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TEXAS IN 1850.

God's worship, by which means they have become participants
of the rich blessings of the gospel.
The duty does not devolve entirely upon the Church,
though it is expected it will lead the way in enterprises
like this. The Gospel is " good news to all people,"
and who can be so blind to his best interests, as to be
disinterested in its promulgation ? Every human being
for whom Christ died has an interest in this matter,
and no one can manifest an indifference in sustaining
the institutions of the Gospel, without showing disrespect
to the last command of Jesus Christ to his disciples,
" Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to
every creature," and the awful denunciation against
those who reject it must evidently be fulfilled against
them. When the people can see this subject as God
sees it, and as they must see it in eternity, the preaching
of the Gospel will be sustained in a manner worthy
its great and important object.
For the credit of Texas, there are few places where
an intelligent and pious ministry is not commended and
respected. Good congregations can always be secured,
and a good degree of interest is manifested in hearing
the word of God dispensed, and, probably, the reason
that more ample aid is not extended in support of the
ministry, is because the subject and its importance has
not been properly set before the people.
It is confidently hoped that the evil will be remedied
as soon as the minds and hearts of the people, strengthened
by piety, shall become impressed with the value
and importance of the subject. Expansive views of

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