How Canst Thou Expect by Them to be Made Free?


Then Christian fell down at his foot as dead, crying,
“Woe is me, for I am undone!” At the sight of which, Evan-
gelist caught him by the right hand, saying, “All manner of
sin and blasphemies shall be forgiven unto men”; “Be not
faithless, but believing”.33 Then did Christian again a little
revive, and stood up trembling, as at first, before Evangelist.
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 World-
ly-wiseman, and rightly is he so called; partly, because he
savoureth only the doctrine of this world34, (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.35 And because he is of this carnal temper,
therefore he seeketh to prevent 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. And, 3. His setting thy feet
in that way that leadeth unto the administration of death.

First, Thou must abhor his turning thee out of the way;
yea, and thine own consenting thereto: because this is to
reject the counsel of God for the sake of the counsel of a
Worldly-wiseman. The Lord says, “Strive to enter in at the
strait gate”36 the gate to which I send thee; for “strait is the
gate which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”37
From this little wicket-gate, and from the way thereto, hath
this wicked man turned thee, to the bringing of thee almost
to destruction; hate, therefore, his turning thee out of the
way, and abhor thyself for hearkening to him.
Secondly, Thou must abhor his labouring to render the
cross odious unto thee; for thou art to prefer it “before the
treasures in Egypt.”38 Besides, the King of glory hath told
thee, that he that “will save his life shall lose it”39 And, “He
that comes after Him, and hate not his father, and mother,
and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and
his own life also, he cannot be My disciple”40 I say, therefore,
for man to labour to persuade thee, that that shall be thy
death, without which, THE TRUTH hath said, thou canst not
have eternal life; this doctrine thou must abhor.
Thirdly, Thou must hate his setting of thy feet in the way
that leadeth to the ministration of death. And for this thou
must consider to whom he sent thee, and also how unable
that person was to deliver thee from thy burden.
He to whom thou wast sent for ease, being by name
Legality, is the son of the bond woman which now is, and
is in bondage with her children;41 and is, in a mystery, this, mount Sinai, which thou hast feared will fall on thy head.
Now, if she, with her children, are in bondage, how canst
thou expect by them to be made free? This Legality, there-
fore, is not able to set thee free from thy burden. No man
was as yet ever rid of his burden by him; no, nor ever is like
to be: ye cannot be justified by the works of the law; for by
the deeds of the law no man living can be rid of his burden:
therefore, Mr. Worldly-wiseman is an alien, and Mr. Legal-
ity is a cheat; and for his son Civility, notwithstanding his
simpering looks, he is but a hypocrite, and cannot help thee.
Believe me, there is nothing in all this noise, that thou hast
heard of these sottish men, but a design to beguile thee of
thy salvation, by turning thee from the way in which I had
set thee.

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