Their foot shall slide in due time.                                                                                Deuteronomy 32:35

On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached in a monotone voice in Enfield, Connecticut, on the subject, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”* The sermon was based on Deuteronomy 32:35, and Rev. Edwards was not finished preaching before some members of his audience cried out, “What shall I do to be saved?”  And another, “Oh, I am going to hell!”  People rushed to the front before the sermon was over and Jonathan Edwards had to quiet them. Jonathan Edwards Book

“Let everyone that is out of Christ now AWAKE and fly from the wrath to come.”  The people of Enfield, Connecticut indeed woke up and that small town was never the same again.





*The One Year Christian History by Michael and Sharon Rusten




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2 Responses to JULY 8, 1741, THE GREAT AWAKENING

  1. Larry Who says:

    One of the most interesting things that I have ever read about Jonathan Edwards was written by Leonard Ravenhill in his book, “America is Too Young to Die.” Ravenhill wrote:

    Max Jukes, [an] atheist, lived a godless life. He married an ungodly [woman], and from this union there were 310 who died as paupers, 150 were criminals, 7 were murderers, 100 were drunkards, and more than half of the women were prostitutes. His 540 descendants cost the State one and a quarter million dollars [before inflation].

    Then there is a record of a great man of God, Jonathan Edwards. He lived at the same time as Max Jukes, but he married a godly [woman]. An investigation was made of 1,394 known descendants of Jonathan Edwards, of which 13 became college presidents, 65 college professors, 3 United States Senators, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 authors of prominence, one Vice-President of the United States, 80 public officials in other capacities, 295 college graduates, among whom were governors of states and ministers to foreign countries. Jonathan Edwards’ descendants did not cost the state a penny (quoted in America is Too Young to Die by Leonard Ravenhill, Minneapolis, Minnesota: Bethany Fellowship, 1979, p. 112).

    I copied the above from: http://www.rlhymersjr.com/Articles/12-22-02Decendants.html


    • Wow! Thanks for sharing those stats, Larry. I have read them before. Incidentally, you started me on quite a quest to listen to sermons by Leonard Ravenhill. For anyone on this blog, simply go to http://www.sermonindex.net and you may listen for FREE to recordings of famous ministers, read books by famous people, and really glean a ton of encouragement and wisdom from men and women of God. Thanks, Larry!


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