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Early Church Quotes


"The early Church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity." - Leonard Ravenhill

"Much of today's church relies more on a book the early church didn't have, than the Holy Spirit they did." - Bill Johnson

"Women are the first witnesses to the resurrection and pillars of the early church." - John Ortberg

"With the early Christians you couldn't have God as your father unless you have the church as your mother. This isn't accepting the church as a perfect thing." - Shane Claiborne

"I want people to help me reanchor the church to undeniable, mind-boggling, culture-shifting demonstration of compassion and generosity. Because, generosity was the hallmark of the early church." - Andy Stanley

"Certain things happened in the early church. Women who had never had any freedom suddenly have the ability to stand up and speak and be treated as equals within the life of the church." - Tony Campolo

"Saints of the early church reaped great harvests in the field of prayer and found the mercy seat to be a mine of untold treasures." - Charles Spurgeon

"We sometimes idealize the early church and want our churches to go back to the simple, old ways. We need to carefully read the history. Harmony takes work." - Jerry B Jenkins

"The worlds of folklore and religion were so mingled in early twentieth venture German culture that even families who didn't go to church were often deeply Christian." - Eric Metaxas

"The early church didn't say, 'Look what the world is coming to!' They said, 'Look what has come into the world'!" - Carl F. H. Henry

"The early church did' say, "Look what the world is coming to!" They said, "Look what has come into the world"!" - Carl F. H. Henry

"Today, on our own turf, we face pagan ignorance about God every bit as deep as that which the early church faced in the Roman Empire." - J I Packer

"In the early days of the Mormon Church, stewardship toward the land was a priority. It was a matter of survival in the desert." - Terry Tempest Williams

"That is the power of the Eucharist. At the communion table you have rich and poor together in the early church and they were being challenged." - Shane Claiborne

"I was in a church choir early on and that really helped me musically in terms of chops, learning how to sing harmonies." - Emily Saliers

"In early church polemics, Jews are deemed no longer worthy of their own Scriptures because they have failed to accept Christ as the Messiah." - Jack Schwartz

"As long as we see church life as a meeting we'll miss its reality and its depth. If the truth were told, the Scriptures tell us very little about how the early church met. It tells us volumes about how they shared life together. They didn't see the church as a meeting or an institution, but as a family living under Father." - Wayne Jacobsen

"As long as we see church life as a meeting we"ll miss its reality and its depth. If the truth were told, the Scriptures tell us very little about how the early church met. It tells us volumes about how they shared life together. They did' see the church as a meeting or an institution, but as a family living under Father." - Wayne Jacobsen

"I tried to give some warnings early on to a lot of my Christian followers that mixtape really wasn't targeted at the church so they would be able to understand. I wanted to wrestle with some things that I know people outside of the church wrestle through. When It comes to the church I just want to edify." - LeCrae

"The future of the church is also about looking back and looking at where we see these wonderful renewals and what we can learn from the early church. I think it is a really exciting time where Phyllis Tickle said every few hundred years the church needs a rummage sale where we can get rid of some of the clutter." - Shane Claiborne

"The church is like any large corporation in one respect. In its early days, either the early church or the early years of Microsoft, you see all kinds of creativity, innovation, invention, people have nothing to lose, they're trying to find what works. Then you wake up and you're a vast enterprise, and it's very hard, when you have all kinds of buildings and structures and hierarchy and so on, to hang on to these very creative impulses that helped you get your great success in the first place. As a church we're going to have to figure a way out from under this." - Chris Lowney

"The early morning belongs to the Church of the risen Christ. At the break of light it remembers the morning on which death and sin lay prostrate in defeat and new life and salvation were given to mankind" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"The early doctrines of the church, even doctrines like Trinity and Incarnation were originally also calls for action, calls for selflessness, calls for compassion, and unless you live that out compassionately, selflessly, you didn't understand what the doctrine was saying." - Karen Armstrong

"In my twenties, I was determined to change the world. In my thirties, I tried to transform the church. In my early forties, I discovered I was the problem." - Jeff Iorg

"Officially, the New Testament church at an early stage took seriously their responsibility for widows who lacked family or other resources. The office of deacon was instituted initially to address this pressing need." - Carolyn Custis James

"Each of our children during their high school years went to 'early morning seminary' - scripture study classes that met in the home of a church member every school day morning from 6:30 until 7:15." - Clayton Christensen

"I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe." - Alice Walker

"I was raised in a working class family of Baptist faith, and I went to college on a church scholarship where early teachings were reinforced. Abortion was wrong, I was taught." - Dick Gephardt

"There has always been a certain proportion of people who leave the Church on issues of authority and sex. That hasn't changed since we started doing research on it back in the early 1960s." - Andrew Greeley

"If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The more we study the early Church, the more we realize that it was a society of ministers. About the only similarity between the Church at Corinth and a contemporary congregation, either Roman Catholic or Protestant, is that both are marked, to a great degree, by the presence of sinners." - D Elton Trueblood

"Like all soul singers, I grew up singing in church but sometimes I would leave early and sit in the car listening to gospel band, The Blind Boys of Alabama. Hearing their lead singer Clarence made me connect the idea of church and show business and see how I could make a career singing music that stirred the soul." - Daryl Hall

"We had a few calls saying election precincts had closed early. But it turned out that the callers were in the wrong places. Some people went to the old locations of a church, rather than the new one. We called the polling locations as well as the church pastor and they verified they were still open." - Jane Anderson

"We need to pledge ourselves anew to the cause of Christ. We must capture the spirit of the early church. Wherever the early Christians went, they made a triumphant witness for Christ. Whether on the village streets or in the city jails, they daringly proclaimed the good news of the gospel." - Martin Luther

"Because I know that the early Greeks and Romans and the early Europeans at that age did not see racism as we see it now - because racism was created to justify slavery to build the capital for capitalism - and back in the day they respected talent over race. We had an African Pope in the late 5th century, we had an African Emperor of Rome, and early church Fathers were black." - Immortal Technique

"How torturous is the "churchly" language one must speak in church - the tone, style, habit. It is all artificial; there is a total absence of a simple human language. With what a sigh of relief one leaves this world of cassocks, and kissing and church gossip. As soon as one leaves, one sees: wet bare branches, fog which floats over fields, trees, homes. Sky. Early dusk. And it all tells an incredibly simple truth." - Alexander Schmemann

"There are congregations on nearly every corner. I'm not sure we need more churches. What we need is a church. I say one church is better than fifty. I have tried to remove the plural form churches from my vocabulary, training myself to think of the church as Christ did, and as the early Christians did. The metaphors for her are always singular - a body, a bride. I heard one gospel preacher say it like this, as he really wound up and broke a sweat: "We've got to unite ourselves as one body. Because Jesus is coming back, and he's coming back for a bride not a harem." - Shane Claiborne

"Running is my church." - Joan Van Ark

"I like Church furniture." - Andres Serrano

"Since the early days, [the church] has thrown itself violently against every effort to liberate the body and mind of man. It has been, at all times and everywhere, the habitual and incorrigible defender of bad governments, bad laws, bad social theories, bad institutions. It was, for centuries, an apologist for slavery, as it was an apologist for the divine right of kings." - H L Mencken

"A great reformation and revival-it will happen the same way the early Christians conquered Rome. Their program of conquest consisted largely of two elements: gospel preaching and being eaten by lions, a strategy that has not yet captured the imagination of the the contemporary church." - Douglas Wilson

"Abortion is without a doubt one of the greatest moral evils within modernity. As the "Advocate of Christian Memory," a pope must take up the mantle of defending the culture of life - a defense the Early Church held against the pagans of Rome." - Pope Francis

"The early church was strikingly different from the culture around it in this way - the pagan society was stingy with its money and promiscuous with its body. A pagan gave nobody their money and practically gave everybody their body. And the Christians came along and gave practically nobody their body and they gave practically everybody their money." - Timothy Keller

"Never was the victory of patience more complete than in the early church. The anvil broke the hammer by bearing all the blows that the hammer could place upon it. The patience of the saints was stronger than the cruelty of tyrants." - Charles Spurgeon

"Says one brother to another, 'Joseph says all covenants are done away, and none are binding but the new covenants; now suppose Joseph should come and say he wanted your wife, what would you say to that? I would tell him to go to hell.' This was the spirit of many in the early days of this Church..." - Jedediah M. Grant

"The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory." - Alexander MacLaren

"The nation, like the church, has its visible symbols and insignia, its parchments engrossed with the revealed word, its dogmas, hymns, liturgy, holy day celebrations, its early Fathers, prophets and martyrs, its priesthood and its lay sodality, its myths of sacred genesis and apocalyptic crises, its world-saving mission and its missionaries." - Michael Parenti

"The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles o popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Some have immersed themselves in internet materials that magnify, exaggerate, and in some cases invent shortcomings of early Church leaders. Then they draw incorrect conclusions that can affect testimony. Any who have made these choices can repent and be spiritually renewed." - Quentin L. Cook

"From the steady opposition which faithful Friends in early times made to wrong things then approved, they were hated and persecuted by men living in the spirit of this world, and suffering with firmness, they were made a blessing to the Church, and the work prospered." - John Woolman

"Nowhere in the Word of God is there any text or passage or line that can be twisted or tortured into teaching that the organic living church of Jesus Christ just prior to His return will not have every right and every power and every obligation that she knew in that early part of the book of Acts." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Perhaps people need to understand some history here. Rene Descartes, in the late 16th, early 17th century, postulated that body, mind, physicality and spirituality belonged to different realms of reality that didn't interact. On a positive side, it got the Inquisition off the backs of the intellectuals and they quit burning them at the stake for disagreeing with the Church." - Edgar Mitchell

"My mother converted when I was 16. She was the driving force behind religion in our family. So, I'm sure I was heavily influenced by that. But, I also was, and still am, convinced by the Catholic churches historical claims to represent the continuity with the early Church that other forms of Western Christianity lack." - Ross Douthat

"I write about this in The Last Temple, the early church knew that Christ has risen from the dead, and so they didn't live their lives with earthly vanities, but they lived their lives for eternal verities. And I think that if we might catch that enthusiasm and the reality of resurrection, we would live by a completely different standard as well." - Hank Hanegraaff

"Most of my library consists of books on the Catholic faith: conversion stories, books on saints and Early Church Fathers, Apparitions of Mary, prayer books, Scriptural resource books on Apologetics, Typology, concordances, bible dictionaries, bible encyclopedias and at least 40 bibles - both Catholic and Protestant editions in several different translations." - Gail Buckley

"The Roman Catholic Church early on simply adapted the hierarchical structure of the Roman Empire and confused the whole thing. Vertical attention and hierarchy were so entangled, that when the French killed the king during the Revolution, they lost much of their vertical attention too." - Robert Bly

"We don't actually have rich and poor together instead we have a family. What does it mean? If you have resources, you hold them with open hands. The mark of the early church was that they began sharing and it said there were no needy persons among them. They ended poverty as they created this new loving community." - Shane Claiborne

"I had always owned them to be the Word of God... the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by God." - John Nelson Darby

"The African American's relationship to Africa has long been ambivalent, at least since the early nineteenth century, when 3,000 black men crowded into Bishop Richard Allen's African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia to protest noisily a plan to recolonize free blacks in Africa." - Henry Louis Gates

"The principle of plural marriage was revealed to the Mormons amid much secrecy. Dark clouds hovered over the church in the early 1840s, after rumors spread that its founder, Joseph Smith, had taken up the practice of polygamy. While denying the charge in public, by 1843 Smith had shared a revelation with his closest disciples." - Scott Anderson

"Religion triggers a lot of emotions in me, most of which stem from being raised Jewish in a very Baptist community in the South. I didn't believe any of it from an early age - the clubby quality of whatever religion or church you belonged to, Judaism included. It just struck me as foolish." - David Cross

"I was raised on a farm in Kansas where we lived next door to my Grandma Dew, and I was her shadow. We went everywhere together - to the bank, the doctor, the Early Bird Garden Club, and to an endless procession of Church meetings." - Sheri L Dew

"I think people are transient. Back in the early church, there was a 'stick and stay' mentality. In this day and time, people have a fast food mentality of ministry. If it doesn't fit them or if it doesn't fit in their schedule, they'll move on to something else. That's a norm in today's time." - Marvin Sapp

"The Revelation speaks powerfully today, and its message to us is the same as it was to the early Church: that "there is not a square inch of ground in heaven or on earth or under the earth in which there is peace between Christ and Satan."." - Gary North

"It was a real surprise to me to come across the evidence that Christianity might once have been a danced religion. Certainly, some of the early church leaders thought this was great and spoke of what seems to have been circle dancing, perhaps around an altar." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"Crooks are early adopters." - Craig Newmark

"Learn early, learn often." - Drew Houston

"Its getting late early" - Yogi Berra

"Release early and often." - Kevin Rose

"They scored too early." - Ron Atkinson

"A church without the broken is a broken church." - Ed Stetzer

"The emperor is in the Church, not about the Church." - Ambrose

"The only church that illuminates is a burning church." - Buenaventura Durruti

"The local church is the outcrop of the church universal." - Peter T. Forsyth

"The local church is the outcrop of the church universal." - Peter Forsyth

"The Church must send or the church will end." - Mendell Taylor

"The emperor is in the Church, not above the Church." - Saint Ambrose

"The Church in England is the Church of England." - Joseph Barber Lightfoot

"I was reared in the church, in the Presbyterian Church." - Billy Graham

"Nothing lasts but the Church." - George Herbert

"The church is God's vineyard." - Heinrich Bullinger

"The church is something beautiful" - Francis Schaeffer

"I don't attend [church] regularly..." - Fred Thompson

"The stratosphere is my church." - John Perry Barlow

"Art, that great undogmatized church." - Ellen Key

"I enjoy going to church." - Katharine Mcphee

"When you plant early, you bring spring early." - Jean Hersey

"Early rising is no pleasure; early drinking's just the measure." - Francois Rabelais

"Begin early to teach, for children begin early to sin." - Charles Spurgeon

"Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well." - Josh Billings

"Go to bed early, get up early-this is wise." - Mark Twain

"It's early yet. It's always early, while you still alive." - Esi Edugyan

"The early bird gets the worm.The early worm... gets eaten." - Norman Ralph Augustine

"Early childhood education begins early, even before birth." - Madeleine M Kunin

"If there were even one spark of evidence from antiquity that Jesus even may have gotten married, then as a historian, I would have to weigh this evidence against the total absence of such information in either Scripture or the early church traditions. But there is no such spark-not a scintilla of evidence-anywhere in historical sources. Even where one might expect to find such claims in the bizarre, second-century, apocryphal gospels...there is no reference that Jesus ever got married." - Paul L. Maier

"During my solitude, conflicting thoughts increased; but much exercise of soul had the effect of causing the scriptures to gain complete ascendancy over me. I had always owned them to be the Word of GOD . . . the careful reading of the Acts afforded me a practical picture of the early church; which made me feel deeply the contrast with its actual present state; though still, as ever beloved by GOD." - John Nelson Darby

"The separation of church and state is extremely important to any of us who holds to the original traditions of our nation. . . . To change these traditions . . . would be harmful to our whole attitude of tolerance in the religious area. If we look at situations which have arisen in the past in Europe and other world areas, I think we will see the reason why it is wise to hold to our early traditions." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Jesus is challenging that when addressing "who is your neighbor" and he has a lot of hard things to say about family, "unless you hate your own family you are not going to be a disciple." He is challenging the limits of our compassion and our love as if someone's kid suffers it should be as devastating to us as if it were our own kid. That is what the early church said." - Shane Claiborne

"The Westboro Baptist Church is no more a church than Church's Fried Chicken is a church." - Jon Stewart

"The church which is not a missionary church will be a missing church when Jesus comes." - F.B. Meyer

"On day one, the Church wasn't for church people because there weren't any church people." - Andy Stanley

"Late children are early orphans." - John Wilmot

"Good luck beats early rising." - Proverbs

"Vote early and vote often." - Al Capone

"Early numbers are always wrong." - Mary Cheney

"I'm an early-morning owl." - Patrick Wilson

"Adequate early rest is best...."Early to bed and early to rise" is still good counsel." - Ezra Taft Benson

"I would like a more missionary church,Not so much a tranquil church, but a beautiful church that goes forward." - Pope Francis

"A Church without Youth is a Church without a future. Moreover, Youth without a Church is Youth without a future." - Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria

"To a true believer, death is but going to church: from the church below to the church above." - Augustus Toplady

"Due to our consumer mindset, people are prone to jump from church to church, which weakens the church overall." - Francis Chan

"My own mind is my own church." - Carl L. Becker

"The church is the gospel made visible." - Mark Dever

"The Church is a family expecting guests." - Andy Stanley

"Love the church because Jesus loves it." - D A Carson

"A high church for the true mediocre." - Norman Mailer

"Church unity comes from corporate humility." - Leonard Ravenhill

"Church of painful love - unfulfilled,unrequited & unattained" - Dan Brown

"Church should be enjoyed, not endured." - Brian Houston

"A scared world needs a fearless church." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"The Christian church was born in song." - Ralph P. Martin

"Went to church and fasted all day." - George Washington

"A church that likes power likes prayer." - Jacob Peterson

"The mission of the church is missions." - Oswald J. Smith

"The living Lord leads His living church." - Russell M Nelson

"The Church is a perpetual construction site." - Henri de Lubac

"Welcome to the church of me." - Paula Cole

"Church on time, makes me party." - David Bowie

"There is no salvation outside the church." - Saint Augustine

"Baptism pertains to the Church alone." - Cyprian

"A Gothic church is a petrified religion." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The adulterous connection between church and state..." - Thomas Paine

"You can't have Christ without the Church," - Pope Francis

"Take away the Mass, destroy the Church." - Martin Luther

"I was always laughing in church." - Tom Waits

"For me, the Church is the enemy." - Al Goldstein

"This word church has diverse significations." - William Tyndale

"We just planted our 21st church." - Johnny Hunt

"All instruments sound fantastic in a church." - Colin Meloy

"There's good things about going to church." - Ryan Gosling

"My mind is my own church." - Thomas Paine

"My father started me singing in church." - Deforest Kelley

"The Spirit hasn't deserted the church today." - William P Leahy

"The black church will accept anybody." - James Mcbride

"If you love god, burn a church." - Jello Biafra

"To be of no Church is dangerous." - Samuel Johnson

"I teach metaphysics and pastor a church." - Della Reese

"I was raised in the church." - Kenny Rogers

"I like the aesthetics of the Church." - Andres Serrano

"I want a big church wedding." - Sienna Miller



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