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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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Conformity to the World
      TEXT.-- Be not conformed to this world.--Romans xii. 2 IT will be recollected by some who are present, that some time since I made use of this text in preaching in this place, but the object of this evening's discourse is so far different that it is n ... read more

CONFORMITY TO THE WORLD
      "Be not conformed to this world"--Romans 12:2 Christians should not refuse to benefit by the useful arts, improvements, and discoveries of the world. The friends of God are not only privileged but bound to avail themselves of these. We must use all the ... read more

Conscience and the Bible in Harmony
      "By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." -- 2 Cor. 4:2. THE context shows that these words of Paul refer to his manner of preaching, and to the aim which he had in those labours. Conscience ... read more

Conscience and The Bible in Harmony
      "By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.["]--2 Cor. 4:2. The context shows that these words of Paul refer to his manner of preaching, and to the aim which he had in those labours. Conscien ... read more

Converting Sinners a Christian Duty
      "Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." -- James v. 19, 20. A SUBJECT of present ... read more

Danger of Delusion
      TEXT--'Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we let them slip.' Heb. 3:1 In remarking upon this text, I shall attempt to show: I. WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE RELIGION. II. THAT THE ... read more

Death to Sin
       TEXT.-- Romans 6:7: For he that is dead is freed from sin. In the discussion of this subject I shall notice, I. THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF DEATH MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE. II. WHAT KIND OF DEATH IS INTENDED HERE. III. WHAT IT CONSISTS IN; ... read more

Death to Sin through Christ
      "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." -- Romans 6:11. THE connection of this passage will help us to understand its meaning. Near the close of the previous chapter Paul had sa ... read more

Delighting in the Lord
      "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." --Ps. 37:4 In speaking from these words I shall, I. SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN DELIGHTING OURSELVES IN THE LORD. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE PROMISE "HE SHALL G ... read more

Dependence on Christ
      "Without me ye can do nothing." -- John 15:5. In discussing this subject I shall show-- I. THE MEANING OF THE TEXT. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT. III. THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING AND BELIEVING IT. IV. THE PRONENESS OF THE HUMAN HEART TO ... read more

Design or Intention Constitutes Character
      TEXT--Psalm 28:4: "Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors." By endeavors in this text, I understand design, or intention. In discussing this subject, I shall-- I. NOTICE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN I ... read more

DISCOVERING THE WAY OF SALVATION
      "Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ"--Acts 16:30,31. "Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption"--1 Corinthians 1:30. The gosp ... read more

Dishonesty in Small Matters Inconsistent With Honesty in Anything
      TEXT.--"He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much."--LUKE xvi. 10. THESE words are a part of the parable of the unjust steward, or rather, a principle which our Lord lays down in connection with the parable. The words do not require that I s ... read more

Doubtful Actions Are Sinful
      Text.--"He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." Romans 14:23. IT was a custom among the idolatrous heathen to offer the bodies of slain beasts in sacrifice, a part of every beast tha ... read more

DOUBTFUL ACTIONS ARE SINFUL
      "He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin" --Romans 14:23. It was a custom among the idolatrous heathen to offer the bodies of beasts in sacrifice. A part of every beast that was offered ... read more

Election and Reprobation
      "Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them." --Jer. 6:30 "For many are called, but few are chosen." --Mat. 22:14 "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father." --1 Pet. 1:2 From these texts you will per ... read more

Entire Consecration a Condition of Discipleship
      TEXT--Luke 14:33: "Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." In this discussion I design to show: I. WHAT IS NOT IMPLIED IN FORSAKING ALL FOR CHRIST. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT. III. WHAT IS INTEN ... read more

Eternal Life
      Text.--I John 5:10, 11: "He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, Because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record that God hath given to us eter ... read more

Evil Thinking
      Charity thinketh no evil. --1 Cor. 13:5 The context in which these words stand is doubtless familiar to many of you; but it may not be amiss for me to read it. "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become ... read more

Excitement in Revivals - Letter Six
      I have by no means done with the subject of excitement as connected with revivals of religion. In every age of the Church, cases have occurred in which persons have had such clear manifestations of Divine truth as to prostrate their physical strength enti ... read more

EXPLANATORY REMARKS FROM PROF. FINNEY UPON CERTAIN POINTS
      Dear Brother Cowles: I find that some things in my sermon reported by you on 1 Cor. 1:30, have been misapprehended by some of the brethren abroad. They have understood me to disapprove of ministers preaching at all upon the subject of politics. Now ... read more

EXPOSING YOUR INNER SELF
      "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves" --2 Corinthians 13:5 We must understand our own hearts and take the proper steps to prove our real characters as they appear to God. Scripture doesn't refer to a trial or proof of ou ... read more

Faith in its Relations to the Love of God
      "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." --John 3:16 By the "world" in this passage is meant the human race. The passage affirms God's love for th ... read more

Faith the Work of God
      "Then they said unto Him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." --John 6:28, 29 In the preceding context Jesus rebukes the people ... read more

False Professors
      Text--"They feared the Lord, and served their own gods." 2 Kings 17:33. WHEN the ten tribes of Israel were carried away captives by the king of Assyria, their places were supplied with strangers of different idolatrous nations, who knew nothing of the ... read more

Fanatical Excitement-Letter Seven
      While upon the subject of excitement, I wish to make a few suggestions on the danger that highly-excited feelings will take a wrong direction, and result in fanaticism. Every one is aware that, when the feelings are strongly excited, they are capable of b ... read more

Fearing the Lord and Walking in Darkness
      "Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10. In discoursing from these words I shall show: ... read more

Forfeiting Birth-right Blessings
      "Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled: Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye ... read more

FULNESS THERE IS IN CHRIST
      'For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.'--Col. 2:9, 10. The connection in which this text stands, shows that the Apostle is laboring to establish the ... read more

Fulness There is in Christ
      'For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.'--Col. 2:9, 10. The connection in which this text stands, shows that the Apostle is laboring to establish the di ... read more

George Whipple, Secretary of the American Missionary Association
      To George Whipple 12 September 1850 [MS in American Missionary Association Archives #F1-12377, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University] London 12th Sept 1850. Dear Br. Whipple. I am so weary that I am about to go over to the ... read more

Glorifying God
      Text.--I Cor. 10:31: "Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." In this discussion, I design to show, I. WHAT IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD, BY THE GLORY OF GOD. II. HOW WE MAY GLORIFY HIM. III. TO WHAT E ... read more

God Cannot Please Sinners
       Luke vii. 31--35. "And the Lord said, Whereunto, then, shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye h ... read more

God Has No Pleasure In The Sinner's Death
      "Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his way and live? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore, turn yourselves, and live ye."--Ezek. 18 ... read more

God Manifesting Himself to Moses
       "And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people; and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, ... read more

God Manifesting Himself to Moses
      "And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people; and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I ... read more

God Not Pleased with the Death of the Wicked
      "Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" Ezekiel xxxiii:11 In discuss ... read more

God Under Obligation To Do Right
      'Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?' Gen. 18:25. In discussing this subject I will show, I. WHAT IS RIGHT. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN GOD'S DOING RIGHT? III. THAT GOD IS UNDER A MORAL OBLIGATION TO DO RIGHT. IV. THAT ALL MORAL BE ... read more

God Under Obligation To Do Right
      'Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?' Gen. 18:25. In discussing this subject I will show, I. WHAT IS RIGHT. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN GOD'S DOING RIGHT? III. THAT GOD IS UNDER A MORAL OBLIGATION TO DO RIGHT. IV. THAT ALL MORAL BE ... read more

God's Anger Against the Wicked
      "God is angry with the wicked every day." -- Psalms 7:11. In speaking from this text I design to show briefly: I. WHO ARE "WICKED" IN THE SCRIPTURE SENSE OF THIS TERM; II. THAT GOD IS ANGRY WITH THEM; III. THE NATURE OF THIS ANGER; IV. THE ... read more

God's Commandments Not Grievous
      "His commandments are not grievous." 1st. John 5:3 The commandments here spoken of are God's. The whole verse reads--"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous." It is elsewhere said, we may kn ... read more

God's Goodness Toward Men Basely Requited
      "They have rewarded me evil for my good and hatred for my love"--Ps. 109:5. David is here speaking apparently of himself, yet really says much that is properly applicable to the Messiah. This is common to those ancient prophets who were, in a sort, ... read more

God's Love Commended To Us
      "But God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -- Romans v. 8. WHAT is meant here by "commend?" To recommend; to set forth in a clear and strong light. Towards whom is this love exercised? Towards u ... read more

God's Love for a Sinning World
      "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." -- John 3:16. Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. Pardoned or unp ... read more

God's Love to Sinners as Seen in the Gospel
      "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."--John 3:16 The subject of this great love is God. It is no other than God who is here said to have so love ... read more

Gospel Freedom
      TEXT. Romans 6:14 -- For sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace. I shall attempt to show, I. WHAT SIN IS. II. WHEN IT MAY BE SAID, THAT SIN HAS DOMINION IN THE SOUL. III. WHAT IT IS TO BE UNDER T ... read more

GOSPEL LIBERTY
      Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.--Galatians 5:1. In this lecture I shall show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE YOKE OF BONDAGE. II. WHAT IT IS TO BE ENTAN ... read more

Gospel Liberty
      Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.--Galatians 5:1. In this lecture I shall show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE YOKE OF BONDAGE. II. WHAT IT IS TO BE ENTAN ... read more

Gospel Ministers Ambassadors for Christ
      Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. --2 Cor. 5:20 An ambassador is an agent or representative of a government. In ancient times, they were employed onl ... read more

Governing the Tongue
      "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain." --James 1:26 In remarking upon these words, I will notice-- I. THE RULE BY WHICH THE TONGUE IS TO BE GOVERNED. ... read more

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