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Bunyan Characters Second Series

By Alexander Whyte


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   1. IGNORANCE - "I was alive without the law once."--Paul. "I was now a brisk talker also myself in the matter of religion."--Bunyan. This is a new kind of pilg ...read
   2. LITTLE-FAITH - "O thou of little faith."--Our Lord. Little-Faith, let it never be forgotten, was, all the time, a good man. With all his mistakes about himself, w ...read
   3. THE FLATTERER - "A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet."--The Wise Man. Both Ignorance and Little-Faith would have had their revenge and ...read
   4. ATHEIST - " . . . without God [literally, atheists] in the world."--Paul. "Yonder is a man with his back toward Zion, and he is coming to meet us. So he drew ...read
   5. HOPEFUL - "We are saved by hope."--Paul Up till the time when Christian and Faithful passed through Vanity Fair on their way to the Celestial City, Hopeful w ...read
   6. TEMPORARY - "They are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away."-- ...read
   7. SECRET - "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him."--David. A truly religious life is always a secret life: it is a life hid, as Paul has it, with ...read
   8. MRS. TIMOROUS - "But the fearful [literally, the timid and the cowardly] shall have their part in the second death."--Revelation xxi. No sooner had Secret bidden C ...read
   9. MERCY - "Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy."--Our Lord. The first time that we see Mercy she is standing one sunshine morning knocking ...read
   10. MR. BRISK - "Be ye not unequally yoked."--Paul. There were some severe precisians in John Bunyan's day who took the objection to the author of the Pilgrim's Pr ...read
   11. MR. SKILL - "The vine of Sodom."--Moses. With infinite delicacy John Bunyan here tells us the sad story of Matthew's sore sickness at the House Beautiful. The ...read
   12. THE SHEPHERD BOY - "He humbled Himself."--Paul. "Now as they were going along and talking, they espied a boy feeding his father's sheep. The boy was in very mean clot ...read
   13. OLD HONEST - "An honest heart."--Our Lord. Next tell them of Old Honest, who you found With his white hairs treading the pilgrim's ground; Yea, tell them how ...read
   14. MR. FEARING - "Happy is the man that feareth alway."--Solomon For humour, for pathos, for tenderness, for acute and sympathetic insight at once into nature and g ...read
   15. FEEBLE-MIND - "Comfort the feeble-minded."--Paul. Feeble-mind shall first tell you his own story in his own words, and then I shall perhaps venture a few observa ...read
   16. GREAT-HEART - "--when thou shalt enlarge my heart."--David. On Sabbath, the 12th December 1886, I heard the late Canon Liddon preach a sermon in St. Paul's Cathe ...read
   17. MR. READY-TO-HALT - "For I am ready to halt."--David. Mr. Ready-to-halt is the Mephibosheth of the pilgrimage. While Mephibosheth was still a child in arms, his nurse ...read
   18. VALIANT-FOR-TRUTH - "--They are not valiant for the truth."--Jeremiah "--Ye should contend earnestly for the faith."--Jude. "Forget not Master Valiant-for-the-Truth ...read
   19. STANDFAST - "So stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved."--Paul. In his supplementary picture of Standfast John Bunyan is seen at his very best, both as a re ...read
   20. MADAM BUBBLE - "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."--Solomon. "I have overcome the world."--Our Lord. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the w ...read
   21. GAIUS - "Gaius, mine host."--Paul. Goodman Gaius was the head of a hostel that stood on the side of the highway well on to the Celestial City. The hostess ...read
   22. CHRISTIAN - "The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch."--Luke. "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."--King Agrippa. "Let every one tha ...read
   23. CHRISTIANA - "Honour widows that are widows indeed."--Paul. We know next to nothing of Christiana till after she is a widow indeed. The names of her parents, an ...read
   24. THE ENCHANTED GROUND - "Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel."--Balaam. "I saw then in my dream that they went til ...read
   25. THE LAND OF BEULAH - "Thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah."--Isaiah. The first thing that John Bunyan tells us about the land of Beulah is this--that th ...read
   26. THE SWELLING OF JORDAN - "The swelling of Jordan."--Jeremiah. "Fore-fancy your deathbed," says Samuel Rutherford. "Take an essay," he says in his greatest book, that perfec ...read

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