This week in Christian history: John Wycliffe dies, Charles Finney begins preaching career

Charles Finney is licensed to preach – December 30, 1823

Charles Finney
A portrait of Charles Grandison Finney (1792-1875), the famous nineteenth century revival preacher. |

This week marks the anniversary of when Charles G. Finney, famed nineteenth century evangelist, was given his license to preach by the Presbyterian Church.

Finney went through the process when the Rev. George Gale, who Finney was studying under, fell ill and wanted to take a leave of absence from his ministry work.

Finney eventually became the most prominent preacher of the Second Great Awakening, with some estimating that as many as 500,000 people came to Christ through his ministry.

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