On July 8, 1741, at the height of the First Great Awakening in the New England town of Enfield Connecticut, theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”. Stephen Williams who was in attendance wrote the following in his diary:
“We went over to Enfield where we met dear Mr. Edwards of Northampton who preached a most awakening sermon from these words, Deuteronomy 32:35, and before the sermon was done there was a great moaning and crying that went out through the whole House…. ‘What shall I do to be saved,’ ‘Oh, I am going to Hell,’ ‘Oh, what shall I do for Christ,’ and so forth. So yet the minister was obliged to desist, the shrieks and cry were piercing and amazing. After some time of waiting the Congregation was still, so yet a prayer was made by Mr. W. and after that we descended from the pulpit and discoursed with the people, some in one place and some in another, and amazing and astonishing the power of God was seen, and several souls were hopefully wrought upon that night, and oh the cheerfulness and pleasantness of their countenances.”1
Below is a re-enactment of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” read by Max McLean.
1. Iain Murray, Jonathan Edwards, A New Biography (Edinburgh, Scotland: Banner of Truth), 169.