For those of you who love Jonathan Edwards, today was the day he reminded his congregation that God hates sin. Today was the day that Edwards preached the infamous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” I personally think every pastor should read this sermon at least once a year. Preferably on Christmas or Easter. For your enjoyment here are a couple of good excerpts.
The observation from the words that I would now insist upon is this. “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 His “sovereign” pleasure, His arbitrary will, restrained by no obligation on His part, not hindered by any difficulty. God’s will not hindered in the least degree in respect to the preservation of wicked men. The truth of this observation may appear by the following considerations.
The bow of God’s wrath is bent, and the arrow made ready on the string, and justice points the arrow at your heart, and strains the bow, and it is nothing but the mere pleasure of God, and that of an angry God, without any promise or obligation at all, that keeps the arrow one second from being made drunk with your blood. Thus all of you that never had the great change of heart, by the mighty power of the Spirit of God upon your souls; all of you that were never born again, and made new creatures, and raised from being dead in sin, to a new state, and never experienced light and life, are in the hands of an angry God.
However, you may have reformed your life in many things, and may have had religious feelings, and may keep up a form of religion in your families and secret prayer closets, and in your churches, it is nothing but His mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction. However, you may now be unconvinced of the truth that you now hear, in time you will be fully convinced of it. Those that were in similar circumstances as you are, are now gone and destruction came suddenly upon most of them; when they expected nothing to happen, and while they were saying, Peace and safety: now they see, that those things on which they depended for peace and safety, were nothing but thin air and empty shadows.
You have to love this guy.