AND SO, still walking through the enchanted ground we pick up the conversation between our two hero's Christian and Hopeful as they consider the case of the man named TEMPORARY.
Christian: Well then, did you not know, about ten years ago, one Temporary in your parts, who was a forward man in religion then?
Hopeful: Know him! yes; he dwelt in Graceless, a town about two miles off of Honesty, and he dwelt next door to one Turnback.
Christian: Right; he dwelt under the same roof with him. Well, that man was much awakened once: I believe that then he had some sight of his sins, and of the wages that were due thereto.
Hopeful: I am of your mind, for (my house not being above three miles from him) he would oft-times come to me, and that with many tears. Truly I pitied the man, and was not altogether without hope of him; but one may see, it is not every one that cries, “Lord, Lord!”
Christian: He told me once that he was resolved to go on pilgrimage, as we go now; but all of a sudden he grew acquainted with one Save-self, and then he became a stranger to me.
Temporary was "a forward man in religion." Back then says Christian, you could mark him as a RELIGIOUS MAN and a man who was very OPEN About it.
Hopeful knew him, and if the truth be told, Temporary actually lived in a town named GRACELESS. And through the name of this town we know that this open and very religious man was actually without GRACE!
The man, Temporary, did have "some sight of his sins" and even some understanding of "the wages that were due thereto."
Temporary came often to HOPEFUL with "many tears." And as my eleven year old pointed out, Hopeful was true to his own name and "was not altogether without hope of him."
BUT the scriptures tell us "not every one that cries, "Lord, Lord!" Mat 7:21
And Christian lastly says, Temporary spoke of being resolved or decided to become a Christian himself, but then all of the sudden he turned back.
Lord willing, in a future post, we can see some of the reasons why Temporary had only a temporary faith.