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Advice to Sufferers (Bunyan)

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Beloved, I thought it convenient, since many at this day are exposed to sufferings, to give my advice touching that to thee. Namely, that thou wouldest take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, and not suffer thyself to be entangled in those snares that God hath suffered to be laid in the world for some. Beware of "men" in the counsel of Christ "for they will deliver you up" (Matt 10:17). Keep thou therefore within the bounds of uprightness and integrity towards both God and man: for that will fortify, that will preserve thee, if not from, yet under the rage of men, in a comfortable and quiet frame of heart. Wherefore do that, and that only, that will justify thy innocency, and that will help thee, not with forced speech, but with good conscience, when oppressed, to make thy appeals to God, and to the consciences of all men. ~ John Bunyan

Table of Contents:

  1. The Exhortation of the Text Explained
  2. Reasons for This Exhortation
  3. How to Fulfill This Necessary Duty
  4. Who are Particularly Concerned in This Exhortation
  5. What it is to Suffer for Righteousness
  6. What it is to Suffer for Righteousness’ Sake
  7. All our Sufferings Subject to God’s Disposal
  8. Advice Grounded on the Doctrine Established
  9. Good Effects of Observing the Foregoing Advice
  10. All our Fears Dispelled by God’s Faithfulness
  11. General Uses of the Whole Discussion
  12. Concluding Counsels to Unquiet Sufferers 


John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born the son of a metalworker near Bedford, England. He went on to become a famous preacher and writer and during his life penned over 2 million words, his most famous work being ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’.