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Catholic priest turned Presbyterian pastor

Excerpt from “The Finished Wonder”

Charles Chiniquy
Charles Chiniquy

It seemed that God was far away, but He was very near. Suddenly the thought entered my mind: “You have your Gospel; read it, and you will find the light.” On my knees, and with trembling hand, I opened the book. Not I, but God opened it, for my eyes fell on I Cor. 7:23: “you have been bought with a price; do not become the slaves of men.” With these words the light came to me, and for the first time I saw the great mystery of salvation, as much as man can see it. I said to myself, “Jesus has bought me. Then, if Jesus has bought me, He has saved me. I am saved. Jesus is my God! All the works of God are perfect…” I then felt such a joy, such a peace, that the angels of God could not be more happy than I was.”

— from “The Finished Wonder”

Charles P. Chiniquy (1809–1899) was a recalcitrant Canadian Roman Catholic priest who eventually left the faith to become a Presbyterian pastor. Born in Quebec, he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1833 and eventually became known for his temperance campaign against alcohol. Sued by a prominent Catholic layman, Chiniquy hired then-aspiring attorney Abraham Lincoln to defend him. After clashing with the Chicago hierarchy of the Church, Chiniquy left the priesthood and wrote a number of bombastic titles against his former faith, including The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional. He was also known for his conspiracy theories — including the theory that the Civil War was started as a way for the Vatican to conquer the U.S.

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Charles Chiniquy
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It seemed that God was far away, but He was very near. Suddenly the thought entered my mind: “You have your Gospel; read it, and you will find the light.” On my knees, and with trembling hand, I opened the book. Not I, but God opened it, for my eyes fell on I Cor. 7:23: “you have been bought with a price; do not become the slaves of men.” With these words the light came to me, and for the first time I saw the great mystery of salvation, as much as man can see it. I said to myself, “Jesus has bought me. Then, if Jesus has bought me, He has saved me. I am saved. Jesus is my God! All the works of God are perfect…” I then felt such a joy, such a peace, that the angels of God could not be more happy than I was.”

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Charles P. Chiniquy (1809–1899) was a recalcitrant Canadian Roman Catholic priest who eventually left the faith to become a Presbyterian pastor. Born in Quebec, he was ordained a Catholic priest in 1833 and eventually became known for his temperance campaign against alcohol. Sued by a prominent Catholic layman, Chiniquy hired then-aspiring attorney Abraham Lincoln to defend him. After clashing with the Chicago hierarchy of the Church, Chiniquy left the priesthood and wrote a number of bombastic titles against his former faith, including The Priest, the Woman, and the Confessional. He was also known for his conspiracy theories — including the theory that the Civil War was started as a way for the Vatican to conquer the U.S.

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