Young Christians are by and by, like their Master led into the wilderness

Young Christians are by and by, like their Master led into the wilderness…At this time we think that we are not God’s child, that we are not justified nor pardoned, that we are mistaken with ourselves…After the devil has tried us thus for a season, he then assaults us with evil imaginations and blasphemous thoughts, doubts about the authority of the holy Scriptures, scruples about the divinity of our Saviour…At these times we are apt to reason with ourselves, saying, Surely we are not born again; surely we are not Sons of God, for if we were, why are we thus?

William Grimshaw, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.485-6, n.24

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