Christian Duty

The Reformed Reader

The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms “Duty” is a word that has been used throughout history in the positive sense of the term.  From soldiers to civil servants to police officers to doctors to common laborers, many people have done their tasks because they believed it was their duty to do so.  This sense of duty is usually a good thing.

It is also good and proper for Christians to talk about duty.  Even though I haven’t come across this term in many recent Christian books, “duty” is a word Christians can and should use.  “Duty” is a word used in the best sense of the term by many Christians in the past.

For one example, John Owen wrote a book called “The Grace and Duty of Being Spiritually Minded” (it’s found in volume 7 of his Works).  In this book, he (obviously!) talks a lot about Christian duty.

Here’s what Owen notes about the…

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