Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Charles Finney, hero or heretic?

Charles Finney is seen by many as a hero of the faith, a true man of God, but was he? If one digs into his beliefs and compares them to scripture, it becomes obvious Finney was no  hero. "Finney instituted a number of new measures which later evangelists would continue. These included the inquiry room for counseling seekers, the anxious or mourners' bench for those responding to the public invitation to Christ, preaching for an immediate decision, emotional prayers which addressed God in a very familiar, informal language, organized choirs and music, advertising and advanced preparation for the revival meeting. Finney believed that revival was not something sent down by God, but it could be brought about if the right means were used. Man was free to choose his spiritual destiny. Finney pressed for decisions. He was the first to have an "invitation" calling people to the front to make a public witness of their conversion." {source - http://www.christianity.com/church/church-history/timeline/1701-1800/the-2nd-great-awakening-11630336.html
Those facts should cause one to question Finney's ways of doing 'religion'. Bob DeWaay has written a very insightful and informative article into what Finney believed, here is a brief sample...

"Finney believed that a golden age of Christianity, in which Christ is honored, God’s moral law obeyed, and the need for further revivals ended could be brought about by the activities of the church.3 There are several problems with this, the greatest of which is that the Bible does not teach it. As we will see, Finney felt free to depart from Biblical orthodoxy in order to promote his ideals.
Charles Finney had a series of beliefs that are akin to the Pelagian heresy of the 5th century.4 These beliefs, and a basic philosophical premise that led Finney to them, help explain his post-millennialism and views on revival. My thesis is that Charles Finney’s theology and legacy has had a strong and adverse influence on American evangelicalism".

I strongly encourage you to read the entire article penned by Bob DeWaay, for it reveals the heresy of Finney. Here is the link to the article - http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue53.htm

As Bob so rightly stated, "Charles Finney's theology and legacy has had a strong and adverse influence on American evangelicalism"; this is so sad and yet so very true. The rotten fruit of this man still permeates the visible church today and still infects millions with wrong, unbiblical ideologies that has/will lead many down the broad road. May God truly open the ears and eyes of those who genuinely seek  His truth. In the end, Charles Finney was a minion of Satan used to deceive the masses and give them a false sense of peace....his teachings should be shunned. 

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