The Holy War is another brilliant allegory of the Christian life by the author of The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan vividly depicts the internal struggle in the heart and mind of the Christian as a war between Diabolus (Satan) and King Shaddai (God) for the town of Mansoul (man's soul). Knowing the methods of the enemy is the first step to defeating him, and this is Bunyan's goal-to make us aware of the war that rages within us throughout our lives. Written in 1682, The Holy War is a masterpiece of Christian literature. ...
The Holy War is another brilliant allegory of the Christian life by the author of The Pilgrim's Progress. John Bunyan vividly depicts the internal struggle in the heart and mind of the Christian as a war between Diabolus (Satan) and King Shaddai (God) for the town of Mansoul (man's soul). Knowing the methods of the enemy is the first step to defeating him, and this is Bunyan's goal-to make us aware of the war that rages within us throughout our lives. Written in 1682, The Holy War is a masterpiece of Christian literature. Bunyan's powerful portrayal tells the story of the fall of mankind into sin, the spiritual battle that rages throughout the Christian life, the relentless efforts by Satan to destroy the followers of Shaddai, and the ultimate victory of his Son, Emmanuel. Bunyan has given us an astonishing and life-altering look at the struggles that take place in the battlefield that is the Christian soul. As poignantly true today as it was over 300 years ago, every Christian will see himself in the midst of the same battle because the enemy of our souls never changes his tactics. Why would he, when they are still so effective? "The craft that we call modern, The crimes that we call new, John Bunyan had 'em typed and filed In Sixteen Eighty-two." -Rudyard Kipling The text has been lightly edited to render it understandable to the modern reader while retaining Bunyan's voice and inspired writing style. The footnotes and Scripture references included in each chapter make the book ideal for personal or small group study.
New. This is another great allegorical story by this gifted writer. It is the story of the battle between Diabolus (Satan) and Emmanuel (Christ) over Mansoul. After slaying Captain Resistance and Innocency, Diabolus found it easy to enter Mansoul through Eargate and Eyegate. After these two were dead, the rest of the citizens acted as if they had found a fool-paradise. They were pleased with forbidden fruit, ate it, and became intoxicated by eating it. But King Shaddai sent His son Emmanuel to recapture Mansoul. Every Christian should thrill again as he or she reads this allegory of their experience. For in the days of our unbelief did we not yield allegiance to the Devil, and did we not seek to avoid looking into the face of Emmanuel? Were we not all children of wrath with the rest of them, by our self-love being held captive by the prince of the power of the air. Eph. 2: 1. The constant battle is between the Diabolonians and Mansoul, with Emmanuel coming to the rescue. Diabolus gets the upper hand through his wiles and stratagems, always aided by doubters, covetous, and other enemies of Emmanuel. Seeing they could not capture the castle, Diabolus led his people out of the city. They then plotted how they could tempt the citizens to fall into sin and grow cold to Emmanuel. They pitched on the best would be to make all of Mansoul rich. It was a brilliant scheme, but again Emmanuel arrived in time to win the battle. Diabolus never gives up, and Christ is ready to rescue. This book is no classic by accident. It speaks to the soul of every honest saint of God. Despite the fact that its theme is not a popular one, it is so true to Christian experience that it has been printed and reprinted for three centuries. Anyone who has not read it is the poorer for it. For it is a picture of the struggle of the saints against temptation and doubt, against pride and false security, against sloth, etc. We are sinners saved by grace, but the body of death remains (Rom. 7: 24). Bunyan...
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