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 […]
What good is a beautiful church that serves the spiritual needs to someone sleeping on a steam grate?
The nearer the Church the further from God.
A Friends’ meeting for worship finds no room for debate or for answering (still less for contradicting) one another; if this is desirable, it will be left for another occasion. And if anything should seem to be spoken amiss, the spiritually minded worshipper will have the wit to get at the heart of the message, […]
Whereas it hath been an Objection in the minds of many, and several times hath been objected by the Clergy, or Ministers, and others, against Women speaking in the Church… the ground of which Objection is taken from the Apostle’s words, which he Writ in his first Epistle to the Corinthians, chap. 14, verse 34, […]
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.