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27 Powerful Charles Finney Quotes That Will Inspire You

In this article, we will explore a selection of powerful Charles Finney quotes and sayings. These quotes will inspire and bless you as you grow in the Lord. So, let’s check out these quotes…

Charles G. Finney was not your average minister. He went above and beyond. He was a man who believed in the power of prayer and letting God move in our times.

And this is why I thought he would be a great addition to my Christian quote collections in my Christian Articles. Just in case you have missed out on those quotes you can check some out here:

Now, before we dive in I find it important to share a little bit about Charles Finney. A lot of times we hear about these amazing men and women of God, but we really don’t know much about their lives. So, I like to share a short little bio on them. I hope it intrigues you to read more about his life.

A Short Bio On Charles Finney

Charles Grandison Finney was born on August 29, 1792, in Warren, Connecticut. He grew up on a farm with his other eight siblings. As a young man, Finney became what is known as a master mason. But when he came to Christ he renounced Freemasonry and even created a movement of anti-masonry.

Then in 1821, at the age of 29 he became a licensed minister and in 1835, he became a professor at Oberlin Collegiate Institute teaching systematic theology.

In the middle of all those pursuits, he married in 1824 to Lydia Root Andrews. They had six children, but in 1847 Lydia passed away. In 1848 Finney remarried Elizabeth Atkinson. They were married for 15 years before she also passed away. His third and final wife was Rebecca Rayl which they married in 1865.

Finney throughout his life was known as the minister who headed the Second Great Awakening Revival, a lawyer, an abolitionist, and president at Oberlin College.

For more on the life of Charles G. Finney please check out: Charles Finney: Father of American Revivalism

Charles Finney Quotes

Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer. ―Charles Finney

Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. ―Charles Finney

Righteousness is sustained in the human soul by the indwelling of Christ through faith and in no other way. It cannot be sustained by purposes or resolutions self-originated and not inwrought by the Spirit of Christ. ―Charles Finney

I laid great stress upon prayer as an indispensable condition of promoting the revival. ―Charles Finney

When God has especially promised the thing, we are bound to believe we shall receive it when we pray for it. You have no right to put in an ‘if’, and say, ‘Lord, if it be thy will…” This is to insult God. To put an ‘if’ in God’s promise when God has put none there, is tantamount to charging God with being insincere. ―Charles Finney

Often, without being at all aware of it, men judge themselves, not by God’s rule, but by their own. ―Charles Finney

Charles Finney Quote about the baptism of the Holy Spirit

If the spirit of prayer departs, it is a sure indication of a backslidden heart, for while the first love of a Christian continues he is sure to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to wrestle much in prayer. ―Charles Finney

Prevailing prayer is that which secures an answer. Saying prayers is not offering prevailing prayer. The prevalence of prayer does not depend so much on quantity as on quality. ―Charles Finney

Christ not only in heaven but Christ within us, as really and truly inhabiting our bodies as we do, as really in us as we are in ourselves. This is the teaching of the Bible and it must be spiritually apprehended by a divine, personal, and inward revelation to secure our abiding in Him. ―Charles Finney

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart. ―Charles Finney

The reason why wicked men and devils hate God is, because they see Him in relation to themselves. Their hearts rise up in rebellion because they see Him as opposed to their selfishness. ―Charles Finney

A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God. ―Charles Finney

It is the great business of every Christian to save souls. People complain that they do not know how to take hold of this matter. Why the reason is plain enough; they have never studied it. They have never taken the proper pains to qualify themselves for the work. If you do not make it a matter of study, how you may successfully act in building up the kingdom of Christ, you are acting a very wicked and absurd part as a Christian. ―Charles Finney

There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience. ―Charles Finney

Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility. ―Charles Finney

The baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is indispensable to ministerial success. ―Charles Finney

The individual who truly repents, not only sees sin to be detestable and vile and worthy of abhorrence, but he really abhors it, and hates it in his heart. A person may see sin to be hurtful and abominable, while yet his heart loves it, and desires it, and clings to it. But when he truly repents, he most heartily abhors and renounces it. ―Charles Finney

There must be a waking up of energy, on the part of Christians, and an outpouring of God’s Spirit or the world will laugh at the church. ―Charles Finney

Ministers often preach about the Gospel instead of preaching the Gospel. They often preach about sinners instead of preaching to them. ―Charles Finney

The reason why wicked men and devils hate God is, because they see Him in relation to themselves. Their hearts rise up in rebellion because they see Him as opposed to their selfishness. ―Charles Finney

A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their heart’s desire. When they have real travail of soul. ―Charles Finney

If the presence of God is in the church, the church will draw the world in. If the presence of God is not in the church, the world will draw the church out. ―Charles Finney

Presence of God quote by Charles Finney

There is a fear of the Lord which is the beginning of wisdom, which is founded in love. There is also a slavish fear, which is a mere dread of evil and is purely selfish. ―Charles Finney

Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God.  It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility. ―Charles Finney

Prevailing prayer is that which secures an answer. Saying prayers is not offering prevailing prayer. The prevalence of prayer does not depend so much on quantity as on quality. ―Charles Finney

 Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. ―Charles Finney

No man can possibly be benevolent or religious, to the full extent of his obligations, without concerning himself, to a greater or less extent, with the affairs of human government. ―Charles Finney


I hope you have enjoyed these Charles G. Finney quotes and that they have inspired you in your prayer life and walk with God. If you would like to leave a comment you can do so below! I would love to know what Jesus is doing in your life.