Among the good articles and points in "The Southwesterner," the church bulletin of the Southwest church in Austin, Tex., is this tidbit, from the biography of "Raccoon" John Smith:
"Raccoon" John Smith was asked, "If the gospel is so very plain, as you say it is, why do you have to labor so hard to get people to understand it?"
"Raccoon" John Smith replied, "I have often prepared ground in the wilderness for a turnip patch, and though I had the kindliest soil and the best seed, and the sowing was easy, I never got top nor root till I first took my axe and hoe and brier knife, and went in and hacked and grubbed and cleared away the ground. The Lord knows I do not esteem it hard to preach the simple gospel to those who are prepared to receive it, but it is labor indeed to root out prejudice, and cut down systems, and clear away the sectarian trash that cumbers the minds and hearts of the people."
Read it by clicking on the link below for the PDF file.