If you find a perfect church, don’t join it; you’ll ruin it.
Evangelist, n. A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbors.
The broad-backed hippopotamus Rests on his belly in the mud; Although he seems so firm to us He is merely flesh and blood. Flesh and blood is weak and frail, Susceptible to nervous shock; While the True Church can never fail For it is based upon a rock… Blood of the Lamb shall wash him […]
Presbyterian, n. One who holds the conviction that the government authorities of the Church should be called presbyters.
Has the Church failed mankind, or has mankind failed the Church?
Rector, n. In the Church of England, the Third Person of the parochial Trinity, the Cruate and the Vicar being the other two.
A man of good sense but of little faith, whose compassion seemed to lead him to church as often as he went there, said to me; ‘that he liked to have concerts, and fairs, and churches, and other public amusements go on.’
Another very bad usage is Scotland is to take children to church before they can understand what the minister says. This creates a habit quite contrary to Nature, namely, a habit of listening to a man speak for half an hour without attending to a word he says.
I hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!
Johnson: Why, Sir, the Presbyterians have no church, no apostolical ordination. Boswell: And do you think that absolutely essential, Sir? Johnson. Why, Sir, as it was an apostolical institution, I think it is dangerous to be without it. And, Sir, the Presbyterians have no publick worship: they have no form of prayer in which they […]