Sadly, and tragically, uncompromising preaching about HELL is not only unpopular today, many people including most Christians actually believe teaching about Hell is detrimental to the Christian message. Certainly not God, Jesus or the Apostles. The Bible has far more to say about Hell than Heaven. Or should I jump up and down, holler and wave my arms letting you know that you are about to get run over and die?
Kreider if we could post it on the Biblical Studies Foundation website. I was delighted when he agreed. Critics of Edwards and the Puritans find this sermon an appalling example of all that is wrong with Calvinism and Puritan theology. Most anthologies of American literature perpetuate this stereotype by quoting the most graphic and striking imagery of the sermon, often without much context.
The spider becomes our guide not only to the intentions of Calvinism but to its problems as well.
Who can resist trembling before the frightening image of sinners dangled by a vengeful God like loathsome spiders over flames, or of treading on a paper-thin, rotting canvas, not knowing at what moment you might plunge into the abyss and face a just and judging God?
The words echo through time in their haunting description of the plight of the damned.
To be sure, some eighteenth-century people did doubt traditional views of hell, even in New England. Yet Edwards spoke to his audience as though such a denial were not an intellectual option. That he would do so is itself revealing.
It suggests how immense the gulf of assumptions is that separates most modern readers from the world of the original auditors. Few today, including many who affirm traditional Christian doctrines, have the sympathies to take seriously some of these deepest sensibilities of ordinary eighteenth-century colonials.
Although the sermon does describe God as angry and his anger is particularly directed toward sinners, we must not ignore the other major category of divine attributes Edwards emphasizes.
Marsden says it well: God in his amazing long-suffering is still giving you a chance; his hand is keeping you from falling. He is often used, positively and negatively, as an historical example of one who believed in hell as a place of fire.
In the second section of the sermon, Edwards articulates a statement of doctrine developed from the biblical text, followed by rationale and reasons to support it. Third, the preacher then applies the sermon to his audience. He does not explain the context of this verse. In fact, he does not even indicate that he has selected only one phrase from the verse, which is part of a song of Moses cf.
He perhaps knows his audience well enough to know that they are so familiar with the biblical text that he can select this one phrase about impending judgment and develop a theological sermon around that concept.
He then enumerates several implications of this text: At that time, God will release the wicked so that they will experience that which is justly deserved, eternal destruction.
The Doctrine of the Sermon From the text, read with the implications listed above, Edwards articulates this doctrine: If he wanted to cast the wicked into hell he has sufficient power to accomplish his will. The wicked are already condemned, the righteous judge has already pronounced them guilty.
He will not become angrier with them in hell than he is already now angry with them. Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth, yea, doubtless with many that are now in this congregation, that it may be are at ease and quiet, than he is with many of those that are now in the flames of hell.
The fires of hell are already burning in the souls of the wicked. All the contriving and scheming of the wicked to escape hell, apart from Christ, are doomed to failure.
God is under no obligation to prolong the life of any wicked person for one instant.
In summary, Edwards concludes:Sep 22, · (Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Jonathan Edwards) Edwards is really mishandling the truth here. This seems to imply that faith is a requirement that obligates God to save men, and that apart from man's exercise of faith, God is under no obligation.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Some of us might have heard about Jonathan Edwards, probably through sermons about revivals. Some of us might even have heard about his famous sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.
The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice bends the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps .
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, the classic and powerful sermon first preached by Jonathan Edwards in Enfield Connecticut, July 8, The fire and brimstone sermon by Jonathan Edwards is meant to throw fear into the hearts of those wayward Puritans- of his congregation, for as Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Fear is an instructor of.
“Awakened to the Holy: “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in Ritualized Context.” Christianity and Literature (): +. This journal article has a specific focus, namely to elucidate Jonathan Edwards’ sermon in the context of local history and Christian theology.