Before the 20th Century "God loves everyone" was largely a foreign theology to the United States even though they had the same Old Testament and New Testament that we have. The Puritans that stepped off the Mayflower at Plymouth in 1620, and their progeny that inhabited the United States for nearly 300 years, largely did not believe that "God loves everyone." Whether you call these early Americans, Puritans, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, or most other
Protestant religions in the U.S., they read the Bible daily and believed in the wrath of God and they feared Him greatly. You never see "god love's everyone" in their sermons or writings. Their books and sermons are full of the doctrine of God's wrath and judgment because the Bible is full of these notions. In fact, Alexis de Tocqueville, who wrote one of the most famous historical accounts of early America, is reported to have said that the greatness of America was tied to this fear of God by her people:
I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers - and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce - and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution - and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.
Below are quotes from Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758, one of the most famous American preachers of all time from one of the most famous sermons of all time, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God:
There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any one moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God...Justice calls aloud for an infinite punishment of their sins. Divine justice says of the tree of that brings forth such grapes of Sodom, "Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground..." The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God's mere will, that holds it back. They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell. They do not only justly deserve to be cast down thither, but the sentence of the law of God, that eternal and immutable rule of righteousness that God as fixed between him and mankind, is gone out against them and stands against them; so that they are bound over already to hell. John 3:18. "He that believeth not is condemned already." So that every unconverted man properly belongs to hell; that is his place; from thence he is, John 8:23 "Ye are from beneath.".
They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, that is express in the torments of hell. And the reason they do not go down to hell at each moment, is not because God, in whose power they are, is not then very angry with them; as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell, who there feel and bear the fierceness of his wrath. Yea, God is a great deal more angry with great numbers that are now on earth.so that it is not because God is unmindful of their wickedness, and does not resent it, and that he does not let loose his hand and cut them off. The wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot, ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow. That glittering
sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit hath opened its mouth under them.
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