Evangelist Billy Sunday Quotes

By David J. Stewart | February 2018

Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Sayings of Billy Sunday (1862-1935)...

“Give your face to God, and He will put His shine on it.“ —Billy Sunday

“The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out.“ —Billy Sunday

“The reason you don't like the Bible, you old sinner, is because it knows all about you.” —Billy Sunday

“The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees.” —Billy Sunday

“One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.” —Billy Sunday

“The Bible will always be full of things you cannot understand, as long as you will not live according to those you can understand.” —Billy Sunday

“Give your face to God, and He will put his shine on it.” —Billy Sunday

“They tell me that I rub the fur the wrong way. I don't; let the cat turn around.” —Billy Sunday

"Try praising your wife, even if it does frighten her at first." —Billy Sunday

"If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power." —Billy Sunday

"The normal way to get rid of drunkards is to quit raising drunkards -- to put the business that makes drunkards out of business." —Billy Sunday

"There is nothing in the world of art like the songs mother used to sing." —Billy Sunday

"God Almighty never intended that the devil should triumph over the Church. He never intended that the saloons should walk rough-shod over Christianity." —Billy Sunday

"We have a God who delights in impossibilities." —Billy Sunday

"And if you think that anybody is going to frighten me, you don't know me yet." —Billy Sunday

"There are individuals who have never done anything for Jesus Christ, and I have no doubt there are preachers as well, who have never done anything for the God Almighty." —Billy Sunday

"The inconsistency is not in the Bible, but in your life." —Billy Sunday

"Look into the preaching Jesus did and you will find it was aimed straight at the big sinners on the front seats." —Billy Sunday

"If you live wrong you can't die right." —Billy Sunday

"I am the sworn, eternal and uncompromising enemy of the liquor traffic." —Billy Sunday

"Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his." —Billy Sunday

"Personal liberty is not personal license." —Billy Sunday

"If good preaching could save the world, it would have been done long ago." —Billy Sunday

"If you would have your children turn out well, don't turn your home into a lunch counter and lodging house." —Billy Sunday

"Churches don't need new members half so much as they need the old bunch made over." —Billy Sunday

"There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches." —Billy Sunday

"I dare not exercise personal liberty if it infringes on the liberty of others." —Billy Sunday

"After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world." —Billy Sunday

"When may a revival be expected? When the wickedness of the wicked grieves and distresses the Christian." —Billy Sunday

"I am not the author of the plan of salvation, but I am responsible for the way I preach it." —Billy Sunday

"When I hit the devil square in the face some people go away as mad as if I had slapped them in the mouth." —Billy Sunday

"To train a boy in the way he should go you must go that way yourself." —Billy Sunday

"I challenge you to show me where the saloon has ever helped business, education, church, morals or anything we hold dear." —Billy Sunday

"A man can slip into hell with his hand on the door-knob of heaven." —Billy Sunday

"I don't believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother." —Billy Sunday

"The saloon is a liar. It promises good cheer and sends sorrow." —Billy Sunday

"God keeps no half-way house. It's either heaven or hell for you and me." —Billy Sunday

"There is no law, divine or human, that the saloon respects." —Billy Sunday

"It is not necessary to be in a big place to do big things." —Billy Sunday

"What have you given the world it never possessed before you came?" —Billy Sunday

"Riches have never yet given anybody either peace or rest."  —Billy Sunday

"When is a revival needed? When carelessness and unconcern keep the people asleep."
- Billy Sunday

"Religion needs a baptism of horse sense." —Billy Sunday

"I believe the Bible is the word of God from cover to cover." —Billy Sunday

"The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still." —Billy Sunday

"If you don't do your part, don't blame God." —Billy Sunday

"Too many churches are little more than four walls and a roof." —Billy Sunday

"The Lord is not compelled to use theologians. He can take snakes, sticks or anything else, and use them for the advancement of his cause." —Billy Sunday

More Life-Changing Quotes From Billy Sunday! ...

If man ever appears as a consummate ass, it's when he denies the existence of God.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.

The average church has so much machinery and so little oil of the Holy Spirit that it squeaks like a threshing machine when you start it up in the fall after it has been out in the field all year.

I don't believe your own bastard theory of evolution either; I believe it's pure jackass nonsense.

When ten thousand times ten thousand times ten thousand years have passed, eternity will have just begun.

More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.

Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.

Hypocrites in the church? Yes, and in the lodge, and at home. Don't hunt through the church for a hypocrite. Go home and look in the glass. Hypocrites? Yes. See that you make the number one less.

If you have no joy in your religion, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere.

Some persons think they have to look like a hedgehog to be pious.

The world is horribly disordered and out of joint; it must come under omnipotent surgery before we can expect health.

Try praising your wife even if it does frighten her at first.

More men fail through lack of purpose than through lack of talent.

You can preach sociology or psychology or any other kind of ology, but if you leave Jesus Christ out of it, you hit the toboggan slide to hell.

Some preachers don't believe in revivals; neither does the devil.

They tell me a revival is only temporary; so is a bath, but it does you good.

One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.

Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole; yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.

The world is wrong side up. It needs to be turned upside down in order to be right side up.

I want to be a giant for God.

If you want to drive the devil out of the world, hit him with a cradle instead of a crutch.

Don't get chesty over success.

You've got to sign your own Declaration of Independence before you can celebrate your Fourth of July victory.

It is not necessary to be in a big place to do big things.

Faith is the beginning of something of which you can't see the end but in which you believe.

Let's quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ.

I want to preach the gospel so plainly that men can come from the factories and not have to bring a dictionary.

The man who votes for the saloon is pulling on the same rope with the devil, whether he knows it or not.

There are some so-called Christian homes today with books on the shelves of the library that have no more business there than a rattler crawling about on the floor, or poison within the child's reach.

If nine-tenths of you were as weak physically as your are spiritually, you couldn't walk.

I am an old-fashioned preacher of the old-time religion, that has warmed this cold world's heart for two thousand years.

Come and accept my Christ.

A lot of people think a man needs a new grandfather, sanitation, and a new shirt, when what he needs is a new heart.

I know there's a devil for two reasons; first, the Bible declares it; and second I have done business with him.

Some preachers need the cushions of their chairs upholstered oftener than they need their shoes half-soled.

There are a good many things worse than living and dying an old maid, and one of them is marrying the wrong man.

If the womanhood of America had been no better than its manhood, the devil would have had the country fenced in long ago.

If a doctor didn't know any more about Materia Mediea than the average church member knows about the Bible, he'd be arrested for malpractice.

Don't look as if your religion hurt you.

There wouldn't be so many non-church goers if there were not so many non-going churches.

I never preach a sermon until I have soaked it in prayer.

One spark of fire can do more to prove the power of powder than a whole library written on the subject.

The man who is right with God will not be wrong with anything that is good.

When a man, after starting to be a Christian, looks back, it is only a question of time until he goes back.

I'd rather undertake to save ten drunkards than one old financial Shylock -- it would be easier.

The higher you climb the plainer you are seen.

Too much of the work of the Church today is like a squirrel in a cage -- lots of activity, but no progress.

If you fall into sin and you're a sheep you'll get out; if you're a hog you'll stay there, just like a sheep and a hog when they fall into the mud.

I tell you a lot of people are going to be fooled on the Day of Judgment.

Don't let God hang a "For Rent" sign on the mansion that has been prepared for you in Heaven.

It's Jesus Christ or nothing.

“Now you say, 'Brother Hyles, you make an issue.' You dead sure better know I'll make an issue!”
BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3, Dr. Jack Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)

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(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)

“The mark of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)

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