A treatise of original sin ... proving that it is, by pregnant texts of Scripture vindicated from false glosses
Burgess, Anthony, d. 1664.


LEt us consider the Doctrine more largely: And

First, You must know that although Original sinne be not a Scripture-name, but called so first by Austin, forced thereunto by the Pelagians, yet the truth of it is in the Scripture; And it is law∣full to use new words though not in Scripture, when the matter is contained therein, to discover and distinguish Hereticks. Now we call it origi∣nal sin in a three-fold respect:

First, Because we have it from our first parents fallen, who were the original and fountain of all mankind. It's not an actual voluntary sinne, immediatly and personally committed by us, but it is in us antecedently to our own personal will, both our mind and will comes into the world habitually darkned and ob∣stinate against what is good.

Secondly, Its original, Because we have it as soon as we have our being. It's bred in us, and can no more be taken from our natures in an ordinary way, than mortality from our bodies: For although it be not the substance and essence of a man, yet the Scripture calling it the old man, and our members, not in Illyricus his sense, doth thereby signifie the intimate inhesion of it in us, that it is in us, as it were, leven in the whole lump, which soureth all; we have it in our being, which made Ambrose say, Cujus ortus in vitio est, which Austin often mentioneth; yea, we were conceived in it, as Psal. 51. And therefore another was not afraid to say, we were damnati priusquam nati, with Austin often it's called Damnata radix, damnata massa.

Lastly, It's called Original, Because from this floweth all the actual evil in the world; From this corrupt tree groweth all the corrupt fruit that is, as is to be shewed; therefore the Scripture describes original sinne, though not as pecca∣tum actuale, yet actuosum, not as an actual, but an active sin. Thus Gen. 6. 5. it's made to be a forge, or shop from whence sparks of lusts do continually rise. The heart of man is even like hell it self, whose fire of lust is unquenchable: So our Saviour speaks of a hard heart which is as an evil treasure. Mat. 12. 35. There is an evil treasure in every mans heart, you may see all sorts of wickedness come from it, old and new sins, and though he sinne never so much, yet still he can sinne more. This sea of corruption will never be dried up in this life. Paul also Rom. 7. complaineth of the activity and vigor of this sinne in him, that it's al∣wayes seducing, yea, captivating of him, although sanctified in part; Insomuch that although a man be loathsom in respect of his actual impieties, yet much Page  6 more because of the original fountain of evil within him; The greatest part of our wickedness is in our natural inclination and propensity of spirit: Oh how deep and piercing should the thoughts of this depravation be within us, as we are all over full of sinne, so we should be filled up with shame and confusion of face, we never go deep enough in our Humiliation and Confession, till we come to this.