Puritanism Sinner’s In the Hands of an Angry God

Puritanism Sinner’s In the Hands of an Angry God Jonathon Edwards Puritanism, a religious reform movement in the late 16th and 17th century which sought to “purify” the Church of England, Anglican Church. Puritans became noted for a spirit of moral and religious pledge that determined their whole way of life, and they sought through church reform to make their lifestyle the pattern for the whole nation. Their efforts to transform the nation led to a civil war in England, and to the founding of the colonies in America as working models of the Puritan way of life. The excerpt from Jonathon Edwards’ sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, is an example on how Puritans followed their religion. Jonathon Edwards’ work describes how God hated Puritans for their sins; which led the Puritans to feel guilty for their sins. With the wrath of God and the guilt man felt, the damnation and salvation principal became the focus of Puritanism. The Puritans religion had the belief that they were sinners, and that God hated them for their sins. According to Jonathon Edwards, God hates man “‘Tis true that judgement against your evil work has not been executed” (Edwards 41). He used evil work as a metaphor for sins. Bremmer’s article Puritanism, its Essence and Attraction describes God’s creation of man, man’s fall from his grace, and how we became sinners. “Man was part of God’s creation and was made in the image of God. The relationship between God and the first man Adam was described as a covenantal bond. In the words of the Puritan West – minister Confession, ‘life was promised to Adam, and in him to his posterity, upon condition of perfect and personal obedience.’ But ‘our first parents’ violated this covenant” (Bremmer 20). Since our first parents violated this covenant, they fell from their original righteousness and communion with God, and so became dead in their sin. The effects from this original sin were born…

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