The Strait Gate is a treatise written by Puritan author, John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrimâ€™s Progress. This treatise was originally published in 1676 with the purpose of the wickedness prevalent among many professing believers in Bunyanâ€™s day. One of the issues arose from the general laxity in the preaching the gospel; and near kin to it, was the ease with which someone could make a confession of faithâ€” having no conviction of sin, nor fruit of repentance, and no holiness of living. John Bunyan took the matter to task.
Free from his incarceration at the Bedford Jail for two years (after 12 years in prison), Mr. Bunyan exhorted his readers to embrace a pure gospel, a Biblical gospel. Bunyan viewed the Person and work of Jesus Christ the mainspring from which every aspect of acceptable Christianity was produced, be it doctrinal, dutiful or devotional. â€śGood works must flow from faith, or not at all,â€ť wrote John Bunyan in his 1663 treatise, Christian Behaviour (first published in 1674).