In reading a number of smaller books on walking with God I’ve tried to read a variety of authors. Finney is not very appreciated in our day in that many blame him for the laxity in the progressive side of evangelicalism. There is no doubt that Finney believed in a holiness doctrine of a second blessing, the subsequent baptism of the Holy Spirit for power. However, this little book shows that he hated any tricks or gimmicks that persuaded people to make decisions about salvation. “Some have maintained that we should conform to the ways fo the world somewhat–at least, enough to show that we can enjoy the world and religion too; and that we make religion appear repulsive to unconverted souls by turning our backs upon what they call their innocent amusements. But we should present religion as it really is–a living above the world” p. 53. Interesting little book.
- The Greater Virtues — It is the selfish part of our human nature to place our energies on the showy but lesser virtues rather than upon the more difficult and greater virtues. Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the [...]
- Our Sanctification, Part 2, A Reset — In part 1 we explored the subject of sanctification in its various aspects including the failures of legalism and license. We also asked the questions, Why do we have to continually fight against sin? How is the power of sin removed from us? Do we ever get to a place where we have victory over [...]
- We Who Are Friends — In a study of walking with God we have seen that Jesus Christ must be the only Lord and Master and that we submit ourselves to Him being mere slaves. This relationship is accepted at the very beginning as the humble repentance of our sins casts us completely at His feet for mercy and forgiveness. [...]
- We Who Are Slaves — Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To deny oneself in today’s culture might simply mean to practice a little self-control, perhaps to eat a little less, or to be more diligent with one’s personal devotions. But this [...]
- God Who Is Our Master — It is overwhelming for the human mind to try to contemplate God. “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” (Rom. 11:34). “Shall any teach God knowledge? Seeing he judgeth those that are high” (Job 21:22). Yet Solomon advised his son to seek the knowledge of God: My [...]