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John Bunyan

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John Bunyan was born at Elstow, England, about a mile from Bedford, and became one of the most influential authors of the seventeenth century. Few writers in history have left such a wealth of Christ-centered writings, the most popular of which is his famous work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, translated into over two hundred different languages. However, his story is far more than just the success of a single book.

In 1655, Bunyan was baptized by immersion at Bedford’s Baptist church and immediately was called to begin preaching. Three years later, he was indicted for preaching without a license. However, he did not cease in teaching the Word of God outside of the Anglican Church’s influence. On November 12, 1660, he was charged with “teaching men to worship God contrary to the law” and served a 12-year sentence until January 1672. During this imprisonment, he penned The Pilgrim’s Progress. It quickly became one of the most popular publications in the British Isles, with 100,000 copies in circulation by Bunyan’s death.

Bunyan afterward became pastor of the Bedford church. In March of 1675, he was again imprisoned for preaching publicly without a license. However, this time he was only held in the Bedford town jail for six months before he was freed and was no longer bothered by the authorities. On a trip to London, John caught a severe cold and died at a friend’s house in Snow Hill on August 31, 1688. His grave lies in the cemetery at Bunhill Fields in London.

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