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I suppose most people in your era remember me as a great American President. I suppose I am best known for freeing the slaves, the Gettysburg Address, keeping the United States united, and the fact that I was killed while serving in the office of the President of the United States.
Very few people, I suppose, remember the parts of my life which meant the most to me. You see, my election to the Presidency was quite remarkable. My life was riddled with failures. I failed in business at the age of 22; was defeated for the legislature at 23; failed again in business at 24; finally elected to legislature at 25; had a nervous breakdown at 27; was defeated for speaker at age 29; defeated for Elector at 31; defeated for Congress at 34; elected for Congress at 37 only to be defeated again at 39; defeated for Senate at 46; defeated for Vice President at 47; and then finally elected as President of the United States at the age of 51.
I was not a very popular man in many circles, one of which was the religious circle. Many "orthodox" Christian leaders in my day called me an "infidel". I suppose from their point of view I was an infidel. You see, I didn't believe in denominationalism and complicated religious structures. I believed in a much larger, more Sovereign, Omnipotent God who was not defeated by man's so-called "free will" and Satan's power to deceive. I believed in a God who through his Son would restore all mankind (not just some) back to fellowship with himself. Once when asked about how many people would ultimately be saved, I said, "All or none". One of my favorite jingles which I repeated often went like this:
"Here lies Johnny Kongapod.
Have mercy on him, gracious God.
As he would do if he was God
and you were Johnny Kongapod."
Few people realize that beneath the act of freeing the slaves was my strong Christian belief that God loved all mankind and commanded men of all colors to love each other. I once wrote an exposition on 1 Corinthians Chapter 15 that I thought of publishing. I showed it to my tutor, Mentor Graham. I used this passage as a text proof for Universal Salvation.
Yes, from the Baptist, Methodist, Congregational, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic point of view, I suppose I was an "infidel". You may not realize, however, there were many "infidels" like myself during my times. As a matter of fact, there were hundreds of thousands of Christians who believed in the ultimate salvation of all mankind, who believed in the Bible, and many of them even went to church on a regular basis during my times. The 6th largest denomination of Christianity in America in the 1850s was the Universalist Church.
I am amazed how your educators rewrite history to conform to their whims rather than to simply record the facts. I was a man of the Bible. I knew it well. I believed in Divine Providence. As a matter of fact, the recorded dreams and visions of the Bible meant much to me. I also had prophetic dreams. Shortly before my death I dreamt I was in the East Room of the White House. I saw a catafalque with a corpse guarded by soldiers. "Who is dead in the White House?" I demanded of one of the soldiers. "The President," came the reply; "he was killed by an assassin!"
Yes, I believed in predestination. I believed in an absolutely sovereign God. He chose a man like myself to head the United States at a time when its people would not have ordinarily elected a man such as myself. In the natural, I was a failure. God's methods of humbling a man to prepare him for his service may appear as failure to the unwise. But my whole life was but a preparation for what I would be called to do when elected President of the United States at one of the most critical times for the country.
While I am primarily remembered for keeping the United States together and freeing the slaves, I would like to be remembered by all of you for the spiritual convictions behind my actions. While I was never one for creeds, church membership, and confessions, I wrote a short paper outlining my beliefs. I would like to be remembered for this:
"I believe in God, the Almighty Ruler of Nations, our great and good and merciful Maker, our Father in Heaven, who notes the fall of a sparrow, and numbers the hairs of our heads.
I believe in His eternal truth and justice.
I recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history that those nations only are blest whose God is the Lord.
I believe that it is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon.
I believe that it is meet and right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father equally in our triumphs and in those sorrows which we may justly fear are a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins to the needful end of our reformation.
I believe that the Bible is the best gift which God has ever given to men. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated us us through this book.
I believe the will of God prevails. Without Him all human reliance is vain. Without the assistance of the Divine Being, I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.
Being a humble instrument in the hands of our Heavenly Father, I desire that all my works and acts be according to His will; and that it may be so, I give thanks to the Almighty, and seek His aid.
I have a solemn oath registered in heaven to finish the work I am in, in full view of my responsibility to my God, with malice toward none; with charity to all; with firmness in the right as God gives me to see the right. Commending those who love me to His care, as I hope in their prayers they will commend me, I look through the help of God to a joyous meeting with many loved ones gone before."
There may be some of you reading this booklet who are surprised at my spiritual beliefs. Perhaps you did not know I was called an "infidel" by many of our religious folks. In your times, the word used to describe me would probably be "heretic".
There are some reading this booklet, who, like myself, know deep inside you have been called to a special purpose. If this calling is from God, do not be surprised if He prepares you to face many adversities alone. Do not be surprised if the very religious leaders in your community wish to discredit you. To you, my son, I say, do not be moved by the fear of man, but be moved by a reverence and respect for a Holy God who delights in those who exhibit mercy, love, and justice. Daughter, God raised up those who hold to truth even though their entire nation may be against them. Standing up for righteousness is sometimes a lonely walk in the natural. But my son, my daughter, in this lonely walk, your Creator and Father walks by your side! With the Creator on your side, you are the majority even though the voices against you may be many thousands strong! You may be defeated a hundred times at the polls of man, but when you are ready to be placed into the work of our Heavenly Father, He will lift you up above the slanders of petty men and cause you to stand on His Word, His Work, and His Will which shall always prevail. Let every man be a liar and God be true.
I exhort you to rise above the petty shallow desires of jealous men and women who create gods in their own image, gods who like themselves love to hold people beneath themselves. Our Father delights in raising up the lowly of heart.
Remember the Bible story about a farmer who hired men at various times of the day, yet paid them all the same day's wages. Do not be like those hired at the beginning of the day who felt they were mistreated because those hired at the end of the day received the same wages. Too many Christians have this kind of spirit. These Christians must surely face a day of judgment in which their un-Christ-like attitude will be made plain to themselves. This kind of attitude does not serve the Kingdom of God.
Remember -- to exhibit the greatness of your heavenly Father may require you to be labeled a heretic by your religious judges. The glory which comes from man is but for a short time -- but the glory which comes from above is everlasting. Rise up and enter into the work of the Creator of the Universe! All of creation will be delivered from the bondage of corruption by the sons of God whether you believe it or not.
"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now." (Romans 8:18-22)
I was warned by Father Chiniquy, and ex-Roman Catholic priest, that the Roman Catholic Church was plotting to kill me. Few people have been told the full story surrounding John Wilkes Booth and his Catholic ties. Very few historians have revealed the spiritual side of my assassination. Remember, "We fight not flesh and blood, but spiritual wickedness in high places". I did not bow down to denominationalism. I did not exalt the God of Eternal Torture preached by paganism and the deceived churches of the world. I declared an Omnipotent Loving Father who would ultimately redeem all mankind from its futility. For this cause I was called an "infidel". For this I was hated by religious men, yes, Christian religious men, Protestant and Catholic alike.
You, too, will be hated by the religious spirit if you choose to bring glory to your Heavenly Father by believing His Word above the traditions of men. You will taste of the bitter cup of being rejected for His name's sake. You will be "despised and rejected of men" as your Savior was. Will you follow in his footsteps? Or will you bow down to the gods of this world which are no gods at all? Will you follow the traditions of dead denominational leaders or will you allow yourself to be resurrected from the bondage of corruption of the vain religious mind? Will you rise to worship your Maker in Spirit and Truth and not in formal, dead rituals of men who seek the praises of each other -- who use fear to enslave each other to themselves?
My Heavenly Father called me to "set the captives free". I followed His command and He chose to honor me, not only in the heavenly places, but He honored me among men as well.
Yes, while our Father was grooming me for the Presidency, I was mocked, despised, ridiculed, and called "infidel" by my fellow Christian brothers and sisters, particularly those in leadership positions in their denominations. This was all used to humble me that I might become a true servant of God and man. Was not Jesus rejected by his own, particularly by the leadership in his day? If you choose to declare the Salvation of all mankind, if you choose to allow him to humble you and to share in his Son's sufferings, expect to be scorned by religious men and women. If you are afraid, ask for boldness. Remember, "Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it." (Luke 17:33) Choose Life! A life worth living is a life free of fear. Perfect love casts out fear.
(For more information on Abraham Lincoln's religious life and the Roman Catholic conspiracy against him, read 50 Years in the Church of Rome by Father Chiniquy, Fleming H Revell Co.. Facts on Abraham Lincoln's religious life taken from The Almost Chosen People by William J. Wolf, published by Doubleday & Company, 1959)
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