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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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      TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Dear Brethren: If I am not entirely mistaken, many excitements that have been supposed to be revivals of religion, have after all had but very little true religion in t ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- In addressing you farther on this subject I remark, 6. That in training children, parents should remember their nature, and that their will is in the first instance influenced by sense, and not by moral considerations--tha ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- In compliance with an intimation given some time since, that I should, God willing, address some letters to parents, I will now commence the series, with hope of promoting the interests of the rising generation. I shall com ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- In pursuing this subject I will notice several others things to be avoided in the training of children. 22. Avoid every thing that can be construed by them into insincerity on any subject. Especially every thing that may ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- In continuing my remarks upon the subject of training children, let me say-- 14. Keep them, as much as possible, with yourself, and under your own eye. Be yourself, as far as possible, the companion of your own children. ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- I remark: 22. Cultivate natural affection among your children. Remember, that what is called natural affection, is natural in no other sense, than that it is natural for children to love those that love them. Therefore, ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- I will now call your attention-- IV. To some of the difficulties in the way of training up children in the way they should go. 1. A want of the requisite information on the part of parents, and especially on the part ... read more

      DEAR BRETHREN AND SISTERS:-- I now observe: V. That if the condition be fulfilled, that is, if a child be trained up in the way he should go, it is certain, that when he is old, he will not depart from it. 1. Because God has said it. 2. He has ... read more

Levi Burnell
      To Levi Burnell 15 December 1837 [Autograph signed letter in Correspondence of Oberlin College.] Levi Burnell (1803-1881) was the Treasurer and Secretary of Oberlin College. Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, he went to Rochester as a ... read more

Living by Faith
      "The just shall live by faith." Habakkuk 2:4 These words which occur first in Habakkuk are quoted in Gal. 3:11 and again in Heb. 10:38. They express a great truth which has a specially rich and important development in the gospel. I. I will first ... read more

Losing First Love
      "Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love."--Rev. 2:4 In speaking from these words, I shall: I. Notice briefly what the first love of a Christian is; II. How it manifests itself; III. How it may be known ... read more

Losing One's First Love
      "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee because thou hast left thy first love." Rev. 2:4. This passage occurs in a part of this Epistle which Jesus dictated and John wrote to the Church of Ephesus, "These things saith he who holdeth the seven sta ... read more

Love is the Whole of Religion
      TEXT.--Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.--Romans xiii. 10 IN speaking from these words, I design, I. To make some remarks on the nature of love. II. To show that love is the whole of religion. II ... read more

Love Of The World
      I John ii.15. --Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. In discussing this subject, I shall pursue the following order:-- I. What we are to understand by the love o ... read more

Love Worketh No Ill
      TEXT--Rom. 13:10: "Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." In discussing this subject I shall show: I. WHAT THE LOVE THAT CONSTITUTES TRUE RELIGION IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. WHO IS TO BE RE ... read more

Mediatorship of Christ
      TEXT--1 Tim. 2:5: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." In discussing this subject, I shall-- I. SHOW WHAT A MEDIATOR IS. II. SOME THINGS IMPLIED IN THE EXISTENCE OF THAT OFFICE. III. WHAT ARE ESSEN ... read more

Men Invited To Reason Together With God
      "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." -- Isaiah 1:18. GOD is a moral agent. If he was not, he could not have moral ... read more

Men Often Highly Esteem What God Abhors
      "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination in the sight of God." -- Luke xvi. 15. CHRIST had just spoken the parable of the unjust steward, in which He pres ... read more

Men, Ignorant of God's Righteousness, Would Fain Establish Their Own
      For they, being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. Romans x: 3 Paul here states three facts in respect to the Jews, viz.: that they were i ... read more

Moral Insanity
      "The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live." -- Eccl. ix. 3. THE Bible often ascribes to unconverted men one common heart or disposition. It always makes two classes, and only two, of our race -- saints ... read more

Mutual Confession of Faults, and Mutual Prayer
      "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. --James 5:16 [A sermon from this text was published in the second volume of the Evangelist. The present sermon was prepared without any reference to that, and cont ... read more

National Fast Day
      Text--Isaiah 58: "Cry aloud, spare not; lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins," &c. &c. My design is not to enter into a critical exposition of this chapter, but merely to make it ... read more

      Owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another, hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there b ... read more

Necessity and Nature of Divine Teaching
      'Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.'--Phil. 2: ... read more

      'Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.'--Phil. ... read more

On Becoming Acquainted With God
      "Acquaint now thyself with him and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee." --Job 22:21. The speaker here addresses Job and exhorts him to become acquainted with God. The text therefore naturally leads us to enquire, I. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN ... read more

On Being Holy
       "Be ye holy, for I am holy." 1 Peter 1:16 This precept enjoins holiness, and our first business should therefore be to enquire what holiness is. It is plain that the Bible uses the term as synonymous with moral purity; but the question will s ... read more

On Being Searched of God
      "Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."--Psalm 139:23, 24. These words occur at the close of that wonderful Psalm, written under a vivid sense ... read more

On Believing with The Heart
       "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness." -- Romans 10:10 The subject brought to view in this passage requires of us, that we should, I. Distinguish carefully between intellectual and heart faith. There are several different stat ... read more

On Confessing and Being Cleansed From Sin
      "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 The connection in which this passage stands, is this--"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the trut ... read more

On Divine Manifestations
      "If ye love me, keep my commandments; And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye ... read more

On Following Christ
      "Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me." John 21:22 These words Christ spake to Peter. He had previously given Peter to understand that in his advanced life his liberty would be restrained, a ... read more

On Injustice To Character
      "Judge not, that ye be not judged, For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again, And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in ... read more

On Offering Praise to God
       "Whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me." --Ps. 50:23 Praise is commendation. To praise one, is to commend him. The text affirms that he who offers praise glorifies God. Let us enquire-- I. What is implied in offering acceptable praise to G ... read more

On Quenching The Spirit
      "Quench not the Spirit."--1 Thess. 5:19 In treating the subject presented in this passage, I shall, I. Show what it is to quench the Spirit; II. How it is done; III. Some of the consequences of doing it. I. The Bible represents the ... read more

On Refuges Of Lies
      "Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet, and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place." --Isaiah xxviii. 17. All men know themselves to be sinners against God. They kn ... read more

On Self-Denial
       "And he said to them all, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23 In order to understand this solemn declaration of our Lord, the first important point to be ascertained is th ... read more

On Sinning
      "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17 This is only a part of what the apostle James said to those who supposed they might have true faith and yet neglect the duties required in the moral law. This ... read more

On the Atonement
      "How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." -- 1 Cor. xv. 3. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." -- 2 Cor. v. 21. "But God commendeth his love toward u ... read more

On the Lord's Supper
      "For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, And, when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: thi ... read more

On Trusting in the Mercy of God
      "I will trust in the mercy of God forever and ever." -- Ps. 52:8. IN discussing this subject I shall enquire, I. What mercy is. II. What is implied in trusting in the mercy of the Lord forever. III. Point out the conditions on which we may saf ... read more

Ordination Sermon
      'Take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.' 1 Tim. 4:16. In remarking upon these words I shall, I. POINT OUT SOME OF THE RESPECTS IN WHICH A MINISTER S ... read more

overcome the world
      "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." -- 1 John 5:4. THE discussion of this text naturally leads us to make four inquiries, I. What is it to overcome the world? ... read more

Owing God pt1
      "How much owest thou unto my Lord?" Luke 16:5 These words are part of the parable of the unjust steward. In this parable Christ teaches the importance of using wealth so as to fulfill the conditions of being received into heaven. It is not my purpos ... read more

Owing God pt2
      "How much owest thou unto my Lord?" Luke 16:5 The rights of God in regard to his creatures imply corresponding obligations on their part. It remains for us to consider what these obligations are. The question--How much owest thou unto my Lord, re ... read more

Paul and Felix, Or Preaching and Procrastination
      "And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. "And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, go ... read more

Power From On High - Enduement Of Power From On High
      In this article I propose to consider the conditions upon which this enduement of power can be obtained. Let us borrow a little light from the Scriptures. I will not cumber your paper with quotations from the Bible, but simply state a few facts that will ... read more

Power From On High - How To Overcome Sin
      In every period of my ministerial life I have found many professed Christians in a miserable state of bondage, either to the world, the flesh, or the Devil. But surely this is no Christian state, for the apostle has distinctly said: "Sin shall not have do ... read more

Power From On High - How To Win Souls
      "Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." 1 Timothy 4:16. I beg leave in this article to suggest to my younger brethren in the ministry some thoughts on t ... read more

Power From On High - Innocent Amusements
      We hear much said, and read much, in these days, of indulging in innocent amusements. I heard a minister, some time since, in addressing a large company of young people, say that he had spent much time in devising innocent amusements for the young. Within ... read more

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