Jonathan Edwards - "Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God" and background information

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On July 8th 1741 Enfield Connecticut was completely untouched by the great awakening. And many there had fallen away from the Christian walk and were living UN godly lives.

The night before Edwards's message the congregation took and entire emergency service devoted to prayer to prepare for Edwards speech. As quoted in "Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God" By Mark Trigsted "There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God"

The Impact of the sermon was monumental and was an instant classic. Some would say that Edwards was boring and monotone, but others would say that this is untrue. What matters the most is that his message got through. Content over delivery this time. Jonathan used vast ways to describe Gods fury and explained that hell was just a block away in there lives and God was the only way to save them.

Though he did it in a much more confronting manner. Even though it was the same sermon preached at Northampton earlier with very little result, this time around was different. The Spirit of God was moving about the people.

To quote Edwards good friend Wheelock, who was a witness to the speech "These thoughtless people were bowed down with an awful conviction of their sin and danger". Clearly the conviction of the Holy Spirit convicted their hearts to them and greatly impacted their wellbeing.

Years later Jonathan was fired from his home church over an argument about communion. Jonathan strongly leaned towards what the Bible says about one who is true compared to what the church believed that anyone could participate.

Shortly after being convinced to get a vaccination for smallpox he had an allergic reaction that made him bedridden and shortly...