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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 Ways of Sin Hard; Of Holiness, Pleasant
      The following passages present the subject on which I propose to speak. "The way of transgressors is hard."--Prov. 13:15 "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."--Acts 9:5 "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, who ... read more

The Wicked Heart Set to do Evil
      "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." -- Eccl. viii. 11. THIS text manifestly assumes that the present is not a state of rewards and punishments, in whi ... read more

The Wicked Stumbling in Their Darkness
      "The way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble." Proverbs 4:19 The older I grow, the more I admire and love the book of Proverbs. Its wisdom is most profound. Manifestly these proverbs are the result, not of inspiration on ... read more

The Wrath of God Against Those Who Withstand His Truth
      "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness." -- Romans i. 18. THE following context shows that in these words the apostle has his eye especially on those who, n ... read more

The Wrath of God Against Those Who Withstand His Truth
      "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness." Romans 1:18 The following context shows that in these words the apostle has his eye especially on those who, not ... read more

Theodore Dwight Weld
      [Autographed signed letter in pencil in the Weld-Grimke Papers, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.] Addressed: T. D. Weld Esqr No. 80 White St. Letter: N.Y. 23 Feb. 1837. Dr. Br. Weld. I feel as if in th ... read more

Thy Will Be Done
       'Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.' Mat. 6:10. 1. EVERY system of Theology assumes the truth of some system of Mental Philosophy, and indeed every theological opinion takes for granted, or assumes as true, some principle of Mental Phil ... read more

TO BELIEVERS IN THE DOCTRINE OF ENTIRE AND CONTINUED SANCTIFICATION IN THIS LIFE #1
      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

TO BELIEVERS IN THE DOCTRINE OF ENTIRE AND CONTINUED SANCTIFICATION IN THIS LIFE. No. 2
      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 learned ... read more

TO BELIEVERS IN THE DOCTRINE OF ENTIRE AND CONTINUED SANCTIFICATION IN THIS LIFE. No. 3.
      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 of uni ... read more

TO BELIEVERS IN THE DOCTRINE OF ENTIRE AND CONTINUED SANCTIFICATION IN THIS LIFE. No. 4.
      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

To Elisha Camp
      To Elisha Camp 22 January 1821 [MS in the Elisha Camp Papers, Cornell University, Department of Manuscripts and Archives (Accession Number, 696, Box 2)] Elisha Camp (1786-1866) was a prominent citizen in Sackets Harbor, New York, and a land agent ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#1]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: In addressing you, agreeably to the plan which I suggested in the last volume of the Evangelist, I would by all means, commence by saying, and I beg you to understand, and all along to remember, that I would by no means take the posit ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#2]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: In my last letter to you, I glanced very briefly at the present state of the Church, and promised in this letter to notice some of the reasons for this state of things, as they present themselves to my own mind. 1. I would humbly i ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#3]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: In pursuing this subject, permit me to inquire, 8. Whether the sectarianism of the ministry is not the cause of the sectarianism of the Church? Is it not a fact, that the spirit and bearing of ministers of different denominations t ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#4]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: Permit me to inquire: 16. Whether another great difficulty with the Church is not, that ministers have been endeavoring to promote spirituality in the Church without true piety? Has it not been too much overlooked, that spiritualit ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#5]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: I am afraid in my letters to you, that I shall appear dictatorial, and as if I took too much upon me, and have often been on the point of resolving to say no more, lest I should appear assuming and upon the whole do more hurt than goo ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#7]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: The Lord is in great mercy visiting our churches again with precious revivals of religion, and will you permit me to make a few suggestions in respect to the course to be pursued to preserve the converts from backsliding? You are awar ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#8]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: In my last I intimated that I had several more suggestions to make, in regard to the instruction needed by different classes of converts. The conviction in my mind is fully ripe, that religious teachers cannot lay too much stress upon ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#6]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: Another topic upon which I wish particularly to address you, is the fear of being thought to have changed your opinions upon religious subjects. There is something very wonderful in the state of public sentiment, to which the attentio ... read more

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#9]
      BELOVED BRETHREN: In my last, I observed that I had some things I wished to say to ministers, on the necessity of their being baptized with the Holy Ghost. I begin by saying, that to me it seems very manifest, that the great difference in ministers in ... read more

To The Christian Readers of The Oberlin Evangelist
      TO THE CHRISTIAN READERS OF THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST. BELOVED--You perceive that I have already commenced one of the promised course of Lectures. Before I proceed any further, permit me to bring distinctly before your minds the main object I have in ... read more

TO THE EDITORS OF PERIODICALS WHO ARE PROFESSING CHRISTIANS.
      TO THE EDITORS OF PERIODICALS WHO ARE PROFESSING CHRISTIANS. DEAR BRETHREN: It becomes me to speak with unfeigned modesty and humility in addressing you on a subject of the highest importance to this nation and to the world. It is no part of my d ... read more

TO THE PROFESSORS OF RELIGION WHO WERE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH PREVIOUS TO THE LATE GREAT REVIVALS
      BELOVED BRETHREN AND SISTERS. In the last volume of the Evangelist, I addressed several letters to the converts of the recent great revivals. Among other things I pointed out to them some of the reasons why they had not grown more in grace. I then desi ... read more

To The Readers: Four Classes of Professors In The Church
      TO THE CHRISTIAN READERS OF THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST. Beloved--The object of this letter, is to state a little more definitely, than I have hitherto done, some of the reasons why young converts have not grown in grace, more; and why I have fear ... read more

To The Young Christians Who Have Been Converted In The Great Revivals # 1
      TO THE YOUNG CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE BEEN CONVERTED IN THE GREAT REVIVALS OF THE FEW PAST YEARS, SCATTERED UP AND DOWN IN THE LAND, WHEREVER THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD MAY HAVE CAST YOUR LOT: [#1] Beloved in the Lord--My body is so far worn, and especially my or ... read more

To The Young Christians Who Have Been Converted In The Great Revivals # 2
      TO THE CONVERTS OF THE GREAT REVIVALS THAT HAVE PREVAILED IN THE UNITED STATES, WITHIN THE FEW LAST YEARS. [#2] Beloved--I closed my last letter, by adverting to the fact, that several professedly religious periodicals have so referred to what ... read more

Total Depravity
      John v.42--"But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you." These words were addressed by the Lord Jesus Christ, on a certain occasion, to those who professed that they loved God. I design, this morning, and in the afternoon, to establis ... read more

Total Depravity 2
      ROMANS viii. 7. --"The carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." THE law, spoken of here, is the moral law; or that law, which requires men to love God with all their heart, and their neighbour ... read more

TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS
      MATTHEW XV. 6.--"Thus have ye made the commandment of God, of none effect by your tradition." The government which God exercises over the universe of mind, is a moral government, it is not of course, administered by direct physical agency; compell ... read more

True and False Conversions
      TEXT.--Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of my hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. --Isaiah l. 11. IT is evident, fr ... read more

True and False Peace
      Text. Psalm 119:165: --Great peace have they, who love thy law; and nothing shall offend them. In this lecture, I design to show, I. WHAT WE ARE TO UNDERSTAND BY LAW, IN THIS PASSAGE. II. WHAT IT IS TO LOVE THE LAW OF GOD. III. THAT THE NAT ... read more

True and False Religion
      Text.--Gal. 5:1: "Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." The observances of the ceremonial law were designedly a typical representation of the gospel. The Jews ... read more

True and False Repentance
      TEXT.--For godly sorrow worketh repentance into salvation, not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.--2 CORINTHIANS vii. 10. IN this chapter the apostle refers to another epistle, which he had formerly written to the church at Co ... read more

TRUE AND FALSE REPENTANCE
      "For Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this self-same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, ... read more

True Saints
      TEXT.-- "Who is on the Lord's side?" -- Exodus xxxii. 26. THIS question was addressed by Moses to the professed people of God, immediately after their great departure from God while Moses was in the Mount, when they went and worshipped a golden calf wh ... read more

True Submission
      TEXT.--"Submit yourselves therefore to God."--James iv. 7. THE subject of this lecture is, "WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE SUBMISSION?" Before I enter on the discussion of this subject, I wish to make two remarks, introductory to the main question. 1. The ... read more

TRUE SUBMISSION: A MATTER OF CHOICE
      "Submit yourselves therefore to God"--James 4:7 If you have built your Christian life on a false foundation, your fundamental error was embracing what your thought was the gospel plan of salvation from selfish motives. Your selfish heart was unbroken. ... read more

Trusting in God's Mercy
      "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 MA ... read more

UNBELIEF
      "So we see that they could not enter in, because of unbelief."--Heb. 3:19. In this discourse I shall notice, I. WHAT UNBELIEF IS NOT. II. WHAT IT IS. III. INSTANCES AND EVIDENCE OF UNBELIEF. IV. THE TENDENCY OF UNBELIEF. V. THE ... read more

Unbelief--no. 1
      TEXT.--Heb. 3:19: So we see they could not enter in because of unbelief. --Mark 16:16: He that believeth not, shall be damned. In this discussion of this subject I desire to show: I. WHAT UNBELIEF IS. II. SOME OF ITS DEVELOPMENTS AND MANIFE ... read more

Unbelief--no. 2
      TEXT.--Heb. 3:19: So we see they could not enter in because of unbelief. --Mark 16:16: He that believeth not, shall be damned. I am to show, III. The unreasonableness of unbelief. 1. It is unreasonable, because confidence in testimony is na ... read more

UNFAILING CRYSTAL LOVE
      "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law" --Romans 13:10. The two principal forms of Christian love are benevolence and complacency. Benevolence is an affection of the mind or an act of the will that desires to p ... read more

Variety in the Service Offered to God
      "For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I ... read more

Victory over the World through Faith
      "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

Views Of Sanctification
      PREFACE. The substance of this treatise has formerly appeared in the Oberlin Evangelist, in the form of a course of lectures. Its publication in a more permanent form is thought by many to be important, and in preparing it for the press, I have be ... read more

WAY TO BE HOLY
      'For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.' Rom. 10:4. In this lecture I am to show, I. WHAT IS NOT INTENDED BY THE ASSERTION THAT CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY ... read more

Weakness of Heart
       TEXT--Ezek. 16:30: "How weak is thine heart." In this connection the Prophet is speaking of the Church, in reference to her past history. He says nothing of the real piety of the different generations of the Church; but in view of all her backslid ... read more

Weights and Besetting Sins
      "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." --Hebrews 12:1 In discussing t ... read more

What Attainments Christians May Reasonably Expect to Make in This Life
      "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."--1 Thess. 5:23, 24. In this ... read more

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