Lectures to Professing Christians
DELIVERED IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK,
IN THE YEARS 1836 AND 1837.
FROM NOTES BY THE EDITOR OF THE NEW-YORK EVANGELIST.
REVISED BY THE AUTHOR.
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JOHN S. TAYLOR, BRICK CHURCH CHAPEL,
OPPOSITE THE CITY HALL.
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Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1837,
by CHARLES G. FINNEY & JOSHUA LEAVITT,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York
As these Lectures occupied from an hour and a quarter to
an hour and three quarters in the delivery, it will be seen by their length, as here
given, that the reporter took down but little more than a full skeleton of them.
I have made but very slight alterations and additions in revising them, for the following
1. Their publication was determined on too late, so that I had very little time.
2. My ill health and multiplied duties forbade.
3. To have enlarged them much would have swelled the volume beyond the contemplated size.
4. From experience I have learned that the conversational and condensed style in which they were reported, is more interesting and edifying to common readers, than a more elevated and less laconic style.
I have, therefore, left them as they were reported, with a few verbal and trifling alterations.
The author of the Lectures has no claim to literary merit; and, if he knows his own heart, has no desire that the Lectures should be anything else than useful.
I have reason to believe that, upon the whole, they will be as much so in their present as under any other form I could give them, circumstanced as I am.
As my friends wish to have them in a volume, they must take them as they are.
C. G. FINNEY
New York, 16th March 1837.
This is 100% Finney with no deletions or additions. It is from the original first edition printed in 1837. These lectures were edited and proofed from photocopies from the original book. My many thanks to Bill Mann, Michael and Pam Burns, Bob Borer, Paul J. DiBartolo, Eugene Detweiler, Sheila Rose, Daniel F. Smith, John Hempstead, Tom Shadle, Tim Brown and Ron Jensen for all their hard work.
My special thanks to Robert Wynn who edited the whole series and without all his hard work these lectures would not exist.
Reformatted by Katie Stewart
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