I need some help thinking through something.
When I read the Puritans, I am often amazed at how they fought for salvation. Take Bunyan. In his autobiography, he recounts his struggles with salvation for page after page after page. He searched his heart, read through the Scriptures, sought counsel from Christians, and was not converted. He speaks about how he longed to know if he was elect and how he wanted to believe the promises but could not.
I have never heard a modern testimony even similar to this. Today, people call themselves Christians who never search their heart, read through the Scriptues, or seek counsel from others. I have never talked to an unbeliever who was troubled by the thought of not being among the elect.
Those of you who read old books:
Have you ever noticed this? Can you think of other examples?
Why is this so?
Why is there no striving, fighting, and longing for salvation today when there seemed to be so much of it a few hundred years ago?