January 13th, 2008
Santa Cruz, California
Received by FAB
I am here, Charles Grandison Finney.
Yes, I was a pastor of a Congregational church in Ohio in the nineteenth
century. I, like you, rejected Calvinism, that is, the whole idea
of predestination. And how happy this has made me! For it has no
basis in reality over here whatsoever, and I have often seen spirits,
many of whom were my contemporaries, struggling mightily because
of difficulties with this egregious falsehood.
We spirits have written through you to corroborate what you have
learned from the Padgett messages. This is part of God's plan, to
highlight and enhance these Truths through our own direct experience.
Born in Litchfield, Connecticut as the youngest of seven children.
His parents were farmers and Finney himself never attended college.
However, his six foot three inch stature, piercing blue eyes, musical
skill, and leadership abilities gained him good standing in his
community. He studied as an apprentice to become a lawyer, but after
a dramatic conversion experience in Adams, New York at the age of
29, Finney became a minister in the Presbyterian Church. Finney
moved to New York City in 1832 where he pastored the Free Presbyterian
Chatham Street Chapel and later founded and pastored the Broadway
Tabernacle, known today as Broadway United Church of Christ. Finney's
logical, clear presentation of his Gospel message reached thousands
and promised renewing power and the love of Jesus. Some historians
estimate his preaching led to the conversion of over 500,000 people.
Finney was known for his innovations in preaching and conducting
religious meetings, such as allowing women to pray in public and
the development of the "anxious bench," a place where
those considering becoming Christians could come to receive prayer.
Finney was also known for his use of extemporaneous preaching. (Source: