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Pilgrim’s Progress – The Enchanted Ground – T M Sullivan

In this lesson, we sought to learn about what the Enchanted Ground represents. First, in a society or town, 2ndly in the church, 3rd in the individual believer. It also is a very basic introduction to declension in spirituality prior to the 1st and 2nd Great Awakening and the revivals that came after in answer to prayer.

Pilgrim’s Progress – The Enchanted Ground

John Warton – Death Bed Scenes – Mr. Maddox, Despair

IT has often occurred to me as something wonderful, that, amongst the vast variety of books, which are to be met with, on the important subject of Religion, there should still be wanted a manual for the information and direction of the Minister in his daily intercourse with sick persons and other members of his flock. There are indeed plenty of excellent theoretical treatises upon this branch of the Minister’s duty; and much also might be learnt from the biography of Clergymen, who have been eminently active in their parochial labours.

Death Bed Scenes – Despair of Salvation

Thomas Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress Study – The Flatterer

In this study, we have come to the place where Christian and Hopeful are deceived by the Flatterer. A modern illustration is drawn by this character to the teaching of the proponents of the Federal Vision or Auburn Avenue Theology and the redefining of the doctrine of justification by faith. Finally, we discuss the encounter with Atheist.

The Flatterer and the Atheist

Pike and Hayward – Advice to Person Grievously Distressed With Fears, Doubts, Unbelief

Letter: ” I cannot rejoice at the very thoughts of grace, death, the resurrection, and the life, I am afraid I do not truly and sincerely believe. Believers are exhorted to rejoice always; but I cannot rejoice when I ponder upon the most important concerns of my soul; therefore I fear I am not a believer. Alas! I am not able to look steadily upon Christ as my Saviour. At times when I join with the saints in divine worship, I am pretty confident of an interest in Christ; but when I retire, I conclude that that proceeds only from a kind of a heavenly gale upon them, or else upon myself, merely to capacitate me for more use and service among them. I conceive that my heart is not in the least renewed, but in the sense of Scripture is still a stone. ”

Fears Doubts and Unbelief


Asahel Nettleton -1783-1844- The Final Warning

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.’ — Proverbs 29:1

It is wholly impossible that a person should be frequently and faithfully admonished for his crime, and yet experience no alteration in is condition.  His rancorous pride will be augmented, and his conscience seared as with a hot iron.  But the day comes that shall burn as an oven. Then his stiff neck and his stout heart will not exempt him from the terrors that shall overtake the soul of every guilty culprit that shall stand at the judgment seat of God.

The Final Warning

Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2 – Mr. Fearing

In this lesson, as a companion to the study of Little Faith, we discussed a character from Bunyan’s second part – Mr. Fearing. “It took him a whole month,” tells Greatheart, “to face the Slough. But he would not go back neither. Till, one sunshiny morning, nobody ever knew how, he ventured, and so got over.But the fact of the matter is,” said the shrewd-headed guide, “Mr. Fearing had, I think, a slough of despond in his own mind; and a slough that he carried everywhere with him.”

Whyte, Alexander Characters in Pilgrim’s Progress

Pilgrim’s Progress Part 2 – Mr.Fearing

John Downame – Comfort For Those Suffering Confused Fears and Terrified Consciences – 1638

J.I. Packer wrote, “Downame stands with Perkins, Greenham, and Richard Rogers as one of the architects of the Puritan theology of godliness.”
Joel Beeke wrote, “With the possible exception of Gurnall’s ‘Christian Armour,’ this book is the finest Puritan work on the theme of the Christian warfare. It is also Downame’s best work.”

This 30 minute sample is from the 1634 edition to assist new converts who are being unusually and violently attacked in their minds from the devil’s onslaughts. There is already about 4 hours of narrations from the 1603 edition of this work. This sample is to assist someone dear to me who is being terribly afflicted.

Comforts for Those Confused With Fears and Terrors in Conscience


Tom Sullivan – Pilgrim’s Progress – What IS Giant Despair?

In this study, we go into detail on the subject of deep spiritual depression, the definition of spiritual melancholy. We look at a number of test cases and finally discuss the cures. Finally, we look at Christian and Hopeful’s escape from Doubting Castle.

PowerPoint Slide Show GiantDespairDefined

Notes for the Class on Giant Despair 2 The Castle of Giant Despair 2