Lost Episode for August 30

Written by on August 29, 2014 in Founding Fathers

By Kenyn Cureton Rev. Charles G. Finney was born on August 29, 1792. As an apprentice to become an attorney, Finney read so many Scriptural references in Blackstone’s Law Commentaries that he bought a Bible, began to study it, and eventually came to faith in Christ. Finney became a prominent leader in the Second Great Awakening, known for his passionate appeals, altar calls and “anxious seat” for impending converts. In addition to his innovations as a revivalist, Charles Finney was also a pioneer in the area of cultural reform. Charles Finney formed the Benevolent Empire, a network of volunteer organizations founded to aid in solving social as well as spiritual problems. Among these were the: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, 1810; American Bible Society, 1816; American Sunday School Union, 1817; American Tract Society, 1826; American Home Mission Society, 1826; and American Temperance Society, 1826. The Benevolent Empire’s budget reportedly rivaled that of the Federal Government in 1834. Finney’s Revival Lectures (1835) provided inspiration for George Williams who founded the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in 1844, and William Booth who founded The Salvation Army in 1865. An ardent abolitionist, Finney frequently denounced slavery from the pulpit. While President of Oberlin College, Finney led the school to become a station on the Underground Railroad to smuggle slaves to freedom and grant the first bachelors degree in America to a black woman, Mary Jane Patterson. In his Revival Lectures, Charles Finney wrote: “The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, […]

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