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Jonathan Edwards' Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

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Sinners In The Hands Of Angry God is considered the most famous sermon ever preached in American history. Jonathan Edwards delivered this message on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut. Many who heard it trembled and cried out for mercy. Others fainted. Five hundred people were converted that day.

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Format: Audiobook,   CD
Studio: Optical Experts Manufacturing
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 4.96" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.19 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jun 1, 2004
Publisher   Fellowship for the Performing Arts
ISBN  1931047405  
ISBN13  9781931047401  

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Jonathan Edwards Edwards was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, to Timothy Edwards, pastor of East Windsor, and Esther Edwards. The only son in a family of eleven children, he entered Yale in September, 1716 when he was not yet thirteen and graduated four years later (1720) as valedictorian. He received his Masters three years later.

As a youth, Edwards was unable to accept the Calvinist sovereignty of God. He once wrote, "From my childhood up my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God's sovereignty… It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me." However, in 1721 he came to the conviction, one he called a "delightful conviction." He was meditating on 1 Timothy 1:17, and later remarked, "As I read the words, there came into my soul, and was as it were diffused through it, a sense of the glory of the Divine Being; a new sense, quite different from any thing I ever experienced before… I thought with myself, how excellent a Being that was, and how happy I should be, if I might enjoy that God, and be rapt up to him in heaven; and be as it were swallowed up in him for ever!" From that point on, Edwards delighted in the sovereignty of God. Edwards later recognized this as his conversion to Christ.

In 1727 he was ordained minister at Northampton and assistant to his maternal grandfather, Solomon Stoddard. He was a student minister, not a visiting pastor, his rule being thirteen hours of study a day. In the same year, he married Sarah Pierpont, then age seventeen, daughter of James Pierpont (1659–1714), a founder of Yale, originally called the Collegiate School. In total, Jonathan and Sarah had eleven children.

Solomon Stoddard died on February 11th, 1729, leaving to his grandson the difficult task of the sole ministerial charge of one of the largest and wealthiest congregations in the colony. Throughout his time in Northampton his preaching brought remarkable religious revivals. Jonathan Edwards was a key figure in what has come to be called the First Great Awakening of the 1730s and 1740s.

Yet, tensions flamed as Edwards would not continue his grandfather's practice of open communion. Stoddard, his grandfather, believed that communion was a "converting ordinance." Surrounding congregations had been convinced of this, and as Edwards became more convinced that this was harmful, his public disagreement with the idea caused his dismissal in 1750.

Edwards then moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, then a frontier settlement, where he ministered to a small congregation and served as missionary to the Housatonic Indians. There, having more time for study and writing, he completed his celebrated work, The Freedom of the Will (1754).

Edwards was elected president of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in early 1758. He was a popular choice, for he had been a friend of the College since its inception and was the most eminent American philosopher-theologian of his time. On March 22, 1758, he died of fever at the age of fifty-four following experimental inoculation for smallpox and was buried in the President's Lot in the Princeton cemetery beside his son-in-law, Aaron Burr.

Jonathan Edwards has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Faith Classics
  2. Grace Essentials

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Storm the Mercy Seat!  May 6, 2008
We must storm the mercy seat and fall at the throne of grace.

This is the crucial underlying message that Edwards attempts to instill in his hearers. The reality of Hell is expounded upon vehemently by this great speaker of the truth. The natural man scoffs at the notion of hell and feels himself to be free of the condemnation of sin. The truth, as voiced by Edwards, is that the only reason we are spared of eternal torment and damnation at any moment is due to the good pleasure of God. In due time, justice must be served and if we are not reconciled to God in this life but remain "unconverted" we will undoubtably face His wrath. Jesus Christ is are only hope. The one true mediator between God and our soul!

We must storm the mercy seat and fall at the throne of grace!!!
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God CD  Jan 14, 2008
What a powerful message. Jonathan Edwards message to sinners, and the description of sin along with the consequences of sin is remarkable. The reader on the CD has a stunning voice, which when listening to the reading sent chills down my spine! I was absolutely humbled after listening to this sermon, and obtained copies for many of my friends.
Heaven and Hell - have we forgotten?  May 5, 2007
People do not like talking about hell these days! It is very unpc. They do not preach the true gospel either for that matter. Read this and other Biblically sound books to remind yourself while Jesus went through such an agonising death ... to save us from HELL!

Here are some more interesting books you might like too -

The Justice of God in the Damnation of Sinners
A Few Sighs from Hell (Or The Groans of the Damned Soul)
The Heavenly Footman
The Life and Death of Mr Badman
The Strait Gate - Great Difficulty of Going to Heaven
The Doom and Downfall of the Fruitless Professor
The Greatness of the Soul - and the Unspeakableness of its loss
The End of the World, Resurrection of the Dead & Eternal Judgement
Walking so as to Please God
Short, powerful, vivid imagery, great read  Mar 19, 2007
One of the most famous sermons ever given by one of the greatest theologians of our recent time and probably the greatest American-born theologian, this sermon by Jonathan Edwards was intended to be and remains to this day profound and hard-hitting. Invited by the pastor in Enfield, Connecticut to come and speak to his congregation - a collection of apathetic, spirit-less people completely unaffected by the Great Awakening of 1734-35 in New England. Edwards, himself a pastor of the First Church of Northampton, Massachusetts, delivered this message on July 8, 1741 with the object of presenting the truth of the current condition of those outside the saving grace of God as being in peril and subject to the divine wrath of an Almighty and Holy God. It was said that as Edwards spoke, he was interrupted several times by people moaning and crying out, "What must I do to be saved?" And while this sermon has received heavy criticism since that day, it continues to proclaim the awesome wonder of our God and His incredible grace and patience for all mankind.

Edwards begins his sermon with a proper perspective of the state of the nature of man - fallen from divine grace, now subject to divine wrath. He writes, "There is nothing that keeps wicked men out of hell, at any one moment, except the mere pleasure of God." Edwards wants every man to know that their sin has condemned them to an eternity without God and writes, "As the heart is now a cesspool of sin, so if sin were not restrained, it would immediately turn the soul into a fiery oven, or a furnace of fire and brimstone." Using incredibly visual imagery, Edwards warns the unrepentant that their own efforts are worthless and insignificant at best to prevent their eventual demise into the pit of hell. "Your wickedness makes you as heavy as lead; it drives you down, with great weight and pressure, toward hell. And if God were to let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf. At that moment, you will see that your health, your own care and prudence, your best contrivance, and all your righteousness, have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider's web has to stop a falling rock."

Edwards ends by sounding his clarion call to all sinners - that their fate is an eternity without the grace of God. "When you look forward, you will see a long forever, a boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts and amaze your soul; and you will absolutely lose all hope or confidence of ever having any deliverance, any end, any mitigation, any rest at all."

This short, but powerful, sermon is an excellent reminder of God's sovereignty and His grace and mercy - as John Newton near the end of his life said, "My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior." Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God will be such a reminder to those who know the grace of God and will be a sound and clear warning to all others of their pending fate.
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God  Aug 19, 2006
This classic can be a life changer for the person who thinks he can get to heaven by being good. When Jonathan Edwards preached this message he had "nominal" church going Christians falling on their knees in repentence and in fear of Hell. He tells of God's grace and the way to heaven through Jesus Christ.

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