Thursday, December 20, 2012

Finney on America's Pulpits


Rev. Charles Grandison Finney
Revivalist Charles Finney believed that the failure at every level in our society, especially from a moral perspective, can be traced back to the failure of spiritual leaders to apply the truths of Scripture from the pulpit.

“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. 

"If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. 

"If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

Source: C.G. Finney, “The Decay of Conscience," The Independent, Dec 4, 1873, found at  http://www.watchmenpastors.org/lost-episode-for-december-4-3/