The Sermon On The Hands Of An Angry God Essay
Christians were constantly reminded of the consequences of sinning during the Great Awakening. However one church in Enfield, Connecticut was largely unaffected. So they invited Johnathan Edwards, one of the most dynamic pastors of the time to speak. His mission was to convert, and convince the congregation of their sins. He accomplished this by delivering a compelling sermon that helped the congregation realize that they are going to be judged by God, and that this judgment will be more fearful and painful than they could imagine. The sermon that Johnathan Edwards delivered became one of his most famous teachings, because it embodied his entire system of belief. He titled it “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”
In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the following three topics are notable important for understanding Edwards 's approach to his sermon: corrupt sinners will face a fearful judgment; time is short for the unrepentant ─ God 's righteous wrath will come suddenly and unexpectedly; and it is only God 's free choice that extends the 'day of mercy ' and provides another opportunity to respond to His call. Each of these topics is made more effective with the use of rhetorical devices, which are the heart and soul of Edwards’s emotional appeal to his listeners.
Edwards uses rhetorical devices to scare his audience from the path of eternal damnation and onto the path of boundless righteousness. He used imagery when he said, “It…