Experience the logic of one of America's most prolific evangelists, brilliant lawyer-turned-preacher Charles Finney (1792-1875). This audio includes performances of two of his famous sermons: "How to Change Your Heart," and "God Cannot Please Sinners."
"Great words of wisdom"
What is man's role in salvation? Are we able to come to God with the power given to us from birth? Charles Finney goes deep into this issue using scripture in a way that is clear and concise. Truth be told, it is important for us to understand our responsibility and the world's responsibility concerning salvation. May you be blessed as you listen to this book.
The injunction to seek God's kingdom first, implies that we seek it first in point of time. It should be the first thing attended to. It is not merely to be admitted as of first importance, but should really be put first in point of time. The first thoughts of each morning should be given to it. And whenever God's word, or his providence brings before our mind the invitations or the claims of this kingdom, we are to remember that now is the accepted time.
I endeavored to show that a change of heart is not that in which a sinner is passive, but that in which he is active. That the change is not physical, but moral. That it is the sinner's own act. That it consists in changing his mind, or disposition, in regard to the supreme object of pursuit. A change in the end at which he aims, and not merely in the means of obtaining his end. A change in the governing choice or preference of the mind.
For two to be in agreement implies something more than to agree in theory, or in understanding, for we often see persons who agree in theory, but who differ vastly in feeling and practice. Their understandings may embrace the same truth, while their hearts and practice will be very differently affected by them. Saints and sinners often embrace in theory the same religious creed, while it is plain that they differ widely in feeling and practice.
I am to show, that God is a moral agent, i.e. that he possesses and exercises the powers of moral agency, intelligence, will, conscience and all those susceptibilities that lays mind open to the full force of motives. That he is such an agent, I infer from the fact that man was created in his image; and we know from consciousness that we possess and exercise the powers of moral agency.