Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. REVIVAL LECTURES by Charles G. Finney- What a revival of religion is not – What it is – The promotion of revivals. II. The importance of a revival when it is needed. III. When a revival of religion may be expected. REVIVAL LECTURES text by Charles G. Finney. 8 of
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They think they are doing a great deal for God, and doing about as much as He ought in reason to ask, if they are only doing what they can do just as well as not; but they are not willing to deny themselves any comfort or convenience whatever for the sake of serving the Lord.
I can name men in this State, of firm nerves, who stand high in character, who have been absolutely crushed with grief for the state of sinners. Sometimes Christians are not engaged in definite prayer for a revival, not even when they are warm in prayer.
His mind was solemn, as he had been where there was a revival.
In such a case no degree of desire or importunity in prayer is improper. Do you expect to have one? I have not commenced this course of Lectures on Revivals to get up a curious theory of my own on the subject. We cannot by willing, or by direct volition, call forth religious feelings.
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When a revival of religion may be expected. If men were disposed to obey God, the truth is given with sufficient clearness in the Bible; and from preaching they could learn all that is necessary for them to know. The agency of God is twofold: There is nothing in religion beyond the ordinary powers of nature. He thought that if he humbled himself and entreated God, perhaps God would spare him this blow.
Go thoroughly to work in all this. A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God. There must be a faith, fniney as is produced by the effectual operation of the Holy Ghost.
They are only half converted, and their religion is rather a change of opinion than a change of the feeling of their hearts.
Lectures on revivals of religion
It rather does hurt. How often have we seen Churches, and even whole denominations, cursed with a curse, because they would not wake up and seek the Lord, and pray: Go on your knees and confess them one by one to God, and ask forgiveness. Jesus Christ, when he was praying in the garden, was in such an agony that “His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” Luke I want you as fast as you learn anything on the subject of revivals, to put it in practice, and go to work and see if you cannot promote a revival among sinners here.
For a long time it was supposed by the Church that a revival was a miracle, an interposition of Divine power, with which they had nothing to do, and which they had no more agency in producing than they had in producing thunder, or a storm of hail, or an earthquake.
A revival always includes conviction of sin on the part of the Church. Confess to God those sins that have been committed against God, and to man those sins that have been committed against man.
Not at all; but He granted him the very thing he prayed for. When Christians have sunk down into a low and backslidden state, they neither have, nor can have, the same love and confidence toward each other, as when they are all alive, and active, and living holy lives. A revival is as naturally a result of the use of the appropriate means as a crop is of the revivala of its appropriate means.
The person then approached and spoke with her; she soon manifested a deep sense of sin. For instance, how many there are who know that they ought to be religious, but they are afraid that if they become pious they will be laughed at by their companions. But this is a different thing from submission. This is done sometimes by taking their time needlessly; sometimes by destroying Christian confidence in them.
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Submission to some supposable or possible, but secret, decree of God is not submission. He has not built the creation like a vast machine that will go on alone, without His further care. It consists entirely in the right exercise of the powers of nature.
He has not retired from the universe, to let it work for itself. Sinners cannot properly be said to use the means for their own conversion.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion brings together twenty-three lectures that the theologian Charles Finney gave religkon his church during the middle of the 19th century.
If it is duty it is possible, and we should set about being revived ourselves, and, relying on the promise of Christ to be with us in making disciples always and everywhere, we ought to labor to revive Christians and convert sinners, with a confident expectation of success.
What should we think of anybody who should try to move a Legislature so, and should say: The truth is employed to influence men, and prayer to move God.
They may do it in eloquent language, but it does not mean anything. The prophet Hosea addresses them as a nation of backsliders; he reproves them for their idolatry, and threatens them with the judgments of God.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion
Lectures on Revivals of Religion Charles G. When the wicked triumph over the Churches, and revile them, it is time to seek for a revival of religion. Is it indispensable to have an elder?
I shall now proceed with the main design, to show: If you mean to break up the fallow ground of your hearts, you must begin by looking at your hearts: But they were trifling and vain people, and her convictions were lost.
If He were relkgion ask: But however sound such reasoning may appear lecturfs the abstract, facts demonstrate its futility. Unless their thoughts rise higher than this, their prayers will never prevail with a holy God.
And yet every event in nature has been brought about by means. To show that such elctures will avail much. Now, Jesus Christ gives you the use of His name. And yet you are under a solemn oath to watch over them.