An Example of Purging

“And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.” -- Titus 3:14

Probably the greatest human example of great trials and purging that produced the greatest result is that of 17TH century Baptist preacher John Bunyan. He spent twelve years in jail for preaching the gospel. He was offered freedom on one condition: that he would stop preaching the gospel! Bunyan’s position was clear as he said: “If I were out of prison today, I would preach the gospel again tomorrow with the help of God.”

So what was the product of this pain and purging? The Pilgrim’s Progress, a book that has blessed Christians and spoken to non-Christians about their souls for over three centuries, and which has been published in more languages than any book other than the Bible itself! Bunyan’s book has never being out of print since its original publishing in 1678!

Reflecting on his imprisonment, Bunyan commented: “If I were fruitless, it mattered not who commended me; but if I were fruitful, I cared not who did condemn.”

What is the most serious trial I’ve ever been through?
While I was going through this trial, and in the time following, how did God use that in my life? - Peter Laitres

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