church as a whole.
Charles Hodge
I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues – the blues background was my big inspiration.
Jackie DeShannon
Vatican II was a force that seized the mind of the Roman Catholic Church and carried it across centuries from the 13th to the 20th.
Lance Morrow
If I were to look at the church of Jesus Christ in America today, I would say our greatest problem is not that we lack the resources to do things, not that we lack the models, the programs, and the plans, but that we lack conformity to the image of Jesus Christ.
Paul Washer
I’m originally from Fort Lauderdale: that’s my home town in Florida. So when I’m on location, I just get the packets from schools in Florida. And when I go to Florida, I go to Christ Church School.
Bailee Madison
The Spirit hasn’t deserted the church today.
William P. Leahy
We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.
Saint Ignatius
But I don’t necessarily define my faith by going to church every Sunday.
Miley Cyrus
There is no dogma that the organ or harmonium can be used in church, but not the drum.
Francis Arinze
He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth, will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
If you are in the country, you should notice landmarks – that is, objects which help you to find your way or prevent you getting lost, such as distant hills, church towers, and nearer objects, such as peculiar buildings, trees, gates, rocks, etc.
Robert Baden-Powell
One misconception is that if we follow God in the life of faith, and that means obedience – that we read His Word, we’re obedient, we pray, we go to church, we do the right things – that somehow His blessing means we’re going to be okay.
Anne Graham Lotz
The Roman Catholic church… carries the immense power of very directly affecting women’s lives everywhere by its stand against birth control and abortion.
Robin Morgan
Therefore, the church is not absolutely necessary as an object of faith, not even for us today, for then Abraham and the other prophets would not have given assent to those things which were revealed to them from God without any intervening help of the church.
William Ames
Gardening is seen as a pastime that is almost like belonging to the Church of England – a sign of maturity and wisdom and right thinking.
Monty Don
We were married in Capri almost two years ago and we ha

We were married in Capri almost two years ago and we have made a pact with each other to visit the beautiful island and the church where we were married every year for the rest of our lives.
Giuliana Rancic
Thank God that at least in one place, all men are equal: in the church of God. I do not consider it any degradation to kneel side by side with a Negro in the house of our Heavenly Father.
Roger B. Taney
In our ecclesiastical region there are priests who don’t baptize the children of single mothers because they weren’t conceived in the sanctity of marriage. These are today’s hypocrites. Those who clericalize the church. Those who separate the people of God from salvation.
Pope Francis
Nobody seems to know yet how television is going to affect the radio, movies, love, housekeeping or the church, but it has definitely revived vaudeville.
Edgar Bergen
It is impossible for us to understand the Church if we regard her as subject to the limitations of human culture. For she is essentially a supernatural organism which transcends human cultures and transforms them to her own ends.
Christopher Dawson