An Application of Bunyan – Truth Matters

February 27, 2020 | by James M. Harrison

Having made the acquaintance of the shepherd’s tending their flocks upon the Delectable mountains, the pilgrims quickly became the recipients of the shepherd’s warm hospitality.  There were wonders to be seen in the Delectable mountains, and the shepherds, whose names were Knowledge, Experience, Watchful, and Sincere, determined to reveal those wonders to their new friends, Christian and Hopeful.

Their first destination was a hill called Error, one side of which was quite steep.  Being encouraged by the shepherds to gaze down over the edge, they saw at the bottom of the cliff the broken bodies of several men who had fallen from that great height.

Christian inquired concerning the identity of these men, and that which had caused them to fall and to be dashed upon the rocks below.  The shepherds explained that these were men who had followed after the errors of Hymeneus and Philetus concerning the resurrection of the body (2 Timothy 2:17-18). 

Surely it must have been a terrible sight to behold, just as it is a terrible sight for us to behold the wreckage of one who has made shipwreck of their faith.  And yet, even here is grace.  “Where?”, you might ask.  “Where can grace be seen in the broken bodies of those who have been smashed upon the rocks of error?”

The answer comes in the final words uttered by the shepherds before moving on to the next sight they wished Christian and Hopeful to see.

“Those that you see lie dashed in pieces at the bottom…have continued to this day unburied, (as you see) for an example for others to take heed how they clamber too high, or how they come too ear to the brink of this mountain.”

There is the grace.  It is found in the example of those who have gone before.  It is in the warning that their example sets for us.  Give heed to it.  Do not stray off the straight path, either to the right, nor to the left.  Do not be tossed about by every wind of doctrine.  Do not chase after theological novelty, or the next spiritual experience.  Rather, stand upon the solid rock of the word of God.  Place yourself under solid and sound teaching, and continue on the right way, all the way, to the end.

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