History – Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico & Louisiana, page 7

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Thirty-One Years of Organized Work in Oklahoma,
Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana by
Church of the Brethren from 1891 to 1922

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they were removed. A woman in Washita County expected to heal her husband of typhoid by prayer, but the neighbors had a physician come to administer for him. When she refused to give the medicine; she was given her choice of giving the medicine or going with the authorities to the insane asylum. She chose to give medicine. Between these extremes of belief and practice, we find numbers of good, loyal, upright, sane Christian men and women. These suggest to us some of the things that naturally fall to a chronicler of events in any state. Besides these various classes of religious experiences, we find one other thing of equal importance, i. e., the constitutional and social difference between the typical northerner and the typical southerner. In these states they have met and battled over the differences getting nowhere or being able to adjust themselves and get along fine. Many church differences have arisen be cause the North and South do things differently and the church leaders did not recognize this and could not adjust themselves. There are whole settlements of the same class of people, perhaps most from the same state or even town. These people have the same customs, religion, etc. Some of the difficulties in church have arisen thru close relationships among the members. One of the sad pages in Oklahoma history is of a church difference that went to court and in testifying one family was divided and after it was over the child declared that the mother had sworn to the untruth. Others of similar nature but not so grievous could be recorded of church troubles that were simply family differences carried into the church.

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