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Charles G. Finney

Charles G. Finney

Charles Finney (1792 - 1875)

Known as one of the leaders in the Second Great Awakening revival in America. He was a revivalist who called for deep introspection of sin and preaching of the law to bring about sin. He was known to preach 30+ nights on sin and than the last night on Christ to have people flee to Him for mercy. Used greatly in the book: "Revivals of Religion" which is a classic on the subject of revival.

He preached on the true Baptism of the Holy Spirit and its necessity. In his revivalistic campaigns he was used of the Lord to bring some estimate over 50,000 souls to the Lord which many were sound converts. There has been questions raised surrounding his theology in the later years of his ministry but this does not discredit that God used him powerfully in revival and for God's kingdom.

      Charles Finney was born in Connecticut to an ordinary family and life that gave little hint of the great things God had in store for him. He was a schoolteacher and then a lawyer before his conversion at age 29. Finney was filled with the Holy Spirit on the same day he was saved and immediately began witnessing to friends and family members. More than twenty people were saved in the 24 hours following Finney's conversion. Finney's personal evangelism soon became public evangelism as he began to travel and preach in extended revival meetings. He considered revival to be a natural result of following the instructions God had laid out in His Word.

      During Finney's fifty years of preaching, more than 500,000 were saved. He wrote many books, the most enduring of which are The Autobiography of Charles Finney and Lectures on Revival of Religion. After ill health forced him to stop traveling in meetings, he accepted the pastorate of a church in New York City. From 1852 until 1866 he served as president of Oberlin College in Ohio. Although some of his theology was lacking, he was a powerful, Spirit-filled soul winner who brought revival to cities and towns across the eastern United States.

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A Seared Conscience

TEXT--1 Tim. 4:2: "Having their conscience seared with a hot iron." In this discussion I will show: I. WHAT CONSCIENCE IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. WHAT IS INTENDED BY A SEARED CONSCIENCE. IV. THE EVIDENCES OF A SEARED CONSCIENCE. V. HOW IT BECOMES SEARED. VI. CONSEQUENCES OF A SEARED CONSCIENCE. I.... Read More

A Seared Conscience--no. 2

TEXT--1 Tim. 4:2: "Having their conscience seared with a hot iron." In continuing this subject I am to show: VI. The consequences of a seared conscience. 1. A certain delusion in regard to your character and deserts. If your conscience becomes so seared as not to call your particular attention to th... Read More

A Single and an Evil Eye

TEXT--Mat. 6:22, 23: 'The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light; but if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!' In this discussion I w... Read More

A Willing Mind Indispensable to a Right Understanding of Truth

TEXT.--John 7:17: If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. In discoursing upon this subject I shall show: I. THAT GOD'S PROMISES, WITH THEIR CONDITIONS, ARE A REVELATION OF THE GREAT PRINCIPLES OF HIS GOVERNMENT. II. WHAT IS IMPL... Read More

Ability And Inability

'And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for He is a holy God.['] [Joshua 24:19] In this discussion, I shall I. POINT OUT THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF ABILITY AND INABILITY TO OBEY THE LAW OF GOD, WHICH HAVE BEEN INSISTED ON BY DIFFERENT CLASSES OF PHILOSOPHERS A... Read More

Ability and Inability

'And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for He is a holy God.['] [Joshua 24:19] In this discussion, I shall I. POINT OUT THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF ABILITY AND INABILITY TO OBEY THE LAW OF GOD, WHICH HAVE BEEN INSISTED ON BY DIFFERENT CLASSES OF PHILOSOPHERS A... Read More

Adorning the Doctrine of God Our Savior

"But showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things." Titus 2:10. In our last Friday prayer meeting, one of the brethren quoted this passage in prayer. It struck me with great force; indeed, I never had seen its beauty and power so fully before. It turned... Read More

Afflictions of the Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."--2 Cor. 4:17. Read also Psalm 73. Few things are more interesting than to contemplate the contrast every where drawn in the Bible between the righteous and the wicked. No man can tho... Read More

Alive Without the Law, Slain Thereby

"I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died."--Rom. 7:9 In my remarks upon this passage, I shall pursue the following outlines: I. SHOW IN WHAT SENSE PAUL WAS WITHOUT THE LAW; II. WHAT WERE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS STATE; III. IN WHAT SENSE THE "COMMANDM... Read More

All Events Ruinous to the Sinner

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." --Rom. 8:28 In my further discussion of this subject I shall attempt to show that all events conspire to ruin the obstinate and finally impenitent sinner. This is not dire... Read More

All Things Conspire for Evil to The Sinner

"Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him." --Isa. 3:11 "When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever." --Ps. 92:7 "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; the... Read More

All Things for Good to Those that Love God

"For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." --Rom. 8:28 In illustrating the subject presented in these words, I shall, I. SHOW WHAT THE PASSAGE MEANS. II. ILLUSTRATE THE MANNER IN WHICH THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED. III. NOTICE SOME PARTICULARS AS ILLUSTRATIONS OF THIS TRUTH.... Read More

All Things for Good to Those That Love God

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God." --Rom. 8:28 You will observe that the apostle speaks with all confidence. He does not say--we expect, or we believe or we conjecture that all will be well for God's friends,--but he says--we know. There is no doubt about it.... Read More

An Approving Heart--Confidence in Prayer

"Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight."--1 John 3:21, 22. In resuming and pursuing this subject, I shall, I. SHOW THAT IF OUR HEART DOES N... Read More

Any One Form of Sin Persisted In is Fatal to the Soul

"Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point is guilty of all." -- James 2:10. "He that is unjust in the least, is also unjust in much." -- Luke 16:10. In speaking from these words, I inquire, I. What is it to persist in sin? 1. To persist in sin is not to abandon it. If a person... Read More

Article in Response to Troy Presbytery

TROY (N.Y.) PRESBYTERY.--The following editorial note is taken from the New-York Evangelist of July 10; the same number which contains the "Action of the Troy Presbytery," published below. It is a little remarkable, that the same paper from which the editor extracts our "wish" that he would copy Mr.... Read More

Awaking from The Sleep of Spiritual Death

"Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light."--Eph. v:14. This text and the subject it presents will lead me to discuss the following points, in the order stated. I. WHAT IS THIS DEATH? II. WHY IS IT CALLED DEATH; WHO CAUSED IT, AND WHO WAS THE OCCASION OF I... Read More

Being in Debt

Text.--Rom. 13:8: "Owe no man any thing." In discussing this subject I design to show: I. THE MEANING OF THE TEXT. II. THAT TO BE IN DEBT IS SIN. III. THE DUTY OF THOSE WHO ARE IN DEBT. I. I am to show the meaning of the text. The meaning of this text, like most others, is to be learned from a caref... Read More

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."--Matthew v:3. In several of the first verses of this chapter, Christ states the distinctive features of the Christian character, and affirms the blessedness of those who possess them. The text gives one of them: "Blessed are the ... Read More

Blessednesss of Benevolence

TEXT.--Acts 20:35: It is more blessed to give than to receive. On what occasion our Lord Jesus Christ uttered these words we are not informed, as they are not recorded by the Evangelists. But we have the authority of an inspired Apostle, that He taught this doctrine. In considering this subject I wi... Read More

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