If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy.
Christ during His life upon earth was of all men the poorest, casting from Him all worldly authority. I deduce from these premises – that the Pope should surrender all temporal authority to the civil power and advise his clergy to do the same.
How can a preacher talk with a straight face about political graft? He is, himself, profiting by one of the most notorious political grafts in this country.
It is the half-Christian clergy of every denomination that are the main cause of the so-called failure of the church of Christ.
In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bishop has not laid hands upon him according to his traditions, God has […]
Don’t take our word for it. Read the Bible itself. Read the statements of preachers. And you will understand that God is the most desperate character, the worst villain in all fiction.
Many a thief is a better man than many a clergyman, and miles nearer to the gate of the kingdom.
Many men go into the ministry not only for the power trip involved, but also so that they will never have to be interrupted or contradicted.
Most of the clergy are, or seem to be, utterly incapable of discussing anything in a fair and catholic spirit. They appeal, not to reason, but to prejudice; not to facts, but to passages of Scripture. They can conceive of no goodness, of no spiritual exaltation beyond the horizon of their creed.
That diabolical, hell-conceived principle of persecution rages among some; and to their eternal infamy, the clergy can furnish their quota of impas for such business.