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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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The Excuses of Sinners Condemn God
      "Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?" -- Job xl. 8. ALTHOUGH in the main, Job had spoken correctly of God, yet in his great anguish and perturbation under his sore trials, he had said some things wh ... read more

The Excuses of Sinners Condemn God
       "Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?" Job 40:8. Although in the main, Job had spoken correctly of God, yet in his great anguish and perturbation under his sore trials, he had said some thing ... read more

The Eyes Opened to the Law of God
      "Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law." --Ps. 119: 18. In this discourse I shall show-- I. IN WHAT SENSE THE TERM LAW IS USED IN THE TEXT. II. THE MEANING OF THE REQUEST--"OPEN THOU MINE EYES." III. WHAT IS ... read more

The Eyes Opened to the Law of God pt.--2
      "Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law."--Psalm 119:18 V. The conditions on which an answer to the request in the text may be expected. 1. We must believe that there are such wondrous things in the Bible, and that G ... read more

The Fearful Results of a Spiritual Relapse
      "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. "Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. "Then goe ... read more

The Folly of Refusing to be Saved
      "Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?" --Proverbs 17:16. In ordinary discourse the term 'fool' is used in various senses; but generally in only one sense in the Bible. We sometimes speak of a ... read more

The Foundation, Conditions and Relations of Faith
      "And he believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness." --Gen. 15:6. "What shall we then say that Abraham, our father as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory, but not bef ... read more

The Gospel the Savor of Life or of Death
      TEXT.--2 Cor. 2:14-17: "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ in them that are saved, and in them that perish. ... read more

The Holy Spirit of Promise
      Text. Gal. 3:14.--That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. This text teaches us: I. THAT THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM HAS COME ON THE GENTILES THROUGH ... read more

The Indications and The Guilt of Backsliding
      "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, beca ... read more

The Inner and The Outer Revelation
      There are many who believe that a loose indefinite infidelity has rarely, if ever been more prevalent in our country than at this time, especially among young men. I am not prepared to say it is an honest infidelity, yet it may very probably be real. Youn ... read more

The Law of God--no. 1
      Text.--Matt. 22:36-40: Master, which is the great commandment, in the law? Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is ... read more

The Law of God--no. 2
      Text.--Matt. 22:39: And the second (commandment) is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. In continuing the discussion of this subject, I design to show: I. THE REAL SPIRIT AND MEANING OF THIS COMMANDMENT. II. ITS TENDENCY, AN ... read more

The Lord's People His Portion
       "For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance." Deut. 32:9 "And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." M ... read more

The Lord's People His Portion
      "For the Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance." Deut. 32:9 "And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." Mal. 3:1 ... read more

The Loss When a Soul is Lost
      "For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" -- Mark 8:36, 37. OURS is an inquisitive world, and the present especially is an inquisitive age. Particularly i ... read more

The Nature of Impenitence and the Measure of Its Guilt
      "Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not. Wo unto thee, Chorazin! wo unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have re ... read more

The Necessity of Divine Teaching
      TEXT.--Nevertheless I tell you the truth--it is expedient for you that I go away--for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you--but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteou ... read more

The Old Man and The New
      "That ye put off, concerning the former conversation, the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. ... read more

The Peace of God Ruling in the Christian's Heart
      "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." --Col. 3:15 In speaking from this verse, I propose to show, I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY "THE PEACE OF GOD." II. WHAT WE SHOULD UNDERSTA ... read more

The Prevailing Prayer Meeting
      Preached September 4, 1859 - Glasgow, Scotland A sermon on the importance of prayer as an appropriate and indispensable means of securing and promoting revivals of religion, with important related observations from the great revivals of New York, Alba ... read more

The Primitive Prayer-Meeting
      "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication."--Acts 1:14 In the context we have an account of Christ's last interview with his disciples. They had assembled at his request; he met them, "spoke to them of the things pertaining to the k ... read more

The Promises of God--no. 1
      Text. 2 Pet. 1:4:--Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. I. I SHALL PREFACE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY UPON ... read more

The Promises of God--no. 2
      Text. 2 Pet. 1:4:--Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. In continuing this subject, I am to show, ... read more

The Promises of God--no. 3
      Text. 2 Pet. 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. In continuing the contrast between the Old ... read more

The Promises of God--no. 4
      Text. 2 Pet. 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. In resuming the subject of the contrast bet ... read more

The Promises of God--no. 5
      Text. 2 Pet. 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. In some of my last lectures, I examined a f ... read more

THE PURSUIT OF SELFISHNESS
      "Love.....seeketh not her own"--1 Corinthians 13:5 Charity, or Christian love, "seeketh not her own." The question is not whether it is lawful to have any regard to our own happiness. On the contrary, part of our duty is to regard our own happiness acc ... read more

the refuge 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 ... read more

The Rest of Faith--no. 1
      Text. Heb. 3:19, & 4:1.--So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. The following is the order in which I wil ... read more

The Rest of Faith--no. 2
      Text. Heb. 3:19, & 4:1.--So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. Upon these words I remark: 1. That thi ... read more

The Richman and Lazarus
      "There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day; and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the ... read more

The Rule by Which Guilt of Sin is Estimated
      "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto al ... read more

The Rule by Which the Guilt of Sin is Estimated
      "And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men every where to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance un ... read more

The Salvation of Sinners Impossible
      "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" -- 1 Peter 4:18. I SAID in a former sermon, that the doctrine of the text is that the salvation of the righteous is difficult and that of the sinner impossible. In tha ... read more

The Savior Lifted Up, and the Look of Faith
      "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." -- John iii. 14, 15. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unt ... read more

The Self-Hardening Sinner's Doom
      "He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." -- Proverbs 29:1. IN discussing this subject I will consider: I. WHEN AND HOW PERSONS ARE REPROVED; II. GOD'S DESIGN IN REPROVING SINNERS; ... read more

The Sin of Fretfulness
       "Fret not thyself because of evil doers." --Psalm 37:1 Fretfulness is a state of mind the opposite of that meekness and patient endurance which the gospel enjoins on all. In discoursing from these words, I shall show-- I. WHY WE SHOULD NOT F ... read more

The Sinner's Excuses Answered
      "Elihu also proceeded and said, Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker." -- Job xxxvi. 1-3. ELIHU was present and heard the cont ... read more

The Sinner's Natural Power and Moral Weakness
      "Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." -- 2 Peter ii. 19. I PROPOSE in my present discourse to discuss the moral state of the sinner. I. All men are naturally free. The first important fact to be noted is, that all men ... read more

The Spirit Ceasing To Strive
      "And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man." --Genesis vi. 3. The following is the train of thought which I design to pursue:-- I. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE ASSERTION OF THE TEXT? II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE SPIRIT'S "STRIVING ... read more

The Spirit Not Always Striving
      "And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man." -- Gen. vi. 3. IN speaking from this text I shall pursue the following outline of thought, and attempt to show: I. What is implied in the assertion, My Spirit shall not always strive w ... read more

The Spirit Not Striving Always
      "And the Lord said--my Spirit shall not always strive with man." Gen. 6:3. In speaking from this text, I shall pursue the following outline of thought, and attempt to show, I. What is implied in the assertion, My Spirit shall not always strive wi ... read more

The Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of True Christianity
      "Who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame." Hebrews 12:2. These words are spoken of Jesus Christ. They stand in the following connection. "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses ... read more

The Treasure and The Pearl
      "The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which, when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof, goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant-man, seeking goo ... read more

The True Service of God
       TEXT--Josh 24:19: "Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for He is a holy God." In this discussion I will show: I. IN WHAT THE HOLINESS OF GOD CONSISTS. II. THAT THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF SERVICE, BOTH OF WHICH CLAIM TO BE R ... read more

The Wages of Sin
      "The wages of sin is death." -- Romans 6:23. THE death here spoken of is that which is due as the penal sanction of God's law. In presenting the subject of our text, I must -- I. Illustrate the nature of sin; II. Specify some of the attributes ... read more

The Wages of Sin
      "The wages of sin is death." Romans 6:23 The death here spoken of is that which is due as the penal sanction of God's law. In presenting the subject of our text, I must, I. Illustrate the nature of sin; II. Specify some of the attributes of ... read more

The Wants of Man and Their Supply
      "He began to be in want."--Luke 15:14. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."--Matthew 5:6. The parable of the prodigal son is intended to illustrate the case of the sinner, coming to himself, open ... read more

The Way of Salvation
      TEXT.--"Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." -- Acts xvi.30, 31, with 1 Cor. 1. 30. THERE can be no objection to pu ... read more

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