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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The false doctrine of free will and it's Jesuit influence - contd.

In the last post, we saw how Jacob Arminius was influenced by the Jesuits and infected Protestantism with 'free will' theology, which is a doctrine of demons. Let's now take a look at another heretic, Charles Finney....

In response to the authentic move of God in the Great Awakening, the Jesuit inspired Holiness movement swept through America and Europe in the 1800's, and here we witness the rise of Charles Finney in the middle of that Century.
 Charles Finney reacted to the pronounced Calvinist emphasis of the Great Awakening by purposefully de-emphasizing God and re-emphasizing man in his preaching. He desired to make the gospel more man-centered.
Charles Finney was the man who created the decisionism evangelical concept, where a person is led through an altar call and is pressured to make a decision for Christ. You will find no altar calls and no decisionism in all of the New Testament. The Bible merely declares that after the preaching of the True Gospel, many believed.
 Finney had started his Christian walk as a Presbyterian lawyer, but had a tremendous mystical experience one day that changed both his life and Christianity as it is currently experienced around the world. Finney claimed to have experienced the mighty baptism of the Holy Ghost and that experience changed the way he viewed himself and the Gospel. His experience was not to be viewed or judged in relation to scripture, but was wholly personal and real to him. He said that he felt what was like a wave of electricity going through me, and that wave would result in a completely new theology for Charles Finney. Finney readily embraced Jesuitical Arminian theology as a result of his personal Spiritual Exercise and appreciated the concept of receiving personal mystic revelations as a result of emotional experiences. He supported such activities as the hysterical laughing phenomena, fainting and weeping outbreaks, and what were otherwise considered Holy Ghost manifestations. 

In an article entitled The Legacy of Charles Finney, Michael S. Horton writes: What's So Wrong With Finney's Theology? First, one need go no further than the table of contents of his Systematic Theology to learn that Finney's entire theology revolved around human morality. Chapters one through five are on moral government, obligation, and the unity of moral action; chapters six and seven are "Obedience Entire," as chapters eight through fourteen discuss attributes of love, selfishness, and virtues and vice in general. Not until the twenty-first chapter does one read anything that is especially Christian in its interest, on the atonement. This is followed by a discussion of regeneration, repentance, and faith. There is one chapter on justification followed by six on sanctification. In other words, Finney did not really write a Systematic Theology, but a collection of essays on ethics. (PREMISE magazine/ Volume II, Number 3/ March 27, 1995/ Page 6) In the same article, Michael S. Horton unveils the true heresy in the teaching of Charles Finney. Finney believed that a Christian ceased to be a Christian each time he sinned, and that he must once again be purged of each sin by personal actions and personal sacrifices. Horton quotes Finney:
Whenever he sins, he must, for the time being, cease to be holy. This is self-evident. Whenever he sins, he must be condemned; he must incur the penalty of the law of God...If it be said that the precept is still binding upon him, but that with respect to the Christian, the penalty is forever set aside, or abrogated, I reply, that to abrogate the penalty is to repeal the precept; for a precept without penalty is no law. It is only counsel or advice. The Christian, therefore, is justified no longer than he obeys, and must be condemned when he disobeys; or Antinomianism is true...In these respects, then, the sinning Christian and the unconverted sinner are upon precisely the same ground. [pg. 46 of Finney's Systematic Theology] (emphasis added) 

So we see that FinneyĆ­s theology was not Protestant at all, but was wholly Catholic. The reason that Charles Finney loved the altar call is because Charles Finney loved the ALTAR - The place where personal sacrifice is offered.

But Finney, after experiencing a Loyola-like spiritual conversion, began preaching the same Jesuit theology as the Spanish Jesuit monk Luis de Molina. Finney taught that absolute perfection and full obedience was a condition of justification, and that a man could not be justified while sin remained in him. With a cursory examination of Finney's theology, you will see that it differs in no real way from the pronouncements of the Catholic Council of Trent, the same Council which gave marching orders to the Jesuits in 1563.   -


Maria Tatham said...

Darrel, it was a shock to first learn about Charles Finney because he was held up as a great evangelist. Thank you for publishing historical information about him.

lyn said...

you are welcome Maria. Finney spewed out an accursed gospel, and that gospel has led many down the broad road.