The Pilgrim – a John Bunyan poem

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Recently I had the great pleasure of buying an 1816 copy of the Puritan John Bunyan’s classic Pilgrim’s Progress.  A fragile and well worn book, held together now by the one remaining piece of bi-centenial string!  I intend to read it slowly and carefully sometime in the coming days, to feel the weight of years that it has existed, the burden it carries, and the heart of a prison-bound man who simply loved God and saw Him, despite his chains.  Pilgrim’s Progress is one of the most popular and reprinted books ever written.

Essentially, it is an allegorical story of a man, named Christian, and his journey through life, a kind of spiritual warfare lived out and experienced as he travels from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.  It is a call to Christians everywhere to persevere, but more than that, to wage war against the forces of evil.  It is a story that highlights mankind’s desperate plight in the world and God’s redeeming grace.  Regeneration, faith, repentance, justification, sanctification, perseverance are all revealed in graphic allegorical detail. Continue reading

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