In this sermon given during the Great Awakening, Edwards employs a stern tone combined with vivid imagery to shock his congregation into repenting of their sinful lives and instead choosing to accept God's grace.
Edwards conveys the fragility of the sinful lives his congregation lives:
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, and these places are not seen.
This image of men teetering over a rotten covering which is just about to collapse over the depths of Hell provides a frightening glimpse of impending doom for congregational members.
Edwards later describes the anger of God toward people who continually disobey His will:
The devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them...
This image shows that at any moment, God can remove His hand of protection from each of the listeners, and there are powerful and evil forces waiting ton...
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