There is more evil in a drop of sin, than in a sea of affliction.
Use 2d. Do any thing rather than sin! O hate sin! There is more evil in the least sin, than in the greatest bodily evils that can befall us. The ermine rather chooseth to die than defile her beautiful skin. There is more evil in a drop of sin, than in a sea of affliction; affliction is but like a rent in a coat, sin a prick at the heart. In affliction there is aliquid boni, some good; in this lion there is some honey to be found, Ps. 119:71., “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” Utile est anima si in hac area mundi flagellis trituretur corpus, AUG. Affliction is God’s flail to thrash off our husks; not to consume; but refine. There is no good in sin; it is the spirit and quintessence of evil. Sin is worse than hell; for the pains of hell only are a burden to the creature; but sin is a burden to God, Amos. 2:13., “I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.”
Watson, T. (1855). The Select Works of the Rev. Thomas Watson, Comprising His Celebrated Body of Divinity, in a Series of Lectures on the Shorter Catechism, and Various Sermons and Treatises (p. 94). New York: Robert Carter & Brothers.
- Even the devil himself contributes in some way to the glory of God, though contrary to his wish.
- God is the Creator of the wicked, not of their wickedness; He is the Author of their being, but not the Infuser of their sin.
- Fatalism has no place for a personal God.
- How unworthy is it for dust and ashes, kneaded together in time, to strut against the Father of eternity! Much more unworthy for that which is nothing, worse than nothing, to quarrel with that which is only being, and equal himself with him that inhabits eternity.
- God is the most simple being; for that which is first in nature, having nothing beyond it, cannot by any means be thought to be compounded.