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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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Power From On High - Intro
      Please permit me through your columns to correct a misapprehension of some of the members of the late Council at Oberlin of the brief remarks which I made to them; first on Saturday morning, and afterwards on the Lord's Day. In my first remarks to them I ... read more

Power From On High - Is It A Hard Saying?
      In a former article I said that the want of an enduement of power from on high should be deemed a disqualification for a pastor, a deacon or elder, a Sabbath school superintendent, a professor in a Christian college, and especially for a professor in a th ... read more

Power From On High - Preacher, Save Thyself
      "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." I Timothy 4:16. I am not going to preach to preachers, but to suggest certain conditions upon which the salvation ... read more

Power From On High - Prevailing Prayer
      Prevailing prayer is that which secures an answer. Saying prayers is not offering prevailing prayer. The prevalence of prayer does not depend so much on quantity as on quality. I do not know how better to approach this subject than by relating a fact of m ... read more

Power From On High - The Decay Of Conscience
      I believe it is a fact generally admitted that there is much less conscience manifested by men and women in nearly all the walks of life than there was forty years ago. There is justly much complaint of this, and there seems to be but little prospect of r ... read more

Power From On High - The Enduement Of The Spirit
      Since the publication in the Independent of my article on "The Power from on High" I have been confined with protracted illness. In the meantime I have received numerous letters of inquiry upon that subject. They relate mostly to three particular points o ... read more

Power From On High - The Psychology Of Faith
      I have heretofore endeavored to show that sanctification is wrought in the soul by the Spirit of Christ, through faith, with and not without the concurrence of our own activity. I now wish to call attention to the nature or psychology of faith as a mental ... read more

Power From On High - The Psychology Of Righteousness
      During my Christian life I have been asked a great many times, in substance, by thoughtful and anxious souls: "What is the mental act or acts and states that God requires of me?" I have found it profitable, and even indispensable, with the commands of God ... read more

Power From On High - What Is It?
      The apostles and brethren, on the Day of Pentecost, received it. What did they receive? What power did they exercise after that event? They received a powerful baptism of the Holy Ghost, a vast increase of divine illumination. This baptism imparted a grea ... read more

PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING
      "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" -- Matthew 5:48. The Church is not sanctified, and we ought to know why. If the defect is in God, we ought to know it. If He has not provided a sufficient revelation or if the p ... read more

Prayer and Labor For the Gathering of the Great Harvest
      "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye, there ... read more

Prayer and Labor for the Gathering of The Great Harvest
      "But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye theref ... read more

Prayer for A Pure Heart
      "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." --Ps. 51:10 The term rendered "right" in this passage is in the margin, constant, and this seems to be its precise meaning. A constant, stedfast spirit, as opposed to the fickl ... read more

Pride of Heart Deceives
      "The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee." Obadiah 3. The connection in which these words are found, not being important to my present purpose, I shall pass it without remark, and proceed at once to the subject it presents. It will be my aim, ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters--No. 32
      Dear Brother: Permit me, through your columns, to address the Church upon a subject of great delicacy, and yet of immeasurable importance. From repeated remarks in different Religious Periodicals, I have observed, that a very important distinction is ove ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 33.
      Dear Brother: As I have continued to read what has been said in various publications, on the subject of entire sanctification, I have been more and more struck with the fact, that the difficulties in the way of a right understanding of the subject in m ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 34.
      Dear Brother: Before I pass to the second point to be discussed, I wish to call the attention of the brethren to the subject of my last letter; especially as circumstances, over which I had no control, prevented the present letter from having a place i ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 35.
      Dear Brother: On recurring to Pres. EDWARDS on the WILL, since my last, I perceive that I misapprehended the meaning of his proposition, that the will or choice universally is as the greatest apparent good is. He so explains the sense in which he uses th ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 36.
      DEAR BROTHER: I come now to show: V. THAT MORAL CHARACTER IS ALWAYS WHOLLY RIGHT OR WHOLLY WRONG, AND NEVER PARTLY RIGHT AND PARTLY WRONG AT THE SAME TIME. In the commencement of this letter, I must again remind your readers of that in which m ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 37
       DEAR BROTHER: I come now, according to my plan, to show: VI. WHAT ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION IS. It is agreed on all hands, that entire sanctification consists in entire obedience to the law of God. The great point of inquiry, therefore, ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 38.
      Dear Brother: I come now, according to my plan, to show: VII. THAT REGENERATION IS ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION, CONSIDERED AS AN ACT IN OPPOSITION TO A STATE. 1. Regeneration, or a change of heart, is a change in the ultimate intention, or in the choic ... read more

Prof. Finney's Letters.--No. 39.
       DEAR BROTHER: Let us now notice: X. THAT A STATE OF ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION IS ATTAINABLE IN THIS LIFE. By this proposition I mean, that this state is attainable in a practicable sense, and in such a sense as to render the expectation of ma ... read more

Prof. Finney's View on Justification by Faith
      In place of our usual sermon, we have thought it best to lay before our readers some extracts from Prof. Finney's recently published volume, on the point of justification. Our reasons for this are, (1.) The intrinsic importance of the subject. (2.) ... read more

Professor Finney's Letter.--No. 26.
       Beloved in the Lord: In my last I expressed the hope, if not the opinion, that no Christian church would excommunicate you simply for believing the doctrine of entire and permanent sanctification in this life. Since writing that letter, I have lea ... read more

PROFESSOR FINNEY'S LETTERS TO CHRISTIANS No. 2
      WHY DO YOU USE TOBACCO? [continued in next letter--Ed.] The practice of using tobacco is very general even among professing Christians. Have they any good reason for it? Now, my Brother, my Sister, if you are in the habit of using tobacco in any ... read more

PROFESSOR FINNEY'S LETTERS TO CHRISTIANS No. 3.
      WHY DO YOU USE TOBACCO? [Continued from previous letter--Ed.] Example is the highest moral influence that can be exerted. Said a father, who used tobacco, "I do not know how it is, I have told my boys again and again not to use tobacco, but, in ... read more

Professor Finney's Letters--No. 24.
      Beloved in the Lord: The present is a time of trial with you, and I feel as if it was of the utmost importance, that in these days you should "possess your souls in patience"--that "patience should have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and enti ... read more

Professor Finney's Letters--No. 27
       Beloved in the Lord: In my last letter I made some remarks upon the impropriety of your withdrawing from the churches to which you belong, either upon your own suggestion, or upon the suggestion of the churches themselves, unless for the purpose o ... read more

Professor Finney's Letters--No. 28.
       Beloved in the Lord: Since my last it has been suggested to me, that some of you have thought yourselves warranted in withdrawing from the particular churches to which you belong, because they lived in the open violation of their covenant engagements ... read more

Professor Finney's Letters. --No. 29.
      Dear Brother: In my lectures on entire sanctification, in the last volume of your paper, I gave an intimation, that I might notice and reply to any objection that might be seriously felt by myself or others, to the view I then presented. There are two ob ... read more

Professor Finney's Letters. --No. 30.
      Dear Brother: I will now quote the remaining paragraph from the esteemed brother's letter, mentioned in my last, and make a few remarks upon it. "One point is what you say of the claims of the law, in the Oberlin Evangelist, Vol. 2, p. 50: -- 'The q ... read more

Professor Finney's Letters.--No. 31
      Prof. Finney returned from Cleveland in time to write the following letter, for the last side of the paper. His Lecture will resume its place in our next. Dear Brother: I have seen several remarks in the papers of late, and have heard several suggesti ... read more

PROVE ALL THINGS
      TEXT.--Prove all things: hold fast that which is good.-- 1 Thess. 5:21. In speaking from this text, I remark, 1. That it enjoins the duty of fundamental and thorough inquiry on religious subjects. It requires us to know the reason of our faith an ... read more

PUTTING ON CHRIST
      'But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.'--Rom. 13:14. It is my purpose to show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THIS COMMAND. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN OBEYING IT. III. SOME OF THE ESS ... read more

Putting on Christ
      'But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.'--Rom. 13:14. It is my purpose to show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THIS COMMAND. II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN OBEYING IT. III. SOME OF THE ESSEN ... read more

Quenching the Spirit
      "Quench not the Spirit." -- 1 Thess. v. 19. IN discussing the subject presented in this text, I shall aim, I. To show how the Holy Spirit influences the mind; II. To deduce some inferences from the known mode of the Spirit's operations; III. S ... read more

Receiving Honor from Men and Not from God
      "How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?" --John 5:44 The discussion of the subject presented in these words will lead me, I. TO SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN RECEIVING HONOR FROM M ... read more

RECONCILIATION: A COVENANT OF GRACE
      "The gifts and calling of God are without repentance"--Romans 1:29 The meaning of this Scripture is not that God calls and saved the sinner without his repenting but that God never changes His mind once He undertakes the salvation of a soul. Some th ... read more

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 28:17. If we would understand this passage, it is important that we ... read more

Rejoicing in Boastings
      "But now ye rejoice in your boastings; all such rejoicing is evil." James 4:16 In discussing this subject I shall show, I. WHEN ONE MAY BE SAID TO REJOICE IN HIS BOASTINGS. II. THE WICKEDNESS OF SUCH BOASTINGS. 1. When we have a self-c ... read more

Relations of Christ to the Believer
      "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption." 1 Cor. 1:30 In speaking from this text, I shall, I. DEFINE BRIEFLY THE TERMS USED; II. SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN CHRIST ... read more

Religion of Public Opinion
      TEXT.--For they loved the praise or men more than the praise or God. John xii. 43. THESE words were spoken of certain individuals who refused to confess that Jesus was the Christ, because He was extremely unpopular with the scribes and pharisees, and ... read more

Religion of the Law and Gospel
      TEXT.--"What shall we say then? That the Gentiles which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith: but Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of ... read more

RELIGION OR SAVING FAITH
      "What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righte ... read more

Repentance Before Prayer for Forgiveness
      "Repent, therefore, of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bonds of iniquity.["] Acts, 8:22, 23 These words were addressed ... read more

Reprobation
      JEREMIAH vi. 30.--Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them. These words were spoken of a generation of Israel, with whom God had used every suitable means to reclaim and save them; and who had withstood them all, and had ... read more

Reproof a Christian Duty
      Text.--"Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him."--Leviticus 19:17. THE whole verse reads thus; "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him." In ... read more

Responsibility of Hearing the Gospel
      "Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have." --Luke 8:18. These words follow almost immediately after the parable of the sower--a pa ... read more

Rest of the Saints
      TEXT.--For we which have believed do enter into rest.-- Heb. iv. 3. THE following is the course of thought to which I wish to direct your attention this evening: I. I shall endeavor to show what is not the rest here spoken of. II. Show what it is. ... read more

RESTING IN OBEDIENCE
      "For we which have believed do enter into rest" --Hebrews 4:3. The apostle who wrote this was very active in the Church. Those of whom he spoke, including himself-"we who have believed do enter into rest"-would know at once they had not entered into th ... read more

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