"Deceive not thine own heart, there is a very great deceit in this, there is many people that when Gods hand is out against them, they will say, they are troubled for their sin, but the truth is, it is the affliction that doth trouble them rather than their sin, their heart doth exceedingly deceive them in this very thing: For,
First, they were never troubled for their sin before this affliction came; but you will say, it is true, I was not before, for my prosperity blinded me, but now God hath opened mine eyes by afflictions: Hath he so?
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651.- Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.112.