He believed he was to be zealous in his call to fulfill both roles. Edwards would agree that one is to 'spend and be spent' for the souls in his congregation and the souls in his family. 97 He was one day to stand before the Judge to give an account of the souls in his care, whether in his congregation or in his family. There was no dichotomy because both were the 'work of the Lord.' Furthermore, family duties were important to him, not only because he was concerned for his children's salvation, but because the welfare of the common-wealth and the church depended on it.
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