ECCLESIASTICAL CATECHISM

Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

341.Why, then, is it the especial and imperative duty of the Presbyterian church, and of every member of it, to engage with all their powers in the great work of spreading the gospel throughout the earth? A: Since it is thus the great end and duty of the church to act as a missionary association, this also must be the great end and duty of the Presbyterian church, as a branch of the catholic church; and since the purest form of Christianity will be the most efficacious in imparting its blessings, it is therefore the especial duty of every member of this church, which derives all its doctrines, polity, and worship from the pure word of God, to labor earnestly for its extension to the ends of the earth.

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