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October 31, 2010

"They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames."

There is no want of power in God to cast wicked men into hell at any moment.

Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up. The strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands. He is not only able to cast wicked men into hell, but he can most easily do it. Sometimes an earthly prince meets with a great deal of difficulty to subdue a rebel, who has found means to fortify himself, and has made himself strong by the numbers of his followers. But it is not so with God. There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God. Though hand join in hand, and vast multitudes of God's enemies combine and associate themselves, they are easily broken in pieces. They are as great heaps of light chaff before the whirlwind; or large quantities of dry stubble before devouring flames. We find it easy to tread on and crush a worm that we see crawling on the earth; so it is easy for us to cut or singe a slender thread that any thing hangs by: thus easy is it for God, when he pleases, to cast his enemies down to hell. What are we, that we should think to stand before him, at whose rebuke the earth trembles, and before whom the rocks are thrown down? -- Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God by Jonathan Edwards

Posted by Vanderleun at October 31, 2010 11:23 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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One of my daughters took a comparative religion course in high school. It was taught by a Pakistani Muslim, who, in spite of that, taught the course fairly and accurately. This was one of the essays he felt was important in American history and taught it to the kids enthusiastically. He made this sermon so interesting that the kids actually became interested in the Great Awakening. I wonder if Mr. Virmani taught the sermon because of its references to hell that are similar to those in the Koran.

Posted by: Jewel at October 31, 2010 4:51 PM

We know of the Enlightenment-influenced founders (who were not as irreligious as "sophisticates" think they were, just not particularly devout), but we don't know about the importance of religious fervor among many colonists and how that was as much an impetus for rebellion as the secular opinions of the revolutionary elite:


Also, the "enlightened" founders credited The Creator with giving us those irritating natural rights the left finds so inconvenient.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at November 1, 2010 1:26 PM

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