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Early life[ edit ] Born in Warren, Connecticutin Finney was the youngest of nine children. The son of farmers who moved to the upstate frontier of Jefferson County, New York after the American Revolutionary WarFinney never attended college.
His leadership abilities, musical skill, six-foot three-inch stature, and piercing eyes gained him recognition in his community. Both the Baptists and Methodists displayed fervor through the early nineteenth century. He had many misgivings about the fundamental doctrines taught in that denomination.
Inhe became the pastor of systematic Autobiography of a school bench at the newly formed Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.
Inhe led a revival in Rochester, New York that has been noted as inspiring other revivals of the Second Great Awakening. Religion was the topic of conversation in the house, in the shop, in the office and on the street.
The only theater in the city was converted into a livery stable; the only circus into a soap and candle factory. Grog shops were closed; the Sabbath was honored; the sanctuaries were thronged with happy worshippers; a new impulse was given to every philanthropic enterprise; the fountains of benevolence were opened, and men lived to good.
These included having women pray out loud in public meetings of mixed sexes; development of the "anxious seat", a place where those considering becoming Christians could sit to receive prayer; and public censure of individuals by name in sermons and prayers. Antislavery work and Oberlin College presidency[ edit ] In addition to becoming a popular Christian evangelistFinney was involved with social reforms, particularly the abolitionist movement.
The movement was strongly supported by the Northern and Midwestern Baptists and Methodists with Finney frequently denouncing slavery from the pulpit. After more than a decade, he was selected as its second president, serving from to He had already served as acting President in From its early years, its faculty and students were active in the abolitionist movement.
They participated together with people of the town in biracial efforts to help fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroadas well as to resist the Fugitive Slave Act. Personal life[ edit ] Finney was twice a widower and married three times.
They had six children together. In he married Rebecca Allen Rayl —also in Ohio. Theology[ edit ] As a young man Finney was a third-degree Master Masonbut after his conversion, he dropped the group as antithetical to Christianity.
He was active in Anti-Masonic movements. Though coming from a Calvinistic background, Finney rejected tenets of "Old Divinity" Calvinism, which he felt were unbiblical and counter to evangelism and Christian mission. The latter is part of Calvinist doctrine, in which the will of an elect individual is changed by God so that he or she desires to repent, thus repenting with his or her will and not against it, but the individual is not free in whether to choose repentance as the choice must be what the will is inclined toward.
Finney, like most Protestants, affirmed salvation by grace through faith alone, not by works or by obedience. Acts of unrepentant sin were signs that a person had not received salvation.
Now, really, I understand the Gospel as teaching that men are saved from sin first, and as a consequence, from hell; and not that they are saved from hell while they are not saved from sin. Christ sanctifies when he saves. And this is the very first element or idea of salvation, saving from sin.
This was part of the theology of the so-called New Divinitywhich was popular at that time period. As Finney wrote, it was not a "commercial transaction.Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, – August 16, ) was an American Presbyterian minister and leader in the Second Great Awakening in the United States.
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