American evangelist and educator. Charles Finney was born at Warren, Connecticut, but two years later his family moved to upstate New York, where he received his early education in frontier schools. As a young man, he studied law and set up practice at Adams, New York.
While reading Blackstone's Commentaries on Law, Charles Finney noted continuous references to the Holy Scriptures. Blackstone repeatedly mentioned the Bible as the highest authority. This moved Finney to buy a Bible, and he soon was reading it more than law.
The Word of God brought deep conviction to Finney's soul, and on October 10, 1821, out in the woods, he was converted to Christ. He immediately began witnessing for Christ, and before long was conducting revival meetings. Finney used the apostolic practices of the New Testament and was soon filling the largest buildings available and keeping them filled.
The highlight of Charles Finney's evangelistic ministry was the "nine mighty years" of 1824 to 1832, during which he conducted powerful revival meetings all over the eastern cities of Goureneur, Rome, Utica, Auburn, Troy, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York. During his meeting in Rochester, New York, "the place was shaken to its foundations." Twelve hundred people united with the churches of Rochester Presbytery. All the leading lawyers, physicians, and businessmen were saved. Forty of the converts entered the ministry, and the whole character of the town was changed. As a result of that meeting, revivals broke out in 1,500 other towns and villages.
Charles Finney was finally forced to discontinue his evangelistic ministry due to bad health, and, after many years as a revival preaching pastor in New York City, he became president of Oberlin College, where he lectured until his death.
Over 500,000 people responded to his public invitations to receive Christ. Finney was personal, homespun, dramatic, and forceful, and his revival lectures are still studied by Bible-believing preachers, teachers, and evangelists.
Under his ministry more than 80 percent of his converts stayed true to God even after 20 years. I can not think of any other evangelist that even comes close to this success. There must be something special about this man and his message.
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THE 1851 VERSION OF FINNEY'S SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY.
PDF VERSION OF THE 1851 VERSION OF FINNEY'S SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY.
THE 1878 EDITION OF FINNEY'S SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY.
THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT.
THE PROMISES OF GOD.
SERMONS ON IMPORTANT SUBJECTS.
CHARLES G. FINNEY AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
FROM THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST 1939 (THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT).
THE OBERLIN EVANGELIST FROM 1939 to 1862.
HEART OF THE TRUTH.
FINNEY'S LECTURES ON PASTORAL THEOLOGY.
FINNEY'S LECTURES ON THEOLOGY.
CHARLES GRANDISON FINNEY. by G. Frederick Wright, D. D., LL. D.
TAKE HEED TO THYSELF.
THE CHURCH SHOULD SEEK MORE EMINENT PIETY IN THE MINISTRY.
WISDOM IN WINNING SOULS.
PREACHING SO AS TO CONVERT NOBODY.
POWER FROM ON HIGH.
SERMONS FROM THE PENNY PULPIT.
IT ALL ADDS UP TO LOVE. By J.W. Jepson
SERMONS ON GOSPEL THEMES.
THE WAY OF SALVATION.
POWER FROM ON HIGH.
FINNEY'S LECTURES TO PROFESSING CHRISTIANS.
CHARLES FINNEY - REVIVALIST. By Andrew Strom
HOW TO OVERCOME SIN. By Keith Green
HOW TO PREACH WITHOUT CONVERTING ANYBODY.
MAKING A NEW HEART.
BREAKING UP THE FALLOW GROUND.
AFFLICTIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED CONTRASTED.
THE GREAT BUSINESS OF LIFE.
THE WONDERFUL LOVE OF GOD
THE BACKSLIDER IN HEART.
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST.
THE LOSS WHEN A SOUL IS LOST.