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.
Charles Grandison Finney. 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: Wikipedia)