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She looked out at the window to compose herself, and then tried again; again and again she strove finnry recover her self-command. Neglect of the means of grace.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion – Charles Grandison Finney – Google Books
They seem to preach and labor with no particular design to effect the immediate conversion of sinners, and then it need not be expected that there will be a revival under their preaching. The means which God has enjoined for the production of a revival, doubtless rekigion a natural tendency to produce a revival. When the enemy cometh in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him.
It must be persevering prayer. But, no matter one’s views on Finneg theology, his Lectures covers a wide range of topics, including the nature of a revival, how to preach the gospel, directions and instructions for sinners, and spiritual growth. Very often the most abandoned profligates are among the subjects.
Should the firemen sleep and let the whole city burn down, what would be thought of such firemen? So also, prayer prevailed at Cambuslang,in the revival under William McCulloch and Whitefield.
Unless their thoughts rise higher than this, their prayers will never rrligion with a holy God.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion – Christian Classics Ethereal Library
But then He must choose to have it just in their way or they will have nothing to do with it. It is only because you do not want one. Have you not so envied some, that you have been pained to hear them praised?
The agents are God; some person who brings the truth to bear on the mind; and the sinner himself. Go thoroughly to work in all this. Thus God has overthrown, generally, the theory that revivals are miracles. Nothing else will restore Christian love and confidence among Church members. It is very desirable that the Church should go on steadily in a course of obedience without these excitements. At other times they confess in a general manner, as if they ifnney only half in earnest. Page 83 – Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.
There are great fniney on the subject of the laws which govern the mind.
Page 87 – Ye lust and have not: A great deal is offered from pure selfishness. And no doubt those professors of religion, by their folly, destroyed a soul, for her convictions did not return. He first arranges everything in the best manner he can to placate and meet his brother: At length she sat down, overcome by her feelings.
No, you would not. Backslidden Christians will be brought to repentance. There are no facts to prove it, but everything goes to show that God has connected means with the end, through all the departments of His government, in nature and in grace. Thus, there is no better place to learn about Finney or revivals than his Lectures on Revivals of Religion.
They are neither suspended nor set aside in a revival. I his would be a strange preaching if revivals were only miracles.
This was true submission. God has found it necessary to take advantage of the excitability there is in mankind, to produce powerful excitements among them, before He can lead them to obey. And yet their guilt would not compare with the guilt of Christians who sleep while sinners around them are sinking stupidly into the fires of hell.
In fact, I should not be sorry to see such a lecrures in New York, as would make every merchant in the city lock up his store till spring, and elctures that he had sold goods enough and would now give up his whole time to leading sinners to Christ. You have either been an atheist, and forgotten that there was a God, or have had less respect for Him, and His presence, than you would have had for an earthly judge.
It is manifest that the Church has sunk down into a low and backslidden state, when you see Christians conform to the world in dress, equipage, and “parties,” in seeking worldly amusements, and reading novels, and other books such as the world reads.
Almost all the religion in the world has been produced by revivals. He was never unwilling to bestow the blessing – on the condition that they felt aright, and offered the right kind of prayer.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion
When tevivals revival of religion may be expected. They only exert powers which they had before, in a different way, and use them for the glory of God. The revivals in the apostles’ days were connected with miracles, but they were not miracles.
A revival is not a miracle, nor dependent on a miracle, in any sense. You have seen them beginning to neglect one duty after another, and you did not reprove them, in a brotherly way. It is something for man to do.