Originally Posted by brokenprism
Frank: Jonathan Edwards, who 'ignited' the first 'Great Awakening' in Protestant New England, is most famous for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." His congregations were begging for the gospel after that. People sweated and wailed in the pews.
Jonathan Edwards preached in 18th century. Luckily, we've advanced a bit since then and don't need to beg for the gospel to explain the world around us quite as much. As a result, the scare tactics of Edward's sermon aren't anywhere near as effective.
"Pain, or damage, don't end the world. Or despair. Or beatin's. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you've got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back."