Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

CHAPTER III.

Church and School Foundation of Civil and Religious Liberty. Difficulties
of sustaining the Christian Religion in the early times of
Texas. Its Success and Future Prospects. The Gospel Ministry.
An Efficient Ministry. The Necessity of Supporting the Ministry.
The Standard of Piety should become more elevated.
THE Church and the School were the agencies employed
in laying the foundation of civil and religious
liberty in the popular mind of our country. If the
structure reared by our fathers is to be perfected in
beauty and strength, the Christian Church in its purity,
and the well ordered School must be reared, as institutions
which God approves and employs in the accomplishment
of his benevolent purposes to man. When
these united influences shall be seen and felt throughout
the land, we may congratulate the country's prosperity,
as fixed upon a foundation which shall defy all
forms of despotism, civil and spiritual.
In devising means for the improvement of Texas,
those large and comprehensive plans should be understood,
which always have been, and ever will be, the
only sure basis of national prosperity. While Education
enlightens, Christianity should sanctify, and
and these two mighty agents in co-operation will advance
a country in all that which pertains to true greatness
and goodness.
The Christian Religion has been sustained in Texas

Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed December 27, 2014.