The worst of Hell — and worse than Hell!
(Ralph Venning, "The Plague of Plagues!" 1669)
Sin is worse than Hell!
Hell is only a punishment — but sin is a crime! The crime is more evil than the punishment. Hell is the punishment for the crime of sin. The very greatness of this punishment — argues the greatness of the crime, and the sinfulness of sin. That God is glorified on men in such a way — is a clear and full proof what an evil thing it is to sin against and dishonor God. Consequently Hell itself does not inflict so much hurt — as sin does. Hell, indeed, is a dismal place of horror and torment, the extremity of suffering — but it never had any existence until sin came. Nor could Hell have such extreme torments as it does — if sin were not there.
It is reported as a saying of Anselm, that if sin and Hell were set before him and he must go through one of them — he would choose to go through Hell, rather than sin!
Sin is the worst of Hell — and worse than Hell! Sin is what makes sinners cry out for the torment of devouring fire and everlasting burnings — which are no terror to righteous and upright souls (Isaiah 33:14,15). It is sin which makes Hell to be Hell. God was never angry — until sin made Him so. His wrath was never kindled — except by sin.
Now just as sin made Hell, so the more sin — the worse the Hell!
"These shall receive greater damnation!" Mark 12:40