The eighth book of Mr Jeremiah Burroughs. Being a treatise of the evil of evils, or the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Wherein is shewed, 1 There is more evil in the least sin, than there is in the greatest affliction. 2 Sin is most opposite to God. 3 Sin is most opposite to mans good. 4 Sin is opposite to all good in general. 5 Sin is the poyson, or evil of all other evils. 6 Sin hath a kind of infiniteness in it. 7 Sin makes a man conformable to the Devil. All these several heads are branched out into very many particulars.
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646., Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680.
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THE EVIL of EVILS: OR, The Exceeding Sinfulness OF SIN.*. [Reader, •…is Trea∣ise was first Prea∣ched at Stepney, neer Lon∣don, on the Lordsday mornings t was be∣gun Nov. 29. 1641 and fini∣shed Feb. 27 1641. It is thought good o give the Reader Notice hereof, in espect to ome Ex∣pressions •…d in 〈◊〉 Trea∣•…e.]
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CHAP. XIII.

Sin wrong the Counsels of God in setting that Order in the World that he hath set.

THirdly, Thou wrongest the Counsels of God in setting that order in the world which he hath set. To understand it know this, God in his Eternal Counsel hath set a due order in all his Creatures, they walk in an orderly way to fetch about that end that he himself did intend. As a Workman that makes a curious work, puts everie wheel and piece in a right frame, and due order, that so by that order his Art hath placed in the work, the work may attain unto that end he made it for: So God hath done, he hath made all things by weight and measure in due order. God made all things good, very good, and all that one Creature might be serviceable to another; as one wheel to a curious Watch is serviceable to another, and all to bring about the end of the Workman; so God in his eternal Will and Counsel hath set all things in that pro∣portion and order that he may fetch about his own end. But sin is the thing, and the only thing that break the order of God in the world, and strikes at Gods Work to break it al to pieces what lies in the sinner. If we should suppose that all the cunning Artificers in the whol Nati∣on, Page  73 nay in all the world, should joyn together to make a curious work in a curious frame, per∣haps they have been seven years in making of it, and at length bring it to perfection, and things be made in that order and exactness, that it is to admiration, so that this work is worth more than can be imagined, because of the curious art and order in this work: But suppose now, one should come, and (through ignorance, much more if knowinglie) give it a blow and strike it al to pieces; what a mischievous thing were this? Certainlie there is this in sin, for there is infinite depth of Counsel and Wisdom of God in setting all things in frame, that one thing should be serviceable to another; and at length all should come to be for Gods glorie. Now there is no Creature can break the order God hath made but Men and Angels, none but those Creatures that are capable of Sin. And certain∣lie Sin doth not onlie aim to break Gods order, but doth it actuallie; Sin brings disorder, and doth break the order God hath set: Onlie God by his mightie Power knows how to bring Sin it self to that, that he will have his glorie from it, to take occasion at least by it to bring things into their right order again. But were it not that God were of infinite Wisdom and Power, Sin would break all that curious work God hath made, and bring it all to confusion. Now we know Art and Wisdom ads to anie thing; as suppose some curious Building were all beaten too pieces and Rubbish, there were no Materi∣al less in the Rubbish than in the Building, only Page  74 the art of the workman, the art and the order that makes the Beautie of the work, and the difference in Excellencie from a heap of Rub∣bish. So it is the Order God hath set in the World that makes the Beautie of Gods Work, and Sin doth do all it can to make all the Work of God to be a heap of Rubbish, a meer Con∣fusion. Indeed when there is such a curious piece of work of a workman broke all in pieces on a sudden, if he had so much skill and power instantly to put it in frame again, his art would exceedingly be admired and wondered at. Thus it is with God; Certainly were it not for Gods infinite Wisdom and Power, wherby he can bring all in Order again, sin would bring all to Rubbish; and know thou hast a hand in this that hast a hand in Sin.