Jonathan Edwards, according to historical documents, was mostly moved to write his most powerful sermons, such as "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" due to the lack of control he was exerting over the puritans, and their newly-found ways to bend the strict religious rules of their Puritan Revival movement. According to Mardsen (2003)
"Edwards could take for granted...that a New England audience knew well the Gospel remedy. The problem was getting them to seek it."
The 1735 Connecticut revival led many to believe that Jonathan Edwards was driving his parishoners to madness and fanaticism. In his booklet "Thoughts of the Revival in New England" he advocated in favor of his style and reaffirm himself in the way he delivers his message, saying that the world of God has to be delivered "...with an appeal to the emotions" and "preaching terror when necessary, even to children, who in God's sight "are young vipers… if not Christ's."
So, what we have here is a fellow whose family upbringing and blinding religious faith spilled out of his spirit and onto a whole congregation.