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Edwards, in an attempt to shock and scare his audience into returning to the church, tells his listening congregation that they could die at any moment. He illustrates their imminent death by comparing them to spiders hanging on to a thin web being dangled over the fiery pit of hell. At any moment, he warns, the web could break and the spider (sinner) would fall into hell with no help of salvation. However, the reason the audience has not met this tragic fate is because of God. He decided when people will die and he knows when people live, so his audience should take this opportunity to repent and ask for forgiveness, so that if they do die tonight, they will be right with God.
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