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. 1 That it's a very Evil Choice, To Choose Sin, rather than Affliction. Page 1
  • Chap. 2 The Servants of God, have Chose the most dreadful Afflictions, rather than the least Sin. 5
  • Chap. 3 There is some good in affliction, but none in sin: First, No good of Entitie: Secondly, No good of Causalitie: Thirdly, No good Principle from whence sin can come: Fourthly, No good anexed as is to afflictions, viz. 1 Of Promise. 2 Of Evidence. 3 Of Blessing. Also Five different workings of the hearts of the Saints under sin, and under affliction. Fifthly, It's not capable of any Good, 1 Adde all the good to sin that all the Crea∣tures in heaven and earth have, yet it cannot make sin good. 2 Good ends, though 1 To help against temptation, 2 To do good to others, 3 To glorifie God, cannot make sin good, 4 God cannot make sin good. Sixthly, It's not comparatively good. 10
  • Chap. 4 Ʋses: And Nine Consectories of excellent use, viz. 1 Sin is not the work of God. 2 Sins promises are all Delusions. 3 Sin cannot be the Object of a ratio∣nal Creature. 4 Nothing that's good should be ventu∣red for sin. 5 Nothing that's good to be made service∣able to sin. 6 The mistake of making sin the chiefest good. Page  [unnumbered] 7 Time spent in sin, lost. 8 The wicked, useless members. 9 Sin needeth no debate whether to be done, or not. 23
  • Chap. 5 There is more Evil in the least sin, than in the greatest affliction; Opened in six Particulars, being the General Scope of the whole Treatise. 30
  • Chap. 6 Sin most opposite to God the chiefest Good, Opened in Four Heads: 1 Sin most opposite to Gods Nature. 2 Sin opposite in its working against God. 3 Sin wrongs God more than any thing else. 4 Sin strikes at Gods Being. 33
  • Chap. 7 Sin in it self opposite to God, shewed in five things: 1 Nothing directly contrary to God but sin: 2 God would cease to be God, if but one drop of sin in him: 3 Sin so opposite to God, that he cease to be God, if He did but cause sin to be in another: 4 He should cease to be God, 〈◊〉 he did but approve it in others: 5 Sin would cause God to cease to be, if he did not hate sin as much as he doth. 35
  • Chap. 8 The workings of sin is alwayes against God. The Scripture cals it, 1 Enmity. 2 Walking con∣trary. 3 Fighting. 4 Resisting. 5 Striving. 6 Rising against God. 41
  • Chap. 9 How sin resist God: 1 It's a hating of God. 2 It's rebellion against God. 3 It's a despising of God. 42
  • Chap. 10 Sin is a striking against God. 1 The sin∣ner wisheth God were not so Holy, &c. 2 It seek the de∣struction of God. Also sin is a wronging of God. 50
  • Chap. 11 How sin wrong God: 1 In his Attributes. 2 Relation of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 3 His Counsels. 4 In the End for which God hath done all he hath done. And First, Sin wrong Gods Attributes: 1 His All-sufficiency, shewed in Two Particulars. 2 It wrong his Omnipresence, and Omnisciency. 3 Sin wrong his Wisdom. 4 Wrong his Holiness. 5 Sin wrong-God, in setting mans Will above Gods. 6 Sin wrong Gods Dominion. 7 Sin wrong Gods Justice. 8 Sin wrong God in his Truth. 57
  • Page  [unnumbered]Chap. 12. How sin wrongs God in his personal Rela∣tions. 1 The Father. 2 The Son. 3 The Spirit. 69
  • Chap. 13 Sin wrong the Counsels of God in setting that Order in the world that he hath set. 72
  • Chap. 14. Sin wrong God in the End for which he hath made all things. 75
  • Chap. 15 The First Corollary.] It appears by this, That but few men know what they do, when they sin a∣gainst God. 80
  • Chap. 16 The Second Corollary.] The necessity of our Mediators being God and Man. 82
  • Chap. 17 The Third Corollary.] That but few are humbled as they should for sin. 1 It will not be deep e∣nough, except it be for sin as it's against God. 2 It will not Sanctifie the Name of God. 3 It will not be lasting. 4 Else it will never make a devorce between sin and the soul. 84
  • Chap. 18 The Fourth Corollary.] Admire the Pa∣tience of God, in seeing so much sin in the world, and yet bear it. 92
  • Chap. 19 The Fifth Corollary.] Hence see a way to break your hearts for sin: And also to keep you from Temptation. 96
  • Chap. 20 A Sixt Corollary.] If sin be thus sinful, it should teach us not only to be troubled for our own sins, but the sins of others. 103
  • Chap. 21 A Seventh Corollary.] If sin hath done thus much against God, then all that are now converted had need do much for God. 109
  • Chap. 22 The Eight Corollary.] If sin doth so much against God, hence see why God manifest such sore dis∣pleasure against sin as he doth: 1 Against the Angels that sinned. 2 Against all Adams Posterity. 3 See it in Gods giving the Law against sin. 4 See it in Gods puni∣shing sins that are accounted smal. 5 See it in Gods de∣stroying all the world for sin. 6 See his displeasure in pu∣nishing sin eternally. 112
  • Chap. 23 A Seventh Discovery of Gods displeasure Page  [unnumbered] against sin, opened from the sufferings of Christ. First, See the several expressions of Scripture: 1 He was sor∣rowful to death. 2 He began to be amazed. 3 He began to be in an Agony. Secondly, See the effects of Christs being in an Agony: 1 He fell grovelling on the ground. 2 He swet drops of Blood. 3 He cries to God, if it be possible to let this cup pass from me. Thirdly, There is eight Considerations of Christs sufferings. 123