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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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Revelation Of God's Glory
       '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 ... read more

Revival at Evan's Mill
      A LITTLE way from the village of Evans' Mills, was a settlement of Germans, where there was a German church with several elders, and a considerable membership, but no minister, and no regular religious meetings. Once each year they were in the habit of ha ... read more

Revival in Rochester, 1830
      LEAVING New York I spent a few weeks in Whitestown; and, as was common, being pressed to go in many directions, I was greatly at a loss what was my duty. But among others, an urgent invitation was received from the Third Presbyterian church in Rochester, ... read more

Salvation Always Conditional
      TEXT--1 Cor. 10:12: "Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." In remarking upon this subject I will show: I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY ONE'S THINKING THAT HE STANDETH. II. SHOW IN WHAT SUCH A CONFIDENCE MAY BE FOUNDED. III. ... read more

Salvation Difficult to the Christian, Impossible to the Sinner
      "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" -- 1 Peter. 4:18. FROM the connection of this passage, some have inferred that the apostle had his eye immediately upon the destruction of Jerusalem. They suppose this ... read more

Sanctification By Faith
      TEXT--"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid; yea, we establish the law."--Romans iii. 31. THE apostle had been proving that all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles, were in their sins, and refuting the doctrine so generally entertained by ... read more

Sanctification--no. 1
      TEXT. 1 Thess. 5:23, 24. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it. In dis ... read more

Sanctification--no. 2
      TEXT.--1 Thess. 5:23-24. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it. I come ... read more

Sanctification--no. 3
      TEXT.--1 Thess. 5:23-24. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it. We hav ... read more

Sanctification--no. 4
      TEXT.--I Thess. 5:23, 24. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it. Havin ... read more

Sanctification--no. 5
      TEXT.--1 Thess. 5:23, 24. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. I mi ... read more

Sanctification--no. 6
      TEXT.--1 Thess. 5:23, 24. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. In p ... read more

Sanctification--no. 7
      TEXT.--1. Thess. 5:23, 24: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. The ... read more

Sanctification--no. 8
      TEXT.--1 Thess. 5:23, 24: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. VIII ... read more

Sanctification--no. 9
      TEXT.--1 Thess. 5:23, 24: And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. In c ... read more

Seeking the Kingdom of God First
      "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." --Matthew 6:33. The Jews were greatly mistaken in respect to the nature of that kingdom which their Messiah was to set up. They expected a k ... read more

Self Deceivers
      Text--But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.-- James 1:22. THERE are two extremes in religion, equally false and equally fatal. And there are two classes of hypocrites that occupy these two extremes. The first cl ... read more

Self Denial
      TEXT--Luke 9:23: "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." In this discussion I shall show: I. WHAT SELF-DENIAL IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT ... read more

SELFISHNESS
      'Israel is an empty vine; he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.'--Hos. 10:1. In this passage the Lord complains of the selfishness of Israel; and it is my present design to show, I. WHAT SELFISHNESS IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. THAT IT CA ... read more

Selfishness
      'Israel is an empty vine; he bringeth forth fruit unto himself.'--Hos. 10:1. In this passage the Lord complains of the selfishness of Israel; and it is my present design to show, I. WHAT SELFISHNESS IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. THAT IT CANN ... read more

Selfishness Not True Religion
      TEXT. "--Seeketh not her own."--1. Cor. xiii. 5. THAT is, Charity, or Christian love, seeketh not her own. The proposition which I design to establish this evening, is the following: THAT A SUPREME REGARD TO OUR OWN HAPPINESS IS INCONSISTENT WITH ... read more

September 15, 1841 PROF. FINNEY'S CHARGE
      The following is a Skeleton of the Charge delivered by Prof. Finney, at the Ordination on the 24th ult. We wrote it from memory, not being in a condition to take notes at the time. 1. We charge you to preach the whole gospel, and in its proper propo ... read more

Sinners bound to change their own hearts
      Ezek xviii. 31. MAKE YOU A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT, FOR WHY WILL YE DIE? These words were addressed to the house of Israel, who from their history and from the verses in connection with the text, were evidently in a state of impenitency; and ... read more

Stewardship
      Luke xvi. 2.--"Give an account of thy stewardship." A steward is one who is employed to transact the business of another, as his agent or representative in the business in which he is employed. His duty is to promote, in the best possible manner, ... read more

Submission to God
      Text--James 4:7: "Submit yourselves therefore to God." In the discussion of this subject I shall inquire: I. WHAT CONSTITUTES SUBMISSION TO GOD. II. POINT OUT SOME THINGS THAT ARE IMPLIED IN SUBMISSION. III. NOTICE VARIOUS DELUSIONS WH ... read more

Submission to God--no. 2
       TEXT--James 4:7: "Submit yourselves therefore to God." In continuation of this subject, I will, III. Notice various delusions practiced by many upon themselves. 1. They confound desire with will. And because they desire to be reconciled to G ... read more

Substitution
      "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. 5:21 The present occasion in which a large number of youth are about to unite with our church, together with the circumstance th ... read more

Temptations Must Be Put Away
      TEXT--Mat. 5:29,30: "And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut i ... read more

Thanks for The Gospel Victory
      "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." --Romans vii:25 "Thanks be to God who giveth us the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord." --1 Cor. xv:57 In both these passages Paul gives thanks for deliverance from a sinning and sinful state. T ... read more

The Affections and Emotions of God
      Text. Hosea, 11:8.--"How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? my heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together." In discoursing upon this tex ... read more

The Benevolence of God
      "God is love."--1 John 4:16. It is not my intention, in commenting upon these words, to prove them to be true, for I should consider myself poorly employed in attempting to prove the truth of any passage of Scripture. It is not so much the business ... read more

The Blessedness of Enduring Temptation
      "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him." --James 1:12. This passage presents the subject of enduring temptation. In discussing it, I ... read more

THE BREAD OF HEAVEN
      "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law"--Romans 3:31. Paul proved that all men were in sin, refuting the doctrine generally held by the Jews that they were a holy people saved by their works. He showed that jus ... read more

THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
      "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 7:4. Marriage is set forth in the Bible ... read more

THE CHALLENGE OF LOVE
      "Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him"--Leviticus 19:17. Men are bound to reprove their neighbors for sin, or they become partakers or accessories to their sin. If we really love God, we will feel bound to reprove those ... read more

The Child-Like Spirit an Essential Condition of Entering Heaven
      "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."--Matt. 18:3 "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therei ... read more

The Christian's Genuine Hope
      "Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure." --1 John 3:3 The connection of this passage shows what its meaning must be. With admiring wonder the apostle calls our attention to that love bestowed on us by the Father i ... read more

The Church Bound to Convert the World
      "And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things ... read more

The Church Bound to Convert the World pt.--2
      "And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things w ... read more

The Church of Christ at Oberlin, Ohio
      To The Church of Christ at Oberlin, Ohio 13 June 1850 [MS in Oberlin College Archives 31/4/1] Tabernacle House. Finsbury. London. England. 13th June 1850. To the Church of Christ at Oberlin. Ohio. America. My Dearest Brethren & Si ... read more

The Covenants
      TEXT. Heb. 8:13. --In that he saith, 'A new covenant,' he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. The more experience I have in preaching the gospel, the more ripe are my convictions, that ministers t ... read more

THE DANGER OF DECEPTION
      "He that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much"--Luke 16:10. Jesus lays down a principle in connection with the parable of the unjust steward: One who is dishonest in small matters is not really honest in anything. I don't mean that is a per ... read more

The Death of Saints Precious
      "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15 The sentiment of the text is clearly expressed, leaving us in no doubt as to what it is. God looks upon the death of his saints as an event of peculiar interest. In disc ... read more

The Destruction of the Wicked
      "He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." --Prov. 29:1 In speaking from these words, I shall, 1. Notice some of the ways in which God reproves the wicked; 2. Show what is meant b ... read more

The Doom of Those Who Neglect So Great Salvation
      "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" -- Hebrews 2:3. ESCAPE what? What can Universalists say to such a question as this? They whose first doctrine proclaims that there can be no danger -- what will they say to this solemn question an ... read more

The Doom of Those Who Neglect The Great Salvation
      "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" Hebrews 2:3 Escape what? What can Universalists say to such a question as this? They whose first doctrine proclaims that there can be no danger--what will they say to this solemn question and i ... read more

The Editor of The British Banner
      To the Editor of The British Banner 15 August 1850 [Published in The British Banner (London), 21 August 1850, p. 572.] In The British Banner for 14 August 1850, p. 539, the editor, Rev. John Campbell, published an article under the heading " ... read more

The Editors of The Independent
      To the Editors of The Independent 12 December 1850 [Published in the "Foreign Correspondence" column of The Independent (New York), 17 April 1851. p. 61. It was also published the same day in The New-York Evangelist, 17 April 1851, p. 64, with part ... read more

The Essential Elements of Christian Experience
      "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." -- Matt. v. 6. THERE are a great many things in the experience of Christians, which, traced out in their natural history, are exceeding interesting. I have been str ... read more

The Essential Elements of Christian Experience
      "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."--Mat. v. 6. There are a great many things in the experience of Christians, which traced out in their natural history, are exceedingly interesting. I have been stru ... read more

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