The series of open letters that Charles Finney sent concerning revival in 1845 are not nearly as well known as his Lectures on Revivals of Religion. Here are three that are well worth reading:
- On the need for probing preaching, emphasis on human depravity and the convicting and regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
- On an incomplete gospel message, and resultant legalism.
- On failed legalists becoming antinomians.
Though there are things in his theology that I disagree with, I’ve often found much to appreciate in the writings of Finney. A simple reading or re-reading of the Lectures on Revivals of Religion, would, I’m sure, correct and educate many in the church and in the pastoral ministry today.