Pilgrims Progress

Brother Albert R.

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Wasn't Bunyon, who wrote Pilgrim's Progress, a Calvinist?
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I believe he is labeled as such but the many books that I have gone through that Bunyan wrote do not leave me with the view that he was a 5 point Calvinist. But also, do not think that all Calvinists are not Christian, many, if not most are. I strongly disagree with this doctrine, having once been a Calvinist for many years, but always a Christian.
I hope this helps,
Albert
 

PhilR

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True, Bunyan may not have been a 5 point Calvinist. And if you read the writings of Bunyan, Horatius Bonar, and Charles Spurgeon they will sound like grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. But when you get deeper into their soteriology you may find the "P" element of the TULIP, that the saints must "persevere" requirement, still hung on the end of their Sola Fide. So, sadly, what I have found with Calvinist writers, like the above three, is that they teach salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, but they also hold that the faithful will "persevere" in good works.
 
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Brother Albert R.

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True, Bunyan may not have been a 5 point Calvinist. And if you read the writings of Bunyan, Horatius Bonar, and Charles Spurgeon they will sound like grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. But when you get deeper into their soteriology you may find the "P" element of the TULIP, that the saints must "persevere" requirement, still hung on the end of their Sola Fide. So, sadly, what I have found with Calvinist writers like, like the above three, is that they teach salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, but they also hold that the faithful will "persevere" in good works.
Are you saying that they believed that good works will save them or maintain their salvation, or did they view it as an evident of true saving faith? Can you reference material that makes your point? I am only asking this so that I myself can have a clearer picture of Bunyan.
Thank you Phil and God bless you,
Albert
 

PhilR

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Are you saying that they believed that good works will save them or maintain their salvation, or did they view it as an evident of true saving faith? Can you reference material that makes your point? I am only asking this so that I myself can have a clearer picture of Bunyan.
Thank you Phil and God bless you,
Albert
Sorry Albert, I could not find any references. Peace.
 
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