Jonathon Edwards

Doing some research for a lecture I have given, spoke a little about Jonathon Edwards, who wrote the very well known sermon, “Sinners in the hands of an angry God”

Jonathan Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) was a colonial American Congregational preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans.

He preached in a monotone voice, in fact he was very non charismatic in how he preached, there was nothing that interesting about how he went about his stuff. But it was what was happening in the pews that many of you may have heard about and be interested in.

When he preached, people were so affected they started to fall of their seats and they thought they were falling into hell and they started to scream, uncontrollably, some people who advocate the Toronto Blessing, think that Jonathon Edwards was the pioneer of that movement, others don’t think that. But certainly the congregation when Jonathon preached came under the power of God and there were many manifestations of the Spirit, most noticeably for me the fact that people were drawn off the street by the Holy Spirit In six months, nearly three hundred were admitted to the church and came under the hand of God.

4 thoughts on “Jonathon Edwards”

  1. Hmmm . . interesting. I don’t know anything about Jonathan Edwards or about that history but it gives a lot of credence to ‘and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free'(John 8) Maybe it was simply the truth of God’s word and the faith of Jono Edwards that caused evil spirits to cast out? Jesus was the truth and look what happened to evil spirits just by standing in front of them.
    Sometimes I think we think we’ve got to do it and we get into a power game of human vs Spirit, when all we need is faith and the truth of God’s word.

  2. The interesting thing to me about John was his very understated delievery and style, yet Gods presence and power was incredible, and well documented.
    Do a google search on him, or go to wikipedia, there is a heap of information on him.

  3. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    He would have, if that had laptops back then 🙂

    More importantly, based on the fact Jesus was the master story teller and user of contemporary culture and illustrations, He would have used one too! 🙂

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