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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The workings of Sin is alwayes against God. The Scri¦pture calls it, 1 Enmity. 2 Walking contrary 3 Fighting. 4 Resisting. 5 Striving. 6 Rising against God.

SEcondly, As the nature of Sin is opposite to God; so in the workings of Sin there is a continual working against God; A sinful heart that is alwayes stirring and working, is alwayes working againk God: And therefore you shall observe these several Expressions the Holy Ghost hath concerning Sin.

1 The holy Ghost calls it, Enmity to God, Rom. 8. 7. The wisdom of the flesh (the best part the flesh hath) is enmity against God.

2 Yea, The holy Ghost saith it is a walking contrary unto God, Levit. 26. you shall have it there in many places If you walk contrary unto me: 21. and 28. vers and divers others.

3 It is a fighting against God, Acts 5. 39. and Acts 23. 9. in these two places rejecting of the Gospel is called a fighting against God.

4 And in Acts 7. 51. You do alwayes resist the holy Ghost; there is a company of men naturally walk contrary; resisting, and fighting against God. We see we had need take heed of oppo∣sing the Ministery of the Gospel, for while you do that, you fight against God. You think you do but oppose such and such men, but half a dozen in the parish that you oppose but certain∣ly Page  42 the opposing the Golpel is not a fighting a∣gainst us men, but against God: you may turn it off with what names you will, and put what pretences you wil upon it, let me tell you, They that strike upon the lanthorn, offer violence to the Candle therein.

5 Sin, in Scripture is called striving against God, Isa. 45. 9. Wo unto him that striveth with his Maker: Let the potsheard strive with the potsheards of the earth: So far as Sin doth prevail in thy heart, or in thy life, so far thou art guilty of striving with thy Maker.

6 A rising against God: By Sin the Soul doth rise against God. And for that you have an Ex∣pression in the 2. Micah, 8. Even my people of late are risen up as an Enemy. these be strange expressions; enmity, walking contrary, striving, fighting, re∣sisting, rising against God; and yet this is in Sin. But that I may open it further, I shall shew how sin doth fight, strive, and rise against God.