The Question and Answer section for Pilgrim’s Progress is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
We really don't get am explanation of Christian's view of the church, other than he enjoyed its beauty, wanted to stay a bit and observe (possible curiosity) and that it cheered him.
Only he seemed glad when he saw the Cross and the sepulchre....
They received permission to settle in Virginia.
Christian warns the family that the town will be burnt; they did not believe him: they thought he was mad.