The Tragic Legacy of Charles Finney – March/April 2020

It is doubtful that there is any living Christian who has not at least heard the name of so-called “revivalist” Charles Finney (1792–1875). He has become virtually the “patron saint” of modern evangelism and founder of Christian Pragmatism. His errors, however, are almost unimaginable, which makes it all the more shocking how often historians paint Finney in wonderfully vivid colors and heap praise upon him. The real fact of the matter is that Charles Finney was a gross heretic and few individuals have had as much negative impact on Christianity and evangelism than he did. As we will see, in fact, he was a major turning point in Church History.

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One Comment:

  1. barry aebischer

    Brother Watson,
    I do so enjoy your truths on Scripture and other topics, to include false teachers. I was aware of Finney before this article in TOTT. It is interesting that false teachers can be both trained (Harry Emerson Fosdick, 1878-1969) and untrained (Charles Finney, 1795-1875) at the seminary level. Dead (spiritual) in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) does not mean wounded, unconscious, or in the doghouse. It means “dead” and dead people do not make any kind of movement for they are volitionally not capable.
    In Christ Alone,
    Mt. Pleasant, SC

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