?/?/2018 ~ Presidential Quotes 8
Darkness has no vision.
Godly souls inspire children to be more.
16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Part 1
“The Bible is not my book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never
give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma.”
“I have never united myself to any church because I found difficulty in
giving my assent without mental reservation to the long, complicated
statements of Christian doctrine which characterize the articles
of belief and the usual confession of faith.”
“That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true;
but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures; and I have
never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general,
or of any denomination of Christians in particular.”
“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad.
That’s my religion.”
“When any church will inscribe over its altar, as its sole qualification
for membership, the Savior's condensed statement of the substance
of both law and Gospel, 'Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all
thy heart, and with all thy soul and thy neighbor as thyself'
that church will I join with all my heart and all my soul.”
“The highest art is always the most religious, and
the greatest artist is always a devout person.”
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down
upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how
a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”
"Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars,
how lofty they are!" ~ Job 22:12
“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”
“I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity.”
“If the American people could learn what I know of the fierce hatred
of the priests of Rome against our institutions, our schools,
our most sacred rights, and our so dearly bought liberties,
they would drive them out as traitors!”
“I see a very dark cloud on America's horizon,
and that cloud is coming from Rome.”
“I know there is a God, and that He hates injustice and slavery.
I see the storm coming, and I know that his hand is in it. If He has
a place and work for me - and I think He has - I believe I am ready.”
“We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future;
we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.”
“It is a sin to be silent when it is your duty to protest.”
“He who sees cruelty and does nothing about it is himself cruel.”
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
~ James 4:17
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ~ Romans 12:21
“Let none falter who thinks he is right, and we may succeed. But if,
after all, we shall fail, be it so: we still shall have the proud consolation
of saying to our consciences, and to the departed shade of our
country's freedom, that the cause approved of our judgment
and adored of our hearts, in disaster, in chains, in torture,
in death, we never faltered in defending.”
“Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are
created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to
the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a
"sacred right of self-government." These principles cannot stand
together. They are as opposite as God and mammon; and
whoever holds to the one, must despise the other.”
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. ..." ~ Mat. 6:24
“As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.'
We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.'
When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created
equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes
to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no
pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism
can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”
“In 1841 you and I had together a tedious low-water trip,
on a Steam Boat from Louisville to St. Louis. You may remember,
as I well do, that from Louisville to the mouth of the Ohio there were,
on board, ten or a dozen slaves, shackled together with irons.
That sight was a continual torment to me; and I see something
like it every time I touch the Ohio, or any other slave-border.”
“The Bible says somewhere that we are desperately selfish.
I think we would have discovered that fact without the Bible.”
"The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;
who can know it?" ~ Jeremiah 17:9
“Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid.”
“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we
have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have
grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.
But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which
preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us,
and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all
these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of
our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-
sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace,
too proud to pray to the God that made us. It behooves us, then,
to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our
national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
“I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right.
But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and
this nation should be on the Lord's side.”
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest
concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
“I do not boast that God is on my side,
I humbly pray that I am on God's side.”
“Don't pray that God's on our side, pray that we're on his side.”
"For he who is not against us is on our side." ~ Mark 9:40
“Faith is not believing that God can, but that God will.”
"Your kingdom come. Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven." ~ Matthew 6:10
“Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.”
“Freedom is the natural condition of
the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live.
Those who fight the purpose of the Almighty will not succeed.
They always have been, they always will be beaten.”
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,
and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1
“The only assurance of our nation's safety is
to lay our foundation in morality and religion.”
Darkness Remains without the Light
“Let us diligently apply the means, never doubting that a just God,
in his own good time, will give us the rightful result.”
Conviction of a soul reveals the character of heart
The times will always be troubled with all the heresies of the
modern world. To find security, faith in God must reign supreme.
No one can take what has been freely given by God. When
people join in strength of character, God is glorified in
the fulfillment of His intensions for independent life.
People remain free where God is Glorified
Darkness needs more than it can find
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