The more Means of Grace to free us, the more our Slavery appears.
FIfthly, Herein is our miserable bondage to sinne manifested, That the more we have the means of grace to set us at liberty, the more doth our slavery disco∣ver it self: So that whatsoever good and holy thing we meet with, it draweth out our corruption the more. This the Apostle complaineth of, as part of that capti∣vity he groaned under, Rom 7. That the Law which was for good, wrought in him all manner of evil: Thus the Gospel, yea Christ preached, is the occasion of more wickedness and impiety in unregenerate men, then otherwise they would be guilty of; And if this be so, though our heads were fountains of water, yet we could not weep enough for the guilt and wretchedness we are in by this means, for our remedies make our diseases greater, light increaseth our darkness, life causeth death; Insomuch that did not God work by his own power mightily in the use of these means, they might be no longer the means of grace, but of anger and judgement, and the preaching of the Gospel, because of the sad effects which it hath through the wilfull indisposition of many who hear it, might be as much trouble to us, as the presence of the Ark was to the Philistims: Therefore the clearer light, the more powerfull means of salvation a people do enjoy, the more is the impiety and wickedness of such (whom grace doth not convert) daily increased; insomuch that the Gospel shining upon such men, is like the Sunne shining upon a noisome dunghill, which maketh it the more loathsome; How then can there be free-will in a man to good, when if left to himself all helps are an hindrance to him, and all remedies are more destructive? Hence the Scripture calleth it, making of the heart fat, Isa. 6. an allusion to beasts, which are prepa∣red to destruction by their best pastures.