Power from on High - Charles G. Finney
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.'
Introduction. Why is there no power?
Why is there no power?
Do you cry out to a distant God for "Revival"?
You are not alone for many of today's Christian Leaders are calling out to a distant God for revival to come!
No wonder He isn't answering, for they are shouting in the wrong direction!
The Lord Jesus clearly teaches that to be truly "Christian" then God should be living in you. John 14:23
In the following chapters you will find Charles G. Finney's view on the Spirit-Filled life, and how to get it. A life of spiritual power to do good while living in union with the Lord Jesus Christ, His Father and the Holy Spirit. And other true Disciples who are the Body of Christ here on Earth!
Power from on High is an important book for those who do not have union with Jesus!
Who was Charles Finney?
Over a half million people were converted through his ministry. In an age when there were no amplifiers or mass communications, he spearheaded a revival in America, which literally altered the course of history.
Clergy and secularists alike denounced him for his innovations in evangelism. He was intolerably ahead of his time. One preacher threatened to oppose him with cannons if he dared venture into his parish.
He aimed his preaching at man's intellect, not his emotions, and believed that all virtue resides in the proper exercise of the will. He believed that the means that the Father uses to draw men to Christ is truth John 6:44-45, which removes the idea of causation in salvation. Man's will should be guided by an intellect, which has been enlightened by the Holy Spirit through intelligent preaching to which he could lend credence.
He preached so that man could see the ignorance, stupidity, and illogicalness of sin and the reasonableness, intelligence, wonderfulness and the philosophical rightness of God and the Gospel of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Finney thought preachers were to tear down all of the sinner's hiding places and take sides with God against sin.
His convictions were born in the fires of revival and shaped by a keen lawyer's mind committed to the full authority of the Holy Bible. So effective were his theological writings that they have been the impetus for revivals around the world since his death in 1875.
The reason many of today's preachers refuse to acknowledge his theology is because of his teachings on moral law De 5:27; 6:24; 10:12-13; 30:10-14; Ps 119:165; Pr 29:18; 28:4-7; Lk 1:6; Ro 8:4; 1 Jn 2:3, 4; 5:3. A moral law without sanctions or consequences is not law but advice or a suggestion. Moral Law seems to be a taboo subject in many churches that act as if moral laws are not laws and openly allow the sin of leaders and members to go undisciplined and unpunished.
He did not preach a shallow gospel that a thinking man can see through, but a gospel that can be accepted when thoughtfully and honestly considered. It will lead man to the renouncing of sin and a happy grateful submission to the King of Kings and Lord of All.
Many Church Leaders have been praying for several years that revival may come. We can no more expect revivals to come from the application of incorrect theology than we can expect fruit to grow from plants grown with the application of inaccurate horticulture.
God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect gardener!
John 15:1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (NIV holy Bible)
Finney was successful simply because his union with Christ Jesus, his Lord and Saviour, was successful. Jn 14:23
He was also hated by some Professing Christian Leaders!
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