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.

CHAP. XXXIII.

Tenthly, Sin is more against mans good than Afflicti∣on, for that it stirs up all in God to come against a sinner in way of Enmity.

TEnthly, The Evil of sin as against our good, consists in this, It stirs up all in God to come in way of Enmity against a sinner: and this is another manner of business than to suffer affliction. A most dreadful place of Scrip∣ture we have for this, Levit. 26. verse 24. 28. If you walk contrary to me, I will walk contrary unto you: What is that? All my glorious Attributes shall work against you; as if God should say, Is there any thing in me can make you miserable? you Page  286 have it? if all my Power or Wisdom can bring evil upon you, you shall have it: I will walk contrary in all the working of my Attributes, and waies of my Providence▪ And a most dreadful place we have, Psalm, 34. 16. there God saith, The face of the Lord is against them that do evil: Mark, the face of the Lord: What is Gods face? The manifestation of himself, and his glo∣rious Attributes; the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. Oh that thou wouldest con∣sider this thou that dost evil, whose conscience cannot but tell thee thou dost evil; know, the face of God is against thee: and is this nothing to have the face of God against thee? The face of God is terrible in the world when he meets with a sinner; one sight of the face of God a∣gainst a soul, cannot but overwhelm the soul and sinke it down to the bottomless Gulf of e∣ternal despair, if God hold him not by his migh∣ty hand, there is so much terror in it: and yet the Scripture saith, the face of God is against them that do evil. Another Text very remar∣kable we have in the 2 Sam. 22. 27. With the pure thou wilt shew thy self pure, and with the froward thou wilt shew thy self froward; or unsavory: But it may be translated, With the perverse thou wilt wrastle: so that those that be froward and perverse, and will walk on in a sinful way, God wrastles it out with them; God puts forth his Power to wra∣stle, and certainly if God wrastle with thee, he will lay thee upon thy back. It is a dreadful thing that God should use such a speech, that he will wrastle with man; for all men in sin, as I Page  287 shewed before, they wrastle with God, as if they would have the day; God will have his will, and thou shalt have the fall; thou wrast∣lest, and God wrastle: you know Wrastlers put forth all their strength against one another, and know, God puts forth all his strength against e∣very sinner. And that I may bring it more full to your sences, consider this, From whence hath any Creature power to bring evil upon thee, or to torment thee? Surely it hath somwhat of God in it: as thus, Fire hath power to torment the Bodie, and it is only one spark of God let out through the power of that Creature, other∣wise it had no power. And again, another Creature, Swords and Weapons, they have po∣wer to gash and wound the Body; whence have these Instruments their power? it is but some drop of Gods power through these Instruments. So one Disease hath power to torment one way, and another, another way; whence hath any Disease power to torment? only there is some little of Gods power let out through that Dis∣ease. Now if all Creatures tormenting hath on∣ly power through Gods letting out his power, then what a dreadful thing will it be when Gods Power shal be infinitely let out against the Crea∣ture? so that take all Creatures in their several powers to torment, and put them all together, one Creature in one kind, and another in ano∣ther, and put them all together, this would be great torture: Now all the Power of God is the several powers of all the Creatures put to∣gether in one, and infinitely more; and when Page  288 that comes against the Creature, it must needs make them miserable: its another manner of matter than afflictions, when all in God comes out against the soul; and there is not any one sin but endangers this.