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Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Sermon Preached - July 8, 1741

Jonathan Edwards
A published copy of Jonathan Edwards' sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" sits on display at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14, 2017. |

This week marks the anniversary of when Jonathan Edwards preached one of the most famous sermons in history, titled "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

Edwards was part of spiritual revival known as the "First Great Awakening" and his sermon, with its vivid descriptions about the doom of the unsaved, remains provocative reading.

Most notably preached in Enfield, Connecticut, though believed to have preached on other occasions as well, the sermon drew upon Deuteronomy 22:35, which states that "their foot shall slide in due time."

"There is no Want of Power in God to cast wicked Men into Hell at any Moment. Men's Hands can't be strong when God rises up: The strongest have no Power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his Hand," declared Edwards.

"He is not only able to cast wicked Men into Hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly Prince meets with a great deal of Difficulty to subdue a Rebel, that has found Means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the Numbers of his Followers. But it is not so with God. There is no Fortress that is any Defence from the Power of God."

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