According to "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," what is the only way to escape God's wrath?

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In the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," the British theologian Jonathan Edwards emphasizes the horrors of the wrath of God upon unrepentant sinners. Most of the sermon is taken up in descriptions of God's vengeance on those who refuse to heed his offer...

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In the famous sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," the British theologian Jonathan Edwards emphasizes the horrors of the wrath of God upon unrepentant sinners. Most of the sermon is taken up in descriptions of God's vengeance on those who refuse to heed his offer of mercy. Edwards insists that sinners deserve hell, they may be cast into it at any moment, and they suffer a sample of hell on Earth as long as they remain wicked and reject Christ. God has no obligation to save anyone, according to Edwards, except the promises that "are contained in the covenant of grace, the promises that are given in Christ." Although most of the sermon is caught up in details of the fiery pit of hell, the lake of brimstone, and the terrifying punishments of God, Edwards eludes to the way to escape God's wrath at several points, especially near the end.

He says that God's wrath is the only possibility for every soul that has not been "born again." At another point he repeats, "Are there not many here who have lived long in the world, and are not to this day born again?" He offers an invitation:

And now you have an extraordinary opportunity, a day wherein Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open, and stands in 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.

He urges sinners to "hearken to the loud calls of God's word and providence." In this invitation, Edwards is calling for sinners to accept Jesus Christ and undergo a conversion experience. To do this, a person has to repent of their sins and make a profession of faith in Christ as savior. According to Edwards, this is the only way to escape God's wrath.

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Edwards believes sinners can escape God's condemnation by repenting for their sins and accepting Jesus Christ as their ultimate savior.

Edwards's sermon argues the only way to escape God's anger is through complete submission towards him. Salvation is a two-step process. The first step is for human beings to recognize the need to change their lives. Edwards believes individuals sin when they value themselves more than their spiritual identity. Transgressions take place when people live with a focus on their own wants and desires instead of focusing on what God wants. Changing this condition is essential. Edwards believes people must stop thinking their power supersedes God's.  

Edwards feels commitment to a religious identity is the second step to escape God's wrath. Edwards argues that people must pledge themselves to the word of God through his son, Jesus Christ. Acceptance of Christ's teachings and living a life dedicated to the divine is the only escape from God's angry judgment. Edwards believes Christ "has flung the door of mercy wide open, and stands in the door 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." Edwards emphasizes the urgency for repentance. He affirms that God has not exercised final judgment because he wants to give people time to acknowledge their wrongdoings.

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