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John Bunyan was a Christian pastor and writer who lived in England during the 1600s and 1700s. He was a man of great faith who — in the midst of great adversity — found a way to bring glory to God. Born in 1628 to a poor family, Bunyan grew up in England during a time when the Church of England was the only legal church. Bunyan’s father died when he was young, and his mother remarried shortly after his father’s death. He grew up with his stepfather — a strict Puritan (someone who believes in strict religious practices and rules) who had no tolerance for Bunyan’s desire to pursue a career as a preacher.
The most well-known and influential figure in the Puritan movement, Bunyan started preaching at the age of 13. He was well-respected for his preaching ability and was known for being able to draw large crowds. As a talented writer, he was also known for his work “The Pilgrim’s Progress” — which is considered by many to be one of the most important works ever written on faith. However, his writings and achievements went far beyond that.
During his era, open preaching was a crime in England. If someone was caught preaching, they could go to prison or be put on trial for their beliefs. Despite difficulties, Bunyan became known for his sermons on the book of Revelation, which were considered controversial because they were not based on the official teaching of the Church of England at that time.
In 1653 he was arrested for preaching without a license and jailed for 12 years. During his imprisonment, he wrote “Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners” and “The Pilgrim’s Progress” which both describe his spiritual struggle prior to conversion. After his release from prison, he immediately returned to spreading God’s Word. Unfortunately, Bunyan suffered an illness and died in 1688 at the age of 60. However, his legacy still lives on, and his books are still read by many Christians to this day.
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