Saturday, May 23, 2009

Today in Church History (we think)

On May 23, 1836, Charles G. Finney resigned as pastor of the Why The Long Face Presbyterian Church in New York City, and announced his intention to demit the ministry of the Presbyterian Church and to transfer his ordination to the Congregational Church.
When asked at his licensure exam in 1823 whether he subscribed to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Finney responded, "I had not examined it - This made no part of my study. If it's not a Pop-Up book I will have nothing to do with it!"

When asked if he would consider playing the part of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz stage production in Fresno, California, he said, "It's the part I was born to play, baby!"

From this point on, Finney just got meaner and meaner. He was known to sucker punch Calvinists and then shout, "There's your dose of predestination today!"

His request to be buried at sea in his scarecrow costume was denied by the Congregational Church Committee of Elders and Mathematicians.


  1. That is one scary looking guy! To bad he had such a negative affect - no waith a minute, God can overide his negative affect and use him as a purifying tool in the true church of Jesus Christ.

  2. If you click on "finney" on the labels section beneath this post you'll find a lot more funny Finney.

  3. Finney has some pretty intense eyes. He must not have wanted his picture to be taken.

  4. punch Calvinists and then tell them that was their dose of predestination- bwahahahaha! Brilliant!!


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