I am a Christian and I speak to Christians—I am a good Christian and speak to good Christians. I love and venerate the religion of Christ because Christ came into the world to deliver humanity from slavery for which God has not created it. But the Pope, who wishes all men to be slaves—who demands of the powerful of the earth fetters and chains for Italians—the Pope king does not know Christ. He lies to his religion. Among the Indians, two geniuses are recognized and adored: that of good and that of evil. Well, the Genius of Evil for Italy is the Pope king. Let no one misunderstand my words—let no one confound Popery with Christianity—the Religion of Liberty with the avaricious and sanguinary Politics of Slavery. — from Giuseppe Garibaldi’s Address on Delivering Flags to the Hungarian Hussars in Naples.
The Church made a sacred day of Sunday…largely because it was the weekly festival of the sun; for it was a definite Christian policy to take over the pagan festivals endeared to the people by tradition, and to give them a Christian significance. - Arthur Weigall, The Paganism in Our Christianity (New York: Putnam’s Sons, 1928): 145:
The bounden duty of a true believer towards men who profess to be Christians, and yet deny the Word of the Lord, and reject the fundamentals of the Gospel, is to come out from among them --C.H. Spurgeon
At any rate, cost what it may, to separate ourselves from those who separate themselves from the truth of God is not alone our liberty, but our duty. --C.H. Spurgeon
If the Scripture has more than one meaning it has no meaning at all --John Owen
The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men --Westminster Confession
So great and boundless is God's wisdom that he knows right well how to use evil instruments to do good. --John Calvin
"They pretend to resemble the Apostles, and they are filthy, ignorant, impudent vagabonds…[T]hey quarrel with each other and curse each other. They pretend to poverty, but they steal into honest men's houses and pollute them, and wasps as they are, no one dares refuse them admittance for fear of their stings." --Erasmus in Moria.
"The aim of the monks is not to benefit men's souls but to gather harvests out of their purses, learn their secrets, rule their houses… The religious orders nowadays care only for money and sensuality… The tables of priests and divines run with wine and echo with drunken noise and scurrilous jest…"(Froude, J.A., The Life and Letters of Erasmus, p. 360).
"I told parsons [clergymen] to leave their wranglings and read the Bible… I told popes and cardinals to look at the Apostles, and make themselves more like to them" (Froude, J.A., Short Studies, vol. I, p. 134).
"I advised divines to leave scholastic subtleties and study Scriptures… I wish there could be an end of scholastic subtleties, or, if not an end, that they could be thrust into a second place, and Christ be taught plainly and simply. The reading of the Bible… will have this effect. Doctrines are taught now which have affinity with Christ and only darken our eyes" (Froude, J.A., The Life and Letters, pp. 356).
Whoever shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world. --Benjamin Franklin
Men choose a religion, but a Christian is chosen by Jesus Christ. ---Iranian martyr Mehdi Dibaj
He changeth the tymes and lawes that any of the sixe worke dayes commanded of God will make them unholy and idle dayes when he lyste, or of their owne holy dayes abolished make worke dayes agen, or when they changed ye Saterday into Sondaye...They have changed God’s lawes and turned them into their owne tradicions to be kept above God’s precepts. - Philipp Melanchton