What You Won't Find In A Christian Bookstore

For many years, on the TruthForFree.com website, I’ve posted random favorite quotes on the home page. However, these quotes do not appear for all people visiting the website depending on what browser they use. So, today, I thought I would copy them all in a post for everyone to enjoy. I might also add that not every quote is necessarily by a “Christian” author; however, sometimes it’s the people outside our circle of faith (or opinion) that witnesses our general conduct and makes some very wise (or at least interesting) observations. I probably don’t need to add that in sharing these quotes, I do not intend to suggest that I endorse everything the author of that quote may believe or teach. Feel free to follow up the list with some favorite quotes of your own in the comment area. Have a great weekend!


“Truth is so obscured nowadays and lies so well established that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it.” -Blaise Pascal

”Preach the Gospel at all times and, when necessary, use words.” -St. Francis of Assisi

”In this crucial hour in earth’s history the Holy Spirit of God is leading those who have an ear into a new dimension of revelation and glory. Any return to the status quo, business-as-usual church will sound the death knell to the desire of the Spirit of God.” -Greg Austin

”Trust the past to God’s mercy, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.” -Augustine

”God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them.” -Aughey

”When was the last time you laughed for the sheer joy of your salvation? People are not attracted to somber doctrines. There is no persuasive power in a gloomy and morbid religion. Let the world see your joy and you won’t be able to keep them away. To be filled with God is to be filled with joy.” -Unknown

“If you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week.” -A.W. Tozer

”How many get unplugged for a long enough period that they can find the table that has been set for them outside the camp? How many keep searching until they find Him out there, alive and well? How many can stand the reproach of being so identified with Jesus and His sufferings? How many are still looking for a ‘continuing city’ here on earth, instead of seeking the one which is to come? (see Hebews 13:10-14) Have you ever noticed how movements of the Spirit come and go, but denominations last forever?” -Michael Clark

”St. Paul would not permit that any should call themselves of Paul, nor of Peter but of Christ… Cease, my dear friends, to cling to these party names and distinctions; away with them all; let us call ourselves only ‘Christians’ after him from whom our doctrine comes.” -Martin Luther

”The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” -Samuel Chadwick

”We don’t always need to know where we are going as long as we know whom we are following. God is in control. Even when we wind up in strange places or unusual circumstances, the Father is not caught by surprise.” -Mike Clay

”Would to God that all party names and unscriptural phrases and forms which have divided the Christian world were forgot; that we might all agree to sit down together as humble, loving disciples at the feet of a common Master, to hear his word, to imbibe his Spirit, and to transcribe his life into our own.-John Wesley”

”We should not be ekklesia-centered but Christ-centered. Truly the pivotal question is not how to ‘build the church’ (for this is Christ’s responsibility) but how to follow the Lamb? Anything other than this is much ado about nothing.” -George Davis

”In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” -George Orwell

”The early church gathered around a table; the modern church sits before a pulpit. The Lord placed the table in the church so it could remember its debt to Him; the clergy placed the pulpit in the church to bring it in debt to them… The primitive disciples did not ask the world to come and get the gospel, they took it to them… The whole earth was their auditorium, the thing at hand their pulpit.” -Carl Ketcherside

”What is the Church? It is Christ in living union with His own. That is the Church. You do not build a special building and call it ‘the Church.’ You do not have a special organization, a religious institution, which you call ‘the Church.’ Believers in living union with the risen Lord constitute Church. This is the reality, not the figure.” -T. Austin Sparks

”The Apostles never went anywhere with the preconceived idea: we will have a church here; we will set up a church here; we will form a church here. No, they went and preached Jesus Christ; and when people saw God they began to see Jesus Christ, He became the Cohesive Power drawing together, and if they were really on that ground, what did they meet? They met Jesus Christ. They met Jesus Christ-that is the Church, and there is no other Church in the New Testament.” -T. Austin Sparks

”Our problem lies in the fact that we are hooked on the blueprint idea, and because we believe it must be there we infuse it into the scriptures… The projection of a mythical pattern promulgated as God’s precise program for all ages can only create unnecessary strife… Let God be God!” -Carl Ketcherside

”How can anyone make an image of God? Man himself is the image of God. How can anyone build a temple to Him, when the whole world can’t contain Him? …How can anyone shut up the majesty of so great a Person within one small building? Isn’t it better for Him to be dedicated in our minds and consecrated in our innermost hearts – rather than in a building?” -Mark Felix (200 AD)

”Let us rejoice in the honour of being living temples, living stones, consecrated to the service of the living God. Let us walk worthy of the honour, the honour of being filled with God, penetrated by His light, perfumed by His sweetness, gladdened by His love, and glorified by His majestic presence and indwelling fulness.” -Horatius Bonar

”I believe a very large majority of church-goers are merely unthinking, slumbering worshipers of an unknown God.” -Charles H. Spurgeon

”Sincere people when shown the truth either accept it or cease to be sincere.” -Martin Bentley

”Christianity began in Palestine as a relationship, moved to Greece and became an idea, went to Rome and became an institution, then came to America and became an enterprise!” -Richard Halverson

”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 His life together. They didn’t see the church as a meeting or an institution, but as a family living under Father.” -Wayne Jacobsen

”Jesus didn’t leave us with a system he left us with his Spirit. He gave us his Spirit as a guide instead of a map. Principles alone will not satisfy your hunger. That’s why systems always promise a future revival that never comes. They cannot produce community because they are designed to keep people apart.” -Dave Coleman

“There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.” -Blaise Pascal

”At another time it was opened in me that God, who made the world, did not dwell in temples made with hands. This, at the first, seemed a strange word because both priests and people use to call their temples or churches, dreadful places, and holy ground, and the temples of God. But the Lord showed me, so that I did see clearly, that He did not dwell in these temples which men had commanded and set up, but in people’s hearts; for both Stephen and the Apostle Paul bore testimony that he did not dwell in temples made with hands, not even in that which He had once commanded to be built, since He put an end to it; but that His people were His temple, and He dwelt in them.” -George Fox

”Many are running to and fro asking, ‘Where is the next move, what is the next season of the Spirit?’, and I say to you it is under their very noses. They stumble at the supernatural work in their midst and refuse to humble themselves and be taught, because they seek the sensational and that which appeals to the outward man. They fail to recognize the true move of God because it must be spiritually discerned.” -John Fenn

”I can say without qualification that ‘church’ as we have known it, done it, attended it, and invited others into it, is the single greatest distraction and hindrance to spiritual growth that I know of. It is a distraction from Jesus because it claims to represent Jesus when it actually misrepresents Him. It claims to speak for God when it does not. As such, Organized Religion is much more dangerous than some kind of satanic or worldly element, because overtly evil things are easily recognized, whereas people falsely assume that something done by ‘church’ is holy, good, and pure.” -Chip Brogden

”A heresy in the broadest sense is a doctrine that leads to ungodly division. A heretic is one who divides others away from Christ, specifically from His Word and His ways… It is heretical to draw men away from Jesus to any manmade system… There is one Jesus, one faith, once delivered unto one Church (the saints), the one priesthood of all believers (see Jude 3). This is the faith that we are to earnestly contend for. There is not a variety of faiths that we are supposed to pick through like an all-u-can-eat buffet to see what we like or do not like.” -Paul Howey

”It’s valuable for the body of Christ to find each other and share His life together. Where people are doing that they don’t need commitment. They’ll bend over backwards to be with each other. Where they aren’t doing that, it does little good just to be committed to a meeting. I’m convinced that most Christian meetings give people enough of God’s things to inoculate them against the reality of his presence.” -Dave Coleman

”Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” -Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

”…there has come an expanding vision and a profound conviction that somehow, if this is real Pentecost, there must come out of it eventually the thing that Pentecost produced in the early church and that was the real body of Jesus Christ. Not a church but the Church; not an organization, but the real organism that we have always recognized; not an ecclesiasticism, nor a dictatorship, nor a bureaucracy; but a group of Holy Ghost-baptized souls in which dwells and through which is manifest, the life of the Lord.” -John G. Lake

”Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Get involved with what God is doing, because it’s already blessed.” -Bono of U2

”Religion can be the enemy of God. It’s often what happens when God, like Elvis, has left the building. A list of instructions where there was once conviction; dogma where once people just did it; a congregation led by a man where once they were led by the Holy Spirit. Discipline replacing discipleship.” -Bono of U2

”You should realize that the Bible neither describes nor promotes the local church as we know it today. The local church many have come to cherish—the services, offices, programs, buildings, ceremonies—is neither biblical or unbiblical. It is abiblical—that is, such an organization is not addressed in the Bible..” -George Barna

”I don’t reject your Christ, I love your Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike your Christ.” -Ghandi

”Jesus died, not just for our sin, but for our religion. The show is over, the curtain is torn, God has left the building.” -Bruxy Cavey

”In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.” -Thomas Jefferson (1814)

”They [the clergy] believe that any portion of power confided to me, will be exerted in opposition to their schemes. And they believe rightly; for I have sworn upon the altar of God, Eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. But this is all they have to fear from me: and enough, too, in their opinion.” -Thomas Jefferson (1800)

”I wish it [Christianity] were more productive of good works … I mean real good works … not holy-day keeping, sermon-hearing … or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity.” -Benjamin Franklin

”The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. And ever since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality, is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your eyes and hand, and fly into your face and eyes.” -John Adams

”What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.” -James Madison (1785)

”Experience witnesseth that ecclesiastical establishments, instead of maintaining the purity and efficacy of religion, have had a contrary operation.” -James Madison (1785)

”If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be — a Christian.” -Mark Twain

”Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.” -Benjamin Franklin

“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.” -Blaise Pascal

”The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves…these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.” -Thomas Jefferson

”Religion I found to be without any tendency to inspire, promote, or confirm morality, serves principally to divide us and make us unfriendly to one another.” -Benjamin Franklin

”The Church that Jesus is building doesn’t need to be saved, and the church man is building isn’t worth saving.” -Chip Brogden

”The purpose of revelation is not to SUBSTANTIATE your illusions, but to ELIMINATE them.” -Chip Brogden

”Love doesn’t pay attention to the metal teeth of ugly rules.” -Sam Phillips

”Prayer is an end to isolation. It is living our daily life with someone; with Him who alone can deliver us from solitude.” -Unknown

”Our forefathers fled to America in search of refuge from a religion that operated by a required inclusion of all, via forceful means through corrupt government and vigilante enforcement. We in America now flee from a religion that is based on something far more devious and evil that operates via coercive tactics promising worldly gain and happiness in exchange for our money and souls. Relinquishing control of our lives to buy blessings from God and to follow false teachers is far worse than participating in a religion because of feared reprisal. The first ends in bankruptcy of spirit and bank accounts; the latter ends in a rebellion against man-made religion and a desire for spiritual freedom.” -Scott Starnes

”Why do many feel compelled to tell people they are Christians? Is it, because they know they do not give reason for anyone to come to that conclusion on their own?” -Thomas Wilson

”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.” -A.W. Tozer

”I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.” -A.W. Tozer

”The ‘I can do it, and I must do it, and I will do it,’ philosophy is popular and filled with false self and ego. It puts all the emphasis on me, my efforts, my spiritual accomplishments, and has little active trust in one’s total reliance upon the grace and mercy of God. The driving energy is fear based more efforts instead of a confidence and gratitude that can move spirituality to another level. Ego thinks it is all about climbing when God says it is all about surrendering to His strength. Self-reliance can feel good, while surrendering may seem like falling, failing, or even like dying. Most religious people pay sincere lip service to grace and mercy, and yet live out a life that is entirely about performance and moral achievement. Life in the Spirit is a path of descent, and not ascent. It is a journey of God powered ascension that comes from a willingness to surrender and descend.” -Robert E. Ricciardelli

“Christians don’t tell lies, they just go to church and sing them.” -A.W. Tozer

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