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TEXAS IN 1850.
it may be asked. We hold it to be a principle as clear
as the sun in mid-day heaven, that every church, contiguous
to a large, increasing, and destitute population,
is bound when her number and ability will warrant, to
colonize. She owes it to her Lord and Master
owes it to herself
she owes it to dying souls around
her, to colonize. To remain with her multitude and
strength, rejoicing at the ease with which she can sustain
herself, and congratulating herself in view of her
respectability and strength, is but hiding her light under
a bushel, when it should be shining forth brightly for
the glory of God, and for the guidance of the lost and
wandering, in the way of peace."
What can her large membership accomplish on so
small an arena as one church organization ? " The overstocked
hive produces a multitude of idlers, who cl uster
around, giving emission simply to the lazy hum of
somnolence." There is not room for the development
of Christian activities; there is not occasion for that
self-denial and up-taking of the cross, which are essential
to growth in grace.
Commend me to that church which separates into
colonies, where room is given for the delightful play of
holy activities, and where, in a short time, each dividing
branch equals in size and strength the original stock,
and each is prepared again to send out its young and
healthy colony. In this way, and in this way only,
can the land be possessed.
What is the duty of the churches in the North
and East, with all their strength and multitude ?
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/164/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .