Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 165 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
A church should first select some populous district of
destitution, build it a suitable church edifice, and then
set off a colony by dividing her numbers and strength
equally. This is the proper idea of colonizing. In
this case, both branches are equal in strength and influence,
both have room to build and increase, and both
are spiritually enriched--many souls are gathered
into the fold of Christ, and a great revenue of glory is
brought home to God. Shortly, each branch is increased
fully to the size of the original body, and is prepared
again to colonize and take possession of more of the
land, in the name of Christ her King.
What might be done in behalf of Texas, if Christians
would but realize the responsibility resting upon them
as individuals and churches! What glorious achievements
might not the Church accomplish for Christ, if
she would act upon her manifest duty.
In conclusion, we invite large and able churches to
cast their eyes upon the feeble churches in Texas, where
a few noble spirits have been struggling for years to
maintain the standard of the cross. Brethren, you
have men enough and means enough to place them on
high vantage ground. Can you neglect to place them
on that ground, and be innocent ? Who has given you
a dispensation to nestle at your ease in this vineyard of
the Lord, while others are laboring to great disadvantage
for lack of aid, which you might easily render ?
We exhort you, in the name of Christ, who gave himself
for you, forthwith to come to the succor of these feeble
churches, sparing neither men nor money, until they
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/165/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .