Item description for Lectures on Systematic Theology Volume 2 by Charles G. Finney & Richard Friedrich...
Overview After 150 years, it is time for the most important work of America's greatest revivalist to be revived. This is the unadulterated theology at the foundation of Finney's revivals. These volumes are a republication of the enlarged, unabridged 1851 London (final) edition. All subsequent editions are arbitrary abridgements almost half the size. Not only is the work before us a highly advanced moral philosophy text and logically tight systematic theology, but it is also a profoundly spiritual and devotional book. These continually interjected devotional elements make for a systematic theology as it was meant to be. Finney could not converse long on any important subject without his heart overflowing with the magnificent theme at hand in a way that vividly opens up the subject to make us see it from heaven's perspective.
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Release Date Mar 1, 2003
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ISBN 1591603498 ISBN13 9781591603498
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More About Charles G. Finney & Richard Friedrich
CHARLES G. FINNEY (1792-1875) is recognized as the most effective evangelist of the 19th century. It is estimated that more than half a million people were converted to Christ through his evangelistic ministry. After becoming a lawyer he carefully explored the claims of Christ and was powerfully converted in 1821. An avid student of the Bible, he soon engaged in preaching and teaching throughout many eastern and southern states. The result was a revival which altered the course of American history.
Charles G. Finney was born in 1905 and died in 1984.
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Finney--God's man, or Satan's man? Nov 12, 2006
Greetings fellow truth-seekers.
I have read many of Finney's works. Many folks love Finney, and many folks hate Finney. Those who are of the Calvinian theological persuasion despise him because of his emphasis on free-will, and the responsibility of man to choose Christ. These brothers and sisters in Christ often accuse Finney of teaching that we can be sanctified (holy) by our own efforts. I can see how Finney might be so understood, because of his unwavering insistence that we must steadfastly choose to do the will of God, and that we have the ability (free-will) to choose to do the will of God, but it must not be over-looked that Finney also insisted that God enables us to repent, by helping us to be willing, for we are naturally predisposed, through the corrupting power of sin, to resist repentance of sin. Finney taught that apart from God, we can do no truly good thing. However, many who believe firmly in free-will also despise Finney because he taught that one must fully surrender to the will of God to be genuinely converted and be saved. Finney taught that we must fully repent of all known sin. Many find this teaching offensive (as I did, in the past), because it calls for a radical, whole-hearted casting of ourselves upon the grace and mercy of God, in complete submission to Him. Finney brings into question the salvation of those who profess to be Christ's, yet are not truly His disciples. No wonder he is found to be so offensive, for he has just described the state of most of the church! It is ironic that Finney is accused of propagating shallow, half-hearted conversions, because all through Finney's sermons, he gives back-slidden Christians no quarter whatsoever. He taught that those who profess Christ by their tongue, but deny Christ by their life, by the general tenor of their life, are probably not truly in Christ, and therefore are probably not saved. After many years of being in a back-slidden, half-hearted state, Finney's sermons convicted me of sin, and scared me regarding the state of my own soul before a holy God, and gave me a right sense of my obligation to be fully obedient to God. Ever since taking Finney's sermons to heart a few years ago, I have followed Christ fairly consistently, thanks be to God.
Regardless of Finney's theological understanding, Finney's ministerial success cannot be denied. I believe that it can be easily shown that Finney was by far the most successful preacher, since the apostle Paul. He reasoned powerfully with his listeners, and clearly showed them the reasonableness of committing their hearts to God. And his conversions were not shallow, as is often the case with current mass-evangelism efforts (though thank God for it!). It has been assessed that approximately 85% of the people who were converted through his ministry, continued to follow Christ through-out the remainder of their lives. Some Christians, principally those with certain views of predestination and free-will that are in conflict with Finney's views, feel threatened by Finney because of the tremendous practical success of his ministry, which even far eclipsed that of the godly and judicious Jonathan Edwards, their hero in the faith, who was also at odds with the theology of Charles Finney, being that Edwards was unfortunately somewhat deceived by the subtleties of Calvin's reasonings. However, for the sake of Christian charity and unity, these fellow-Christians should keep in mind that Finney often wrote of Jonathan Edwards and his ministry, with the utmost respect and honor. It would appear that if Finney had a hero in the faith, that it may have been Jonathan Edwards. Let us all keep in mind that it is not a perfect theology that makes us pleasing to God, but rather a perfect heart, wrought by the purifying effects of simple faith in Christ, that makes us pleasing to God. If we must have a perfect theology to be saved, then it would require that we must have a perfect understanding of God and truth to be saved, and therefore who of us could be saved?? If I became aware that I did not fully agree with Finney (as in one minor case, I do not), I would still acknowledge that he was a very wise and holy man, and I would gratefully follow his fine example.
I acknowledge that I am woefully ignorant and not well-read, but if I had to recommend one single book to the world, to convert sinners, and to establish Christians firmly in the faith, it would be Finney's book, Lectures to Professing Christians. If I was to recommend a single book to teach Christians how to be effective ministers, it would be Finney's book, Lectures on Revivals. Finney's success in converting sinners cannot be denied, so those who differ with his theology should not allow themselves to be so put-off by him as to not profit from his practical wisdom in the winning of eternal souls. Finney's autobiography, which primarily deals with his ministry experiences, was a sheer pleasure to read, in that it was very entertaining, and yet also very encouraging, and very valuable as a resource on how to practically minister.
I thank God exceedingly for Charles Finney, and I am grateful that I am part of his "legacy of leaven", which the effects of his ministry has been charged with by those who hate him. It should be remembered that those who strive uncompromisingly against sin and error will have many enemies, outside of the church, as well as inside of the church. Are you backslidden and cold-hearted? Read Finney. Are you NOT being used by God to revive the hearts of those around you? Read Finney. Are you being used of God to revive the hearts of those around you? Read Finney, to do it better. And don't let poverty be your excuse for not reading Finney, because you can find his writings on the website, http://truthinheart.com, for free (for $15, which I believe includes shipping, you can obtain all Finney's writings on CD).
(Since I wrote this review, I have since become an appreciater of Richard Baxter, and have written an this site review of his "A Christian Directory," if you are interested.) Soli Deo Gloria!
The greatest theology Aug 13, 2005
I have to disagree with the gentlemen that wrote a review below me. He has completely taken Finney and his doctrine out of context. I want to say three things that must be clarified about the theological belief of Finney. First of all, Finney used the understanding of the law in order to give reasons behind his theology. Considering that many theologians spit out rules and musings that have no reasonable point to them, I think that Finney did a great job proving his points by reason. Finney not only shows the what but also the why. Second of all, it is absurd to believe that Finney did not believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have read Finney's book for quite a while and that could not be more false. In this book Finney says that Christ was a "vicarious sacrifice" for our sins. Finney believed that it was not the life of Christ that paid for our sins, but that because he lived a sinless life he owed no penalty for his own sins, therefore, he could pay for ours. Here is a quotation " I shall here take it as established, that Christ was properly 'God manifest in the flesh' (I Tim 3:16), and proceed to cite a few out of the great multitude of passages that attest the fact of His death, and its vicarious nature; that is that it was for us, and as a satisfaction to public justice for our sins, that His blood was shed." Thirdly, Finney is neither Arminian or Calvinist. A close and unbiased reading of Finney will show that he was blended between the two of them. Finney has affected many people with his theology. Calvinist hate him because he exposes their lies. He was a man of God and IF YOU READ THE BOOK ALL THE WAY THROUGH you can understand his theology is impeccable. Thank you. Joshua
Beyond Arminianism, Beyond Heresy Jul 11, 2004
I first read Finney because of references to him in the works of A.W. Tozer (one of my favorite authors). Finney's life may have been Spirit-filled, but his understanding most certainly was not. I object to the reviewer who compares him to Jonathan Edwards--Finney takes his lawyer's mind and twists the scripture to fit his understanding of justice. His theology is indeed rational and logical--but it is in no way biblical. He proves that "the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing" (1 Cor. 1:18). Truly it was folly to Finney.
He plainly teaches against the graciousness of God and the saving power of the blood of Christ--arguing from a multiplicity of "laws" that Christ's sacrifice could not atone for our sins, but that we must pay the price for them ourselves by good works. Out of this flow Finney's concept of the Holy Spirit as the agent by which we are enabled to live perfect and holy lives--through which we are justified before God and satisfy His divine justice. No teaching has been more thoroughly refuted and despised as this: that man is saved by works, not of grace or through faith.
In fact, I wonder that Finney mentions Christ at all! What need is there for a Savior if we are fully able to save ourselves? Indeed, Finney believes that Christ died to set an example for us, so we would not take God's mercy for granted and "continue in sin that grace may abound" (Rom. 6:1). Therefore the Son of God, the blessed Lord and Savior, has shed His precious blood for no greater reason than to show us what happens if we sin?! Such heresy has rarely been uttered even by the lips of the most defiled sinner! What is more distressing is that so many today actually BELIEVE this!
I do not despise Finney as a brother in Christ, nor do I deny that He was greatly used of God in his generation to awaken many to the need for godliness and faithfulness in these last days. But I DO deny that he taught the truth concerning salvation--indeed, that he had any semblance of understanding at all. This reaches far beyond the Arminian/Calvinist debate. This theological system is founded upon the most destructive of all heresies--the denial of salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and not of works (Eph. 2:8-9). Let us not be like those who "seeing do not percieve and hearing do not understand" (Isa. 6:9).