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The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.

Where God builds a church the devil builds a chapel.
He who is near the Church is often far from God.
A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.
I have no objections to churches so long as they do not interfere with God's work.
The first time I sang in the church choir; two hundred people changed their religion.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.
Here, the churches seemed to shrink away into eroding corners. They seem to have ceased to be essential parts of American life. They no longer give life. It is the huge buildings of commerce and trade which now align the people to attention. These in their massive manner of steel and stone say, Come unto me all ye who labor, and we will give you work.
The priesthood is a marriage. People often start by falling in love, and they go on for years without realizing that love must change into some other love which is so unlike it that it can hardly be recognized as love at all.
The Christian church is a society of sinners. It is the only society in the world, membership in which is based upon the single qualification that the candidate shall be unworthy of membership.
It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there.
Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.
Wherever we find the Word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.
The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.
In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.
The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.
Though the church has many critics, it has no rivals.
A group touring Westminster Abbey in London heard the guide list the famous people buried within its walls. During a momentary silence a little old lady's voice blurted out loud and clear, Anybody been saved here lately?
I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
I never saw, heard, nor read, that the clergy were beloved in any nation where Christianity was the religion of the country. Nothing can render them popular, but some degree of persecution.
We sing in a church, why can we not dance there?
The greatest hindrances to the evangelization of the world are those within the church.
Yes, I see the Church as the body of Christ. But, oh! How we have blemished and scarred that body through social neglect and through fear of being nonconformists.
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.
The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.
The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.
I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.
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.
A little, round, fat, oily man of God.
I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.
The priesthood in many ways is the ultimate closet in Western civilization, where gay people particularly have hidden for the past two thousand years.
How can a bishop marry? How can he flirt? The most he can say is I will see you in the vestry after service.
I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury.
What is wrong with priests and popes is that instead of being apostles and saints, they are nothing but empirics who say I know instead of I am learning, and pray for credulity and inertia as wise men pray for skepticism and activity.