My Pocketbook Was Baptized Too

Sam Houston
(A version of this post was first published in Southwestern News, vol 72, issue 3, 2014, p.45)

The man was larger than life – the patriarch of a republic and state, an alcoholic, lawyer, and a life-long fighter in the political and military arenas. It took three pastors and a devout and praying Baptist wife to help this man surrender his life to Christ. All four were present at his baptism. On November 19, 1854 in a pond off Little Rocky Creek in Washington County, Texas, General Sam Houston was baptized. From that time forward, Houston became a generous supporter of Kingdom purposes, beginning with paying half the local pastor’s salary. When queried about this, Houston reportedly stated, “My pocketbook was baptized too.” Continue reading