I have been fascinated by the fact that Christian appears to have become a true believer at the wicket gate, but his burden does not actually fall off until a little later at the cross. Why this gap? I have read some explanations of this but I am not sure if any have solved the puzzle: Christian became a true believer at the wicket gate but did not receive true assurance until the cross (but this seems to separate the link between the cross and salvation). Christian became a true believer at the cross. Does this mean the wicket gate was to give conviction of sin? John Bunyan created the scene this way to reflect his own struggles with assurance of salvation. Any Pilgrims Progress experts here?