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CHRISTIAN

WORLDLY WISE-
MAN'S WORDS.

Civility, that can do it (to speak on) as well as the old gentleman himself: there, I say, thou mayest be eased of thy burden ; and if thou art not minded to go back to thy former habitation, (as indeed I would not wish thee,) thou mayst send for thy wife and children to thee to this village, where there are houses now stand empty, one of which thou mayst have at a reasonable rate : provision is there also cheap and good; and that which will make thy life the more happy is, to be sure there thou shalt live by honest neighbours, in credit and good fashion.

Now was Christian somewhat at a stand; but presently he concluded, If this be true which this gentleman hath said, my wisest course SXARED BY MR. is to take his advice: and with that he thus farther spake.

Chr. Sir, which is my way to this honest man's house? WORLD. Do you see yonder high hill ? mount sinat. Chr. Yes, very well.

WORLD. By that hill you must go, and the first house you come at is his.

So Christian turned out of his way to go to Mr. Legality's house for help:* but, behold, when CHRISTIAN he was got now hard by the bill, it seemed mount sinar so high, and also that side of it that was next ON HIS HEAD, the way-side did hang so much over, that Christian was afraid to venture further, lest the hill should fall on his head; wherefore there he stood still, and wotted not what to do. Also his burden now seemed heavier to

APRAID THAT

WOULD FALL

* And a sad turn it proved to him ; for he turned from the work of Christ, for his salvation, to his own works and obedience; so did the Galatians of old. Mark the consequence : Christian is afraid that Mount Sinai (all the dreadful curses of the law) would fall on his head. Exod. xix. 18.

him than while he was in his way. There came also flashes of fire out of the hill, that made Christian afraid that he should be burnt :d here therefore he did sweat, and quake for fear. And now he began to be sorry that he had taken Mr. Worldly Wiseman's counsel ; and with that he saw Evangelist* coming to meet him, at the sight

EVANGELIST also of whom he began to blush for shame. MOUNT sinar. So Evangelist drew nearer and nearer; and coming up to him, he looked upon him with a severe and dreadful countenance, and thus began to reason with Christian.

EVANGELIST FINDETH CHRISTIAN UNDER

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Evan. What dost thou here, Christian ? said he : at which words Christian knew not what to answer; where

d Exod. xix. 16–18. Heb. xii. 21. * Evangelist findeth Christian under Mount Sinai, and looketh severely upon him. See the effects of disobeying the Gospel !

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REASONS A-
FRESH WITH
CHRISTIAN.

fore at present he stood speechless before him. Then said Evangelist farther, Art not thou the man Evangelist that I found crying without the walls of the PRESH WITH city of Destruction ?

Chr. Yes, dear sir, I am the man.

Evan. Did not I direct thee the way to the little wicket-gate ?

Chr. Yes, dear sir, said Christian.

Evan. How is it then that thou art so quickly turned aside ? For thou art now out of the way.

CAR. I met with a gentleman so soon as I had got over the Slough of Despond, who persuaded me that I might, in the village before me, find a man that could take off my burden.

Evan. What was he?

Chr. He looked like a gentleman,* and talked much to me, and got me at last to yield; so I came hither; but when I beheld this hill, and how it hangs over the way, I suddenly made a stand, lest it should fall on my head.

Evan. What said that gentleman to you?

Chr. Why, he asked me whither I was going; and I told him.

Evan. And what said he then ?

Chr. He asked me if I had a family; and I told him. But, said I, I am so loaden with the burden that is on my back, that I cannot take pleasure in them as formerly.

* Beware of taking men by their looks. They may look as gentle as lambs, while the poison of asps is under their tongue; whereby they infect many souls with pernicious errors and pestilent heresies, turning them from Christ and the hope of full justification and eternal life through him only, to look to and rely upon their own works, in whole or in part, for salvation.

Evan. And what said he then ?

Chr. He bid me with speed get rid of my burden ; and I told him it was ease that I sought. And, said I, I am therefore going to yonder gate, to receive farther direction how I may get to the place of deliverance. So he said that he would show me a better way, and short, not so attended with difficulties as the way, sir, that you set me in ; which way, said he, will direct you to a gentleman's house that hath skill to take off these burdens : so I believed him,* and turned out of that way into this, if haply I might be soon eased of my burden. But when I came to this place, and beheld things as they are, I stopped, for fear (as I said) of danger : but I now know not what to do.t.

Evan. Then said Evangelist, Stand still a little, that Evangelist con. I may show thee the words of God. So ERROR. he stood trembling. Then said Evangelist, “ See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh : for if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven.” He said, moreover, “ Now the just shall live by faith; but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." He also did thus apply them: Thou art the man that art running into this misery; thou hast begun to reject the counsel of the Most High, and to draw back thy foot

EVANGELIST CON. VINCES HIM OF HIS ERROR.

e Heb. xii. 25.

Heb. x. 38.

* As the belief of the truth lies at the foundation of the hope of eternal life, and is the cause of any one becoming a pilgrim; so the belief of a lie is the cause of any one's turning out of the way which leads to glory.

+ Legality will bring the soul to perplexity, and cause him to stop for fear, unless he is suffered to go on, blinded by pride and selfrighteousness, to his own destruction.

from the way of peace, even almost to the hazarding of thy perdition.*

Then Christian fell down at his feet as dead, crying, Woe is me, for I am undone! At the sight of which Evangelist caught him by the right hand, saying, “ All manner of sin and blasphemies shall be forgiven unto men.” “Be not faithless, but believing.” Then did Christian again a little revive, and stood up trembling, as at first, before Evangelist.t

Then Evangelist proceeded, saying, Give more earnest heed to the things that I shall tell thee of. I will now show thee who it was that deluded thee, and who it was also to whom he sent thee. The man that met thee is one Worldly Wiseman, and rightly is he so me. WORLDLY WISEcalled; partly because he savoureth only EVANGELIST. of the doctrine of this world, (therefore he always goes to the town of Morality to church ;) and partly because he loveth that doctrine best, for it saveth him best from the cross :" and because he is of this carnal temper, therefore he seeketh to pervert my ways, though right. Now there are three things in this man's counsel that thou must utterly abhor.

1. His turning thee out of the way. 2. His labouring to render the cross odious to thee.

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g 1 John iv. 5.

h Gal. vi. 12.

* See the danger of turning from the faith of Christ, to trust in any degree to our own works for justification and eternal life. Beware of legal teachers, and of thy own legal spirit.

+ See the glory of gospel grace to sinners. See the amazing love of Christ in dying for sinners. O remember the price which Christ obtained the pardon of your sins at, nothing less than his own most precious blood. Believe his wonderful love. Rejoice in his glorious salvation. Live in the love of him, in the hatred of your sins, and in humbleness of mind before him,

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