Colossal Calvinism

“Now I saw in my Dream, that at the end of this Valley [of the Shadow of Death–CD] lay blood, bones, ashes, and mangled bodies of men, even of Pilgrims that had gone this way formerly; and while I was musing what should be the reason, I espied a little before me a cave, where two giants, Pope and Pagan, dwelt in old time; by whose power and tyranny the men whose bones, blood, ashes, &c. lay there, were cruelly put to death.

But by this place Christian went without much danger, whereat I somewhat wondered; but I have learnt since, that Pagan has been dead many a day; and as for the other, though he be yet alive, he is by reason of age, and also of the many shrewd brushes that he met with in his younger days, grown so crazy, and stiff in his joints, that he can now do little more than sit in his cave’s mouth, grinning at Pilgrims as they go by, and biting his nails, because he cannot come at them.

So I saw that Christian went on his way; yet at the sight of the Old Man that sat in the mouth of the cave, he could not tell what to think, ‘specially because he spake to him, though he could not go after him; saying, You will never mend till more of you be burnt. But he held his peace, and set a good face on’t, and so went by and catched no hurt.”

I will add nothing here except to mention that in reading this account I imagine six giant-headed caricatured or cartoon drawings of John Piper, J.I. Packer, John R.W. Stott, Tim Keller, Douglas Wilson, and James R. White. All of these hulking figures — more or less — make up colossal Calvinism. Perhaps except for Stott who might be considered the clay portion of the feet of the great Protestant Reformed image.

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