Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 128 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
tion of Texas is to ride forth prosperously, is yet to be
difficulties and obstacles are yet to be overcome,
and the only hope of safety and prosperity, is in
an increase of high moral principle, commensurate with
the increase of population. A great work is demanded,
and to whom and what are we to look ? The churchits
ministry, its Bible, its Sabbaths, its ordinances and
all its holyi nfluences, is found the only proper supply
of those wants.
The ordinances of the gospel are better sustained in
this portion of Texas than any other, yet there are
great deficiencies, and those who "love the ways of
Zion" can see abundant cause for an increased effort
for building up the wastes that are presented. From
the important position which the church occupies, it is
evident that there is more than an ordinary amount of
responsibility resting upon its influence; yet it is a
painful fact that church members in Texas act from
a very low standard, furnishing by worldly conformity
and practices a plain index of the tone of piety which
exists. There is not that firm and exalted principle
which disdains a compliance with the lax customs of
newly settled communities.
An independence of worldly maxims must characterize
Christians any where, but if possible a double duty
imposes itself in Texas. The religious interests require
that they should assume a prominent position, and that
position should be marked and defined by Bible principles.
It is observable that there is not that harmony of
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/128/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .