Whosoever will list himself under the banner of Christ, must, in the first place and above all things, make war upon his own lusts and vices. It is in vain for any man to usurp the name of Christian, without holiness of life, purity of manners, benignity and meekness of spirit.
There are people who wish to make human life harder for no other reason than to be able afterwards to offer men their life-alleviating recipes their Christianity, for example.
The very word “Christianity” is a misunderstanding; — in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the cross.
The church is precisely that against which Jesus inveighed – and against which He taught His disciples to fight.
The Christian religion, which, often enough dismembered and scattered abroad, will ever in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
Long exile from Christendom and civilization inevitably restores a man to that condition in which God placed him, i.e. what is called savagery.
If the Gospel and the Apostles may be credited, no man can be a Christian without charity, and without that faith which works, not by force, but by love.
Folk tell their children that success lies in working hard and being thrifty, but that is as much nonsense as supposing that a badger, a fox, and a wolf could build a church. The way to wealth is to become a Christian bishop or a monastery’s abbot and thus be imbued with heaven’s permission to lie, cheat, and steal your way to luxury.