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Goodwill

“the good will of Him that dwelleth in the bush” -Moses “with good will doing service as to the Lord!” -Paul “on earth peace, in men good will” -The Heavenly Host Christian, recovering from the set-back caused him by following Mr. Worldly-Wiseman’s counsel, went on once more in The Way with haste, heeding no one. […]

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A Preview of Pilgrim’s Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress was written while John Bunyan was imprisoned for preaching in England and was originally published in 1678. See related articles in this issue: “Living a Pilgrim’s Life” and “The Antithesis and Witnessing.” CONTENTS of Pilgrim’s Progress Author’s Apology for His Book PART I The First Stage. Christian’s deplorable condition—Evangelist directs him—Obstinate and Pliable—Slough of Despond—Worldly Wiseman—Mount […]

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The Land of Beulah

…thy land Beulah…(Isa. 62:4) The pilgrims, Christian and Hopeful, after they got over the trial of Enchanted Ground, entered into the country of Beulah, the pilgrim way to the Heavenly City lying directly through this country. Here no problem of air pollution exists, the atmosphere being very sweet and pleasant. Here the continued singing of […]

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Standfast

“Stand fast in the faith” – I Cor. 16:13 How do you do that – stand fast in the faith? You begin, as did this man, by taking a much simpler stance, on your knees. But he was no longer a neophyte when discovered in such a position. Near the end of his journey, being […]

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Valiant-for-Truth

They are not Valiant-for-the-truth upon the earth. (Jer. 9:3) A superficial glance at the man would write him off as a flashy swashbuckler. He does wear well the dashing swords­man’s hat of the times, is covered with a steel breastplate, topped with a tough, hard leather jacket, and stands with a naked sword in his […]

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Ready-to-Halt

I am Ready to Halt – David (Ps. 38:17) This man is a pattern of every Chris­tian. He was a Mephibosheth, lame on both his feet, and that not merely from childhood, but from birth! In one re­spect, he is a picture of every man, in­capable of doing any good and inclined to all evil. […]

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Great-Heart

God gave him largeness of heart. —I Kings 4:29. This man goes past lions, through the Valleys of Humiliation and the Shadow of death, gets victory over the slain bodies of the Giants Grim, Maul, Slay-good and Despair, to conduct safely pilgrims on their way to the City of Righteousness. He is out-fitted with the […]

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The Shepherd’s Boy

It was a steep way down into the Valley of Humiliation, but Great-heart, guiding Piety and Christiana, encouraged them not to be so afraid of this valley, as there was nothing to hurt them. In fact, it is a fruitful vale, and, although some are hardly beset in this place, it is of the best […]

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Dr. Skill

Christiana’s eldest son, Matthew, took sick one day, adding to the burdens of his widowed mother. Matthew’s father was no more there to watch over and warn his son against the temptations of young manhood. It was not easy for Christiana to be both father and mother to her son. Actually, she doted on him, […]

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Mrs. Timorous – And Our Friendly Visits

Secret had gotten her started. Christiana now with her children is packing up for the heavenly Jerusalem. She will be car­rying in her bosom an epistle from the King, gold letter edition, its pages faintly emitting fragrances of the best perfumes (Song 1:3). She and her children read this golden book daily. Their aim is […]

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Secret

Why askest thou after My name, seeing it is Secret? — Malak Yehovah Christian’s widow, Christiana, now ap­pears upon the stage. That name became hers the day she and her children entered upon the pilgrim life. Her husband had gone over Jordan, and as she would neither see nor hear of him anymore, her thoughts […]

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Hopeful

“We desire that each one of you may show the same diligence unto the Fulness of Hope even to the end.” Heb. 6:11. ASV It was Hopeful who had warned Chris­tian against Atheist with, “Cease from him. my brother, and let us believe to the saving of the soul.” John Bunyan gives a large place […]

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Little-Faith

O Little-faith! for what (purpose) did you doubt? (Matt. 14:31, Gk.) This man is from the town of Sincere, therefore a good man, and going on pilgrimage, just as Christian and Hopeful. On the way down from Broadway Gate there is a very dark lane called Dead Man’s Lane, because so many murders have been […]

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Ignorance

With well-doing put to silence the Ignorance of foolish men. —Peter Not all ignorant people totally ignore God and the most holy faith. Some of them are not only very pious, but strictly so. Their religious severity amounts to a kind of contempt of the liberty and simplicity of the gospel. Others are much less […]

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The Third Shepherd — Watchful

Be Watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die! Everyone knows that in the very nature of the case every shepherd is a watchman, although not every watchman is a shep­herd. If a shepherd is without understand­ing. then, as a watchman, he will be blind, with the result that “the righteous […]

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The Second Shepherd — Experience

After their lesson at Mt. Error, Christian and Hopeful are led by the Shepherds to the top of another hill, Mt. Caution. From here, off in the distance, they could see a cemetery where there were blind men running around aimlessly and hopelessly among the gravestones, stumbling over them, unable to get away from the […]

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The First Shepherd – Knowledge

“Fool’s hate Knowledge’’ — Solomon After their escape from Doubting Castle, Hopeful and Christian began devising some sort of warning sign to be set up in the way to warn other pilgrims against the dangers of By-pass Meadow and its dark defiles and declines to the hold of the Giant Despair. They set up a […]

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Hate-Good

Faithful and Christian began to comfort one another with the thought that the one whose lot it was to die in Vanity Fair should have the better of the two, each man secretly wishing he might be that one. Then they prayed together, committing themselves to the all-wise disposal of Him who rules all things. […]

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Faithful In Vanity Fair

Faithful in Vanity Fair Christian and Faithful, passing on from the wilderness, approached the town of Vanity. An all-year-round fair was there so that it came to be called Vanity Fair. This was no newly erected business, for it was a thing of ancient standing, going back actually, to the Tower of Babel. Babel represents […]

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Talkative

In the multitude of words there lacketh not sin. – Solomon Read George Orwell’s 1984 and you will not think it impossible for the government to require every man, woman and child in the country to wear an integrated microcircuit “chip” attached to an upper lip, either buried under a mustache or openly displayed as […]

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Shame

“These are dirt-spots . . . raging . . . foaming out of their own Shame.” – Jude You know how it was with Moses and Joshua as they made their way through the wilderness on to the Promised Land. In the desert they met with one, ‘Discontent. He would have persuaded them to go […]

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Christian Meets Agape

Her name is Agape (pronounced ahGAHpay). Christian visited her in her lovely condominium complex at House Beautiful. A rare and beautiful woman, she lives up to her name, and is not to be confused with the voluptuous Eros. The latter does not belong in her book and is nowhere to be found there. According to […]

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Prudence

“I, Wisdom, dwell with Prudence” – Solomon So many wasted steps! How far I could have been by now! Three times over the same way, which, had it not been for my sleeping in the midst of Difficulty, would have been passed over but once! Now I must walk without the sun! Darkness . . […]

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Timorous and Mistrust

Three men walk the Narrow Way leading up the Hill Difficulty onward to Jerusalem the Golden – Christian, Hypocrisy and Formalist. There is an infinity of difference between the one and the other two. The Word of God makes that difference. “I walk by the Rule of my Master. You walk by the rude working […]

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Formalist and Hypocrisy

Look! There, on the left side of the road, two shadowy figures tumbling over the wall into the narrow way! Not skulking, either – their maneuver is not furtive, but open and public. They readily identify themselves: Formalist and Hypocrisy, close relatives form the independent nation of Vainglory. Where headed? Naturally, to Mount Zion; and […]

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