Jonathan Edwards's Sinners in the Hands on an Agry God

765 Words Jun 18th, 2018 4 Pages
Jonathan Edwards’s “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is the epitome of a fire and brimstone sermon. Edwards was able to deliver this speech with force, power, and charisma. However this sermon effectively portrays Edwards’s own interpretation of man’s sinful nature and God’s wrathful nature even when read silently. Jonathan Edwards is capable of effectively communicating that his position as a reverend is a means of legitimizing his ability to interpret the bible and all of its scriptures. Edwards finds success in his speech by his use of vivid and violent imagery. By doing this Edwards is able to do two things, one convince his parishioners that as a man of God he has the authority to be an interpreter of the bible. He forces his …show more content…
“There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God." -- By the mere pleasure of God, I mean hissovereign pleasure, his arbitrary will, restrained by no obligation, hindered by no manner of difficulty, any more than if nothing else but God's mere will had in the least degree, or in any respect whatsoever, any hand in the preservation of wicked men one moment.”

Once Edwards has convinced his parishioners that God’s true character is made of wrathfulness he can then continue to manipulate the congregation into affirming his religious legitimacy. Once he has convinced them of both ideas Edwards can notify them that they are all in “danger of damnation and severe punishment at the hand of this wrathful God” (class notes)
Edwards is smart in that he simply yet methodically calls out to everyone in the room. He makes sure that he starts with his oldest churchgoers and asks if they have learned from their deceased friends who are currently in the perils of hell. “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? You had need to consider yourselves, and awake thoroughly out of sleep.” He then shouts to the youth: “And you, young men, and young women, will you neglect this precious season which you now enjoy, when so many others of your age are renouncing all youthful vanities, and flocking to Christ? You especially have