I would recommend this for theology students or as a reference book rather than for reading cover to cover. Owen effectively dismisses various excuses for not engaging in self scrutiny and yet avoids the current trend of self absorption. It is but little that they can do, when most enraged, and when they have exerted the utmost of their fury. The apparent dilemma is this: The patron must remain friendly with his friend, but taking on a client that reeks of sin and vice may shatter the patron-friend relationship. How awful are those words, Isa.
To see so many others feasting, while you are pining and perishing! Their case is past all hope; they are crying in extreme misery and perfect despair; but here you are in the land of the living and in the house of God, and have an opportunity to obtain salvation. Will you be content to be the children of the devil, when so many other children in the land are converted, and have become the holy and happy children of the King of kings? There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell's wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of; there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up. Or if a pastor, you may be discouraged and feel ineffective with your congregation, much less the world. I'm not impressed and this is a work that doesn't get better when you come back to it, but worse. This is another sly rhetorical move. Edwards was mostly talking to his congregation here urging them to give up the sin in their lives and what would happen to them if they didn't.
It may be they are now at ease, and hear all these things without much disturbance, and are now flattering themselves that they are not the persons, promising themselves that they shall escape. Mind you, as far as sermons go, they are generally delivered on a Sunday and then promptly forgotten, though one thing that a lot of pastors do is that they build up a collection of their sermons and every so often trot them out when they suffer writers block one of my pastors would deliver the exact same sermon every Christmas day. Anyone who hasn't experienced an inward renewal or 'awakening,' as had the many who had been converted during this time, are considered a servant of the devil: 'They belong to him; he has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion. The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. The misery you are exposed to is that which God will inflict to that end, that he might show what that wrath of Jehovah is. He is not only able to throw wicked men into hell, but He can do it most easily.
But when once the day of mercy is past, your most lamentable and dolorous cries and shrieks will be in vain; you will be wholly lost and thrown away of God, as to any regard to your welfare. In fact it has been suggested that some of the most faithful Christians are those that have fallen foul of society, only to discover that God's grace is so all encompassing that even they can claim salvation. How can you rest one moment in such a condition? Perhaps the sermon you preach this Sunday will have more impact than the previous ten, and perhaps you will be unaware of it. I found the rest of the sermons hard going. Lesson Summary Jonathan Edwards's Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, preached on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut, is an appeal to sinners to recognize that they will be judged by God and that this judgment will be more fearful and painful than they can comprehend.
All the options of taking sinners out of the world, are in God's hands, and so universally and absolutely subject to His power and determination, that it depends merely upon the will of God, whether sinners shall at any moment go to hell. I couldn't even imagine how horrible sitting there and having Edwards talk down to his congregation must have been. He trashes the moneychangers in the Temple and then he teaches. Natural men's prudence and care to preserve their own lives, or the care of others to preserve them, do not secure them a moment. God's animals are good, and were made for men to serve God with and do not willingly serve any other purpose, and groan when they are abused to purposes so directly contrary to their nature and end. The devil stands ready to fall upon them, and seize them as his own, at what moment God shall permit him. The sinner's being in the hands of an angry God is a fearful thing because of the deserved wrath of the wicked.
Oh, how dreadful that must be! If this should be the case with you, you will eternally curse this day, and will curse the day that ever you were born, to see such a season of the pouring out of God's Spirit, and will wish that you had died and gone to hell before you had seen it. While a prince on earth may have a difficult time quelling a rebellion, God has no trouble breaking his enemies: there is no defense against God. And it would be no wonder if some persons, that now sit here, in some seats of this church, in health, quiet and secure, should be there before tomorrow morning. And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day where Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands calling, and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners; a day where many are flocking to Him, and pressing into the kingdom of God. Escape to the mountain, unless you be consumed. Edwards uses the analogy of the spider's web numerous times in the sermon.
And it would be a wonder, if some that are now present should not be in hell in a very short time, even before this year is out. They belong to him; he has their souls in his possession, and under his dominion. Again, it's good for discussion, but the rhetoric is angry, cruel, and hypocritical. The use may be of awakening unconverted persons in this congregation. Web Page Contributor Paul Matzko Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph. The unseen, unthought-of ways and means of persons going suddenly out of the world are innumerable and inconceivable. So that your punishment will indeed be infinite.
Sure, there have been a number of sermons published over the years, particularly those delivered in the pre-20th century days, however for some reason when it comes to famous sermons this is really the only one that comes to mind. The problem with this sermon is that there is no gospel to it. Once again, Christians play a large part in its savagery. It is forceful, authoritative and completely compelling. There is no safety for wicked men, even if death does not seem immediately at hand.
He was a student minister, not a visiting pastor, his rule being thirteen hours of study a day. In light of this, Edwards asks, who are we to think that we can assert our will against God? If we knew who it was, what an awful sight would it be to see such a person! Do you not see how generality persons of your years are passed over and left, in the present remarkable and wonderful dispensation of God's mercy? They also argued that individuals were fundamentally moral beings with the ability to choose their faith, a belief that cut against the traditional Calvinist doctrine of human depravity. Edwards takes John 8:23 out of context and changes the meaning. How might all the rest of the congregation lift up a mournful and bitter cry over him! God loves our loved once far more than we could. Read Charity and Its Fruits.