Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 138 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
The Baptists are the most numerous, and have been
formerly in a very prosperous condition. Under the
charge of a highly respectable minister of that -order,
the Church moved harmoniously along, promoting piety
among each other, and spreading a healthful influence
abroad. But, unfortunately, a "root of bitterness"
sprang up, its fair and promising prospects became
blighted, dissipating the cherished hope, that a germ of
piety was concentrated within that church, from which
might issue a tree, whose branches would spread their
protecting influence over the moral interests of Huntsville.
"Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the
streets of Askelon, lest the unrighteous triumph that
the beauty of Israel is marred;" but, that such examples
prove a beacon to warn others of the rock upon
which so many split, and scatter their dearest and most
important interests, these things should not be passed
over in silence. Those dreadful scourges, church dissensions,
are more deleterious to the religious interests
of community than gross immorality, and are more to
be dreaded and avoided than the most fatal quicksands.
For the honor of the religion of Christ, christians
should ever be willing to submit to personal sacrifices,
rather than that the cause of the Saviour be " wounded
in the house of his friends." It is hoped that the tide
of dissension has arrived at its full ebb, and after a season
of humiliation and abasement, a flow of grace may
waft this once interesting church to a higher position
than that from which it has fallen.
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/138/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .