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and after his conversion Finney rejected the Calvinist doctrine of passive salvationavailable only to the elect He believed that God offered Himself to everyone and mostimportantly that one could be saved only through an active acceptance of Gods invitationto grace The sinner chooses to sin just as the penitent chooses to repent To reach as many souls as possible Finney employed what came to be called newmeasures although many had been used by earlier preachers These new measurestriggered alarm among conservative clergy Opponents such as Asahel Nettleton were ableto list as many as twenty-nine objectionable practices but the most controversial werepublic praying of women in mixed-sex audiences daily services over a series of days useof colloquial language by the preacher the anxious bench praying for people by nameand immediate church membership for converts To a student of American culture Finney is a crucial figure of the Jacksonian era Finneysinfluence rose in tandem with that of Andrew Jackson both addressed the issues ofequality of men and free will and self governance In his Lectures on Revivals of Religiondelivered to his New York congregation in 1834 and published in book form the followingyear Charles Finney takes pains to define a revival Above all it is not a miracle in thesense of a physical change brought on solely by God but a change of mind which thoughinfluences by the Holy Spirit is ultimately a matter of the individuals free will Ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1824 Finney was soon at odds with conservativeclergy The new measured used by Finney and his followers caused enough alarm amongtheir more orthodox colleagues to be the subject of a convention held at New LebanonNY in July 1827 Motions were made to restrict the New School revivalists but nodefinitive anti-new measures resolution was effected The victory for Finney and hisfellows was in emerging relatively unscathed from a confrontation with powerfulIn the years following New Lebanon Finneys ministry moved from small town to big
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