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101: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Pt. 2 (Things Mormons Hate Series)

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101: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, Pt. 2 (Things Mormons Hate Series)

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November 21, 2021 12:32 pm

This episode, we kicked off our short, “Things Mormons Hate” series, in which Matthew the Nuclear Calvinist and the Apostate Paul discuss Jonathan Edwards’ important sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” There are two parts to our discussion. In this second part, we discuss our thoughts about Edwards’ sermon and include a reading of the sermon. We hope you enjoy this conversation and presentation of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” If you are outside of Christ, flee to the mountain!

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Your answering and to jump in the sermon sinners in the hands of an angry God. Would you think of what you think of Jonathan Edwards determined justice into the fire and brimstone approach to far to think this example of his preaching think so.

If you take that sermon out of context, like the rest of his works. You know I cannot get with any pastor or even any text of Scripture he could take it out of context and say all you know that James is teaching the gospel of faith plus working on your space countering Paul's gospel Southerner at odds with each other so. But if you take it in context. You his purpose was to demonstrate no man's depravity of man's corruption it in the very heart and the very core of what yard is corrupted and and what we do.

Our sins are just an outpouring it out if this is the fulfilling of that inner desire to stay and I think he did. I think he did miss golf courses. Seminal sermon that he gave don't think you went too far. Just because I think the purpose that he wants to do is his purpose is not to kill people feel bad purposes. He wants people to understand that there's real consequences to their condition and I think is early on in the story talks with his congregation that don't know the Lord and you know they're under threat of internal wrath and so I think he reaches out because he wants them to accept Christ and cling to Christ.

And so in I know a lot of people who say that like there upbringing as Christians is kind of close Traumatic you know there are costlier for the gods going to punish them or are they going to hell and stuff like that but it's like you know I mean if it's true then I don't think we should shy away from sharing that is like imagine if it were something else like it was my dad was possibly telling me to stop. If there existed a traumatizing medical batter every time I smoked a cigarette. I just felt terrible and you know, so I got over that argument stuff that is possible that does not remove the threat of lung cancer.

No threat is still there. So I mean, is it wrong to do for John Edwards or for any pastor to focus or to preach about God's wrath on sinners and I think that's no big only my pastor's ill make an entire sermon on you know an eternal torment made they will if it comes up in the passage you elect the parable of Lazarus, the rich man and Lazarus. When I came up to only talk about that as I can make other than that the entire Stearns that if they do when they present the gospel is if you don't know Christ are still in your sins. So the appeal of the appeal to them to come to Christ. So I think it yeah will NOT LDR. No, I don't think it's too far.

But what about you know, I don't think I don't think so at all. It's simply a sermon that is a is a progressive letter sent to me the last five or so years of my time with them. The LDS church. I heard quite a bit about because progressive Latter Day Saints. They do really want to focus on the love of God and and that in others that there is salvation in Jesus because they are the kind of kicking against that way that they felt was Latter Day Saints and never being able to measure up to the requirement to be perfect the way the Latter Day Saints view Christ injunction in the sermon on the mount.

As I heard a lot about the sermon, but if if Jonathan Edwards took it too far. Then, instead of the apostle Paul when he wrote chapter 1 of the reasoning for what would become a later chapter 1 of the Roman tray chapters were out of soap note: although some of the same kind of set up for similar set up and in Romans to what Jonathan Edwards does in his sermon, Jonathan number Jonathan Edwards. Of course does and with hope for the center so justice. Although speeches in fact the gospel so yeah I think it's a good sermon and that's what stood out to me that that might so many years ago, driving pizza as I listened to the Christian radio station here. Read through the sermon is that there is hope for the center and it's just another one of those means of grace that God used in my life. Little by little to draw me to a son man yeah it's I guess some people might say, well, do you think the answer just the ends justify the means just because you came to faith in Christ that justify putting the what is it the threat and the threat of the wrath of God in your mind like you should. Why can't we just talk about God's love. So how'd you can respond would say that if you only talk about God's love and your shearers will never understand the never understand God's love and truly because it's not like like you were talking earlier with the latter-day Savior works like your father is mad at you because you done something wrong right what we have in the gospel is we have a perfectly holy God who has, by his own free will, decided to create and then we have humans rebelling against God and so we place ourselves in open rebellion of the book of Mormon would say right you are an enemy to God, is as a natural man your enemy to God, and will be forever so if you just focus on the love of God been don't have the gospel because you not you, not teaching people that they are saved from anything right so that's I guess that's how I would respond to, and I would say that like we said before, you do have to have both attributes of God's love and justice listed in the list below that out a little bit right rib the book of Revelation talks a lot about heaven and what that will be like right for the saints of God and one of the one of the pictures that it gives us an understanding what heaven will be is that God will wipe away every tear. There will be no more tears will what you have in the book of Revelation. In addition to that view of heaven as you have presented the tribulation and the difficulties that the saints of God will face prior to their ultimate salvation in heaven right and some of that tribulation and difficulty and persecution of the saints of God experience in this life is a result of human sin right there. The results of human sin. Creation is groaning as those Romans chapter is so so if there is no justice, and justice comes from the fact that God is just, and punishes sin and makes things right, then how could God wipe away all tears.

If there is no ultimate justice likes that it's only for the saints right because, for those who are outside Christ, they will still have years of this for sure, but do you my point right. How can there be, how could there be no more tears.

If there is no justice for the wrongs that were committed against the saints right and also talks Revelation of the blood of the martyrs cries up to God not to avenge them for being killed and it's all God's justice. There are debts will be avenged. Site thinking us earlier us to give my best English and advertising the what you're talking about no wheat we have to understand God that we are under the curse of of our disobedience or personal disobeys, but also because Adam's disobedience and because they were all under this curse of God's wrath. Unless we are redeemed in Christ, and so following Galatians is talking about, you know, those who are trying to be justified by their their efforts to help following God's law and in chapter 3 starting verse 10. The English standard version will just following the team games they want. Says it is same thing but your post yesterday. So starting verse 10 says for all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, for it is written quote Christie everyone who does not abide by all things align" now it is evident is evident that no one is justified before God walk for the righteous shall live by faith. But the law is not of faith.

Rather, the one who does them shall live by Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone who is hanging tree, so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised spirit through so I think that passage and beautifully describes the problem which is being under the curse of the law. It provides a solution which is Gino being in Christ being blessed in Christ and how he accomplished that the method of Christ, he becomes a curse for us, so he takes the curse that we normally would receive for our sins, and he takes upon him. So we trusted him.

Then the curse is no longer honest and so then and you thought the entire book.

Paul can chastise these people are trying to live by faith very kindly by works will see think it was chapter 4 chapter 5 chapter 5. He says for freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm therefore do not against the yoke of slavery. So he's basically saying you're free you know you're the punishment of the laws. No one drawn you so why are you trying to go back to the law defined righteousness. You know it's like saving free from your chains and well and I got up I got strapped these things back on so I guess kind of districts.

In a nutshell like you talk about freedom Christ grace that is like oh yeah by the way good enough then you know then you're going you're not going to receive exaltation. You're not can have your family heaven can hold everything hostage from the goodness Mormon so it's yeah it's like they undercut their message constantly, but thankfully we have a Savior that actually stays just make salvation possible for your efforts, then the men so thanks that you have to bring a civil will go on about the listeners hear Jonathan Edwards sermon as you listen, I want you to come to pay attention to a couple of phrases that you'll hear Jonathan Edwards used natural man is one and of course that's the reference to first Corinthians 2. But it's a phrase that, as I pointed out earlier shows up in the book of Mormon and in particular and Mosiah 319, and so also pay attention to his use of the phrase great change of heart, which is similar to the mighty change of heart that's referenced in Elma five with in the book of Mormon. Just a couple of things that stand out to me in the context of this being a first great awakening sermon that predates the publication of the book of Mormon by about 90 years or so, and of these is that these are the waters that Joseph Smith was putting an end language she would've heard as he was attending church services. During the second great awakening, and so pay attention to that but also pay attention to the fact that although Jonathan Edwards does take his listeners down into the depths of hell.

He raises them up with the hope of Christ nestled make system so great uniform stated interesting and I actually have run a special Telus debate.

After listening to what they thought of it so you know you join our Facebook group was no because we absolutely will put a post out there for them to do them right to walk with Jesus when doing national born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, headquartered in commonly referred to as the all of us have left that have been drawn to faith in Jesus Christ as our podcast brightness six, John 19 which calls Jesus, the true light which gives light to everyone you found life beyond Mormonism brighter than we were told in the light, we have is not comes to us from without. This is to share our journeys of faith God has done in joining us to his son and everything in between. Glad you found this histogram sinners in the hands of an angry God sermon by Jonathan Edwards therefore shall slide in due time. Deuteronomy 32, 35. In this verse is threatened, the vengeance of God on the wicked unbelieving Israelites were God's visible people and who lived under the means of grace but who, notwithstanding all God's wonderful works towards them remained as per verse 28, void of counsel having no understanding in them under all the cultivation's of heaven, and brought forth bitter and poisonous fruit as in the two verses next preceding the text. The expression I've chosen for my text therefore shall slide in due time seems to imply the following doings relating to the punishment and destruction to which these wicked Israelites were exposed one that they were always exposed to destruction is one that stands or walks in slippery places is always exposed to fall. This is implied in the manner of their destruction. Coming upon them being represented by their foot sliding the same as expressed Psalm 7318. Surely Valdis set them in slippery places outcast.

It's them down into destruction to, it implies they were always exposed to sudden unexpected destruction as he walks in slippery places is every moment liable to fall.

He cannot foresee one moment whether he shall stand or fall. The next and what he does fall he falls at once without warning, which is also expressed in Psalm 7318 and 19.

Surely Valdis set them in slippery places outcast. It's them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in the moment.

Three. Another thing implied is that they are liable to fall over themselves without being thrown down by the hand of another.

Is he the stands or walks on slippery ground lease nothing but his own way to throw him down for the reason why they are not fallen already and do not fall now is only the God's appointed time has not come that when that due time, or appointed time comes, therefore, shall slide then they shall be left to fall as they are inclined by their own weight. God will not hold them up in the slippery places any longer, but will let them go and then at that very instant, shall fall into destruction as he the stands on such slippery declining ground on the edge of the pit. He cannot stand alone when he is let go.

She immediately falls and is lost. 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 is 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 the truth of this observation may appear by the following considerations one. There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment.

Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up the strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but can most easily do it. Sometimes unearthly Prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel who was found means to fortify himself and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers, but is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defense from the power of God, though hand joining hand and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves very easily broken in pieces. There is great sheets of light chaffed before the whirlwind large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames.

We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth, so it is easy for us to cut or send her slender thread that anything hangs by, thus easy it is for God when he pleases to cast his enemies down to hell, what are we that we should think to stand before him at his rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks were thrown down to. They deserve to be cast into hell. So the divine justice never stands in the way it makes no judgment against God's using his power at any moment to destroy them day. On the contrary, justice calls allowed for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree that brings forth such grapes of Sodom cut it down why Cumber that the ground, Luke 13, seven the sort of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy and God's mere will that holds it back three there already under sentence of condemnation to hell.

They do not only justly deserved to be cast down thither, but the sentence of the law of God, that eternal and immutable rule of righteousness that God is fixed between him and mankind is gone out against them, and stands against them so that they are bound over already. To hell John 318 he that believe if not is condemned already, so that every unconverted man properly belongs to hell. That is his place. From thence he is John 823 you're from Benin and thither she is bound, it is the place that justice and God's word and the sentences of his unchangeable law assigned to him for they are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God that is expressed in the torments of hell.

And the reason why they do not go down to hell at each moment is not because God and his power. They are not, then very angry with them as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell there feeling bear the fierceness of his wrath.

God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth day.

Doubtless, with many that are now in this congregation who may be our eddies than he is with many of those who are now in the flames of hell so that it is not because God is unmindful of their wickedness and does not resent it that he does not let loose his hand and cut them off. God is not altogether such an one as themselves, though they may imagine them to be so the wrath of God burns against them. Their damnation does not slumber.

The pit is prepared. The fire is made ready the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them. The flames do now raging glow. The glittering sword is wet and held over them and the pit has opened its mouth under them. Five the devil stands ready to fall upon them and sees them as his own at what moment, God shall permit him. They belong to him. He has their souls in his possession and under his dominion, Scripture represents them as his goods. Luke 1112 the devils watch them there ever buy them at the right hand stand waiting for them like greedy hungry lions that see their prey and expect to have it but are for the present Back if God should withdraw his hand, by which they are restrained they would in one moment fly upon their poor souls. The old serpent is gaping for them.

Hell opens its mouth wide to receive them, and if God should permit it. They would be hastily swallowed up and lost six there are in the souls of wicked men, those hellish principles raining that would presently Kindle and flameout into hell fire. If it were not for God's restraints. There is laid in the very nature of carnal man foundation for the torments of hell. There are those crypt principles and rating power in them and in full possession of them that are seeds of hellfire. These principles are active and powerful exceeding violent in their nature and if it were not for the restraining hand of God upon them, they would soon break out they would flameout after the same manner as the same corruptions the same enmity does in the hearts of damned souls and would beget the same torments as they do in them. The souls of the wicked are in Scripture, compared to the troubled sea. Isaiah 5720 for the present, God restrains their wickedness by his mighty power as he does. The raging waves of the troubled sea, saying hitherto shut outcome, but no further. But if God should withdraw the restraining power it would soon carry all before it seems the ruin and misery of the soul.

It is destructive in its nature and if God should leave it without restraint there would need nothing else to make the soul perfectly miserable. The corruption of the heart of man is a moderate and boundless in its fury and while wicked men live here it is like fire, pent up by God's restraints, whereas if it were let loose. It was set on fire the course of nature, and as the heart is now a sink of sin. So if sin was not restrained, it would immediately turn the soul into a fiery oven or furnace of fire and brimstone. Seven.

It is no security to wicked men, for one moment that there are no visible means of death or hand it is no security to a natural man that he is now in health and that he does not see which way he should now immediately go out of the world by any accident and that there is no visible danger in any respect in his circumstances, the manifold and continual experience of the world and all ages shows this is no evidence that a man is not on the very brink of eternity and that the next step will not be into another world. The unseen unthought of ways and means a person's going suddenly out of the world are innumerable and inconceivable unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they will not bear their weight in these places are not seen the errors of death fly unseen at noonday. The sharpest site cannot discern them. God has so many different unsearchable ways of taking wicked men out of the world and sending them to hell that there is nothing to make it appear that God had need to be at the expense of a miracle or go out of the ordinary course of his providence to destroy any wicked man at any moment. All the means that there are sinners going out of the world are so in God's hands and so universally and absolutely subject to his power and determination that it does not depend at all. Alas on the mere will of God whether sinners shall at any moment. Go to hell that if means were never made use of, or at all concerned. In the case eight natural man's prudence and care to preserve their own lives for the care of others to preserve them. Do not secure them a moment to this divine providence and universal experience to also bear testimony. There is this clear evidence that men's own wisdom is no security to them from death that if it were otherwise, we should see some difference between the wise, impolitic men of the world and others with regard to their liable nest early and unexpected death. But how is it in fact. Ecclesiastes 216 how direct the wise man. Even as the fool nine and wicked men's pains and contrivance which they used to escape hell mother continue to reject Christ, and so remain wicked men do not secure them from hell. One moment almost every natural man that hears of hell flatters himself that he shall escape it depends upon himself for his own security he flatters himself and what he has done and what he is now doing what he intends to do. Everyone lays out matters in his own mind how he shall avoid damnation and flatters himself that he contrives well for himself and that his schemes will not fail. They hear indeed that there are but few saved and that the greater part of men that have died heretofore are going to hell, but each one imagines that he lays out matters better for his own escape than others have done does not intend to come to that place of torment. He says within himself that he intends to take effectual care and order matters.

So for himself. As to not fail, but the foolish children of men miserably delude themselves in their own schemes and in confidence in their own strength and wisdom they trust in nothing but a shadow. The greater part of those who heretofore have lived under the same means of grace and are now dead, are undoubtedly gone to hell, and it was not because they were not as wise as those who are now live.

It was not because they did not lay out matters as well for themselves to secure their own escape, if we could speak with them and inquire of them one by one, whether they expected. When alive and when they used to hear about hell ever to be the subjects of that misery. We doubtless should hear one another. Reply no I never intended to come here. I have laid out matters otherwise in my mind I thought I should contrives well enough for myself. I thought my skin. Good. I intended to take effectual care for the came upon me unexpected. I did not look for at that time and in that manner came as a thief death outwitted me God's wrath was too quick for me. Oh my cursed foolishness. I was flattering myself and pleasing myself of in dreams of what I would do hereafter when I was saying peace and safety, and suddenly destruction came upon me. 10 God is late himself under no obligation by any promise to keep any natural man out of hell.

One moment, God certainly has made no promises either of eternal life or of any deliverance or preservation from eternal death of water contained in the covenant of grace. The promises that are given in Christ in whom all the promises are yeah and amen.

Surely they have no interest in the promises of the covenant of grace, who are not the children of the covenant who do not believe in any of the promises and have no interest in the center of the covenant, so that whatever some of imagined and pretended about promises made to natural man's earnest seeking, and knocking it is plain and manifest that whatever pains natural man takes in religion whatever prayers he makes till he believes in Christ. God is under no manner of obligation to keep them a moment from eternal destruction so that thus it is that natural men are held in the hand of God over the pit of hell. They have deserved the fiery pit are already sentenced to it and God is dreadfully provoked. His anger is great towards them as to those who are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath.

And hell, and they have done nothing in the lease to appease or abate that anger. Neither is God in the least bound by any promise to hold them up. One moment the devil is waiting for them. Hell, escaping for them. The flames gathering flash about them and would family hold on them and swallow them up. The fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out and they have no interest in any mediator. There are no means within reach that they can be any security to them. In short, they have no refuge, nothing to take hold of all the preserves them every moment is the mere arbitrary will and un-covenanted on obliged forbearance of an incensed God application. The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconverted persons in this congregation, this that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. That world of misery that lake of burning brimstone is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God is hell's wide, gaping mouth open and you have nothing to stand upon or anything to take hold of. There is nothing between you and help at the air. It is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up. You probably are not sensible of this you find your kept out of hell but do not see the hand of God in it. Look at other things as the good state of your bodily Constitution to care for your own life and the means you use for your own preservation but indeed these things are nothing if God should withdraw his hand, they would avail no more falling in the thin air to hold up person that is suspended and it your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead into 10 downward with great weight and pressure towards hell. And if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless golf under healthy Constitution and your own care and prudence best contrivance in all your righteousness would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell that a spiders web would have to stop a falling rock.

Were it not for the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment for you are a burden to it.

The creation groans with you. The creature is made subject to the bondage of your corruption, not willingly.

The sun does not willingly shine upon you to give you light to serve sin and Satan. The earth does not willingly yield her increase to satisfy your last, nor is it willingly estates for your wickedness to be acted upon. The air does not willingly serve you for breath to maintain the flame of life in your vitals, spend your life in the service of God's enemies, God's creatures are good and remain for men to serve and do not willingly subserve to any other purpose and grown when they are abused. Purpose is so contrary to their nature and end in the world would spew you out. Were it not for the sovereign hand of him subjected it in hope. There are black clouds of God's wrath now hanging directly over your heads full of the dreadful storm under and were it not for the restraining hand of God. It would immediately burst forth upon you sovereign pleasure of God for the present status is rough wind. Otherwise, it would come with fury and your destruction would come like a whirlwind, and you would be like chaff of the summer threshing floor. The wrath of God is like great waters that are damned the for the present. They increase more and more and rise higher and higher till now that is given and the longer the stream stopped, the more rapid and mighty is its course. When once it is let loose. It is true the judgment against your evil works has not been executed hitherto. The floods of God's vengeance have been withheld. In the meantime is constantly increasing in your everyday treasure more wrath waters are constantly rising and waxing more and more my and there is nothing but the mere pleasure of God that holds the waters back there unwilling to be stopped and pressed hard to go forward withdraw his hand really fly open the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God would rush forth with inconceivable fury and will come upon you with omnipotent power and if your strength were 10,000 times greater than it is day 10,000 times greater than the strength of the status sturdiness devil and hell would be nothing to stand or endure it. The bow of God's wrath is spent in the air made ready on the string and just dispense the arrow in 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. The keep Sierra one moment from being made drunk with the blood, thus all you that never passed under a great change of heart are the mighty power of the spirit of God upon your souls. All you that were never born again and made new creatures and raise from being dead and send to a state of new and before altogether unexperienced light and life are in the hands of an angry God.

However, you may have informed your life in many things. I may have had religious affections may have kept a form of religion, and your families and closets in the house of God is nothing but his mere pleasure that keeps you from being this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction. However, I'm convinced you may now be of the truth of what you hear. I am by you will be fully convinced of it. Those that are gone from being in the like circumstances with you see that it was so with them for destruction came suddenly upon most of them when they expected nothing of it. 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 the God to hold you over the pit of hell. Much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the fire doors you and is dreadfully provoked his wrath towards you. Burns like fire. He looks upon you is worthy of nothing else but to be cast into the fire.

He is a purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight. Your 10,000 times more abominable in his eyes and the most hateful, venomous, serving as an hours you have offended him infinitely more than ever, a stubborn Bible did his parents, and yet it is nothing but his hand and hold you from falling into the fire. Every moment is to be ascribed to nothing else that you did not go to hell last night that he was suffered to awake again in this world after you closed your eyes to sleep and there is no other reason to be given why you have not dropped into hell.

Since you rose in the morning, but that God's hand has held you up. There is no other reason to be given why you have not gone to hell since you've sat here in the house of God, provoking his purer eyes by your sinful, wicked manner of attending his solemn worship day.

There is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you do not this very moment drop down into hell. No sooner consider the fearful danger. You are in is a great furnace of wrath wide and bottomless pit full of the fire of wrath. You are held over in the hand of that God whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you as against many of the damned to hell you hang by a slender thread with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it and ready every moment to Singin and burn it asunder, and you have no interest in any mediator and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself nothing to keep off the flames of wrath. Nothing of your own. Nothing that you ever have done nothing that you can do to induce God to spare you one moment and consider here. More particularly, one whose wrath it is it is the wrath of the infinite God if it were only the wrath of man. Though it were the most potent prince it would be comparatively little to be regarded the wrath of Kings is very much dreaded especially of absolute monarchs who have the possessions and lives of their subjects holy in their power to be disposed of at their mere will. Proverbs 22 the fear of the king, as is the roaring lion Crusoe provoked him to anger sit up against his own soul. The subject that very much enrages an arbitrary prince is liable to suffer the most extreme torments that human arc can invent human power can inflict. But the greatest earthly potentates in the greatest majesty and strength, and when clothes and their greatest tears are but feeble despicable worms of the dust in comparison of the great and almighty, creator and King of heaven and earth. It is but little that they can do most enraged when they have exerted the utmost of their fury.

All the kings of the earth before God are as grasshoppers there nothing in less than nothing. Both their love and their hatred is to be despised. The wrath of the great King of Kings is as much more terrible than theirs as his Majesty is greater. Luke 12, four and five and I sent you my friends, be not afraid of them.

The kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do but I will forewarn you whom you shall fear, fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell day, I say unto you, fear him to is the fierceness of his wrath that you are exposed to. We often read of the fury of God, as in Isaiah 5918.

According to their deeds. Accordingly, he will repay fury to his adversaries so Isaiah 6615.

For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury in his rebuke with flames of fire and many other places. So Revelation 1915 we read of the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of the Almighty God, the words are exceeding terrible head only been said, the wrath of God, the words would've implied that which is infinitely dreadful but it is the fierceness and wrath of God. The fury of God fierceness of Jehovah know how dreadful must that be who can utter or conceived what such expressions, carrying them, but it is also the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God as though there would be a very great manifestation of his almighty power and what the fierceness of his wrath should inflict as though omnipotence should be as it were enraged and exerted as men are wont to exert their strength in the fierceness of the wrath.

Oh then what will be the consequence will become of the poor worms that shall suffer whose hands can be strong and whose heart can endure to what a dreadful inexpressible inconceivable depth of misery must poor creature sunk shall be the subject of this, consider this you that are here present and yet remain in an unregenerate state that God will execute the fierceness of his anger implies that he will inflict wrath without any pity. When God beholds the ineffable extremity of your case and Caesar torment to be so vastly disproportionate to your strength and sees how your poor soul is crushed and sinks down as it were, into an infinite gloom. He will have no compassion upon you. He will not forbear the executions of his wrath were in the least lightness and there shall be no moderation or mercy, nor will God then at Allstate's rough wind, he will have no regard to your welfare nor be at all careful lest you should suffer too much in any other sense and only that you shall not suffer beyond what strict justice requires nothing shall be withheld because it is so hard for you to bear Ezekiel 818. Therefore will I also dealing fury mine. I shall not spare neither will I have pity, and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice yet.

I will not hear them. Now God stands ready to pity you.

This is a day of mercy. You may cry now with some encouragement of obtaining mercy.

But when once the day of mercy is passed, your most lamentable and Dolores cries and shrieks will be in vain will be wholly lost and thrown away of God as to any regard to your welfare. God will have no other use to put you to but to suffer misery shall be continued in being to know other and for you will be a vessel of wrath fitted to destruction, and there will be no other use of this vessel to be filled full of wrath. God will be so far from pitting you when you cry to him that it is said he will only laugh in mock Proverbs 125 and 26, etc. how awful are those words Isaiah 63, three which are the words of the great God. I will tread them in mind anger.

I will trample them in my fury and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments and I will stain all my raiment is perhaps impossible to conceive of words to carry in them greater manifestations of these three things in the contempt and hatred and fierceness of indignation, if you cry to God to pity you. He will be so far from pitting you in your doleful case or showing you the least regard or favor that instead of that he will only tread you underfoot, and though he will know that you cannot bear the weight of omnipotence treading upon you that he will not regard that, but he will crush you under his feet without mercy. He will crush out your blood and make it fly and it shall be sprinkled on his garments.

So sustained is all his raiment, he will not only hate you, but he will have you in the utmost contempt, no place shall be thought for for new wood under his feet trodden down as the mire of the streets. Three. The misery you are exposed to is that which God will inflict to that and that he might show what that wrath of Jehovah is God have had it on his heart to show to angels and men both how excellent his love is and also how terrible his wrath is sometimes earthly kings have a mind to show how terrible their wrath is by the extreme punishments they would execute on those that would provoke them Nebuchadnezzar that mighty and haughty monarch of the Chaldean Empire was willing to show his wrath when enraged with Shadrach me shack and Abednego, and accordingly gave orders that the burning fiery furnace should be heated seven times hotter than it was before doubtless it was raised to the utmost degree of fierceness that human art could raise it but the great God is also willing to show his wrath and magnify his awful majesty and mighty power in the extreme sufferings of his enemies. Romans 922. What if God, willing to show his wrath and to make his power known endure with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, and seeing this is design and what he is determined even to show how terrible the unrestrained wrath and fury and fierceness of Jehovah is he will do it to affect there will be something accomplished and brought the pastor will be dreadful with the witness.

When the great and angry God have risen up and execute his awful vengeance on the poor sinner and the wretches actually suffering the infinite weight and power of his indignation. Then the God call upon the whole universe, to behold the awful majesty and mighty power that is to be seen, and it Isaiah 33, 12 to 14 and the people shall be as the burnings of line as the ones cut up shall they be burnt in the fire here you that are far off what I have done in you that are near acknowledge my might centers in Zion are afraid.

Fearfulness have surprised the hypocrites and etc. thus, it will be with you that are in an unconverted state.

If you continue in it, the infinite mind and majesty and terribleness of the omnipotent God shall be magnified upon you and the ineffable strength of your torments shall be tormented in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And when you shall be in the state of suffering, the glorious inhabitants of heaven shall go forth and look on the awful spectacle that they may see what the wrath and fierceness of the Almighty is when they have seen it, they will fall down and adore that great power and majesty.

Isaiah 6623 and 24 initial come to pass from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before saith the Lord, and they shall go forth and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me, for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched, and they shall be an imploring unto all flesh for his everlasting wrath will be dreadful to suffer this fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. One moment you must separate to all eternity. There will be no end to this exquisite horrible misery when you look forward you shall see along forever. A boundless duration before you, which will swallow up your thoughts and amaze your soul and you will be absolutely in despair of ever having any deliverance in the end, any mitigation any rest at all.

You will know certainly that you must wear out long ages millions of millions of ages in wrestling and conflicting with this Almighty merciless vengeance and then when you have done so when so many ages of actually been spent by you in this manner you will know that all is but a point to what remains so that your punishment will indeed be infinite open can express what the state of the soul.

In such circumstances is all that we can possibly say about it gives but a very feeble faint representation of it is inexpressible and inconceivable for who knows the power of God's anger. How dreadful is the state of those that are daily and hourly in the danger of this great wrath and infinite misery. But this is the dismal case of every soul in this congregation that has not been born again. However, moral and strict silver and religious. They may otherwise be.

Oh that you would consider it.

Whether you be young or old, there is reason to think that there are many in this congregation now hearing this discourse that will actually be the subjects of this very misery to all eternity. We know not who they are or in what sense they said what thoughts they now have. It may be, they are now at ease and hear all these things without much disturbance and are now flattering themselves that they are not the person's promising themselves that they shall escape if we knew that there was one person in but one in the whole congregation that was to be the subject of this misery.

What an awful thing would be to think of if we knew who it was.

What an awful site. Would it be to see such a person how my all the rest of the congregation lift up a lamentable and bitter cry over him. But, alas, instead of one. How many is it likely will remember this discourse in hell and it would be a wonder if some that are now present should not be in hell in a very short time. Even before this year is out, and would be no wonder if some persons now sit here and some seeds of this meetinghouse and health quiet and security should be there before tomorrow morning. Those of you that finally continue in a natural condition. The keep out of hell longest will be there in a little time. Your damnation does not slumber will come swiftly and in all probability very suddenly upon many of you have reason to wonder you are not already in hell is doubtless the case of some whom you have seen and known, but never deserved. Hell, more than you and that heretofore appears likely to have been now live as you their cases passed all hope they are crying, and extreme misery and perfect despair.

But here you are in the land of living in the house of God and have an opportunity to obtain salvation, but with not those poor damned hopeless souls give for one day is opportunity such as you now enjoy. And now you have an extraordinary opportunity. A day where in Christ is thrown the door of mercy wide open and stands and calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners a day, wherein many are flocking to him and pressing into the kingdom of God.

Many are daily coming from the East, West, North and South many that were very lately in the same miserable condition that you are in are now in a happy state with their hearts filled with love. To him who has loved them and wash them from their sins in his own blood, and rejoicing in hope of the glory of God.

How awful it is to be left behind.

To such a day to see so many others feasting on you are pining and perishing to see so many rejoicing and singing for joy of heart, but you have cause to mourn for sorrow of heart. And hell for vexation of spirit. How can you rest. One moment in such a condition are not your souls, as precious as the souls of the people a subfield where they are flocking from day-to-day to Christ. Are there not many here who have lived long in the world and are not to this day born again and or so aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and have done nothing ever since they have lived the treasurer of wrath against the day of wrath posters. Your case is in a special manner is extremely dangerous guilt and hardness of heart is extremely great. Do you not see how generally persons of your years are passed over and left in the present remarkable and wonderful dispensation of God's mercy.

You have need to consider yourselves and awaken thoroughly out of sleep. You cannot bear the fierceness and wrath of the infinite God young men and young women we neglect this precious season which you now enjoy when so many others of your age are renouncing all youthful vanities and flocking to Christ especially have now an extraordinary opportunity. If you neglect it will soon be with you as those persons who spent all the precious days of youth and sin and are now come to such a dreadful passing blindness, and hardness and your children who are unconverted do not know you are going down to hell to bear the dreadful wrath of that God, who is now angry with you every day and every night we be content to be the children of the devil. When so many other children in the land are converted and become the holy and happy children of the King of Kings and let everyone that is yet out of Christ and hanging over the pit of hell men and women, middle-aged or young people, little children now harkens aloud because of God's word in Providence. This acceptable year of the Lord a day of such great favors to some will doubtless be a day of has remarkable vengeance to others. Men's hearts hardened and their guilt increases the pace at such a day is this if they neglect their souls and never was there so great danger of such persons being given up to hardness of heart and blindness of mind, God seems now to be hastily gathering in his elect in all parts of the land and probably the greater part of adult persons that ever shall save will be brought in. Now in a little time and it will be as it was on the great outpouring of the Spirit upon the Jews and the apostles days the election will obtain and the rest would be blinded if this should be the case with you, you will eternally curse this day and will curse the day that ever he was born to see such a season of the pouring out of God's spirit and wish you died and gone to hell before you'd seen it now. Undoubtedly, it is as it was in the days of John the Baptist taxes in an extraordinary manner laid at the root of the trees that every tree which brings forth, not good fruit, maybe shooting down, and cast into the fire.

Therefore let everyone that is out of Christ now awaken fly from the wrath to come. The wrath of Almighty God is now undoubtedly hanging over a great part of this congregation, let everyone fly out of Sodom haste to escape their lives look not behind you escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. The live, you know, and had an in his lien being being the a a a

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