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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CHAP. LXV.

Use 15. If there be so much Evil in Sin, Then of all JƲDGEMENTS, spiritual Judgements are the greatest.

Use XV. IF there be so much Evil in Sin as hath been delivered, then above all Judgements spiritual Judgements are the greatest. Oh! what a dreadful thing then is it for God to give men or women up to sin, this is the most fearful Judgement that can be∣fal anie man or woman in the world, except God should send them quick down to hell. Yea, it may be, if God should send them quick down to Hell, and cause Hells mouth to open presentlie, it would not be so great a Judgement as to give them up to sin. And yet this the Scripture speaks of; much of Gods wrath burning this way; God hardened the heart of Pharaoh, God gives up to a Reprobate sence; he that wil be filthie, let him be filthie still; he gives men up to their own Counsels: I might shew you divers texts of Scripture for this, but there are Two Things in this POINT, that requires large discusion.

1 How can God that is so infinitly good, have a hand in sin, that have so much evil in it? we Page  503 must clear God, that he is not the Cause of sin in anie, but to shew how far God hath a hand in sin, this would require a long time to open, which I cannot now do.

2 To shew how much dreadfulnesse there is in this miserie to be given up to Sin; to open to you the dreadfulnesse of spiritual Judgements will require a long time also: Therefore be∣cause I have resolved to make an end of this at this time, therefore I must reserve these Two things to larger discusion. Only thus for the present upon what hath been said, let this be the Prayer of everie one of you; Oh Lord, whatsoever Judgement thou sendest upon us, deliver us not up to spiritual Judgments; Lord, give us not up to sin; do not punish sin with sin; rather punish sin with anie Affliction than with Sin: when God doth come to punish Sin with Sin, the condition of that man or woman is a very dreadful Condition, because there is so much Evil in Sin.