In Edward's view, what must sinners do to be spared God's wrath?

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According to Jonathan Edwards, sinners must come to Christ with humble hearts and ask for Christ's forgiveness in order to be spared God's wrath. Only those people who have found Christ's salvation have a chance of avoiding hell.

Edwards's sermon is famous for its vivid imagery , showing how...

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According to Jonathan Edwards, sinners must come to Christ with humble hearts and ask for Christ's forgiveness in order to be spared God's wrath. Only those people who have found Christ's salvation have a chance of avoiding hell.

Edwards's sermon is famous for its vivid imagery, showing how close humans are to hell, whether we know it or not. For example, Edwards describes those who have failed to come to Christ as

Unconverted men [who] walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering.

This physical image of walking over hell on a cover that won't hold makes clear that the unconverted could fall to hellfire at any time. We are none of us, Edwards argues, as far from hell as we might imagine. Our sense of security is at best precarious—until we come to Christ.

Edwards wanted people to seriously seek salvation rather than live complacently, as if everything would always be all right. Though perhaps shocking to us in the way it plays on fear, his sermon is meant as a wake-up call.

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Jonathan Edwards was a fiery British theologian whose most famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," is one of the classic works to come out of the Great Awakening, a movement in the Christian Community that took place between 1830 and 1855.  

In reading the sermon, which can be accessed with a search in any search engine, you will see that the gist of the sermon is the point that sinners, all sinners, deserve to suffer for an eternity in Hell.

At any moment, according to Edwards, Hell awaits and Satan is ready to take anyone.

According to Edwards, Christ extends an unending invitation to the sinner and (in answer to the question that you posed above) the only thing that can possibly save the sinner from the wrath in store is to return to Christ in faith.

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