Our Presbyterian, Calvinistic forefathers were ardent supporters of Christ’s worldwide missionary campaign…

From George Howe, one of the early professors of Columbia Theological Seminary: “A profession of religion is a formal profession of entire devotedness to Christ. “Henceforth,” you say, “I am his servant, to listen attentively to the voice of his word. My person, property, and time, are his.” Now the Christian religion was not designed simply to save you; but was intended to bless all nations. The Christian religion can flourish under any form of government, and in any clime. It was fitted for all people, and belongs to all. And the Christian church is formed, not simply to save you and the few brethren in Christ who are embraced within it now, nor simply to maintain the worship of God and transmit it to the next generation; but she was formed to spread out her arms like the sea, and embrace the continents, and cover them with the influence of truth. This is one great end of the visible church. And at the accomplishment of that end, should every generation of Christians aim, while they yet live. The church you have joined, is one division of the Redeemer’s host. Its ministers and elders are officers to lead it onward in aggressive warfare, and they with you, and you with them, are called upon to be valiant and enterprising soldiers.”

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