Weights and Besetting Sins – Charles G Finney

“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 12:1In discussing this subject I shall,I. SHOW WHAT RACE IS HERE SPOKEN […]

Weakness of Heart – Charles G Finney

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 backslidings and inconsistencies, he exclaims, “How weak is thine heart!”In discussing this subject, […]

Way To Be Holy – Charles G Finney

‘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 THIS ASSERTION.III. HOW CHRIST BECOMES THE END OF THE LAW FOR […]

Views Of Sanctification – Charles G Finney

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 been obliged, for want of time, to suffer it to remain very […]

Victory over the World through Faith – Charles G Finney

“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?II. WHO ARE THEY THAT OVERCOME?III. WHY DO THEY OVERCOME THE WORLD?IV. HOW DO THEY […]

Variety in the Service Offered to God – Charles G Finney

“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 will give them an everlasting […]

UNFAILING CRYSTAL LOVE – Charles G Finney

  “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 promote the happiness of its object. Benevolence should be exercised toward […]

Unbelief–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 natural to man. This is a law of his being. And until selfishness comes to take possession of […]

Unbelief–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

  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 MANIFESTATIONS.III. ITS UNREASONABLENESS.IV. ITS CAUSES OR OCCASIONS.V. ITS WICKEDNESS.I. What is unbelief?It is the absence, or […]

UNBELIEF – Charles G Finney

  “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 GUILT OF UNBELIEF.I. What unbelief is not.1. It is not a negative state of mind. It is represented in […]

Trusting in God’s Mercy – Charles G Finney

  “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 SAFELY TRUST IN GOD’S MERCY. IV. ALLUDE TO […]

TRUE SUBMISSION: A MATTER OF CHOICE – Charles G Finney

  “Submit yourselves therefore to God”–James 4:7If 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. This is the source of your delusion, if you are deceived. If your selfishness was subdued, […]

True Submission – Charles G Finney

  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 first remark is this: If any of you are deceived in regard to your hopes, and have built […]

True Saints – Charles G Finney

  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 which had been cast for them by Aaron. After expostulating with […]

True and False Repentance – Charles G Finney

  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 Corinth, on a certain subject, in which they were greatly to blame. He speaks […]

True and False Religion – Charles G Finney

  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 had misunderstood them, and supposed that their observance was the ground of justification and acceptance […]

True and False Peace – Charles G Finney

  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 NATURAL RESULT OF THIS LOVE IS GREAT, AND CONSTANT PEACE OF […]

True and False Conversions – Charles G Finney

  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, from the connection of these words in the […]

TRADITIONS OF THE ELDERS – Charles G Finney

  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; compelling mind to act, in the same manner, in which the physical laws of the […]

Total Depravity 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 as themselves. The facts affirmed by […]

Total Depravity – Charles G Finney

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 establish the doctrine of total depravity. In doing this, I design, in […]

To The Readers: Four Classes of Professors In The Church – Charles G Finney

  O 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 feared, as I said in a former letter, that revivals would become more […]

To The Christian Readers of The Oberlin Evangelist – Charles G Finney

  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 view, and the reasons for the course I intend to pursue.My object is the […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#9] – Charles G Finney

  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 regard to their spiritual influence and usefulness, does […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#8] – Charles G Finney

  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 the indispensable necessity of the constantly indwelling presence and influence of the […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#7] – Charles G Finney

  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 aware, that in the providence of God I have had an opportunity […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS. [#6] – Charles G Finney

  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 attention of ministers and all others needs to be called, and against which all good […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#4] – Charles G Finney

  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 spirituality and communion with God are impossible any further than godliness is practiced in all our lives and […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#3] – Charles G Finney

  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 towards each other, their preaching, and much of their influence, tend to promote sectarianism […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#2] – Charles G Finney

  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 inquire whether ministers themselves, are not in a great […]

TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL OF ALL DENOMINATIONS [#1] – Charles G Finney

  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 position of a censor or dictator in regard to […]

Thy Will Be Done – Charles G Finney

  ‘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 Philosophy. And however much any man may rail against metaphysics, still it […]

The Wrath of God Against Those Who Withstand His Truth – Charles G Finney

  Open as PDF“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, not having a written revelation from God, might yet know […]

The Wicked Stumbling in Their Darkness – Charles G Finney

  “The way of the wicked is as darkness; they know not at what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:19The 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 only, but of much observation and reflection in the writer. […]

The Wicked Heart Set to do Evil – Charles G Finney

  “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 which men are treated according to their character and […]

The Ways of Sin Hard; Of Holiness, Pleasant – Charles G Finney

  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, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.“There is no peace, said my God, to the […]

WORLDLY AMUSEMENTS – Charles G Finney

  A few more words will be permitted, perhaps, on the subject of worldly amusements. In these articles I, of course, use the term amusements in the popular sense of pleasure seeking, by a resort to worldly entertainments, agreeable sports, and pastimes. The question often arises: “Are we never to seek such amusements?” I answer: […]

Wisdom Justified of Her Children – Charles G Finney

  “But wisdom is justified of all her children.” Luke 7:35Before I enter directly upon the discussion of the text, I will remark,1. That the dress, and manner of life of John the Baptist were manifestly typical of the state of repentance and humiliation to which he called the Jews at that particular time, and […]

Why Sinners Hate God – Charles G Finney

  JOHN XV. 25. –[“]They have hated me without a cause.”These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. In my two former discourses on total depravity, I have endeavoured to demonstrate that all impenitent sinners hate God supremely. And having, as I suppose, established this doctrine beyond controversy, by an appeal to matters of […]

WHO ARE WE TRYING TO FOOL? – Charles G Finney

  “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”–James 1:22Anyone who does not practice what he admits to be true is self-deceived.Two classes of hypocrites exist among professing Christians–those that deceive others and those that deceive themselves. One class of hypocrites has a deceptive show of religion, cover […]

Where Sin Occurs God Cannot Wisely Prevent It – Charles G Finney

  “It is impossible but that offences come; but woe unto him through whom they come!” — Luke xvii. 1.AN “offence” as used in this passage, is an occasion of falling into sin. It is anything which causes another to sin and fall.It is plain that the author of the offence is in this passage […]

What Will Bring Revival in America? – Charles G Finney

  by Jonathan Duttweiler (adapted from charles finneys writings).Much is being written and preached today concerning Revival. From every corner we hear America must have Revival or it will die (never realizing that she is dead already, thereby necessitating Revival!). Others proclaim that Revival is already here, that we are, at least in some places, […]

What Men Highly Esteem, God Abhors – Charles G Finney

  “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 16:15.Christ had just spoken the parable of the unjust steward, in which He presented the case of one who unjustly used the property of others […]

The Way of Salvation – Charles G Finney

  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 putting these texts together in this manner as only a […]

The Wants of Man and Their Supply – Charles G Finney

  “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, opening his eyes to his true condition, and feeling himself destitute, empty, and wretched.Man, as he […]

The Wages of Sin – Charles G Finney

  “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 the penal sanctions of God’s law;III. Show what this […]

The True Service of God – Charles G Finney

  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 RENDERED TO GOD. III. WHICH CONSTITUTES THE ACCEPTABLE […]

The Treasure and The Pearl – Charles G Finney

  “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 goodly pearls; who, when he hath found […]

The Spirit of Christ, and the Spirit of True Christianity – Charles G Finney

  “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, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily […]

The Spirit Not Striving Always – Charles G Finney

  “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 with man;II. What is not intended by the Spirit’s striving;III. What is intended […]

The Spirit Not Always Striving – Charles G Finney

  “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 with man;II. What is not intended by the Spirit’s striving;III. […]

The Spirit Ceasing To Strive – Charles G Finney

  “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” WITH MAN?III. HOW MAY WE KNOW WHEN HE IS STRIVING WITH US?IV. […]

The Sinner’s Natural Power and Moral Weakness – Charles G Finney

    “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 are naturally free, and none the […]

The Sinner’s Excuses Answered – Charles G Finney

  “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 controversy between Job and his friends. The latter […]

The Sin of Fretfulness – Charles G Finney

  “Fret not thyself because of evil doers.” –Psalm 37:1Fretfulness 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 FRET BECAUSE OF EVIL DOERS.II. HOW TO AVOID IT.I. Why we should not fret.1. Because, […]

The Self-Hardening Sinner’s Doom – Charles G Finney

  “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;III. WHAT IT IS TO HARDEN THE NECK;IV. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE SINNER’S BEING SUDDENLY DESTROYED; andV. WHAT […]

The Savior Lifted Up, and the Look of Faith – Charles G Finney

  “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 unto me. (This he said, […]

The Salvation of Sinners Impossible – Charles G Finney

  “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 that sermon I discussed at length the first part […]

The Rule by Which Guilt of Sin is Estimated – Charles G Finney

  “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 all men, in that he hath raised him from […]

The Richman and Lazarus – Charles G Finney

  “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 rich man’s table; moreover, the dogs […]

The Rest of Faith–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 this rest, into which they could not enter, […]

The Rest of Faith–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

  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 will direct your attention.I. INQUIRE OF […]

The Refuge of Lies – Charles G Finney

  “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 know also, that, as sinners, they are in peril and […]

THE PURSUIT OF SELFISHNESS – Charles G Finney

  “Love…..seeketh not her own”–1 Corinthians 13:5Charity, 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 according to its value in the scale with other interests. God has […]

The Promises of God–no. 5 – Charles G Finney

  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 few of the promises, with the design of showing that […]

The Promises of God–no. 4 – Charles G Finney

  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 between the Old and New Covenants, I remark,13. The Old Covenant was […]

The Promises of God–no. 3 – Charles G Finney

  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 and New Covenants, I remark,6. The Old Covenant left men to the […]

The Promises of God–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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,II. The design of the promises.The design of the promises, as stated in […]

The Promises of God–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

  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 THIS SUBJECT WITH SEVERAL PRELIMINARY REMARKS, WITH REGARD TO THE […]

The Primitive Prayer-Meeting – Charles G Finney

  “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.”–Acts 1:14In 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 kingdom of God;” commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to […]

The Prevailing Prayer Meeting – Charles G Finney

  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, Albany, Rochester, Boston, etc. This message was re-introduced to the Christian public through the research efforts of […]

The Peace of God Ruling in the Christian’s Heart – Charles G Finney

  “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. 3:15In speaking from this verse, I propose to show,I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY “THE PEACE OF GOD.”II. WHAT WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND BY ITS “RULING IN THE HEART.”III. THE CONDITIONS […]

The Old Man and The New – Charles G Finney

  “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.” Ephesians 4:22-24It will be my object in speaking […]

The Necessity of Divine Teaching – Charles G Finney

  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 righteousness, and of judgment. Of […]

The Nature of Impenitence and the Measure of Its Guilt – Charles G Finney

  “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 repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. […]

The Loss When a Soul is Lost – Charles G Finney

  “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 is this inquisitiveness developed in perpetual inquiries […]

The Lord’s People His Portion – Charles G Finney

  “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. 3:17In speaking on the […]

The Law of God–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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, AND THE NATURAL RESULTS OF PERFECT AND UNIVERSAL OBEDIENCE.III. THE TENDENCY AND NATURAL RESULTS OF UNIVERSAL DISOBEDIENCE.IV. […]

The Law of God–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

  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 like unto it. Thou shalt love thy […]

The Inner and The Outer Revelation – Charles G Finney

  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. Young men may really doubt the inspiration of […]

The Indications and The Guilt of Backsliding – Charles G Finney

  “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, because thou art lukewarm, and neither […]

The Holy Spirit of Promise – Charles G Finney

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 JESUS CHRIST.II. IT TEACHES WHAT THIS BLESSING IS.III. THAT IT IS TO BE RECEIVED BY […]

The Gospel the Savor of Life or of Death – Charles G Finney

  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. To the one we are […]

The Foundation, Conditions and Relations of Faith – Charles G Finney

  “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 before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed […]

The Folly of Refusing to be Saved – Charles G Finney

  “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 natural fool, meaning one that is born […]

The Fearful Results of a Spiritual Relapse – Charles G Finney

  “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 goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits […]

The Eyes Opened to the Law of God pt.2 – Charles G Finney

  “Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”–Psalm 119:18V. 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 God is able and willing to reveal them to us. […]

The Eyes Opened to the Law of God – Charles G Finney

  “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 IMPLIED IN MAKING THE REQUEST.IV. THE CONSEQUENCES OF RECEIVING AN ANSWER […]

The Excuses of Sinners Condemn God – Charles G Finney

  “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 which were hasty and abusive. For these the Lord rebuked […]

The Essential Elements of Christian Experience – Charles G Finney

  “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 struck to notice how very commonly what is peculiar to Christian experience drops […]

The Doom of Those Who Neglect So Great Salvation – Charles G Finney

  “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 its startling assumption of peril from which there shall […]

The Destruction of the Wicked – Charles G Finney

  “He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” –Prov. 29:1In speaking from these words, I shall,1. Notice some of the ways in which God reproves the wicked;2. Show what is meant by hardening the neck;3. Point out some of the ways in which men do harden […]

The Death of Saints Precious – Charles G Finney

  “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15The 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 discussing this subject I shallI. STATE SEVERAL REASONS […]

THE DANGER OF DECEPTION – Charles G Finney

  “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 person is dishonest in small matters and takes advantage of […]

The Covenants – Charles G Finney

  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 take it for granted their hearers are much better instructed […]

The Church Bound to Convert the World pt.2 – Charles G Finney

  “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 whatsoever I have commanded you; and […]

The Church Bound to Convert the World – Charles G Finney

  “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 whatsoever I have commanded you: and […]

The Christian’s Genuine Hope – Charles G Finney

  “Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.” –1 John 3:3The 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 in calling us sons of God. “Behold, what manner […]

The Child-Like Spirit an Essential Condition of Entering Heaven – Charles G Finney

  “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 therein.”–Mark 10:15The passage from Matthew stands in the following connection: […]

THE CHALLENGE OF LOVE – Charles G Finney

  “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 who hate and abuse Him and break His commands.If I […]

THE BRIDE OF CHRIST – Charles G Finney

  “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 as describing the relationship between Christ […]

THE BREAD OF HEAVEN – Charles G Finney

  “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 justification can never be by works but by faith.The […]

The Blessedness of Enduring Temptation – Charles G Finney

  “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 will enquire,I. INTO THE NATURE OF TEMPTATION.II. INTO ITS DESIGN.III. ENQUIRE WHAT […]

The Benevolence of God – Charles G Finney

  “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 of the minister of the gospel to defend the […]

The Affections and Emotions of God – Charles G Finney

  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 text I design to show,I. THAT GOD IS A MORAL AGENT.II. […]

Thanks for The Gospel Victory – Charles G Finney

  “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:57In both these passages Paul gives thanks for deliverance from a sinning and sinful state.To bring this subject fully before us, I remark,1. The Bible everywhere teaches and facts […]

Temptations Must Be Put Away – Charles G Finney

  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 it off, and cast it […]

Substitution – Charles G Finney

  “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. 5:21The present occasion in which a large number of youth are about to unite with our church, together with the circumstance that many are still enquiring the way […]

Submission to God–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 God, to give up their sins, to be pious, and such like things, they suppose themselves to be willing; not […]

Submission to God – Charles G Finney

  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 WHICH MANY PRACTICE UPON THEMSELVES, IN RESPECT TO SUBMISSION.IV. SHOW THAT WITHOUT TRUE SUBMISSION SALVATION IS NATURALLY IMPOSSIBLE.V. SHOW THAT WITH TRUE […]

Stewardship – Charles G Finney

  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, the interest of his employer. He is liable, at any time, to […]

Sinners bound to change their own hearts – Charles G Finney

  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 the requirement to make them a new heart and […]

September 15, 1841 PROF. FINNEY’S CHARGE – Charles G Finney

  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 proportions. Some neglect important parts of the […]

Selfishness Not True Religion – Charles G Finney

  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 TRUE RELIGION.This proposition is naturally the first in the series that I have been laboring to […]

SELFISHNESS – Charles G Finney

  ‘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 CANNOT CO-EXIST WITH HOLINESS IN THE SAME MIND.IV. MENTION SOME EVIDENCES OF SELFISHNESS.V. THAT ONE […]

Self Denial – Charles G Finney

  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.IV. WHAT IS NOT TAKING UP THE CROSS.V. WHAT IS TAKING […]

Self Deceivers – Charles G Finney

  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 class make religion consist altogether in the belief of certain abstract doctrines, or […]

Seeking the Kingdom of God First – Charles G Finney

  “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 kingdom like the kingdoms of this world, invested with earthly […]

Sanctification–no. 9 – Charles G Finney

  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 concluding the series of discourses upon this text, […]

Sanctification–no. 8 – Charles G Finney

  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. I am next to show when entire sanctification […]

Sanctification–no. 7 – Charles G Finney

  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.There are many objections to the doctrine of entire […]

Sanctification–no. 6 – Charles G Finney

  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 pursuing this subject, I amVII. To answer some […]

Sanctification–no. 5 – Charles G Finney

  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 might urge a great many other considerations, and […]

Sanctification–no. 4 – Charles G Finney

  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.Having examined a few of the promises in proof […]

Sanctification–no. 3 – Charles G Finney

  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 have now arrived at a very important point in […]

Sanctification–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 now to show,IV. What is implied in entire […]

Sanctification–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

  EXT. 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 discussing the subject of Sanctification, I design […]

Sanctification By Faith – Charles G Finney

  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 the Jews, that they were a holy people and saved by their works. […]

Salvation Difficult to the Christian, Impossible to the Sinner – Charles G Finney

  “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 great and fearful event to be alluded to in the language, For the […]

Salvation Always Conditional – Charles G Finney

  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. THAT THIS CONFIDENCE, WHATEVER MAY BE ITS FOUNDATION, CANNOT SECURE THE SOUL AGAINST FALLING INTO […]

Revival in Rochester, 1830 – Charles G Finney

  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, of which Mr. Parker had been pastor, to […]

Revival at Evan’s Mill – Charles G Finney

  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 having a minister come up from the Mohawk Valley, to […]

Revelation Of God’s Glory – Charles G Finney

  ‘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 I have […]

RESTING IN OBEDIENCE – Charles G Finney

  “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 the rest of inactivity.Neither are we to understand that the perfect […]

Rest of the Saints – Charles G Finney

  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.III. Show when we are to enter into this rest.IV. […]

Responsibility of Hearing the Gospel – Charles G Finney

  “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 parable which was intended to represent the various classes of hearers and […]

Reproof a Christian Duty – Charles G Finney

  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 the margin, as those of you who have Bibles with marginal […]

Reprobation – Charles G Finney

  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 remained obstinate and impenitent to the last. God says to them, […]

Repentance Before Prayer for Forgiveness – Charles G Finney

  “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, 23These words were addressed to Simon Magus. A revival of religion was in progress in […]

RELIGION OR SAVING FAITH – Charles G Finney

  “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 righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by […]

Religion of the Law and Gospel – Charles G Finney

  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 righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by […]

Religion of Public Opinion – Charles G Finney

  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 principal people of Jerusalem.There is a plain distinction between self-love, or the […]

Relations of Christ to the Believer – Charles G Finney

  “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption.” 1 Cor. 1:30In speaking from this text, I shall,I. DEFINE BRIEFLY THE TERMS USED;II. SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN CHRIST’S BEING MADE UNTO US WISDOM, RIGHTEOUSNESS, SANCTIFICATION AND REDEMPTION;III. SHOW HOW HE […]

Rejoicing in Boastings – Charles G Finney

  “But now ye rejoice in your boastings; all such rejoicing is evil.” James 4:16In 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-complacent spirit. For example, when we feel a self-complacent joy in view of our worldly […]

Refuges of Lies – Charles G Finney

  “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 should consider the context attentively. This will show what class of people […]

RECONCILIATION: A COVENANT OF GRACE – Charles G Finney

  “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance”–Romans 1:29The 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 think teaching that believers are perpetually justified is a dangerous doctrine because it […]

Receiving Honor from Men and Not from God – Charles G Finney

  “How can ye believe, which receive honor one of another, and seek not the honor that cometh from God only?” –John 5:44The discussion of the subject presented in these words will lead me,I. TO SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN RECEIVING HONOR FROM MEN RATHER THAN FROM GOD:II. TO ADDUCE THE EVIDENCES OF THIS STATE […]

Quenching the Spirit – Charles G Finney

  “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. Show what it is to quench the Spirit;IV. Show how this may be done; […]

PUTTING ON CHRIST – Charles G Finney

  ‘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 ESSENTIAL CONDITIONS OF OBEDIENCE TO IT.IV. OBLIGATION TO OBEY THIS COMMAND IS UNIVERSAL.V. […]

PROVE ALL THINGS – Charles G Finney

  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 and practice, that our piety may not be superstition, but the result of […]

Professor Finney’s Letters.–No. 31 – Charles G Finney

  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 suggestions from various quarters, which have but increased the fear which I […]

Professor Finney’s Letters. –No. 30 – Charles G Finney

  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 question is, what does the law of God require […]

Professor Finney’s Letters. –No. 29 – Charles G Finney

  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 objections that seem to have been felt by a […]

Professor Finney’s Letters–No. 28 – Charles G Finney

  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; and even account it a heresy in you, to profess to live in […]

Professor Finney’s Letters–No. 27 Charles G Finney

  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 uniting with some other evangelical church. Permit me now to make the […]

Professor Finney’s Letters–No. 24 – Charles G Finney

  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 entire, wanting nothing.” As I have heard much […]

PROFESSOR FINNEY’S LETTERS TO CHRISTIANS No. 3 – Charles G Finney

  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 spite of all my advice, every one of them has got […]

PROFESSOR FINNEY’S LETTERS TO CHRISTIANS No. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 way, will you consider yourself as personally addressed by me upon this subject? […]

Professor Finney’s Letter.–No. 26 – Charles G Finney

  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 with surprise and grief, that at least a portion of the Christian Church […]

Prof. Finney’s View on Justification by Faith Charles G Finney

  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.) To give our readers a specimen of the book that they may the better […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 39 – Charles G Finney

  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 making this attainment rational to those who set their hearts upon it. To me […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 38 – Charles G Finney

  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 choice of the great end or object of life; or, it is a turning […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 37 – Charles G Finney

  EAR 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, is, what is the spirit, or real meaning of the requirement “Thou shalt love the Lord thy […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 36 – Charles G Finney

  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 moral character consist, and occupy a few moments in stating, what I […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 35 – Charles G Finney

  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 the term good, as to mean by the proposition, […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 34 – Charles G Finney

  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 in the last number of your paper. I might enlarge […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters.–No. 33 – Charles G Finney

  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 most minds, and especially in the minds of ministers, are […]

Prof. Finney’s Letters–No. 32 – Charles G Finney

  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 overlooked, which appears to me calculated to work incalculable mischief in the Church. The writers to whom […]

Pride of Heart Deceives – Charles G Finney

  “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,I. TO NOTICE BRIEFLY WHAT CONSTITUTES PRIDE OF HEART.II. TO SHOW […]

Prayer for A Pure Heart – Charles G Finney

  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” –Ps. 51:10The 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 fickle and unstable state in which he had so sadly […]

Prayer and Labor For the Gathering of the Great Harvest – Charles G Finney

  “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, therefore, the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth […]

PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING = Charles G Finney

  “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 power of the Holy Spirit […]

Power From On High – What Is It? – Charles G Finney

  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 great diversity of gifts that were used for the accomplishment of their […]

Power From On High – The Psychology Of Righteousness – Charles G Finney

  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 before me, to question consciousness for a satisfactory […]

Power From On High – The Psychology Of Faith – Charles G Finney

  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 act or state. My theological teacher held that […]

Power From On High – The Enduement Of The Spirit – Charles G Finney

  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 of inquiry:1. They request further illustrations of the exhibition of this power.2. […]

Power From On High – The Decay Of Conscience – Charles G Finney

  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 reformation. The rings and frauds and […]

Power From On High – Prevailing Prayer – Charles G Finney

  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 my own experience before I was converted. I relate […]

Power From On High – Preacher, Save Thyself – Charles G Finney

  “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 promised in this text may be secured by them.1st. See […]

Power From On High – Is It A Hard Saying? – Charles G Finney

  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 theological seminary. Is this a hard saying? Is […]

Power From On High – Intro – Charles G Finney

  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 called attention to the mission of the […]

Power From On High – Innocent Amusements – Charles G Finney

  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 a few years I have read several sermons and […]

Power From On High – How To Win Souls – Charles G Finney

  “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 the philosophy of so preaching the gospel as to […]

: Power From On High – How To Overcome Sin – Charles G Finney

  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 dominion over you, because ye are not under the […]

Power From On High – Enduement Of Power From On High – Charles G Finney

  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 readily be recognized by all readers of the […]

Paul and Felix, Or Preaching and Procrastination – Charles G Finney

  “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 thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season; I […]

Owing God pt 2 – Charles G Finny

  “How much owest thou unto my Lord?” Luke 16:5The 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, requires us to ask and consider–How much hast thou already paid? In the light […]

Owing God pt 1 – Charles G Finney

  “How much owest thou unto my Lord?” Luke 16:5These 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 purpose to comment on the parable itself. I select this verse […]

overcome the world – Charles G Finney

  “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?II. Who are they that overcome?III. Why do they overcome the world?IV. […]

Ordination Sermon – Charles G Finney

  ‘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 SHOULD TAKE HEED TO HIMSELF.II. SOME OF THE RESPECTS IN […]

On Trusting in the Mercy of God – Charles G Finney

  “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 safely trust in God’s mercy.IV. Allude to several mistakes which are […]

On the Lord’s Supper – Charles G Finney

  “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: this do in remembrance […]

On the Atonement – Charles G Finney

  “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 us, in that while […]

On Sinning – Charles G Finney

  “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” James 4:17This 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 was the great error of […]

On Self-Denial – Charles G Finney

  “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 9:23In order to understand this solemn declaration of our Lord, the first important point to be ascertained is this–What is the true idea of taking up the […]

On Refuges Of Lies – Charles G Finney

  “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 know also, that, as sinners, they are in peril and are […]

On Quenching The Spirit – Charles G Finney

  “Quench not the Spirit.”–1 Thess. 5:19In 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 Spirit as giving to the mind both light and heat. It both illumines and impresses; both […]

On Offering Praise to God – Charles G Finney

  “Whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me.” –Ps. 50:23Praise 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 God?1. Of course it implies confidence in him. We cannot honestly praise him, unless we have this confidence. […]

On Injustice To Character – Charles G Finney

  “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 thine own eye.”–Matt. 7:1-3This […]

On Following Christ – Charles G Finney

  “Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me.” John 21:22These words Christ spake to Peter. He had previously given Peter to understand that in his advanced life his liberty would be restrained, and that he would have the honor of glorifying […]

On Divine Manifestations – Charles G Finney

  “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 know him; for he dwelleth with […]

On Confessing and Being Cleansed From Sin – Charles G Finney

  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9The connection in which this passage stands, is this–“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our […]

On Believing with The Heart – Charles G Finney

  “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” — Romans 10:10The 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 states of mind which are currently called faith, this term being obviously used in various senses. So, also, is the […]

On Being Searched of God – Charles G Finney

  “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 of God’s omniscience and omnipresence, and which […]

On Being Holy – Charles G Finney

  “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:16This 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 still return–What is moral purity?I answer–Moral fitness; that which we see […]

On Becoming Acquainted With God – Charles G Finney

  “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 BEING ACQUAINTED WITH GOD.II. WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS ON WHICH WE MAY BECOME […]

Necessity and Nature of Divine Teaching – Charles G Finney

  ‘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. 2:12, 13.‘Now the God of peace, […]

NATURE OF TRUE VIRTUE – Charles G Finney

  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 be any other commandment, it is briefly […]

National Fast Day – Charles G Finney

  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 the basis of some remarks upon private and public […]

Mutual Confession of Faults, and Mutual Prayer – Charles G Finney

  “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 contemplates different aspects of the same general subject.]In the present discourse the […]

Moral Insanity – Charles G Finney

  “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 and sinners; the one class converted […]

Men Often Highly Esteem What God Abhors – Charles G Finney

  “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 presented the case of one who unjustly used the property […]

Men Invited To Reason Together With God – Charles G Finney

  “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 character. That he has […]

Mediatorship of Christ – Charles G Finney

  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 ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF MEDIATOR.IV. ON WHAT CONDITIONS THE END OF THE MEDIATORIAL […]

Love Worketh No Ill – Charles G Finney

  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 REGARDED AS OUR NEIGHBOR.IV. WHY LOVE WORKETH NO ILL TO OUR NEIGHBOR.I. What the love […]

Love Of The World – Charles G Finney

  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 of the world. II. Who love the world […]

Love is the Whole of Religion – Charles G Finney

  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.III. Some things that are not essential to perfect love.IV. Some things that are […]

Losing First Love – Charles G Finney

  “Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love.”–Rev. 2:4In 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 that Christians have left their first love;IV. Describe the state into which they fall;V. The […]

Living by Faith – Charles G Finney

  “The just shall live by faith.” Habakkuk 2:4These 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 explain the sense in which all men live by faith; andII. […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS. No. 6 – Charles G Finney

  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 of mothers, to whose care and management they are principally committed. […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS. No. 7 Charles G Finney

  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 laid the foundation of this certainty in […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS. No. 5 – Charles G Finney

  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, what is generally called natural affection is cultivated affection. Therefore, great pains should be taken by […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS. No. 4 – Charles G Finney

  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. There is perhaps no greater error among parents, than to suffer the children […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS No. 3 – Charles G Finney

  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–that their bodily appetites come to have a strong influence over their will, before moral truth can […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS No. 2 – Charles G Finney

  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 make the impression that your word is not to be depended upon.23. Avoid every […]

LETTERS TO PARENTS No. 1 – Charles G Finney

  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 commence with remarks upon Prov. 6:22: “Train up a child in the way he […]

LETTERS ON REVIVALS. –No. 11 – Charles G Finney

  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 them. It seems to have been nearly or quite overlooked, that all religion […]

LETTERS ON REVIVALS–No. 9 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:Dear Brethren:While upon the subject of excitement I wish to make a few suggestions on the danger that highly excited feelings will take a wrong direction and result in fanaticism. Every one is aware that when the feelings are strongly excited, […]

LETTERS ON REVIVALS–No. 8 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.Dear Brethren:I have by no means done with the subject of excitement as connected with revivals of religion. In every age of the church, cases have occurred in which persons have had such clear manifestations of divine truth as to prostrate […]

LETTERS ON REVIVALS–No 7 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRISTDear Brethren:Another error which has prevailed to a considerable extent in promoting revivals of religion I apprehend is that of encouraging an unhealthy degree of excitement. Some degree of excitement is inevitable. The truths that must be seen and duly appreciated […]

LETTERS ON REVIVALS–No. 7 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRISTDear Brethren:Another error which has prevailed to a considerable extent in promoting revivals of religion I apprehend is that of encouraging an unhealthy degree of excitement. Some degree of excitement is inevitable. The truths that must be seen and duly appreciated […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 32 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:One of the particular dangers of evangelists is that their labors may disturb the pastoral relations. This is not necessarily so, but such are the infirmities of human nature, and so many are the mistakes into which pastors, evangelists, and […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 31 – Charles G Finney

  THE SUCCESS OF EVANGELISTS AS RELATED TO PASTORSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another thing that should be noticed in this connection is the great temptation to which pastors and their particular and warm friends are exposed. If the Lord manifestly blesses the labors of the […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 30 – Charles G Finney

   REMARKS ON THE DANGERS AND DUTIES INCIDENT TO THE PERIOD OF AN EVANGELIST’S CLOSING HIS LABORS IN A REVIVAL.To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:If I am not mistaken, the churches have fallen into an error in many cases, in respect to the course which it […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 29 – Charles G Finney

  ON THE RELATIVE POSITION OF EVANGELISTS AND PASTORSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another thing which should be avoided in attempting to promote a revival of religion by calling in the labors of an evangelist is the disturbing of the pastoral relation, or doing anything to […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 28 – Charles G Finney

  ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LAY LABOR IN THE PROMOTION OF REVIVALSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:In my last letter I dwelt on the errors into which the churches fall in regard to the employment of evangelists, and said that, the Lord willing, in a future […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 27 – Charles G Finney

  ON EVANGELISTSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Although the employment of Evangelists to promote revivals is manifestly in accordance with the order of God, and is of great service to the churches yet I have observed that the churches are liable to fall, and in some […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 26 – Charles G Finney

  THE EMPLOYMENT AND QUALIFICATIONS OF EVANGELISTSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:In connection with this subject I wish to say to my brethren several things in regard to employing Evangelists in promoting revivals.And here I suppose I need not say that such a class of minister […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 25 – Charles G Finney

  THE FOLLY OF ATTEMPTING TO SUSTAIN TRUE RELIGION WITHOUT REVIVALSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another subject on which I wish to address my brethren, is a tendency which I perceive to exist in the public mind towards a conclusion which to me appears little short […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 24 – Charles G Finney

  THE PERNICIOUS ATTITUDE OF THE CHURCH ON THE REFORMS OF THE AGE. [Pt. 2]To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another subject upon which I wish to address my brethren, has respect to an error, which I fear is greatly interfering with the progress of revivals. I mean […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 23 – Charles G Finney

  THE PERNICIOUS ATTITUDE OF THE CHURCH ON THE REFORMS OF THE AGE. [Pt. 1]To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:There is one subject upon which I must remark further, and yet I fear it will be impossible to do it justice without giving offence. One of the […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 22 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:More than ten years since I was led I think by the Spirit of the Lord to perceive that the course of things was tending rapidly towards the decline of revivals. Especially in this respect–there was very little of the […]

Letters On Revivals–No. 2 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:I have observed, and multitudes of others also I find have observed, that for the last ten years, revivals of religion have been gradually becoming more and more superficial. All the phenomena which they exhibit testify to this as a […]

LETTERS ON REVIVALS–No. 10 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.Dear Brethren:I beg leave to call the attention of the brethren to the danger of revival preachers themselves introducing the spirit of fanaticism. When they meet with great opposition from the church or the world or the ministry, they sometimes indulge […]

Letters On Revival–No. 6 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another error which has prevailed to some extent, I fear, in the promotion of revivals, has been a kind of preaching that has rather puffed up than humbled and subdued the mind. I mean a kind of preaching which dwells […]

Letters On Revival–No. 5 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another error in the promotion of revivals is a want of such discriminations in the instructions given, as thoroughly to develop the true idea of religion in the mind. I have been astonished and greatly pained, to find how few […]

Letters On Revival–No. 4 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:I said in my last that there seemed to be two extremes toward which different classes of persons are continually verging. Those extremes are Antinomianism on the one hand, and legality on the other–both manifestly at an equal remove from […]

Letters On Revival–No. 3 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:I have already intimated that pains enough have not been taken to search the heart and thoroughly detect and expose the sinner’s depravity, so as to make him see the need of the gospel remedy. If I am not mistaken […]

Letters On Revival–No. 21 – Charles G Finney

  HINDRANCES TO REVIVALS.To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:In noticing the hindrances to revivals of religion I must not forget to urge more definitely and strongly than I have hitherto done, the great want of sympathy with Christ in the ministry and in the church. It […]

Letters On Revival–No. 20 – Charles G Finney

  OBJECTIONS TO PROTRACTED MEETINGSTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:I designed to have prepared a letter for insertion previous to the one which appeared in the last paper, continuing my remarks on the subject of the use of means to promote revivals. I had said that […]

Letters On Revival–No. 19 – Charles G Finney

  HINDRANCES TO A REVIVAL SPIRITTo All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Another thing that is working an immense evil in the present day is the growing sectarianism of the church. It seems to me that the leading denominations that have heretofore been most zealous and successful in […]

Letters On Revival–No. 18 – Charles G Finney

  THE IMPOLICY OF SPASMODIC EFFORTS [Continued from No. 17–Ed.]To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:Before I proceed farther on the subject of my last letter, I wish to call the attention of the brethren to an evil, which seems to me to have greatly grieved the Spirit […]

Letters On Revival–No. 17 – Charles G Finney

  THE IMPOLICY OF SPASMODIC EFFORTS [continued in No. 18–Ed.]To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Dear Brethren:There is another class of Christians than those to whom I referred in my last, that seem to me to have fallen into an error opposed to that of which I then spoke. […]

Letters On Revival–No. 16 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:Dear Brethren:Another thing that has acted very injuriously to the interests of revivals of religion is the false views that have prevailed in relation to the best means of promoting them. And in respect to means, if I have not been […]

Letters On Revival–No. 15 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: Dear Brethren: Another cause of the decline of revivals, in my estimation is, that a right course has not been pursued with the churches. In some instances they have been urged to labor and visit, and put forth active efforts […]

Letters On Revival–No. 14 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:Dear Brethren:I hope my brethren will bear with me, while I further insist on the general delinquency of ministers, especially of late, in regard to revivals.There has been so manifest and so lamentable a falling off from a revival spirit among […]

Letters On Revival–No. 13 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:Dear Brethren:I am rejoiced to perceive that the inquiry is beginning to agitate the Church. –Why are there not more revivals! as well as why is there character so changed? The inquiry is also made, What can be done to promote […]

Letters On Revival–No. 12 – Charles G Finney

  TO ALL THE FRIENDS AND ESPECIALLY ALL THE MINISTERS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:Dear Brethren:I have yet many things to say on the subject of the appearance of a fanatical spirit, in connexion with revivals. The particular thing to which I would now call the attention of the brethren, is this. There is a […]

Letters On Revival–No. 1 – Charles G Finney

  To All The Friends And Especially All The Ministers Of Our Lord Jesus Christ:Beloved in the Lord:–Many of you are aware that several years since a series of Lectures on the subject of Revivals was published through the columns of the N. York Evangelist. These Lectures were preached by me to my own congregation […]

LEGAL RELIGION: PRINCIPLES OF FEAR – Charles G Finney

  “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Ex 32:26.The conduct of men invariably shows what their true and main design in life is. A man’s character is as his supreme object is. If you can learn by his conduct what his leading object is, then you can know with certainty what his character is.For those […]

Legal Religion – Charles G Finney

  TEXT:– “Who is on the Lord’s side?” –Exodus xxxii. 26. LAST Friday evening, you will remember, that in discoursing from this text, I mentioned three classes of professors of religion; those who truly love God and man, those who are actuated solely by selfishness or at most by self-love in their religious duties, and those […]

Legal Experience – Charles G Finney

  TEXT.–The 7th chapter of Romans. I HAVE more than once had occasion to refer to this chapter, and have read some portions of it and made remarks. But I have not been able to go into a consideration of it so fully as I wished, and therefore thought I would make it the subject of […]

Legal and Gospel Experience – Charles G Finney

  Text. Ps. 40:1-3.–I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even […]

LECTURE XXII. – GROWTH IN GRACE – Charles G Finney

  TEXT–But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.–2 Pet. iii.18.I must conclude this Course of Lectures by giving converts instructions on the subject of growth in grace. I shall pursue the following method:I. What is grace, as the term is here used?II. What the injunction “to grow […]

LECTURE XXI. – THE BACKSLIDER IN HEART – Charles G Finney

  TEXT.–The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways.–Prov. xiv. 14.I CANNOT conclude this course of lectures, without warning converts against backsliding. In discussing this subject, I will state,I. What backsliding in heart is not.II. What backsliding in heart is.III. What are evidences of backsliding in heart.IV. Show what are consequences of […]

LECTURE XX. – INSTRUCTIONS TO CONVERTS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT.–Feed my lambs.–JOHN xxi. 15.I REMARKED on this text in my last lecture, and was obliged, for want of time, to omit many of the points which I wished to present in regard to theINSTRUCTION OF YOUNG CONVERTS.To-night I propose to continue the subject by noticing,I. Several other points upon which young converts ought […]

LECTURE XIX. – INSTRUCTIONS TO CONVERTS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –Feed my lambs.–JOHN xxi. 15.YOU, who read your Bibles, recollect the connection in which these words are found, and by whom they were spoken. They were addressed by the Lord Jesus Christ to Peter, after he had denied his Lord, and had professed repentance. Probably one of the designs which Christ had in […]

LECTURE XVIII. – DIRECTIONS TO SINNERS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT –What shall I do to be saved.–ACTS xvi. 30.THESE are the words of the jailor at Philippi, the question which he put to Paul and Silas, who were then under his care as prisoners. Satan had, in many ways, opposed these servants of God in their work of preaching the Gospel, and had […]

LECTURE XVII. – FALSE COMFORTS FOR SINNERS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT.–How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood.–JOB xxi. 34.JOB’S three friends insisted on it that the afflictions which he suffered were sent as a punishment for his sins, and were evidence conclusive that he was a hypocrite, and not a good man as he professed to be. […]

LECTURE XVI. – THE NECESSITY AND EFFECT OF UNION – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth, as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.–MATTHEW xviii. 19.SOME weeks since, I used this text, in preaching on the subject of prayer meetings. At present I […]

LECTURE XV. – HINDRANCES TO REVIVALS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you.”– NEHEMIAH vi. 3.THIS servant of God had come down from Babylon to rebuild the temple and re-establish the worship of God at Jerusalem, the city of his […]

LECTURE XIV. – MEASURES TO PROMOTE REVIVALS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city and teach customs which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. –ACTS xvi. 20,21.“THESE men,” here spoken of, were Paul and Silas, who went to Philippi to preach the gospel, and very much disturbed the people of that city, […]

LECTURE XIII. – HOW CHURCHES CAN HELP MINISTERS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’s hands were heavy, and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on […]

LECTURE XII. – HOW TO PREACH THE GOSPEL – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –He that winneth souls is wise. –PROVERBS xi. 30.ONE of the last remarks in my last lecture, was this, that the text ascribes conversion to men. Winning souls is converting men. This evening I design to show,I. That several passages of Scripture ascribe conversion to men.II. That this is consistent with other passages […]

LECTURE XI. – A WISE MINISTER WILL BE SUCCESSFUL – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –He that winneth souls is wise. –PROVERBS xi. 30.I PREACHED last Friday evening from the same text, on the method of dealing with sinners by private Christians. My object at this time is to take up the more public means of grace, with particular reference to theDUTIES OF MINISTERS.As I observed in my […]

LECTURE X. – TO WIN SOULS REQUIRES WISDOM – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –He that winneth souls is wise. –PROVERBS xi. 30.THE most common definition of wisdom is, that it is the choice of the best end and the selection of the most appropriate means for the accomplishment of that end–the best adaptation of means to secure a desired end. “He that winneth souls,” God says, […]

LECTURE IX. – MEANS TO BE USED WITH SINNERS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT.–Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen. –ISAIAH xliii:10.IN the text it is affirmed of the children of God, that they are his witnesses. In several preceding lectures I have been dwelling on the subject of Prayer, or that department of means for the promotion of a […]

LECTURE VIII. – MEETINGS FOR PRAYER – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” –MATTHEW xviii. 19.*HITHERTO, in treating of the subject of PRAYER, I have confined my remarks to secret prayer. […]

LECTURE VII. – ON BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –Be filled with the Spirit. –EPH. v. 18.SEVERAL of my last lectures have been on the subject of prayer, and the importance of having the spirit of prayer, of the intercession of the Holy Ghost. Whenever the necessity and importance of the Spirit’s influences are held forth, there can be no doubt that […]

THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the […]

LECTURE V. – THE PRAYER OF FAITH – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” –MARK xi. 24.THESE words have been by some supposed to refer exclusively to the faith of miracles. But there is not the least evidence of this. That the text was […]

LECTURE IV. – PREVAILING PRAYER – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.–JAMES V. 16.THE last lecture referred principally to the confession of sin. To-night my remarks will be chiefly confined to the subject of intercession, or prayer. There are two kinds of means requisite to promote a revival; one to influence men, the other to […]

LECTURE III. – HOW TO PROMOTE A REVIVAL – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –Break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.–HOSEA X. 12.THE Jews were a nation of farmers, and it is therefore a common thing in the Scriptures to refer for illustrations to their occupation, and to the scenes with which farmers […]

LECTURE II. – WHEN A REVIVAL IS TO BE EXPECTED – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. –Wilt thou not revive us again; that thy people may rejoice in thee? –PSALM lxxxv. 6.THIS Psalm seems to have been written soon after the return of the people of Israel from the Babylonish captivity; as you will easily see from the language at the commencement of it. The Psalmist felt that God […]

LECTURE I. – WHAT A REVIVAL OF RELIGION IS – Charles G Finney

  TEXT. — O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. –HAB. iii. 2.IT is supposed that the prophet Habakkuk was contemporary with Jeremiah, and that this prophecy was uttered in anticipation of the Babylonish captivity. Looking at the judgments […]

JUSTIFICATION: A ROYAL PARDON – Charles G Finney

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh […]

Justification By Faith – Charles G Finney

  TEXT–“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no […]

JUSTIFICATION – Charles G Finney

‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.’ Rom. 8:1.In this discourse, I shall notice,I. WHAT IT IS TO BE IN CHRIST JESUS.II. WHAT IS INTENDED BY NO CONDEMNATION.III. WHY THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHO ARE IN CHRIST […]

Judicial Blindness – Charles G Finney

“And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I am come into this world; that they which see not might see, and that they which see, might be made blind.’ And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, […]

Joy in God – Charles G Finney

“Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy […]

Jesus, A Savior from Sinning – Charles G Finney

“Thou shalt call His name Jesus, for He shall save his people from their sins.” –Matt. 1:21.In discussing fundamentally the subject presented in the text, it is pertinent to remark,I. That salvation from sin is the great want of humanity. On this point there can be no mistake. Whatever else may be controverted or denied, […]

Jesus Christ Doing Good – Charles G Finney

“Who went about doing good.”–Acts, 10:38.The entire verse of which the text forms a part, reads as;–“How God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed with the devil for God was with Him.”In treating of this text and the subject […]

Jehovah’s Appeal to Sinners and Backsliders – Charles G Finney

“O my people, what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against me.” –Micah 6:3This is indeed a most striking passage. God himself appeals to his backslidden people to say what he has done to them that can any way justify their course of conduct towards him. The connection shows […]

It is impossible but that offences come – Charles G Finney

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. Young men may really doubt the inspiration of the […]

IDOLATRY AND THE FEAR OF GOD – Charles G Finney

“They feared the Lord, and served their own gods”–2 Kings 17:33When the ten tribes of Israel were carried away by the king of Assyria, their land was repopulated with strangers of different idolatrous nations who knew nothing of the religion of the Jews. Very soon, the wild beasts increased in the country, and the lions […]

How to Prevent Our Employments From Injuring Our Souls – Charles G Finney

Text. Rom. 12:11–Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.In remarking upon this subject, I design to show:I. THAT IDLENESS IS INCONSISTENT WITH RELIGION.II. THAT ALL PERSONS ARE BOUND TO PURSUE SOME LAWFUL EMPLOYMENT.III. THAT THEY ARE TO BE DILIGENT IN THEIR CALLING WHATEVER IT IS.IV. HOW TO PREVENT EMPLOYMENTS, EITHER SECULAR OR […]

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR HEART – Charles G Finney

EZEKIEL 18:. 31.–Make you a new heart, and a new spirit, for why will ye die?In the former discourse upon this text, I discussed three points, viz:1. The meaning of the command in the text.2. Its reasonableness.3. Its consistency with those passages which declare a new heart to be the gift and work of God.In […]

How Churches Can Help Ministers – Charles G Finney

TEXT. –And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’s hands were heavy, and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon: and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the […]

Holiness Essential To Salvation – Charles G Finney

“And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins.”–Matthew1: 21.In speaking from these words, I design to show.–I. THAT SALVATION FROM SIN IS THE GREAT NECESSITY OF MAN.II. THAT JESUS HAS UNDERTAKEN THIS WORK.III. INQUIRE WHY IT IS THAT SO MANY […]

HOLINESS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT – Charles G Finney

“Neverless 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 righteousness, and of […]

Heart Condemnation, A Proof that God Also Condemns – Charles G Finney

“”For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”–1 John 3:20Our text suggests as our leading subject of investigation, the CONDITION OF OUR ACCEPTANCE WITH GOD. It implies that if our heart condemn us, God will much more condemn us, being greater than our heart, and knowing all […]

Having a Good Conscience – Charles G Finney

“Having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” — 1 Pet: 3:16The discussion of this text will lead me,I. TO DEFINE CONSCIENCE.II. TO SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN HAVING A GOOD CONSCIENCE.III. THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH […]

Hardness of Heart – Charles G Finney

“For they considered not the miracle of the loaves, for their heart was hardened.” –Mark 6:52These words were spoken of the disciples. The occasion of their utterance was this–the evening of the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Christ walked out upon the water and met his disciples, who were crossing the sea in a […]

Guilt Modified by Ignorance – Charles G Finney

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.” –Acts 17:30This passage is part of Paul’s sermon at Athens. In discussing it I shall,I. Show what it means.II. Apply its principles to some of the great moral movements of the present age.III. Show what is implied in […]

Grieving the Holy Spirit–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

Text. Eph. 4:30.–Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.In continuing this subject, as proposed in my last, I remark.  Refusing or neglecting to confess your sins grieves the Holy Spirit. God has said, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh […]

Grieving the Holy Spirit–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

Text. Eph. 4:30–“Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”In this discussion, I shall pursue the following order.I. SHOW THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN BE, AND OFTEN IS GRIEVED BY MEN.II. HOW AND WHEN HE IS GRIEVED.II. THE CONSEQUENCES OF GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT.I. The Holy Spirit […]

Governing the Tongue – Charles G Finney

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” –James 1:26In remarking upon these words, I will notice–I. THE RULE BY WHICH THE TONGUE IS TO BE GOVERNED.II. THE CONDITIONS UPON WHICH IT IS TO BE GOVERNED.III. SHOW THAT WHERE […]

Gospel Ministers Ambassadors for Christ – Charles G Finney

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. –2 Cor. 5:20An ambassador is an agent or representative of a government. In ancient times, they were employed only in regard to matters of war and peace. In those […]

Gospel Liberty – Charles G Finney

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.–Galatians 5:1.In this lecture I shall show,I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE YOKE OF BONDAGE.II. WHAT IT IS TO BE ENTANGLED WITH IT.III. WHAT IS THE LIBERTY HERE SPOKEN OF.IV. HOW CHRIST MAKES US […]

Gospel Freedom – Charles G Finney

TEXT. Romans 6:14 — For sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace.I shall attempt to show,I. WHAT SIN IS.II. WHEN IT MAY BE SAID, THAT SIN HAS DOMINION IN THE SOUL.III. WHAT IT IS TO BE UNDER THE LAW.IV. WHAT IT IS TO BE UNDER […]

God’s Love to Sinners as Seen in the Gospel – Charles G Finney

“For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”–John 3:16The subject of this great love is God. It is no other than God who is here said to have so loved this world. Hence God is not a mere […]

God’s Love for a Sinning World – Charles G Finney

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” — John 3:16.Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. Pardoned or unpardoned, its cost is infinitely great. Pardoned, the cost falls chiefly […]

God’s Love Commended To Us – Charles G Finney

“But God commendeth His love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5: 8.WHAT is meant here by “commend?” To recommend; to set forth in a clear and strong light.Towards whom is this love exercised? Towards us — towards all beings of our lost race. To each […]

God’s Goodness Toward Men Basely Requited – Charles G Finney

“They have rewarded me evil for my good and hatred for my love”–Ps. 109:5.David is here speaking apparently of himself, yet really says much that is properly applicable to the Messiah. This is common to those ancient prophets who were, in a sort, types of the Messiah, and is especially developed in the case of […]

God’s Commandments Not Grievous – Charles G Finney

“His commandments are not grievous.” 1st. John 5:3The commandments here spoken of are God’s. The whole verse reads–“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.” It is elsewhere said, we may know we love God because we love his children. Here the order is reversed;–“we […]

God’s Anger Against the Wicked – Charles G Finney

“God is angry with the wicked every day.” — Psalms 7:11.In speaking from this text I design to show briefly:I. WHO ARE “WICKED” IN THE SCRIPTURE SENSE OF THIS TERM;II. THAT GOD IS ANGRY WITH THEM;III. THE NATURE OF THIS ANGER;IV. THE REASONS FOR IT;V. ITS DEGREE;VI. ITS DURATION;VII. THE TERRIBLE CONDITION OF SINNERS UNDER […]

God Under Obligation To Do Right – Charles G Finney

‘Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?’ Gen. 18:25.In discussing this subject I will show,I. WHAT IS RIGHT.II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN GOD’S DOING RIGHT?III. THAT GOD IS UNDER A MORAL OBLIGATION TO DO RIGHT.IV. THAT ALL MORAL BEINGS ARE BOUND TO BE WILLING THAT GOD SHOULD DO RIGHT.V. WHAT IS IMPLIED […]

God Not Pleased with the Death of the Wicked – Charles G Finney

“Say unto them, as I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 33:11In discussing these words it will be […]

God Manifesting Himself to Moses – Charles G Finney

“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 I have found […]

God Has No Pleasure In The Sinner’s Death – Charles G Finney

“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his way and live? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore, turn yourselves, and live ye.”–Ezek. 18:23, 32.“Say unto them, As I live, […]

God Cannot Please Sinners – Charles G Finney

Luke 7: 31-35. “And the Lord said, Whereunto, then, shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the market-place, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and […]

Glorifying God – Charles G Finney

Text.–I Cor. 10:31: “Whether, therefore, ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”In this discussion, I design to show,I. WHAT IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD, BY THE GLORY OF GOD.II. HOW WE MAY GLORIFY HIM.III. TO WHAT EXTENT, WE ARE TO APPLY THIS RULE, IN PRACTICE.IV. THE IMPORTANCE OF […]

FULNESS THERE IS IN CHRIST – Charles G Finney

‘For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power.’–Col. 2:9, 10.The connection in which this text stands, shows that the Apostle is laboring to establish the distinction between an outside legal religion, and religion by faith in Christ. […]

Forfeiting Birth-right Blessings – Charles G Finney

“Looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled: Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited […]

Fearing the Lord and Walking in Darkness – Charles G Finney

“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.” Isaiah 50:10.In discoursing from these words I shall show:I. WHAT THE DARKNESS SPOKEN OF IN THE TEXT IS.II. […]

Fanatical Excitement-Letter Seven – Charles G Finney

While upon the subject of excitement, I wish to make a few suggestions on the danger that highly-excited feelings will take a wrong direction, and result in fanaticism. Every one is aware that, when the feelings are strongly excited, they are capable of being turned in various directions, and of assuming various types, according to […]

False Professors – Charles G Finney

Text–“They feared the Lord, and served their own gods.” 2 Kings 17:33. WHEN the ten tribes of Israel were carried away captives by the king of Assyria, their places were supplied with strangers of different idolatrous nations, who knew nothing of the religion of the Jews. Very soon, the wild beasts increased in the country, and […]

Faith the Work of God – Charles G Finney

“Then they said unto Him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” –John 6:28, 29In the preceding context Jesus rebukes the people for following Him, not because they saw […]

Faith in its Relations to the Love of God – Charles G Finney

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” –John 3:16By the “world” in this passage is meant the human race. The passage affirms God’s love for the whole human family.The word “perish” does not mean annihilation, nor does […]

EXPOSING YOUR INNER SELF – Charles G Finney

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves” –2 Corinthians 13:5We must understand our own hearts and take the proper steps to prove our real characters as they appear to God. Scripture doesn’t refer to a trial or proof of our strength or knowledge but our moral character. It implies that […]

Excitement in Revivals – Letter Six – Charles G Finney

I have by no means done with the subject of excitement as connected with revivals of religion. In every age of the Church, cases have occurred in which persons have had such clear manifestations of Divine truth as to prostrate their physical strength entirely. This appears to have been the case with Daniel. He fainted […]

Evil Thinking – Charles G Finney

Charity thinketh no evil. –1 Cor. 13:5The context in which these words stand is doubtless familiar to many of you; but it may not be amiss for me to read it. “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling […]

Eternal Life – Charles G Finney

Text.–I John 5:10, 11: “He that believeth on the Son of God, hath the witness in himself; he that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, Because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life […]

Entire Consecration a Condition of Discipleship – Charles G Finney

TEXT–Luke 14:33: “Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.”In this discussion I design to show:I. WHAT IS NOT IMPLIED IN FORSAKING ALL FOR CHRIST.II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT.III. WHAT IS INTENDED BY BEING A DISCIPLE OF CHRIST.IV. THAT BEING HIS DISCIPLE IS AN INDISPENSABLE […]

Election and Reprobation – Charles G Finney

“Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected them.” –Jer. 6:30“For many are called, but few are chosen.” –Mat. 22:14“Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father.” –1 Pet. 1:2From these texts you will perceive that I have chosen for my subject ELECTION AND REPROBATION. In discussing it, I proposeI. TO […]

Doubtful Actions Are Sinful – Charles G Finney

Text.–“He that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Romans 14:23. IT was a custom among the idolatrous heathen to offer the bodies of slain beasts in sacrifice, a part of every beast that was offered belonged to the priest. The priests […]

DISCOVERING THE WAY OF SALVATION – Charles G Finney

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ”–Acts 16:30,31.“Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption”–1 Corinthians 1:30.The gospel plan of salvation is by faith, not works. Originally, the human race was to […]

Design or Intention Constitutes Character – Charles G Finney

TEXT–Psalm 28:4: “Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavors.”By endeavors in this text, I understand design, or intention.In discussing this subject, I shall–I. NOTICE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN INTENTION AND VOLITION.2 THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN AN ULTIMATE OR SUPREME INTENTION AND A SUBORDINATE INTENTION.3 SHOW THAT MORAL CHARACTER LIES MAINLY […]

Dependence on Christ – Charles G Finney

“Without me ye can do nothing.” — John 15:5.In discussing this subject I shall show–I. THE MEANING OF THE TEXT.II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT.III. THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING AND BELIEVING IT.IV. THE PRONENESS OF THE HUMAN HEART TO OVERLOOK AND PRACTICALLY DENY IT.I. The meaning of the text.The context shows that Christ means to […]

Delighting in the Lord – Charles G Finney

“Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” –Ps. 37:4In speaking from these words I shall,I. SHOW WHAT IS IMPLIED IN DELIGHTING OURSELVES IN THE LORD.II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN THE PROMISE “HE SHALL GIVE THEE THE DESIRES OF THINE HEART.”III. WHY THIS PROMISE IS THUS CONDITIONED.I. […]

Death to Sin through Christ – Charles G Finney

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” — Romans 6:11.THE connection of this passage will help us to understand its meaning. Near the close of the previous chapter Paul had said, “The law entered that the offence might abound; but where sin […]

Death to Sin 0- Charles G Finney

TEXT.– Romans 6:7: For he that is dead is freed from sin.In the discussion of this subject I shall notice,I. THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF DEATH MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE.II. WHAT KIND OF DEATH IS INTENDED HERE.III. WHAT IT CONSISTS IN;IV. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT;V. HOW IT IS EFFECTED.I. Different kinds of death.1. Natural death. […]

Danger of Delusion – Charles G Finney

TEXT–‘Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we let them slip.’ Heb. 3:1In remarking upon this text, I shall attempt to show:I. WHAT CONSTITUTES TRUE RELIGION. II. THAT THE TRUE IDEA OF RELIGION IS RARE. III. THAT THE EXISTENCE OF THE TRUE […]

Converting Sinners a Christian Duty – Charles G Finney

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” — James 5: 19, 20.A SUBJECT of present duty and of great practical […]

Conscience and the Bible in Harmony – Charles G Finney

“By manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” — 2 Cor. 4:2.THE context shows that these words of Paul refer to his manner of preaching, and to the aim which he had in those labours.Conscience is a moral function of the reason, or intellect. It is that […]

Conformity to the World – Charles G Finney

TEXT.– Be not conformed to this world.–Romans 7: 2 IT will be recollected by some who are present, that some time since I made use of this text in preaching in this place, but the object of this evening’s discourse is so far different that it is not improper to employ the same text again. The […]

Confession of Faults – Charles G Finney

Text–James 5:16: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.”In this discussion I shall show:I. WHAT IS INTENDED BY FAULTS IN THIS TEXT.II. TO WHOM THIS PASSAGE REQUIRES CONFESSION TO BE MADE.III. THE DESIGN AND USE OF CONFESSING FAULTS ONE TO ANOTHER.IV. THAT WE ARE UNDER SPECIAL […]

Conditions of Prevailing Prayer pt.–3 – Charles G Finney

“Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3In a former discourse on this text, I mentioned, among other conditions of prevailing prayer, that confession should be made to those whom our sins have injured, and also to God. It is most plain that all […]

Conditions of Prevailing Prayer pt.–2 – Charles G Finney

“Ask, and it shall be given you.” Matt. 7:7, 8.“Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3.I will commence the present discourse by briefly recapitulating the prefatory remarks which I made in my first sermon on this subject. I then observed,1. That all real prayer is […]

Conditions of Prevailing Prayer – Charles G Finney

“Ask, and it shall be given you.” Matt. 7:7, 8“Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, to consume it upon your lusts.” James 4:3These passages are chosen as the foundation of several discourses which I design to preach on the condition of prevailing prayer.Before entering directly upon the consideration of those conditions, however, […]

Conditions of Being Saved – Charles G Finney

“What must I do to be saved?” — Acts 16: 30. I BRING forward this subject today not because it is new to many in this congregation, but because it is greatly needed. I am happy to know that the great inquiry of our text is beginning to be deeply and extensively agitated in this community, […]

Conditions of Being Kept – Charles G Finney

TEXT–1 Peter 4:19: “Let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”In this discussion I design to show:I. IN WHAT SENSE THE TRIALS, TEMPTATIONS, AND SUFFERINGS OF THE SAINTS, IN THIS LIFE, ARE ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF […]

Communion with God–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–2 Cor. 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.”In pursuing this subject, I shall notice, according to my plan–IV. The value and importance of Communion with God.1. Communion with God is just as important as the true […]

Communion with God–no. 1 – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–2 Cor. 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.”In discussing this subject, I shall–I. CONSIDER THE MEANING OF THE TERM COMMUNION.II. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN COMMUNION WITH THE HOLY GHOST.III. HOW WE MAY KNOW WHETHER AND WHEN […]

Coming Up through Great Tribulation – Charles G Finney

“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the […]

Coming to The Waters of Life – Charles G Finney

“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” –John 7:37The feast spoken of here is the feast of tabernacles, of which we have a full account in Leviticus. It was one of the three great feasts observed […]

Christians the Light of the World – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–Matt. 5:14-16: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that […]

Christian Witnesses for God – Charles G Finney

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord.” Isa. 43:10.In this discourse I shall show:I. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN AN APPEAL TO WITNESSES.II. WHAT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE COMPETENCY OF A WITNESS.III. STATE SOME THINGS THAT AFFECT HIS CREDIBILITY.IV. GOD’S CAUSE MUST DEPEND UPON THE FAITHFULNESS OF HIS WITNESSES.V. THE CONDITIONS WHICH MAKE TESTIMONY FOR GOD […]

Christian Warfare – Charles G Finney

‘This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things ye would.’–Gal. 5:16, 17.This passage has been greatly misunderstood, […]

Christian Perfection – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”–Matthew 5: 48.  IN the 43rd verse, the Savior says, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy; but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good […]

Christian Consciousness, A Witness for God – Charles G Finney

“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 43:10When I first became religious, it seemed to me very wonderful that in all the preaching I had heard, there had been so little said of the testimony of personal experience. I had often heard appeals to the external evidences of revelation, such as make the reception […]

Christian Affinity – Charles G Finney

Amos 3:3,–“Can two walk together except they be agreed?” In the holy Scriptures, we often find a negative thrown into the form of an interrogation. The text is an instance of this kind; so that we are to understand the prophet as affirming that two cannot walk together except they be agreed. For two to be agreed, […]

CHRISTIAN CHARACTER – Charles G Finney

‘Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.’–1 John 3:9.In this discourse I shall,I. INQUIRE WHAT SIN IS NOT.II. WHAT IT IS.III. WHAT TO BE BORN OF GOD IS NOT.IV. WHAT IT IS.V. WHAT THE SEED SPOKEN OF […]

Christ the Husband of the Church – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–“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. IN the discussion of this subject, the following is the order in which I […]

Christ Tempted, Suffering, and Able to Succor The Tempted – Charles G Finney

“For in that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted.” –Heb. 2:18.The connection, commencing back with the tenth verse of this chapter, presents Jesus as one of the brethren among his people and assigns reasons for his assuming human nature into union with his divine. Because the […]

Christ Our Advocate with The Father – Charles G Finney

  “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” –1 John 2:1 In remarking upon this passage, I must, 1. Explain the sense in which the term “advocate” is here used; 2. Show what […]

Christ Our Advocate – Charles G Finney

“And if any man sin we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” — 1 John2: 1, 2.THE Bible abounds with governmental analogies. These are designed for our instruction; but […]

CAUGHT IN THE PUBLIC EYE – Charles G Finney

“For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God”–John 12:43 A plain distinction exists between self-love, or the simple desire for happiness, and selfishness. Self-love, the desire for happiness and dread of misery, is a part of our frame as God made us and intended us to be. Its indulgence, within […]

Carefulness a Sin – Charles G Finney

Text. Phil. 4:6: Be careful for nothing.In this discussion, I design to show,I. WHAT CAREFULNESS, AS USED IN THIS TEXT, IS.II. THAT THIS STATE OF MIND IS SIN.III. HOW TO AVOID IT.I. I am to show the meaning of the word carefulness.The terms care, and carefulness, are used in two different senses, in the Bible–one […]

Can Two Walk Together Except They Be Agreed?- Charles G Finney

Amos 3: 3. “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” In the holy Scriptures, we often find a negative thrown into the form of an interrogation. The text is an instance of this kind; so that we are to understand the prophet as affirming that two cannot walk together except they be agreed.For two to be […]

Breaking Up the Fallow Ground – Charles G Finney

Break up your follow ground for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and rain righteousness upon you. Hos. 10:12. The Jews were a nation of farmers, and it is therefore a common thing in the scriptures to refer for Illustrations to their occupation, and to the scenes with which farmers and shepherds […]

Bound to Know Your True Character – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves”– 2 CORINTHIANS xiii. 5. IN speaking from this text I design to pursue the following order:I. Show what is intended by the requirement in the text.II. The necessity of this requirement.III. The practicability of the duty enjoined.IV. Give some directions as to the manner […]

Blessednesss of Benevolence – Charles G Finney

TEXT.–Acts 20:35: It is more blessed to give than to receive.On what occasion our Lord Jesus Christ uttered these words we are not informed, as they are not recorded by the Evangelists. But we have the authority of an inspired Apostle, that He taught this doctrine. In considering this subject I will state:I. WHAT CONSTITUTES […]

Blessed are the Poor in Spirit – Charles G Finney

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”–Matthew 5::3.In several of the first verses of this chapter, Christ states the distinctive features of the Christian character, and affirms the blessedness of those who possess them. The text gives one of them: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is […]

Being in Debt – Charles G Finney

Text.–Rom. 13:8: “Owe no man any thing.”In discussing this subject I design to show:I. THE MEANING OF THE TEXT.II. THAT TO BE IN DEBT IS SIN.III. THE DUTY OF THOSE WHO ARE IN DEBT.I. I am to show the meaning of the text.The meaning of this text, like most others, is to be learned from […]

Awaking from The Sleep of Spiritual Death – Charles G Finney

“Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”–Eph. v:14.This text and the subject it presents will lead me to discuss the following points, in the order stated.I. WHAT IS THIS DEATH?II. WHY IS IT CALLED DEATH; WHO CAUSED IT, AND WHO WAS THE OCCASION OF IT?III. THE NATURE […]

Article in Response to Troy Presbytery – Charles G Finney

TROY (N.Y.) PRESBYTERY.–The following editorial note is taken from the New-York Evangelist of July 10; the same number which contains the “Action of the Troy Presbytery,” published below. It is a little remarkable, that the same paper from which the editor extracts our “wish” that he would copy Mr. Finney’s letters, states, so conspicuously that […]

Any One Form of Sin Persisted In is Fatal to the Soul – Charles G Finney

“Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point is guilty of all.” — James 2:10.“He that is unjust in the least, is also unjust in much.” — Luke 16:10.In speaking from these words, I inquire,I. What is it to persist in sin?1. To persist in sin is not to abandon it. […]

An Approving Heart–Confidence in Prayer – Charles G Finney

“Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”–1 John 3:21, 22.In resuming and pursuing this subject, I shall,I. SHOW THAT IF OUR HEART DOES NOT CONDEMN US, […]

All Things for Good to Those that Love God – Charles G Finney

“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” –Rom. 8:28In illustrating the subject presented in these words, I shall,I. SHOW WHAT THE PASSAGE MEANS.II. ILLUSTRATE THE MANNER IN WHICH THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED.III. NOTICE SOME PARTICULARS AS ILLUSTRATIONS OF THIS TRUTH.IV. SHOW HOW WE KNOW THIS TRUTH, AS THE […]

All Things Conspire for Evil to The Sinner – Charles G Finney

“Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.” –Isa. 3:11“When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever.” –Ps. 92:7“To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall […]

All Events Ruinous to the Sinner – Charles G Finney

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” –Rom. 8:28In my further discussion of this subject I shall attempt to show that all events conspire to ruin the obstinate and finally impenitent sinner.This is not directly taught in […]

Alive Without the Law, Slain Thereby – Charles G Finney

“I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”–Rom. 7:9In my remarks upon this passage, I shall pursue the following outlines:I. SHOW IN WHAT SENSE PAUL WAS WITHOUT THE LAW;II. WHAT WERE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS STATE;III. IN WHAT SENSE THE “COMMANDMENT CAME”;IV. THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS […]

Afflictions of the Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted – Charles G Finney

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”–2 Cor. 4:17. Read also Psalm 73.Few things are more interesting than to contemplate the contrast every where drawn in the Bible between the righteous and the wicked. No man can thoroughly study this contrast […]

Adorning the Doctrine of God Our Savior – Charles G Finney

“But showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.” Titus 2:10.In our last Friday prayer meeting, one of the brethren quoted this passage in prayer. It struck me with great force; indeed, I never had seen its beauty and power so fully before. It turned my […]

Ability And Inability – Charles G Finney

‘And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for He is a holy God.[‘] [Joshua 24:19]In this discussion, I shallI. POINT OUT THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF ABILITY AND INABILITY TO OBEY THE LAW OF GOD, WHICH HAVE BEEN INSISTED ON BY DIFFERENT CLASSES OF PHILOSOPHERS AND DIVINES.II. SHOW THAT […]

A Single and an Evil Eye – Charles G Finney

TEXT–Mat. 6:22, 23: ‘The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light; but if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!’In this […]

A Seared Conscience–no. 2 – Charles G Finney

  TEXT–1 Tim. 4:2: “Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”In continuing this subject I am to show:VI. The consequences of a seared conscience.1. A certain delusion in regard to your character and deserts. If your conscience becomes so seared as not to call your particular attention to the moral quality of your actions, […]

A Seared Conscience-Charles G.Finney

TEXT–1 Tim. 4:2: “Having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”In this discussion I will show:I. WHAT CONSCIENCE IS NOT.II. WHAT IT IS.III. WHAT IS INTENDED BY A SEARED CONSCIENCE.IV. THE EVIDENCES OF A SEARED CONSCIENCE.V. HOW IT BECOMES SEARED.VI. CONSEQUENCES OF A SEARED CONSCIENCE.I. What conscience is not.1. It is not the mere knowledge […]

All Things Conspire Evil to the Sinner

   Reported by The Editor           "Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him." –Isa. 3:11           "When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed forever." […]

Why Sinners Hate God

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ. In my two former discourses on total depravity, I have endeavoured to demonstrate that all impenitent sinners hate God supremely. And having, as I suppose, established this doctrine beyond controversy, by an appeal to matters of fact, it now becomes a very solemn and important question, […]

Total Depravity, Part Two

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 as themselves. The facts affirmed by the Apostle are, that the carnal mind is enmity against God, and for that reason, is not subject to the law of God; that […]

Total Depravity, Part One

  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 establish the doctrine of total depravity.   In doing this, I design, in the first place to show what the doctrine of total depravity, […]

Traditions of the Elders

The government which God exercises over the universe of mind, is a moral government, it is not of course, administered by direct physical agency; compelling mind to act, in the same manner, in which the physical laws of the material universe operate in the world of matter. Motives are the grand instruments of moving mind. […]

Sinners Bound to Change Their Own Hearts

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 the requirement to make them a new heart and a new spirit was enforced by the weighty penalty of death. The death mentioned in the […]