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Charles Finney

Charles Finney (1792 - 1875)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Charles Finney in text and pdf format. 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.

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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 ... 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 be ... 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 gr ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 see ... 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 b ... 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 TH ... 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 obstin ... 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 ... 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. ... 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, ... 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 ... 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? ... 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 edit ... 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 C ... 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. Th ... 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 ... 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 tau ... read more

Bound to Know Your True Character
      TEXT.--"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"-- 2 CORINTHIANS xiii. 5. IN speaking from this text I design to pursue the following order: I. Show what is intended by the requirement in the text. II. The necessity ... read more

Breaking Up the Fallow Ground
      Break up your follow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and rain righteousness upon you. Hos. 10:12. The Jews were a nation of farmers, and it is therefore a common thing in the scriptures to refer for Illustrations to their occupatio ... read more

Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?
      Amos iii. 3. "Can two walk together except they be agreed?" In the holy Scriptures, we often find a negative thrown into the form of an interrogation. The text is an instance of this kind; so that we are to understand the prophet as affirming ... read more

Carefulness a Sin
       Text. Phil. 4:6: Be careful for nothing. In this discussion, I design to show, I. WHAT CAREFULNESS, AS USED IN THIS TEXT, IS. II. THAT THIS STATE OF MIND IS SIN. III. HOW TO AVOID IT. I. I am to show the meaning of the word carefu ... read more

CAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC EYE
      "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God"--John 12:43 A plain distinction exists between self-love, or the simple desire for happiness, and selfishness. Self-love, the desire for happiness and dread of misery, is a part of our frame ... read more

Charles Hill Roe
      To Charles Hill Roe c. April 1850 [Extract published in Eliza Roe Shannon, A Minister's Life: Memoirs of Charles Hill Roe (Chicago: The Lakeside Press, 1900), pages 69-70. This letter was probably written from Worcester in March or April 1850 t ... read more

Christ Our Advocate
      "And if any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." -- 1 John ii. 1, 2. THE Bible abounds with governmental ana ... read more

Christ Our Advocate with The Father
      "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." --1 John 2:1 In remarking upon this passage, I must, 1. Explain the sense in which the term ... read more

Christ Tempted, Suffering, and Able to Succor The Tempted
      "For in that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted." --Heb. 2:18. The connection, commencing back with the tenth verse of this chapter, presents Jesus as one of the brethren among his people and assigns ... read more

Christ the Husband of the Church
      TEXT.--"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God."--Romans, vii 4. IN the discussion of thi ... read more

Christian Affinity
      Amos iii.3,--"Can two walk together except they be agreed?" In the holy Scriptures, we often find a negative thrown into the form of an interrogation. The text is an instance of this kind; so that we are to understand the prophet as affirming tha ... read more

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
      'Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.'--1 John 3:9. In this discourse I shall, I. INQUIRE WHAT SIN IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. WHAT TO BE BORN OF GOD I ... read more

Christian Character
      'Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.'--1 John 3:9. In this discourse I shall, I. INQUIRE WHAT SIN IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. WHAT TO BE BORN OF GOD IS ... read more

Christian Consciousness, A Witness for God
      "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord." Isaiah 43:10 When I first became religious, it seemed to me very wonderful that in all the preaching I had heard, there had been so little said of the testimony of personal experience. I had often heard appeals ... read more

Christian Perfection (1)
      TEXT.--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48. IN the 43rd verse, the Savior says, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy; but I say unto you, Love ... read more

Christian Perfection (2)
      TEXT.--"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48. IN speaking from these words, two weeks ago, I pursued the following order. 1. I showed what is implied in being perfect. 2. What Christian perfec ... read more

CHRISTIAN WARFARE
      'This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things ye would.'-- ... read more

Christian Warfare
      'This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things ye would.'--Gal ... read more

Christian Witnesses for God
      "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord." Isa. 43:10. In this discourse I shall show: I. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN AN APPEAL TO WITNESSES. II. WHAT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE COMPETENCY OF A WITNESS. III. STATE SOME THINGS THAT AFFECT HIS CREDIBILITY. IV ... read more

Christians the Light of the World
      TEXT.--Matt. 5:14-16: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine b ... read more

Coming to The Waters of Life
      "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink." --John 7:37 The feast spoken of here is the feast of tabernacles, of which we have a full account in Leviticus. It was ... read more

Coming Up through Great Tribulation
      "And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their ro ... read more

Communion with God--no. 1
      TEXT.--2 Cor. 13:14: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen." In discussing this subject, I shall-- I. CONSIDER THE MEANING OF THE TERM COMMUNION. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED ... read more

Communion with God--no. 2
      TEXT.--2 Cor. 13:14: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen." In pursuing this subject, I shall notice, according to my plan-- IV. The value and importance of Commu ... read more

Conditions of Being Kept
      TEXT--1 Peter 4:19: "Let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator." In this discussion I design to show: I. IN WHAT SENSE THE TRIALS, TEMPTATIONS, AND SUFF ... read more

Conditions of Being Saved
      "What must I do to be saved?" -- Acts xvi. 30. I BRING forward this subject today not because it is new to many in this congregation, but because it is greatly needed. I am happy to know that the great inquiry of our text is beginning to be deeply and ... read more

Conditions of Prevailing Prayer
      "Ask, and it shall be given you." Matt. 7:7, 8 "Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts." James 4:3 These passages are chosen as the foundation of several discourses which I design to preach on the condition of ... read more

Conditions of Prevailing Prayer pt.--2
      "Ask, and it shall be given you." Matt. 7:7, 8. "Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts." James 4:3. I will commence the present discourse by briefly recapitulating the prefatory remarks which I made in my fir ... read more

Conditions of Prevailing Prayer pt.--3
      "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts." James 4:3 In a former discourse on this text, I mentioned, among other conditions of prevailing prayer, that confession should be made to those whom our sins hav ... read more

Confession of Faults
      Text--James 5:16: "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed." In this discussion I shall show: I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY FAULTS IN THIS TEXT. II. TO WHOM THIS PASSAGE REQUIRES CONFESSION TO BE MADE. I ... read more

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