Puritan Belief

The Puritans are the men of God who started in the 16th century building on the purity of the gospel message that Salvation is by Grace alone.

John Bunyan

The Lord used John Bunyan's Torment before his salvation to give him strength for his imprisonment by the Church of England and also for the writings of Pilgrims Progress.

Preaching as a Young Man
John Bunyan was unable to read or write very well and his preaching was to men and women of a lower class. His biblical knowledge then was small however he knew Jesus, He knew the Lords Grace and Mercy in a very practical way and his sermons were well put simple truths that even highly educated scholars such as John Owen came to listen to. His preaching was herecy against the Church of England which lead to his imprisonment.

Placed In Prison
History records the imprisonment of John Bunyan as being the worst treated man of his time in Bedford. His torturous assured him he could be released at any moment if he would abstain from preaching. One time he was bought before several tribunals where they would laugh, mock, and revile. He was told that his real gift was his skill in repairing old kettles and they compared him to Alexandera the coppersmith. In all circumstances his answer was "If you let me out to-day, I will preach again to-morrow." For he was convinced to stay true to the promises of God and not man.

John Bunyans Family
His first wife died and he re-married. He had several children one of whom he loved with peculiar tenderness was blind. For the sake of Christ he knew she must beg and although he was helpless in prison he took up making tagged thread laces. He made thousands which he sold to the hawkers.

Preaching in Prison
While doing this trade in prison for his family he would preach to his fellow captives and formed within the prison a small flock of believers. He also studied the few books he possessed which were the bible and the Fox's book of martyres. His knowledge grew of the bible so much that it was said that he was a walking concordance. He also had great admiration for the martyres that went before him.

Defending Calvinism
At first he wrote against the church of England and like most puritans he defended the doctrine of Calvinism against them.

Pilgrims Progress
As can be noted from his youth John Bunyan had an amazing imagination and had also served in the army. By now John Bunyan had developed an amazing love for the english language and knew the bible from cover to cover. His imagination was flooded with images and whilst in prison he began the book which immortalise his name: Pilgrims Progress. Steep hills, dark and horrible glens, sunny pastures, gloomy castles, skulls and bones, a narrow path, Black rivers and Shinning gates are all powerfully used as part of the Christian voyage. Of english literature he knew little but the book from this poorly educated man is still widely read today. He consulted his pious friends who of course thought it childish but later his good friend John Owen would help him publish his first edition. Once popularity grew many people thought it impossible that he had written this book so he took to the pen and wrote if not for pilgrims progress the best allegory of all time The Holy War.

Release from Prison
John owes his release to one of the worst governments England has ever seen. This was when the Cabal was in power and Charles II decided to sign a treaty which let the Roman Catholic religion into England. As such even the protestants were released from prison which included John Bunyan.

Death
John did not live to see the revolution and in the summer of 1688 he took it upon himself to reconcile a wayward son with an angry father. He pleaded with the angry father not to disinherit his young son. This act of intercession cost him his life as his ride was through heavy rain. He was drenched and caught a violent fever and died a few days later.

Further Reading
John Bunyan - Torment
John Bunyan - Biography

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John Bunyan
Posted by Correy Edmed Monday, February 13, 2006

24 Comments:

Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Bunyan's story is such an inspiration. Perhaps you can confirm something for me that I once heard about him. Is it true that he asked the jailer to cut his hands off if, in a moment of weakness, he ever agreed to sign for a license?

February 13, 2006 4:39 PM   Edit
Blogger Puritan Belief said...

I am not sure Gordon I haven't heard that.

February 13, 2006 8:07 PM   Edit
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