The great American evangelist Charles Grandison Finney died on this day in 1875. He was an instrumental leader in the Second Great Awakening of the nineteenth century. He came to be known as “The Father of Modern Revivalism.” Although his techniques came under attack by some, no one could deny that many were converted to Christ under his preaching. His thoughts on Revival are still influential today for many. Finney also worked greatly in his life for the abolition of slavery. He served as President of Oberlin college, which became one of the first schools to co-educate women and blacks alongside white men.
“There can be no revival when Mr. Amen and Mr. Wet-Eyes are not found in the audience.”