Lectures on Revivals of Religion

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When editors have been changing Finney's words in their republications of his works over the last one hundred and thirty years, it is essential in understanding the man and his success that republications without changes be given once again to the public. This new edition does that. While the text is from the final 1868 revised edition, numerous footnotes are added that show the changes Finney made from the original 1834 and 1835 editions of these lectures. Many of the changes ...
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When editors have been changing Finney's words in their republications of his works over the last one hundred and thirty years, it is essential in understanding the man and his success that republications without changes be given once again to the public. This new edition does that. While the text is from the final 1868 revised edition, numerous footnotes are added that show the changes Finney made from the original 1834 and 1835 editions of these lectures. Many of the changes made in more recent republications are also noticed.

From Finney's Preface:

In revising [these lectures] for a new edition, I have done little more than correct the phraseology in a few instances, add a few footnotes, and replace the last two Lectures by newly-written ones on the same texts and prepared especially for this edition. . . These Lectures have been translated in the
Welsh and French languages, and have been extensively circulated wherever the English or either of those languages is understood. One house in London published 80,000 copies in English. They are still in type and in market in
Europe, and I have the great satisfaction of knowing that they have been made a great blessing to thousands of souls. Consequently, I have not thought it wise to recast them for the sake of giving them a more attractive form. God has owned and blessed the reading of them as they have been, and with the exceptions above noticed, I have given them to the present and coming generations. If the reader will peruse and remember the foregoing preface, he will understand what I said of the church and some of the ministers, and why I said it. I beseech my brethren not to take amiss what I
have said, but rather to be assured that every sentence has been spoken in love, and often with a sorrowful heart. May God continue to add His blessing to the reading of these Lectures.

CHARLES G. FINNEY (1792-1875) was America's foremost evangelist. Over half a million people were soundly converted under his personal ministry in a day when there was no TV or microphones. He was also an excellent theologian,
philosopher, educator, pastor and reformer while professor of theology and president of Oberlin College. Harvard's Perry Miller said, "Finney led
America out of the eighteenth century." He is remembered, according to
Harvard's W. G. McLoughlin, for his "textbook on how to promote revivals of religion. This book is the perennial classic to which all succeeding generations of revivalists have turned for authority and inspiration." He was also a father to the evangelical and holiness movements.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781425549978
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Library
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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LECTURE V. 1 'THE PRAYER OF FAITH. Text." Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."Mark Xl 24. These words have been by some supposed to refer exclusively to the faith of miracles. But there is not the least evidence of this. That the text was not designed by our Savior to refer exclusively to the faith of miracles, is proved by the connection in which it stands. If you read the chapter, you will see that Christ and his apostles were at this time very much engaged in their work, and very prayerful; and as they returned from their place of retirement in the morning, faint and hungry, they saw a fig-tree at a little distance. It looked very beautiful, and doubtless gave signs as if there was fruit on it; but when they came nigh, they found nothing on it but leaves. And Jesus said, " No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. " And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig- tree dried up from the roots. "And Peter, calling to remembrance, saithunto him, Master, behold the fig-tree which thou cursedst is withered away. " And Jesus answering, saith unto them, have faith in God. " For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea ; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." Then follow the words of the text: " Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Our Savior was desirous of giving his disciples instructions respecting the nature and power ofprayer, and the necessity of strong faith in God. He therefore stated a ve...
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