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then he had some fight of his fins, and of the wages that were due chereto. .
Hope. I am of your mind, for (my house not being aw.. bove three 'iniles from hims he would oft-times come to ine, ". and that with many tears... Truly I pitied the man, and was not altogether without hopes of him ; but one may fee it is not every one that cries Lord, Lord...
Chr. He cold me once that he was resolved to go on pilgrimage, as we go now, but all on a sudden he grew acquainted with one Save-felf, and then he became a stranger to me."
Hope. Now, Gnce 'we are talking about him, let us 2 liale inquire into the reason of the sudden back-sliding of him and such others.'
Chr. Ic may be very profitable, but do you begin. ' Hope. Well then, there are in my judgment four rcafons" for it.
1. Tho' the confciences of fuch men are Reasons why 2wakened, yet their minds are not changed; cowardly ones ge therefore when the power of guilt weareth back. away, that which provoketh them to be re. ligious cealeth,; Wherefore they naturally return to their own course again, even as we see the dog that is fick of what he hath eaten, so long as his fickness prevails he von mics and cafts up all ; not that he' doth this of a free mind (if we may faya dog has a mind) but because it troubleth his fomach ; but now when his fickness is over, and so his stomach eased, his defires being not at all alienated from his vomit, he turns himself about and licks up all. And so it is true which is written, The dog is turned to his own vomit again. ': Thus, I say, being lot for heaven, by virtue only of the sense and fear of the torments of hell, as that fense of hell and fear of damnation chills and cools, To their defires for heaven and salvation cool alle. So then : it comes to pass; that when their guilt and tear is gone, , their defires for heaven and Happincis die, and they return; to their course again."
2. Another reason is, they have lavish fears that do os ver-malter them. I fpeak now of the tears that they have of men ; for the fear of men bringeth a Snare. So then, tho? they leem to be hot : Provi 29. 2. for heaven, so long as the flames of hell are ... "
about their ears, yet, when that terror is a little over; they betake themselves to second thoughts, namely; that 'tis good to be wise, and not to run (for they know not what) the hazard of losing all; or at least of bringing themselves into unavoidable and unnecessary troubles; and so they fall in with the world again.
3. The frame that attende religion lies also as a block in their way; they are proud and haughey, and religion in their eye is low and contempuble; therefore when they have lost their sense of hell and wraih to come, they return again to their former course.
4. Guilt, and to medicate terror, are grievous to them; they look not to see their misery before they come into it;: cho' perhaps the light of it first, it chey loved that sight, might make them Ay whither the righteous Aly and are Safe ; but because they do, as I hinted before, even saur the thoughts of guilt and terror ; therefore when once they are rid of their awakeninge about the terrors and wrath of God, they harden their hearts gladly, and chuse such ways as will harden them more and more.
Chr. You are pretty near the business, for the bottom of all. is, for, want of a change in their mind and will: And therefore they are but like the felon that standeth before she judge ; he quakes and trembles, and seems to repent molt heartily ; but the bottom of all is, the fear of the halter, not that he hath any deteftation of the offence, as is evidents, because let but this man- have his liberty, and he will be a thief, and a rogue. ftill; whereas if hio mind was changed he would be otherwise.
Hope. Now I have thewed you the seasons for their going back, do you thew me the manner thercof...
Cbr. So I will willingly. 1. They draw off their thoughts, all that they may,
from the remembrance of God, death; and Hony tbe apoftate judgment to come. goes back. 2. Then they caft off, by degrees, prie
v ate duries, as closer-prayer, curbing their lufts, watching,, sorrow for' fin, & Co
3. Then they sun the company of lively and warm christians
4. After that they grow cold to public duty, as hearing, reading, godly conference, and she liks.
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5. Then they begin to pick holes, as we say, in the coats of some of the godly, and that devilishly, that they may have a sceming colour to chrow religion (for the fake of some infirmities they have 'pied in him) behind their backs.
6. Then they begin to adhere to, and affociate themselves with, carnal, loose, and wanton men.
7. Then they give way to carnal wanton discourses, in fecret; and glad are they if they can see such things in any that are counted honeft
, that they may the more boldly do it thro' their example." 8. After this they begin to play with little fins openly.
9. And then, being hardened, they shew themselves 13 they are.
Thus being launched again into the gulph of milėry, unless a miracle of grace prevent it, they everlastlogly perith in their own deceivings,
Now I law in my dream, that by this time the pilgrims were got' over the inchanted ground, and entering into the Country of Beulah, whose air was very sweet and pleasanti the
way lying directly thro' it, they folaced themselves triere for a reason. Yea, 'here they heard cohtinually the finging of birds, and law every day the lowers appear in the earth, and heard che voice of the curile in the lands In this country the fun shined night and day; wherefore it was beyond the valley of the Shadow of death, and alla out of the reach of giant Despair, neither could they from this place fo m'uch as see Doubting Castle." Here they were within-light of the city they were going to ; also here met them fome of the inhabicants thereof; For: in this land the Shining Onts commonly ANGELS, walked, because it was upon the borders of heaven." In this land also the contract between the bride and the bridegroom was renewed : Yea here, as the bridegroom rejoicesh over the bride, so did their : God rejoice over them.
Here they had : no want of corn and wine; for in this place they met kan bundance of what they had fought for in all their pilgrimage: Here they heard voices from out of the city, Houd voices from out of the city, saying, Say ye to the daughter of Sion, Behold thy salvation cometh ? Ben him! Here all the inhabitants of
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the country called them. The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord fought out, &c.
Now, as they walked in this land, they had more rejoic cing than in parts more remote from the kingdom to which they were bound; and drawing nearer to the city yet, they had a more perfect view thereof : It was built of pearls and precious ftones, also the streets thereof were paved with: gold; so that, by reason of the natural glory of the city, and the reflection of the fun-beams upon it, Christian with desire fell fick ; Hopeful also had a fit or two of the fame: disease: Wherefore here they lay by it a while, crying out because of their pangs, If you fee my beloved, tell him that I am fick of love.
But being a little strengthened, and better able to bear their fickness, they walked on their way, and came yet nearer and nearer, where were orchards, vineyards, and gardens, and their gates opened into the highway. Now as they came up to these places, bchold the gardener ftocd.
in the way, to whom the pilgrims said, Deut. 23. 24. Whose goodly vineyards and gardens are
these ? He answered, They are the King's, and are planted here for his own delighs, and also for the folace of pilgrins : So the gardener had them into the vineyards, and bid them refresh themselves with dainties: He also fh wed them there the King's walks and arbours! where he delighted to be; And here they carried and Nept:
Now I beheld in my dream, that they talked more in their Reep at this time, than ever they diu in all their journey ; and being in a mufe thereabout, the gardener faid even to me, Wherefore mufelt thou at the matter ! It is the nature of the fruit of the grapes of these vineyards to go down sweetly, as to cause the lips of them that are alliep to speak.
So I law, that when they awoke, they addressed them-1 felves to go up to the city. But, as I said, the reflections of the fun upon the city (for the city was pure gold) - was fo extremely glorious, that they could not as yet with open face behold it, but through an instru.nent made for that purpuse. So I saw that, as they went on, there met theme fwo inen in rainent that: shone like gold, also their faces Done is the ligit . Theie men asked the pilgrims whence they came? And
they told them. They also asked them where they had lodged, what difficulties and dangers,' what comforts, and pleasures they had met with in the way? and they told them. Then said the men that met thein, ou have but two difüculties more to meet with, and the you are in the city. .
Chriftian then and his companion asked the men to go along with them ; so they told them that they would : But, faid they, you must obtain it by your own faith. So I saw in my dream that they went on together till they came within light of the gaie.
Now Į further saw, that betwixt them and the gate was a river, but there was no bridge to go over, and the river was very deep. Ar the light therefore of this river the pil. grims were much ftanned; but the men that went with them said, You must go through, or you cannot come at the gate.
The pilgrims then began to enquirs, if Death is not there was no other way to the gate ; to welcome to nawhich they answered, Yes, but there hath ture. not any, fave two, to wit, Enoch and E. lijah, been permitted to tread that path Gnce the foundation of the world, nor mall until the laft crumpet shall found. The pilgrims then (especially Christian) began to despond in their minds, and looked this way and that, but no way could be found by them by which they might escape the river. Thea they asked the men if the waters were all of a depth ? They said, No; yet they could not help them in that case; For, said they, you shall find it deeper or Hallower, as you be'ieve in the King of the place.
They then addressed themselves to the water, and entering, Christian began to sink; and crying out to his good friend Hopeful, he said, I sink in deep waters; the billows go over my head, ail the waters go over me. Selah,
Then said the other, Be of good cheer, my brother, I feel the bortom and it is goat. Then faid Christian, Ah! my friend, the sorrow of death hach com. ch.
: Chrifian's conpalled me about, I thall not see the land that flows with milk and honey! And with
h Alice at the hour that, a great darknels and horror fell upon " Christian, fo chat he could not see befire him. 'Also here is in' a great measure, lo& his seoses, so that he could