'John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress' Tagged Posts

'John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress' Tagged Posts

Chased by the Law

Pastor Ray begins the broadcast by recounting one of the stories in the book Pilgrim’s Progress where Faithful was pummeled by Moses. Do you realize that you’re being chased by the law and also by the devil to destroy you? Listen to the broadcast for the Biblical basis for this assertion. Our only way out is to fully surrender and be crucified with Christ. Will you make a decision to do that today?

Dressed in Rags

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress illustrates both conversion and revival. For the main character Christian, the first step of salvation was to recognize that he was dressed in rags. His family and neighbors thought he’d lost his mind. But Christian began to weep and tremble as he read and believed the Bible. He saw that he was destined to die and then go to judgment–and that he deserved to be destroyed for his sin. Pastor Ray’s assumption in this broadcast is…

It’s Time to Be Holy

Waiting is a large part of the Christian life. And, unless you’re desperate about your need to quit sin and be holy, you won’t wait on God. Instead, you can casually waltz into the carnival of a modern church. Sanitized from any confrontation with the cross, this carnival will feature a pastor-huckster who will toss jokes and say, “You’re saved!” On the other hand, John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress pictures what the desperate need for salvation from sin looks like. After…

The Gate

Jesus said to enter eternal life through the narrow gate. But did you know that you can knock at the gate and not receive an answer? This will happen if you knock but aren’t serious about your sin. Salvation begins not with kneeling at the cross, but the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Before we come to the narrow gate, the Holy Spirit must show us our true spiritual condition. If you aren’t aware of your burden of sin, how…

Through the Cross

Did you go through the cross, or just kneel at it? Like John Bunyan’s characters Formalist and Hypocrisy, a Christian can avoid the cross and enter the narrow path via shortcut. This, however, is trespassing. It violates God’s revealed will that we die with Christ. How do you know if you’ve died with Christ? Simply, “he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:12). If you still continue to sin against God, you haven’t died. If you aren’t free…

If We Confess Our Sins

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). These words combated the first-century Gnostic heresy that the soul could be clean while the body remained sinful. Today, this heresy continues as, “When God looks at you, he doesn’t see you, he sees Jesus.” This fantasy…

The Surprising Antichrist

Did you know that the antichrist is already here? Just as the Jews missed the Christ because he wasn’t what they expected, many professing Christians miss the antichrist because it isn’t what they expect. The antichrist is not a man who will rise up for a few years at the end of time. The antichrist is the Gnostic delusion that teaches, “You’re saved,” while denying the necessity of quitting sin. Today, will you honestly face John Bunyan’s question, “Wilt thou…

O God, Awaken My Heart! (November 2016)

When Christian, of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, learned how to be saved, he immediately ran towards the narrow gate shouting, “Life! Life! Eternal Life!” Are you doing this? Have you ever? Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Will the decisions that you make today save, or unsave, your soul? Welcome message by Sister Michelle

The Crooked Lane

After Bunyan’s Christian and Hopeful leave the Delectable Mountains, they meet a pilgrim named Ignorance from the Country of Conceit. He entered the way by a crooked lane instead of the narrow gate. Ignorance refused to be convinced that he would be unable to enter the Celestial City unless he was crucified with Christ and born again. If you believe that Jesus was literally punished for your past, present, and future sins; that his obedience is credited to you; and…

Delectable Mountains (or, What Is Your Understanding of the Atonement?)

Your salvation largely depends on what you believe happened at the cross, as our behaviors simply mirror our beliefs. Did God punish God with the literal wrath for the past, present, and future sins of only the elect, who will be inevitably saved from hell? Or did Jesus, as both high priest and sacrifice, lay down his life to make provision for all men to be made holy here and now? The Bible, your own conscience, and saints throughout the ages…

Are You Dying in Doubting Castle?

In Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Christian and Hopeful leave the path to the Celestial City and end up in Giant Despair’s Doubting Castle. When humanism, self-help, waiting, and chance fail, the brothers finally cry out to God. “What a fool I’ve been!” Christian exclaims, realizing that a key of promise, that will open every door in Doubting Castle, has remained untouched in his bosom. Does this describe your life? Have you been sitting around in a dungeon of misery, worry, and…

The Journey of Faith (October 2016)

Are you ready to face death today? No one will get to heaven by accident, but many will end up in hell by accident. Are you conscious of the journey that you are on? Are you, like Abraham, facing decades of delay because you won’t wake up, walk in faith, and live for God? This sermon and Sister Kathryn’s welcome message were recorded on October 2, 2016.