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The Electiondoubter tried.
receiver, a nourisher, a countenancer, and a har- | do that which is good, and in so doing, a promiso bourer of others of them, yea, of outlandish Dia- of happiness is annexed. bolonians; yea, of them that came from far, on Then said the Judge, Thou art a Diabolonian ; purpose to cut off and destroy our Mansoul; this and hast denied a great part of one of the most must not be borne.
experimental truths of the Prince of the town of Then said Evil-questioning, I see Mansoul; for he has called, and she has heard a
how the game will go; I must die for most distinct and powerful call of her Emmanuel, my name, and for my charity. And so he held by which she has been quickened, awakened,
and possessed with heavenly grace to desire to Then they called the outlandislı Doubters to the have compiunion with her Prince, to serve him, bar; and the first of them that was arraigned was and do his will, and to look for her happiness the Election-doubter; so his indictment was read, merely of his good pleasure. And for thine ab
and because he was an outlandish man, horrence of this good doctrine, thou must die the
substance of it was told him by an death. interpreter; to wit, That he was there charged with Then the Grace-doubter was called, and his inbeing an enemy of Emmanuel the Prince, a hater dictment was read; and he replied The Grace-doubtof the town of Mansoul, and an opposer of her most thereto, That though he was of the wholesome doctrine.
land of Doubting, his father was the offspring of Then the judge asked him if he would plead ? a Pharisee, and lived in good fashion among his
But he said only this, That he con- neighbours, and that he taught him to believe,
fessed that he was an Election and believe it I do, and will, that Mansoul shall doubter, and that that was the religion that he never be saved freely by grace. had ever been brought up in. And said, moreover, Then said the Judge, Why, the law of the If I must die for my religion, I trow, I shall die Prince is plain: 1. Negatively, Not of works. a martyr,” and so I care the less.
2. Positively, By grace you are saved. Ro. iii. Ep. ii. Judge. Then it was replied, To question election, and thy religion settleth in and upon the works
is to overthrow a great doctrine of the of the flesh; for the works of the law are the works
gospel; to wit, the omniscience, and of the flesh. Besides, in saying as thou hast done, power, and will of God; to take away the liberty thou hast robbed God of his glory, and given it to of God with his creature; to stumble the faith of a sinful man; thou hast robbed Christ of the the town of Mansoul; and to make salvation to necessity of his undertaking, and the sufficiency depend upon works, and not upon grace. It also thereof, and hast given both these to the works of belied the word, and disquieted the minds of the the flesh. Thou hast despised the work of the men of Mansoul ; therefore, by the best of laws he Holy Ghost, and hast magnified the will of the must die, 3
flesh, and of the legal mind. Thou art a DiaThen was the Vocation-doubter called, and set bolonian, the son of a Diabolonian; and for thy The Vocation- to the bar; and his indictment for sub- Diabolonian principles thou must die.
stance was the same with the other, The court then having proceeded thus far with only he was particularly charged with denying the them, sent out the jury, who forthwith brought calling of Mansoul.
them in guilty of death. Then stood up the ReThe judge asked him also what he had to say corder, and addressed himself to the prisoners: for himself?
You, the prisoners at the bar, you Their sentence So he replied that he never believed that there have been here indicted, and proved was any such thing as a distinct and powerful call guilty of high crimes against Emmanuel our Prince, of God to Mansoul ; otherwise than by the general and against the welfare of the famous town of Manvoice of the Word; nor by that neither, otherwise soul; crimes for which you must be put to death ; than as it exhorted them to forbear evil, and to and die ye accordingly.
Though ignorant persons cavil and object, we are bold to 3 Those who deny election deny, though perhaps unwittingly, affirm, that election by free grace is consonant to the whole the omniscience and sovereignty of God; and unavoidably astenor of Scripture; a comfortable doctrine, exciting to obedi-sert, sometimes without perceiving it, that salvation is not of
We love him, because he first loved us.' 1 Jn. iv. 19. ! grace but of works.-(Burder.) -(Mason.)
4 The great mass of mankind in Christendom, because they 2 'A martyr' is a witness, generally applied among Chris- were baptized in infancy, call themselves Christians, and find tians to those who seal with their blood a testimony of love to shelter under these pleas from the necessity of personal prayerChrist, and are put to death for their attachment to the gos- ful investigation. They never knew the pangs of the new birth, pel ; not like the Jesuits under Elizabeth, they came to poison nor the cry, "What must I do to be saved Por, 'Lord, save, or destroy her, and to overturn the Government, and were put 1 perish l' It is a most extensive and most fatal error, in to death as traitors. But if any Christian was put to death which myriads of souls have met their doom.-(Ed.) for doubting the doctrine of election, he would be entitled to 5 Thus we are to lay aside every weight, and every besetthe crown of martyrdom.-(ED.)
ting sin, He. xii. 12—whatsoever does not tend to promote
their death as
So they were sentenced to the death of the cross; | Now there was an honest poor man in Mansoul, l'he places of
The place assigned them for execution and his name was Mr. Meditation, one of no great
was that where Diabolus drew up his account in the days of apostacy, but now of repute signed.
last army against Mansoul ; save only with the best of the town. This man therefore that old Evil-questioning was hanged at the top of they were willing to prefer; now Mr. Let-good-slip Bad-street, just over against his own door, had a great deal of wealth heretofore in Mansoul,
and at Emmanuel's coming it was sequestered to [CHAPTER XVIII.]
the use of the Prince, this therefore was now given (CONTENTS :- More Diabolonians tried and condemned— The and after him to his son Mr. Thinkwell; this
to Mr. Meditation, to improve for the common good, Work concludes with an admirable speech of Emmanuel, reciting his gracious acts, and informing his people of Thinkwell he had by Mrs. Piety bis wife, and she his intention to rebuild the town with the greatest splen- was the daughter of Mr. Recorder.? dour, and recommending a suitable conduct in the mean- After this my Lord apprehended Clip-promise, time.]
now because he was a notorious villain, Clip-promise When the town of Mansoul had thus far rid for by his doings much of the King's themselves of their enemies, and of the troublers coin was abused, therefore he was made a public of their peace; in the next place, a strict com- example. He was arraigned and judged to be mandment was given out, that yet my Lord Will first set in the pillory, then to be whipt by all the be-will should, with Diligence, his man, search for, children and servants in Mansoul, and then to be and do his best to apprehend what town-Diabolon- hanged till he was dead. Some may wonder at ians were yet left alive in Mansoul. The names of the severity of this man's punishment, but those several of them were—Mr. Fooling, Mr. Let-good- that are honest traders in Mansoul, are sensible of slip, Mr. Slavishfear, Mr. Nolove, Mr. Mistrust, the great abuse that one clipper of promises in Mr. Flesh, and Mr. Sloth. It was also commanded little time may do to the town of Mansoul. And
that he should apprehend Mr. Evil- truly my judgment is, that all those of his name A new warrant
questioning's children that he left be- and life should be served even as he.3 gainst the chil
: hind him, and that they should demol- He also apprehended Carnal-sense, and put him questioning, ish his house. The children that he in hold, but how it came about I can
left behind were these— Mr. Doubt, not tell, but he brake prison and made and he was his eldest son ; the next to him was his escape. Yea, and the bold villain will not yet Legal-life, Unbelief, Wrong - thoughts-of-Christ, quit the town, but lurks in the Diabolonian dens a Clip-promise, Carnal-sense, Live-by-feeling, Self-days, and haunts like a ghost honest men's houses love. All these he had by one wife, and her name a nights. Wherefore there was a proclamation set was Nohope. She was the kinswoman of old In- up in the market-place in Mansoul, signifying that credulity; for he was her uncle, and, when her whosoever should discover Carnal-sense, and apfather, old Dark, was dead, he took her, and prehend him and slay him, should be admitted brought her up; and, when she was marriageable, daily to the Prince's table, and should be made he gave her to this old. Evil-questioning to wife. keeper of the treasure of Mansoul. Many thereNow, the Lord Will-be-will did put into execu- fare did bend themselves to do this thing, but take
tion his commission, with great Dili- him and slay him they could not, though often he Will-be-will puts his warrant iu- gence, his man. He took Fooling in was discovered. *
the streets, and hanged him up in But my Lord took Mr. Wrong-thoughts-ofWant-wit-alley, over against his own house. This Christ, and put bim in prison, and Wrong-thoughts.
Fooling was he that would have had he died there, though it was long of Christ iäsen. Fooling taken.
the town of Mansoul deliver up Cap- first, for he died of a lingering consumption. tain Credence into the hands of Diabolus, provided Selflove was also taken and committed to custhat then he would have withdrawn his force out tody, but there were many that were Let-good-slip of the town. He also took Mr. Let- allied to him in Mansoul, so his judg
good-slip one day as he was busy in ment was deferred, but at last Mr. Self-denial the market, and executed him according to law. stood up and said, if such villains as these may be
granted out a
the glory of God, and our progress in the Divine life of faith. pondered in the heart. This is the way to become spiritually -(Mason.)
rich.-(Burder.) The reader must keep in mind that the sentence and exe. 3 The cruelty of these punishments breathes the spirit of the cution is not against the persons who held these errors, but times in which our author lived. Every painful feeling, howallegorically the errors themselves must be eradicated or de ever, is dissipated by the reflection that it is an allegory, stroyed from the soul of the believer.—(Ed.)
representing how these Diabolonian sinful thoughts ought to * Great is the advantage of meditation ; a practice, alas! be exterminated. To clip the promises is certainly as high a in which Christians in general are too backward. Much is crime as clipping the current coin.—(ED.) lost by letting the Word slip, which ought to be laid up and 4 How closely does carnality cleavc to us thronghout ou VOL. III.
winked at in Mansoul, I will lay down my com- chariot, and all his captains in their state attendmission. He also took him from the crowd, and ing of him on the right hand, and on the left. had him among his soldiers, and there he was Then was an 0 yes made for silence, and after brained. But some in Mansoul muttered. at it, some mutual carriages of love, the Prince began, though none durst speak plainly, because Em- and thus proceeded manuel was in town. But this brave act of Cap- You my Mansoul, and the beloved of mine heart, tain Self-denial came to the Prince's ears, so he many and great are the privileges that
sent for him, and made him a Lord I have bestowed upon you; I have speech Captain denial made a in Mansoul. My Lord Will-be-will singled you out from others, and have
also obtained great commendations of chosen you to myself, not for your worthiness, but Emmanuel, for what he had done for the town of for mine own sake. I have also redeemed you, Mansoul.
not only from the dread of my Father's law, but Then
my Lord Self-denial took courage, and set from the hand of Diabolus. This I have done to pursuing of the Diabolonians with my Lord because I loved you, and because I have set my Live-by-feeling Will-be-will; and they took Live-by- heart upon you to do you good. I have also,
feeling, and they took Legal-life, and that all things that might hinder thy way to the put them in hold till they died. But Mr. Unbe- pleasures of paradise might be taken out of the lief was a nimble jack, him they could never lay way, laid down for thee, for thy soul, a plenary hold of, though they attempted to do it often. He satisfaction, and have bought thee to myself; a therefore, and some few more of the subtilest of price not of corruptible things as of silver and gold, the Diabolonian tribe, did yet remain in Mansoul, but a price of blood, mine own blood, which I have to the time that Mansoul left off to dwell any freely spilt upon the ground to make thee mine. longer in the kingdom of Universe. But they So I have reconciled thee, O my Mansoul, to my kept them to their dens and holes; if one of them Father, and intrusted thee in the mansion-houses did appear or happen to be seen in any of the that are with my Father in the royal city where streets of the town of Mansoul, the whole town things are, 0 my Mansoul, that eye hath not seen, would be up in arms after them, yea the very nor hath entered into the heart of man to conceive. children in Mansoul would cry out after them as Besides, O my Mansoul, thou seest what I have after a thief, and would wish that they might stone done, and how I have taken thee out of the hands them to death with stones. And now did Mansoul of thine enemies; unto whom thou hast deeply reThe peace of arrive to some good degree of peace volted from my Father, and by whom thou wast Mansoul, she
and quiet, her Prince also did abide content to be possessed, and also to be destroyed.
within her borders, her Captains also, I came to thee first by my law, then by my gospel and her soldiers did their duties, and Mansoul to awaken thee, and show thee my glory. And minded her trade that she had with the country thou knowest what thou wast, what thou saidst, that was afar off; also she was busy in her manu. what thou didst, and how many times thou refacture.? Is. xxxiii. 17. Phi. iii. 20. Pr. xxxi.
belledst against my Father and me; yet I left thee When the town of Mansoul had thus far rid not; as thou seest this day, but came to thee, have themselves of so many of their enemies, and the borne thy manners, have waited upon thee and after troublers of their peace; the Prince sent to them, all accepted of thee, even of my mere grace and and appointed a day wherein he would at the favour; and would not suffer thee to be lost, as market-place meet the whole people, and there thou most willingly wouldst have been. I also give them in charge concerning some further mat-compassed thee about, and afflicted thee on every ters, that if observed would tend to their further side, that I might make thee weary of thy ways, safety and comfort, and to the condemnation and and bring down thy heart with molestation to a destruction of their home-bred Diabolonians. So willingness to close with thy good and happiness. the day appointed was come, and the townsmen And when I had gotten a complete conquest over met together; Emmanuel also came down in his thee, I turned it to thy advantage.
pilgrimage! Even the apostle complained of this foe-'I am life and peace.' But, after all, that villain Unbelief, the worst carnal.' The grave is the only secure prison in which he can of all the gang, still lurks secretly in the soul, yet is uniformly be for ever shut up. He will never break prison from thence. opposed whenever he dares to appear.--(Burder.) -(Ev.)
3 “There I shall bathe my weary soul 1 Self-love and self-denial can no more live together in the
In seas of heavenly rest, soul, than can the service of God and mammon. Reader, if a
And not a wave of trouble roll thought of self-love interferes with love to Christ, drag it to
Across my peaceful breast.'-(Watts.) self-denial, and it will be brained without the formality of a trial, and God will approve the execution.—(En.)
Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly! -- (Ed.) 2 Self-denial must be opposed to self-love. 'If, through the 4 Thus completely is boasting excluded. By grace are ye Spirit, we mortify the deeds of the body, we shall live, and saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gilt shall also happuy esperience that 'to be spiritually-minded is of God.' Ep. i. 8.-(ED.)
Thou seest also what a company of my Father's placed." I will even there set it up for my Father's host I have lodgeu within thy borders, captains habitation, for, for that purpose it was at first and rulers, soldiers and men of war, engines and erected in the kingdom of universe; and there will excellent devices to subdue and bring down thy I make it a spectacle of wonder, a monument of foes; thou knowest my meaning, O Mansoul. And mercy, and the admirer of its own mercy. There they are my servants, and thine too, Mansoul. shall the natives of Mansoul see all that of which Yea, my design of possessing of thee with them, they have seen nothing here; there shall they be and the natural tendency of each of them is to equal to those unto whom they have been inferior defend, purge, strengthen, and sweeten thee for here. And there shall thou, O my Mansoul, have myself, O Mansoul, and to make thee meet for my such communion with me, with my Father, and Father's presence, blessing, and glory; for thou, with your Lord Secretary, as is not possible here my Mansoul, art created to be prepared unto these. to be enjoyed, nor ever could be, shouldest thou
Thou seest moreover, my Mansoul, how I have live in universe the space of a thousand years.? passed by thy backslidings, and have healed thee. And there, O my Mansoul, thou shalt be afraid Indeed I was angry with thee, but I have turned of murderers no more; of Diabolonians, and their mine anger away from thee, because I loved thee threats no more. There, there shall be no more still, and mine anger and mine indignation is ceased plots, nor contrivances, nor designs against thee, in the destruction of thine enemies, O Mansoul. O my Mansoul. There thou shalt no more hear Nor did thy goodness fetch me again unto thee, the evil tidings, or the noise of the Diabolonian after that I for thy transgressions have hid my drum. There thou shalt not see the Diabolonian face, and withdrawn my presence from thee. The Standard-bearers, nor yet behold Diabolus his way of backsliding was thine, but the way and standard. No Diabolonian mount shall be cast up means of thy recovery was mine. I invented the against thee there, nor shall there the Diabolonian means of thy return; it was I that made an hedge standard be set up to make thee afraid. There and a wall, when thou wast beginning to turn to thou shalt not need captains, engines, soldiers, and things in which I delighted not. It was I that men of war.
There thou shalt meet with no sormade thy sweet, bitter; thy day, night; thy smooth row, nor grief, nor shall it be possible that any ways thorny; and that also confounded all that Diabolonian should again, for ever, be able to creep sought thy destruction. It was I that set Mr. into thy skirts, burrow in thy walls, or be seen Godly-fear to work in Mansoul. It was I that again within thy borders all the days of eternity. stirred up thy conscience and understanding, thy Life shall there last longer, than here you are ablo will and thy affections, after thy great and woful to desire it should, and yet it shall always be sweet decay. It was I that put life into thee, O Man- and new, nor shall any impediment attend it for soul, to seek me, that thou mightest find me, and ever. in thy finding, find thive own health, happiness,
There, O Mansoul, thou shalt meet with many and salvation. It was I that fetched the second of those that have been like thee, and that have time the Diabolonians out of Mansoul; and it was been partakers of thy sorrows; even such as I have I that overcame them, and that destroyed them chosen, and redeemed and set apart as thou for before thy face.
my Father's court and city royal. All they will And now, my Mansoul, I am returned to thee be glad in thee, and thou, when thou seest them, in peace, and thy transgressions against me, are shall be glad in thine heart. as if they had not been. Nor shall it be with thee There are things, 0 Mansoul, even things of thy as in former days, but I will do better for thee Father's providing and mine, that never were seen than at thy beginning. For yet a little while, o since the beginning of the world, and they are my Mansoul, even after a few more times are gono
Father, and sealed up among his over thy head, I will, but be not thou troubled at treasures for thee, till thou shalt come thither to what I say, I will take down this famous town of enjoy them. I told you before that I would reMansoul, stick and stone to the ground. Ch. xxix. 80.
move my Mansoul, and set it up elsewhere, and And will carry the stones thereof, and the timber where I will set it, there are those that love thee, thereof, and the walls thereof, and the dust thereof, and those that rejoice in thee now, but how much and the inhabitants thereof, into mine own country, more when they shall see thee exalted to honour. even into the kingdom of my Father; and will My Father will then send them for you to fetch there set it up in such strength and glory, as it you; and their bosoms are chariots to put you in. never did see in the kingdom where now it is And you, O my Mansoul, shall ride upon the wings
? 'Blessings abound where'er he reigns,
1 For a most admirable treatise on the resurrection of the body, and its re-union with the soul in bliss unspeakable and eternal, see vol. ii. p. 83.-(Ev.)
The prisoner leaps to lose his chains,
of the wind. They will come to convey, conduct, mayest not die. Because I live thou shalt live and bring you to that, when your eyes see more, also. I reconciled thee to my Father by the blood that will be your desired haven. Ps. Ixviii. 17. of my cross, and being reconciled thou shalt live
And thus, O my Mansoul, I have showed unto through me. I will pray for thee, I will fight for thee what shall be done to thee hereafter, if thou thee, I will yet do thee good. canst hear, if thou canst understand; and now I Nothing can hurt thee but sin; nothing can will tell thee what at present must be thy duty and grieve me but sin; nothing can make thee base practice, until I shall come and fetch thee to my before thy foes but sin; Take heed of sin, my self, according as is related in the Scriptures of Mansoul.3 truth,
And dost thou know why I at first, and do still First, I charge thee that thou dost hereafter suffer Diabolonians to dwell in thy walls, O Mankeep more white and clean the liveries which I soul? It is to keep thee wakening, to try thy love, gave thee before
my last withdrawing from thee. to make thee watchful, and to cause thee yet to Do it, I say, for this will be thy wisdom. They prize my noble captains, their soldiers, and my are in themselves fine linen, but thou must keep mercy. them white and clean. This will be your wisdom, It is also that yet thou mayest be made to reyour honour, and will be greatly for my glory. member what a deplorable condition thou once wast When your garments are white, the world will in. I mean when, not some, but all did dwell, not count you mine. Also when your garments are in thy walls, but in thy castle, and in thy strong white, then I am delighted in your ways; for then hold, O Mansoul! your goings to and fro will be like a flash of light- O my Mansoul, should I slay all them within, ning, that those that are present must take notice many there be without that would bring thee into of, also their eyes will be made to dazzle thereat. bondage; for were all those within cut off, those Deck thyself therefore according to my bidding, without would find thee sleeping, and then as in a and make to thyself by my law straight steps for moment they would swallow up my Mansoul. I thy feet, so shall thy King greatly desire thy therefore let them in thee, not to do thee hurt, the beauty, for he is thy Lord, and worship thou him.? which they yet will, if thou hearken to them, and
Now that thou mayest keep them as I bid thee, serve them; but to do thee good, the which they I have, as I before did tell thee, provided for thee must, if thou watch and fight against them. Know an open fountain to wash thy garments in. Look therefore that whatever they shall tempt thee to, therefore that thou wash often in my fountain, and my design is that they should drive thee, not go not in defiled garments; for as it is to my dis- further off, but nearer to my Father, to learn thee honour and my disgrace, so it will be to thy dis- war, to make petitioning desirable to thee, and to comfort, when you shall walk in filthy garments. make thee little in thine own eyes. Hearken Ze. iii. 3, 4. Let not therefore my garments, your diligently to this, my Mansoul. garments, the garments that I gave
thee, be defiled Show me then thy love my Mansoul, and let not or spotted by the flesh. Jude 23. Keep thy garments those that are within thy walls, take thy affections always white, and let thy head lack no ointment. off from him that hath redeemed thy soul. Yea,
My Mansoul, I have oft-times delivered thee let the sight of a Diabolonian heighten thy love to from the designs, plots, attempts, and conspiracies me. I came once, and twice, and thrice to save of Diabolus, and for all this I ask thee nothing, thee from the poison of those arrows that would but that thou render not to me evil for my good, have wrought thy death; stand for me, thy friend, but that thou bear in mind my love, and the con- my Mansoul, against the Diabolonians, and I will tinuation of my kindness to my beloved Mansoul, stand for thee before my Father, and all his court. so as to provoke thee to walk, in thy measure, Love me against temptation, and I will love thee according to the benefit bestowed on thee. Of old notwithstanding thine infirmities. the sacrifices were bound with cords to the horns O my Mansoul, remember what my captains, of the golden altar. Consider what is said to thee, my soldiers, and mine engines have done for thee. 0 my blessed Mansoul.
They have fought for thee, they have suffered by O my Mansoul, I have lived, I have died, I live, thee, they have born much at thy hands to do thee and will die no more for thee. I live that thou
lated to the celestial city; and who, if defiled, are enabled to Holiness of heart and life are indispensable of true disciple- apply to the fountain opened, and wash away their stains. ship to the holy Jesus; not to justify us, but to evidence our Blessed are the people that are in such a case.:-(Ed.) election to eternal life. As he which hath called you is holy; 3 Sin hurled the angels ont of heaven; sin deprived man of so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.' 1 Pe. i. 15. A paradise and the favour of God; sin crucified the Lord of life holy walk preserves communion with our Lord, who is our and glory; sin will confine myriads of devils and men in the righteousness and strength.-(Mason.)
bottomless pit of misery for ever. May we hate it with a ? How blessed are those who are kept unspotted from the perfect hatred; and the grace of Jesus eradicate the love, and world! who live in the land of Beulah, waiting to be trans. | destroy the doininion of it, in onr hearts.-(Mason.)