Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Haughty men surrounded John the Baptist, men of position and religious authority. They were the Pharisees - the religious men who were held in the highest awe and esteem for their "godliness". They clustered around John the Baptist, wishing to add baptism as another good deed to their long list of religious acts.

They were in for a shock. John the Baptist, warrior of God that he was, sternly rebuked them. In his mind, they were vipers - men who only considered themselves good, but had no real repentance. The Pharisees were stunned by his denouncement. After all, were they not the "chosen ones"? Had they not "Abraham to their father"?

It was a similar audience that greeted Pastor Jonathon Edwards on a certain memorable day in Enfield, Connecticut. The church he had been summoned to preach to was comprised of a hardened congregation. 

This congregation was the victim of a theology - Covenant Theology. It had taught them that because their parents were "the elect", they were also automatically saved themselves. They had never made a personal choice - they had never come to Christ themselves. Why should they? They were the "chosen ones". There was no need for personal repentance - there was no need for the sinner to cry out to a merciful God and crave His forgiveness.

Johnathon Edwards saw the direness of the situation and was moved by God to correct it. Though his sermon was spoken in a culturally-fashioned monotone voice, his sermon was all-out hell-fire-and-brimstone preaching. It was what was needed. Like Jesus, he spoke with convicting force to the "religious" congregation. He had to convince this precious congregation that they were not saved merely because their parents may have been. He warned them that they were dangling over hell and God had the sheers to severe the spider's web holding them up.

Revival was sparked. Throughout Jonathon Edward's sermon, cries of "What must I do to be saved" rang out, coupled with the moans and cries of those who seemed to feel the fires of hell creeping at their feet. For the first time, the people saw that salvation was a personal choice - that they had to come to Christ themselves. 

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Perhaps, as Jonathon Edwards saw the multitudes coming to Jesus Christ, he was reminded of a well-beloved verse.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name."
~John 1:13~

Special thanks to Brother John Yates for providing the inspiration for this post. If you are unsure about your salvation, please contact me! Leave me a comment or visit my website for more information on how to become God's child.



  1. Very true, Alicia. Thanks for having the guts to stand up for what you believe. May we all cling to our Lord and Savior and accept Him as our very own.

  2. Wow. I've never heard the Jonathan Edwards sermon before. Very powerful! Thank you.


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