XII. Sin is a greater Evil to man than Affliction, because it puts a man under the Curse of God.
XII. NAy further, It puts the Creature under the Curse of God: it doth separate the Creature for evil. Psal. 4. 3. It is said, God separates the righteous man for himself. So sin se∣parates the Creature for evil, and makes him Anathema, accursed: For God in Deut. 27 26. saith, Cursed is every one that abides not in every thing that is written in the Law to do it; he is accursed in all that he hath and doth: The Curse of God is against him. And here observe, sin doth not only deserve a Curse, that the Creature should be accursed, but of its own nature it is a Curse, and makes the Creature accursed in its own na∣ture. As thus, you may see the evil of sin by the excellency of Grace: Thus Grace doth not only bring excellency upon the Creature, and brings a blessing, but of it self it separates the Creature for a blessing. For what is holiness but grace? they be usually exprest for one and the same; now what is Holiness but the Consecra∣tion of a thing for God; so that when Holiness comes into the heart, that is nothing else but Page 292 that gracious Principle whereby the soul of a man or woman, before common to Lust and sin, is now come to be separated from al these things and to be consecrated and given up to God him∣self, that's Holiness. Now sin must needs be contrary unto holiness. As holiness is a separa∣tion of the Creature from other things, and a consecration of it unto God; so sin is a separa∣tion of the Creature from God and all good, and devoting of it up unto wrath, and misery, and a curse, and al evil whatsoever in its own nature; it is not in the desert only. Many men think sin in its desert deserves a Curse, but they un∣derstand not how sin in its own nature separates the heart from God, and so gives it up to al evil, and all misery, as grace doth to all good. This is the evil of sin, and therefore another man∣ner of evil than there is in Affliction.