Charles Grandison Finney Quotes

Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States. He has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was best known as an innovative revivalist during the period 1825–1835 in upstate New York and Manhattan, an opponent of Old School Presbyterian theology, an advocate of Christian perfectionism, and a religious writer.

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Charles Grandison Finney


There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience.

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A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.

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Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other's hearts in prayer.

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It is the great business of every Christian to save souls.

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Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one's will to God in deep humility.

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A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul.

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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.

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Unless the will is free, man has no freedom; and if he has no freedom he is not a moral agent, that is, he is incapable of moral action and also of moral character.

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The reason why wicked men and devils hate God is, because they see Him in relation to themselves. Their hearts rise up in rebellion, because they see Him opposed to their selfishness.

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Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing.

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He that winneth souls is wise (Proverbs 11:30) - Those are the best educated ministers, who win the most souls.

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When you come back to God for pardon and salvation, come with all you have to lay all at his feet. Come with your body, to offer it as a living sacrifice upon His altar. Come with your soul and all its powers, and yield them in willing consecration to your God and Saviour. Come, bring them all along-everything, body, soul, intellect, imagination, acquirements-all, without reserve.

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Ministers often preach about the Gospel instead of preaching the Gospel. They often preach about sinners instead of preaching to them.

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Repentance is a change of willing, of feeling and of living, in respect to God.

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Effective prayer is prayer that attains what it seeks. It is prayer that moves God, effecting its end.

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