The Second Corollarie.] Its worse to be Sinful, than to be Afflicted with Temptation from the Devil..
SEcondly, From the Reference sin hath to the Devil, it followes, That for any man or woman to be wicked, it is worse a great deal than to have the greatest trouble and affliction by any tempta∣tion from the Devil. There be many men and wo∣men exceedingly pestered with hidious and horribl temptations by the Devil, and so trou∣bled with them that they be even weary of their lives, and know not what to do. Many send up Papers to the Minister in Publick, desiring to be prayed for, because of that sore Affliction upon them, those dreadful temptations of the devil; whersoever they go, whersoever they be, what∣soever they be adoing, when a hearing, a rea∣ding, and if they go to prayer, still hidious tem∣ptations of the devil comes upon them, and this wearies their lives: They had rather indure a∣ny misery in the world. I dare appeal to you that be troubled with hidious temptations of the devil, which dog, and follow you; had you not rather indure loss of estate, sickness, pover∣ty, and shame, and disgrace, rather than have Page 373 these hidious temptations follow you? Oh you should have many quickly make their choice, ra∣ther let any thing befal me than have such hidi∣ous temptations pursue & pester me. Now if such hidious temptations, be a greater evil in your ac∣count than all Afflictions that can befal your bo∣dy; than much more evil are your sins than all afflictions; for sin hath greater Reference unto the devil than temptations, and make you more like the devil than temptations do: for tempta∣tions may be no other but such as did befal the Son of God himself. Christ was pester∣ed with temptations, hidious temptations, temptations to deny God, and to tempt God, and to worship the devil himself: As hidious temptations befel Christ as could befal any one, yet the Son of God, beloved of God, therefore your temptations are no other, no greater than might befal Christ, and therefore not so great evils as Sin. They make you not so like the de∣vil as sin; if temptations come from the Devil, if not entertained, though they be afflictions, yet not Sin. Now in that Sin hath such refe∣rence to the devil it appeareth that Sin is worse than all the Annoyance you can have by any temptation.