Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 129 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
purpose in advancing the cause of piety that is desirable.
Party lines should not be so distinctly drawn, from the
fact, that each denomination acting entirely by itself,
cannot exert so powerful an influence, as a combination
of effort in the promotion of objects in which the general
diffusion of religion is concerned.
It is right to a certain extent, that ministers and
members of churches should maintain what they believe;
it is highly characteristic of the independence of freethinking
people. It is a matter of doubt, however,
whether sectarian lines, deeply drawn, can be taken as
indicative of the deep rooted love of truth that should
possess the heart. It is a question of vital interest,
whether the firmness with which many professed Christians
contend for the prominent features of doctrine, do
not grow more out of the love of party than out of love
of truth. Often it is the case that we see greater zeal
manifested in sustaining denominational tenets than in
saving souls. Sectarianism can never enlighten and
purify the masses which are crowding this growing
State. Prejudices must give way to a feeling more consistent
with Christianity. When the amount of immorality
in the community is taken into consideration -the
wide field of missionary labor
the deep necessity of
sustaining the various institutions for the promotion of
Bible religion, it is fully evident that there ought to
exist between the different branches of Christ's church
an identity of feeling and oneness of purpose.
The house for the worship of God must be erected ere
those beautiful and fertile valleys of middle Texas will
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/129/: accessed January 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .