Church Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old church quotes, church sayings, and church proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The True Church can never fail. For it is based upon a rock.     

T.S. Eliot

In the Church, considered as a social organism, the mysteries inevitably degenerate into beliefs.     

Simone Weil

The Church is the one institution that exists for those outside it.     

William Tyndale

Teenagers who do not go to church are adored by God, but they don't get to meet some of the people who love God back.     

Anne Lamott

I never weary of great churches. It is my favorite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.     

Robert Louis Stevenson

I like the silence of a church, before the service begins better than any preaching.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good church is a Bible-centered church. Nothing is as important as this--not a large congregation, a witty pastor, or tangible experiences of the Holy Spirit.     

Alistair Begg

The Church must be intelligible to the simple as well as to the shrewd.     

Robert Hugh Benson

The Church is not a gallery for the better exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.     

Henry Ward Beecher

He who does not have the church as his mother, does not have God as his father.     

Augustine of Hippo

Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.     

Dwight L. Moody

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel.     

Martin Luther

Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must therefore answer a difficult question: why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?     

Sandra Day O'Connor

The operation of the Church is entirely set up for the sinner; which creates much misunderstanding among the smug.     

Flannery O'Connor

The Church has always been willing to swap off treasures in heaven for cash down.     

Robert G. Ingersoll

The Reformation did not directly touch the question of the true character of God's church.     

John Nelson Darby

The church is so subnormal that if it ever got back to the New Testament normal it would seem to people to be abnormal.     

Vance Havner

In a church of my own we're perfect together I recognize you in the stained glass.     

Heather Nova

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

Nothing doth so much keep men out of the Church, and drive men out of the Church, as breach of unity.     

Francis Bacon

The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.     

Alan Watts

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

There is one grand, all-comprehending church; and if I am a Christian, I belong to it, and no man can shut me out of it.     

William E.Channing

I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than SLAYER.     

Kerry King

It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.     

William Penn

There has never been a meaningful life built on easy street.     

John Paul Warren

I believe there are too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.     

C. S. Lewis

The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.     

Thomas Carlyle

The nearer the Church the further from God.     

Lancelot Andrewes

Many come to bring their clothes to church rather than themselves.     

Thomas Fuller

The perfect church service,would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.     

C.S. Lewis

The Church must be forever building, for it is forever decaying within and attacked from without.     

T.S. Eliot

A glorious Church is like a magnificent feast; there is all the variety that may be, but every one chooses out a dish or two that he likes, and lets the rest alone: how glorious soever the Church is, every one chooses out of it his own religion, by which he governs himself, and lets the rest alone.     

John Selden

It's about time we quit playing church in these services that start at eleven o clock sharp and end at twelve o clock dull.     

Vance Havner

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

Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you.     

George Carlin

Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.     

Billy Graham

No church can be prospered in which all the ministration comes from the pulpit.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Some keep the Sabbath going to church; I keep it staying at home, with a bobolink for a chorister, and an orchard for a dome.     

Emily Dickinson

Church was doing what he often did when dropped - lying on his back with all four legs in the air, pretending to be dead in order to induce guilt in his owners.     

Cassandra Clare

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.     


I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.     

Thomas Paine

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.     

Marquis De Sade

Bombs have kill-radiuses; churches should have love-radiuses--anyone within twenty miles of a church should know it.     

Tyler Edwards

I think if the church did what they were supposed to do we wouldn't have anyone sleeping on the streets.     

Michael W. Smith

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.     

Lenny Bruce

The church is precisely that against which Jesus preached -- and against which he taught his disciples to fight.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

There is no one true church, no one chosen people.     

Terry Tempest Williams

The church has been so seduced by psychological counseling for so long that anything that seems at odds with the current counseling practices is usually considered a consequence of ignorance.     

T.A. McMahon

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.     

A. W. Tozer