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The Faith of One Man

 A Journey Begins

The Lincoln family can be traced back to New England and even Old England. This clan carried with it a rich Christian inheritance with a strain of Quaker blood in it. And so the young boy Abraham Lincoln sat under the devout teaching of his beloved mother, Nancy Hawks Lincoln, who could boast of two brothers who were preachers of great reputation.

The Lincoln family was one of the respectable members of Little Mount Baptist church. It was there that they earnestly spoke prayers for the delivery of a young child, Abe's sister, Sarah.

There was no doubt that Abe's mother was a believer, and she was widely characterized by her continual reading of the Holy Scriptures that fell daily on young Abe's ears. Likewise, come Sunday morning, she never failed to take Abe and Sarah to the Baptist church. Then on Sunday afternoon, she would set Abe on her knee to pour into his soul the Word of God, and particularly the Ten Commandments.

Tragically though, Nancy died when she was only 34 leaving a sorrowful void in the entire family. Yet she was remembered by those who knew her for her faithful service in the monotonous, endless everyday chores she dedicated herself to; and her unrelenting persistence in reading Bible verses over-and-over as the Word of God saturated her and her family's hearts and lives.

It was while on her deathbed that she told the young Abraham, "Love your heavenly father, and Abe, keep the commandments." These words had nothing less than a profound effect on the young mind of the boy. He set himself from that point on a course in life that would alter forever the course of our country. He determined he would remain faithful to the law of God.

It was from their family Bible that the future President of the United States first learned to read. With the exception of Pilgrim's Progress, which he too became familiar with, it was the only book in the quaint cabin in which the youngster grew up. This habit of constantly devoting himself to the reading of Scripture was a practice that dominated Abraham Lincoln's life until the day he died. He was so familiar with this profound book that during his presidency he would amaze his callers with his ability to recall passage-after-passage of Scripture from memory.

Yet his early education extended farther than this. Abe's curiosities lead him continuously to the courthouse where he observed the lawyers in action deciphering the laws of the land. Into town would come the political speakers whose rantings and ravings he learned to mimic, along with the traveling evangelists who "flung their arms and tore the air with their voices."

His father did not stay widowed forever, as he married an old friend Sarah Bush Lincoln. This remarkable woman of God soon became the splendid silent voice in Abe's life. She considered her step-son her "best child" and encouraged him in studies. This woman cultivated a profound influence on his developing mind and character more than any other person.

The feelings of love and devotion were shared by Abraham who called her his "angel mother" for "she has been my best friend in the world." She transmitted her faith in God to her favorite child in the works that she performed far more than the words that she spoke.

The boy's dad, Thomas Lincoln, was himself a very active and respected church attendee. After moving, the family became members of Pigeon Creek Baptist Church in 1823. At that location Thomas served on the committee of visitors to Gilead church and spent three years as a church trustee. This was an era when the church enforced strict conduct upon church members. It was his job as a committee member to look into acts of misconduct between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and neighbor against neighbor.

This was an era when the church was a community committed to each other and the statutes of God's righteousness. To confess, to work hard, to be saving, and to be decent were the endeavors that were most often praised by the preachers. Next to denying Christ, the worst sins among men were considered to be drinking, gambling, fighting, and loafing. The women submitted to a code of ethics that disdained gossiping, back-biting, and sloth and slack habits.

Condemnation of the sinner was not an issue that was avoided, as it is so commonly today. Rather the nation's preachers would boldly assert that sinners would certainly go to hell and damnation if they failed to repent of their iniquities.

The congregation's houses were filled with prayer from the morning, afternoon, till the evening as they covered themselves with God's grace over meals and at bedtime. The Sabbath, Christmas and Easter were established as days of thoughts, sober faces, resignation, contemplation, rest, and silence. The preacher found his financial compensation in the gifts of corn, wheat, whiskey, pork, linen, wool, and any number of produce items brought into the storehouse by the congregation members.

This all seems like a sharp contrast to modern Christianity where families seldom take the time to sit down and fellowship with each other; much less pray over their meals. One has to search far-and-wide to find a message that will emphasize accountability towards God. Few pastors insist that we behave towards Him in a certain prescribed manner lest we incur the wrath of eternal damnation.

When was the last time your church "checked up" on its members to insure that everything was continuing in a holy and respectable manner? If it did, no doubt it would find itself loosing its congregation to other bodies that are less strict and demanding.

We live in a more independent and up-rooted society today where people believe they have the right to go where they want and do what they please - with the privilege of following God as they see fit rather than according to the dictates of the bible. Church attendees fill the pews with the expectation of what they can receive from the pulpit to make them feel better, be healed or experience some dramatic supernatural even to excite them. Too little attention is given to what is expected of them.

Now don't get me wrong. The church that the Lincolns attended did not lack in the extra-ordinary physical manifestations of God's spirit. One morning it was recorded that a preacher yelled with sobs and hysterics until a row of women had been laid to rest under an oak tree. The account is that they had "moaned, shaken, danced up and down, worn themselves out with 'jerks' and fainted."

This was a typical manifestation that occurred in the Western United States during this period of time. Occurrences of the supernatural were the fruit of the Second Great Awakening.

Today, there are many in the Charismatic movement who treat the supernatural experiences that are occurring in there midst as something unique to this age. They use this line of reasoning to give credence to the "newness" of these dramatic events that are transpiring among them. This in turn allows them to draw people to other "new" teachings that likewise have been "reserved for this age." As a result, the influx of beliefs, such as inner healing and techniques of visualization, that are foreign to historical Christianity have been perpetuated under their guidance.

As much as the modern theologians would like you to think they have something new to say, they really don't. There is nothing new about the physical evidences of God's Holy Spirit. There really isn't anything "new" as a matter of fact!

The sheep are being lead by many individuals who wouldn't consider the occupation of ministry except that they receive healthy incomes that have allowed them to fulfill their own American dream. One would have to search under every rock in most any town to find a pastor who would assume his calling for the payment of the sustenance from the simple offerings of the fruit of their congregation's labors.

Oh, it is not that they are above receiving gifts, for their lives are filled with the favors granted to them by the ones who follow them. Many people will do a number of things for a pastor that they would never consider affording to anyone else. Many of the pilots of the modern church seem to come to expect these preferences awarded to them because of their "special calling that demands so much human sacrifice."

I remember a vacation Vanessa and I shared with some very dear friends. It was an event that all of us had looked forward to with the greatest of anticipation after a long year of putting our noses to the grindstone. If all goes well, vacation is a time of rest!

Well as it was, I continued to watch as our companion, labored on his trailer. The mobile home seemed to have deteriorated from the last time he used it. Daily, he went into town fighting the traffic to replace something that was missing, or not working properly. Constantly the generator struggled with a battery that took less of a charge each time it was refurbished. The last night was spent with no electricity at all as we gathered together to the glow of a Coleman lantern that had been brought inside to light it up ever so dimly.

Now if someone wants to have an enjoyable vacation it would be recommended that one checks out everything before he leaves, especially if your trailer has been loaned to a pastor. It seems as if our friend had given his trailer to a youth minister to use at a summer camp. Items were misplaced. A light was left on to completely drain the battery.

What is the general outlook of the Christian leader in these circumstances? "All of this stuff is going to burn anyway. Besides it belongs to God."

This disgusting behavior has no business amongst the body of Christ, much less among those in authority! Thus my only reply to this line of thinking is, "Though it is going to be destroyed, I would prefer the task was taken on by God rather than the likes of someone who simply seeks to trash other people's stuff."

This is hardly an isolated incident. Our churches in America are filled with professional ministers who have taken on congregations to further their own personal career goals. They seek out church growth strategies to create a congregation that is the most formidable in town; winning the acclaim of their peers. In the name of being "seeker-friendly" they speak words carefully construed as not to offend anyone so they might remain in "good standing" in their churches and with the community about them. In all of this, the current unpopular message of accountability and repentance from eternal damnation has been lost in most Christian circles.

It is of little wonder that we have a nation filled with congregations that seek mostly to receive when its pastors do so little to set the example of responsibility. Everyone is in a state of starvation as they continue to seek to have their needs fulfilled by each other: the pastor while fleecing his sheep, the parishioner through filling up a pew to soothe his conscience through the outlay of tithes.

The religion of the Lincoln family today is considered by most to be outdated, legalistic, and old-fashioned. We have found freedom in this age: freedom to worship as we choose and to do what is right in our own eyes.

Yet is our newly fashioned world better? Many of our children are involved in drugs and sex abuse as they attend our institutes of learning. What exactly did those traditional values teach Abraham Lincoln? What was this young man doing in school?

His friends were busy lighting fire to a mud turtle; witnessing the reptiles' demise to their great delight. Upon their invitation though, Abe refused to join them in their devious act. In fact, he was so enraged by their behavior that he wrote a paper regarding cruelty to animals.

Even in his early years he had a propensity for the underdog who had been trodden upon. A boy named Matthew Gentry had been known for his weird disconnected babbling. Yet he found a true friend in Abraham Lincoln as they broke into a long and intimate relationship. Even at this young age one can see the integrity brought out of a solemn Christian education bearing its weight in Lincoln's life.


All Grow'd Up

A Catholic priest Charles Chiniquy was in need of legal council. He was referred to the "grow'd up" lawyer -- Abraham Lincoln. The messenger of the referral described Abe as the most "honest" lawyer in Illinois.

While practicing law in Springfield in the 1830's, Lincoln clashed with the lawyer, George Forquer, who had been appointed by President Jackson as the Register of the Land Office, at the price tag of a generous $3,000 per year. With his colossal earnings George built himself an elegant house complete with a lightning rod. The lightning rod, the only one of its kind, became the talk of a town in which nobody could afford such an extravagance. People came from miles around to witness the sight.

George once accused Lincoln, who had just delivered a speech, of being too high and mighty so as he would have to be "taken down." In response Abe stepped to the platform and spoke, "I desire to live, and I desire place and distinction; but I would rather die now than like the gentleman, live to see the day that I would change my politics for an office worth three thousand dollars a year, and then feel compelled to erect a lightning rod to protect a guilty conscience from an offended God."

Now this might sound like no more than political rhetoric. However, these words of personal integrity proved to be the central guiding light of this prominent American's entire political being as the testimony of God was allowed into every corner of his life.

The stature of righteousness became characteristic in Lincoln, who had given so much effort into obeying the last wish of dyeing mother. But his efforts to keep the law of God eventually welt up in his spirit with frustration and self-condemnation that contributed to his life-long struggle with depression. It was for this reason that as a young boy, realizing his own inadequacy, Lincoln had scribbled in his arithmetic book, "Abe Lincoln, his hand and pen, he will be good, but God knows when."

Now as he grew older, his frustration turned to cynicism, noting the hypocrisy of the Christian community around him. "Christians are long on creed and short on conduct," he insisted. Though he wrote against the authority if the Bible, he became increasingly aware that a lifelong effort at self-improvement would not lead him to Christ either.

The Christian influence upon Lincoln extended beyond his family and his church, as God continued to reach the man with His extended arm. During the years of political upheaval over the issue of slavery there was a Presbyterian abolitionist minister who attempted to set up a printing press in Alton in order to express his sentiments. After repeated attempts at destroying his presses on November 7, 1837, a mob burned down an entire warehouse where a replacement sat. Elijah Lovejoy attempted to prevent the endeavors of the throng only to be shot by a bullet. His brother, the Congregational minister Owen Lovejoy vowed "never to forsake the cause that had been sprinkled with my brother's blood."

It was years later that he and Lincoln found themselves clinging tightly to each other as they fought the common cause to abolish slavery. Lincoln trusted the minister with even his deepest thoughts: words spoken in confidence that could have hurt him politically if revealed. Owen was without a doubt the true sanguine refuge of the mind of Lincoln; the two of them establishing an unfailing bond of trust. Of this man of God Abe reflected, "To the day of his death, it would scarcely wrong any other to say, he was my most generous friend."


Christ and Freedom

So, biblical Christianity would play a central role in how Lincoln dealt with slavery. In spite of this fact, the critics of Christianity love to expound on the notion that the Bible fails to condemn the practice of slavery. Yet, it was on account of the actions of the Church during the Second Great Awakening that the concept of universal abolition began to take shape. Indeed, it was very early in Church history that Christians began to realize the evil of this institution.

Back in the fifth Century, Saint Augustine wrote that the Bible never intended to allow man dominion over man. In Genesis, God only granted man dominion over the irrational creation: the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all creatures that move along the ground. (Gen 1:26b niv) There is no mention that man is to establish a dominion over his own kind.

Augustine, therefore, recognized that the institution of slavery is a result of sin: "The Latin word for 'slave' is servus and it is said that this word is derived from the fact that those who, by right of conquest, could have been killed were sometimes kept and guarded, servabantur, by their captors and so became slaves and were called servi. Now, such a condition of servitude could only have risen out of sin, since whenever a just war is waged the opposing side must be in the wrong, and every victory, even when won by wicked men, is a divine judgment to humble the conquered and to reform or punish their sin. To this truth Daniel, the great man of God, bore witness. When he was languishing in the Babylonian captivity he confessed to God his sins and those of his people and avowed, with pious repentance, that these sins were the cause of the captivity. (Dan 9:5) It is clear, then, that sin is the primary cause of servitude, in the sense of a social status in which one man is compelled to be subjected to another man. Nor does this befall a man, save by the decree of God, who is never unjust and who knows how to impose appropriate punishments on different sinners."

So, God's intent in the Garden of Eden was such that no one would ever have any dominion over another. However, notice that the ruler-ship of one person over another emerged from the original sin. For God spoke to the woman, "Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." (Gen 3:16b niv) The punishment for Eve's sin was that she would live under that authority of her husband. But this was instated, not out of cruelty, but out of compassion, for it would be the leadership of her husband that would keep woman's passions (now aware of the knowledge of good and evil) at bay.

In the same way the Jews were taken into captivity by the Babylonians as punishment for their idolatry. Yet this act of God was not intended for their destruction, but for their preservation. Indeed, there is no biblical record of the Israelites having a problem with idolatry from that point onward.

We see in America today that as the Church has given itself over to unbiblical theologies that she has brought sin into her midst. Right along with these manifestations has risen the oppression of Christianity. Christians in the 20th century have found themselves under a yoke such as none in America has ever known. The very law that their Christian forefathers had written into the Constitution to grant freedom of religion has been utilized to subjugate them under the state's rule. Their children go to school to be subjected to every Babylonian teaching imaginable. The authority of the Christian in the affairs of society has progressively diminished as the views of Babylonian-based religions take the forefront of national thought. Indeed, the captivity of Babylon as again asserted its tyranny in modern America.

This historical dynamic explains why the nations underpinned by pagan religions have, in the bulk of world history, lived under the demands of a tyranny. But a nation that lives under the guidance of God's Word is one that God sets free. This freedom is the result of the faithfulness of those who belong to God. God has no reason to subjugate the righteous under the yoke of the dominion of other men, for it is unnecessary to punish them for their sins.

Likewise, those who live in a godly environment have no need to impose their yoke upon others, for they understand biblically where their dominion lies. Therefore, they rebel against repressive government, because they understand that God desires that they be free from tyranny. Likewise, as in America, they liberate their slaves, knowing well that this sort of bondage is not the program of God.

In the fall of 1994, I was involved in a meeting with a superintendent of schools concerning the elementary school educational curriculum that they had adopted. During the confrontation, this professing Christian delivered a comment that I found to be utterly astounding. Rising to his pulpit he blazoned, "It is a tragedy that the historic church in America remained silent in regards to slavery."

Ironically, when I brought up the fact that if the Church in America today would unite itself against abortion it could eliminate it, this same man defended his contemporary pastors who were not in favor of fighting against the slaughter of babies. Of course, this would put this particular Christian superintendent in agreement with the church that conceded to slavery.

It is not appropriate to condemn the church with regards to its supposed failure to deal with slavery. The church did not fail to speak out against it! Though many early American pastors once justified and supported slavery, it was the church that rose up against the institution and convinced people of the evils of that inhumane practice. Therefore, what is significant in American history is that our Christian-based society of the 19th Century ultimately abolished slavery, for this was the outcome of the conflict.

Eventually, millions of American soldiers would lay their lives on the line in the Civil War. The consequence of this conflict, as witnessed by the world, was the abolition of slavery in America forever. Americans died and proved to the world through their lives that slavery is wrong. Out of the contest the Babylonian institution was abolished in our land. That seems to be to our country's credit rather that its discredit.

Rather that praising our ancestors for what they did do, the modernist desires to condemn them for what they didn't do. All the while, they sit back in their judgmental armchairs while innocent unborn are slaughtered by the millions right under their noses.


A House Divided

When I was a new believer, I was surprised in picking up the Bible for the first time to see words, which I had long attributed to Abraham Lincoln, come out of the mouth of Jesus. At the time I didn't realize that Lincoln had read the Bible so closely as to know it better than most of us do. I had no idea that this profound knowledge of God's divine Word inspired him to quote from its contents in his talks with juries, his multitude of letters, and his public speeches.

It was in 1843 that he first wrote in a campaign circular the words that have since become the Biblical foundation for his stance on the preservation of the Union. Pleading for party unity among the Whigs, Lincoln drafted this utterance: "He whose wisdom surpasses of all philosophers, has declared 'a house divided against itself cannot stand.'"

It was a few years later at the Republican convention that Lincoln repeated these words in his famous House Divided Speech that contributed so significantly to his political recognition, and established forever his stance on whether or not the Southern States had a right to sever their ties with the Union. These were the words of Christ Himself.

Though Lincoln profoundly quoted Christ in that manner, he remained divided within his own soul. He could not quite bring himself to acknowledge the sacrifice of Jesus for all sin.

In 1850 the Lincoln family suffered the death of their son, Edward. So touched were they by the funeral sermon given by James Smith of the First Presbyterian church, that the grieving family rented a pew. From then on a close friendship developed between the minister and the Lincoln family. Smith even presented to Abe his book The Christian's Defense that presented a reply to the infidels and atheists.

Lincoln's wife Mary eventually joined the church, but Abraham "couldn't quite see it." Though he attended revivals and showed a considerable amount of interest, there remained continuing theological questions in his life that would have to wait for the terrible conflict to come to become completely resolved. Only then would he come to grips with his personal salvation.

In the mean time, it continued to be apparent that Abraham's faith in a God who works in history was adamantly maintained. As his father lay on his deathbed Lincoln kindly wrote to his step-brother, "I sincerely hope father may yet recover his health; but at all events, tell him to remember to call upon, and confide in, our great, and good, and merciful Maker; who will not turn away from any extremity. He notes the fall of a sparrow, and numbers the hairs on our heads; and He will not forget the dying man, who puts his trust in Him. Say to him that if we could meet now, it is doubtful whether it would not be more painful than pleasant; but that if it be his lot to go now, he will soon have a joyous meeting with many loved ones gone before; and where the rest of us, through the help of God, hope ere-long to join them."

Thomas Lincoln to his last breath was a churchgoing, and religious man who, as narrated by a local newspaper, inevitably would pray at mealtime, "fit and prepare us for humble service, we beg for Christ's sake. Amen." It is in this elderly man's son Abraham, that this prayer was answered in one of the most dramatic fashions in history.

Lincoln realized the deterioration that was occurring all around the country. "Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it, 'all men are created equal, except Negroes.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no reference of loving liberty - to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."

The argument presented by today's conservatives in regard to our nation falling away from the foundation that has made it what it is, was not being uttered for the first time in the 90's. The call of President George Bush during the Presidential campaign in 1992 to return to traditional values is not a new one. Throughout its history America has prompted itself to deviate from the moral, ethical, and Constitutional values upon which it stands. Lincoln recognized that in his days, and also understood that it was this deviancy that was causing the turmoil of the time. It threatened to tear the country apart.

As we look at the issues that are dividing us today; such as the arguments over the separation of church and state, evolution, women and animal rights (and many women seem to want to make themselves into animals who eat their young), abortion and sexual perversion; we realize that every one of these issues has presented itself as a result of a departure on someone's part from that which has been traditionally been accepted as moral and decent.

The civil war that waits is inevitable as it was in Lincoln's time. But is there one in this era who has the moral and Godly stamina to lead us through it with our life and liberty intact? The person who is representing a change from our foundational beliefs certainly will not be the one.

The man who will lead his nation into safety will be a prophet in his land. He will utter the words of the Lord to call his country to repentance. In 1858 while talking to a massive audience in Bloomington Joseph Fifer reported Lincoln was making declarations until "all the faces of those listening thousands were as if carved out of a rock on a mountainside - so still, so set!"

Then Abraham "raised high his long right arm with the clenched hand on the end of it - high above his head - and he shook it in the air and then brought it down. And when he did that it - it made the hair on a man's head stand up, and the breath stop in his throat."

The next year in his speeches in Ohio Lincoln spoke with "simple finality, a merciless logic, usually soberly entwined with Bible verses." This was definitely a man on a mission - a prophet carrying a message from God of repentance and restoration to Him.

It was this prophet who proclaimed at the Republican national convention in Springfield on June 16, 1858, "'A house divided against itself cannot stand.' I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free." Again, these were the words of Jesus whom Lincoln was quoting: words from the Bible that lent wisdom to the consequence that sin will bring. It was the Word of God that illustrated to Lincoln how the sin of slavery would sever the people of God. It was the voice of God who convinced Lincoln that slavery is wrong.

The question that the modernist brings up concerning what the founding fathers intended when they wrote the Constitution is not a new one. Lincoln had to deal with the modernists as well when he contended with those who believed that slavery should continue. In his famous Copper Union speech given in New York on February 27, 1860, Lincoln referred to the statements of his long-time opponent Douglas when he said, "Our fathers, when they framed the Government under which we lived, understood this question (of slavery) just as well, and even better than we do now." Then he went on to prove the founding fathers held to his point of view.

Concerning whether or not the Federal Government had the authority to control slavery in the territories Lincoln asserted that he defied "any man to show that any one of them (the founding fathers) ever, in his whole life declared that." Lincoln argued, "Neither the word 'slave' nor 'slavery' is to be found in the Constitution, nor the word 'property' even." In fact he pointed out the Constitution referred to a slave as a "person!" Therefore, Lincoln concluded that the framers of the Constitution's purpose was "to exclude from the Constitution the idea that there could be property in a man." So in Lincoln's mind, the action of slavery was not only anti-God but it was unconstitutional.

All of this discussion about morality and the Constitution is not unlike the argument that is continuing today over the abortion issue. Modernist progressives have denied that abortion is morally wrong and they are equally adamant in asserting that the destruction of the unborn is constitutional. Yet their efforts to redefine the intentions of the founding fathers are no different from the manipulations of those who supported slavery in Lincoln's day. It was the pro-slavery element who took the liberal approach to Christianity and the interpretation of the Constitution, proclaiming that a black man was a "thing" that could be owned. Is it any coincidence that those today that support abortion rights call themselves "pro-choice?"

It is the mentality of the slave-owner that suggests that a living human being who inside his or hers mother's womb is no more than a thing that can be destroyed. Yet Lincoln's argument holds true today just as well as it did over a hundred years ago, for where in the constitution does it proclaim that an unborn child is a "thing," and the "property" of a mother who can do as she wishes?

What the amoralist of today wants you to believe is that Lincoln had the same disregard for the black human life as they now have for the unborn child. Misery loves company, and if they cannot find companionship among the moral Christian of today, they will look for it amongst the heroes of the past who are no longer here to defend themselves.

But the question must be asked; who do the modernist progressives most resemble? Do they sound like the pro-slavery man of the 18th century who contended that the Constitution guarded the rights of only a select group of individuals? Do they insist that the right to life has been reserved for one class of individual while not for another?

In his debates with Douglas Lincoln said, "I believe the entire records of the world, from the date of the Declaration of Independence up to within 3 years ago, may be searched in vain for one single affirmation, from one single man, that the Negro was not included in the Declaration of Independence." When was the first time that the notion was asserted that the unborn child is not included in the Declaration?

At the end of her book Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe concluded with a prophecy for the nation. "This is an age of the world when nations are trembling and convulsed. A mighty influence is abroad, surging and heaving the world, as with an earthquake. And is America safe? Every nation that carries in its bosom great and unredressed injustice has in it the elements of its last convulsion." This is just as true today as it was back then.

Lincoln was dealing with a nation that was torn by sin, and left on its last leg. Fortunately for all of us though, our country at the time had a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln who sought to influence men towards righteousness. This man of distinction was humble enough to realize Whom he had to depend upon in the arduous task that lay before him as he brought the nation back into unity with the will of the Lord.

This man, who the intellectual contends was primarily motivated by desires for political success, was not in the convention hall when the Republicans met to select their candidate for President. There were no speeches coming from his lips to gather up support for his cause. Rather, he stayed at home in Springfield; a rather reluctant candidate at best! Upon being notified that he had been nominated by the Republican party as their candidate for the Presidency he assured them he understood that he could only continue by "imploring the assistance of Divine Providence."

The contest for President was heated as the Democratic Party split in half over the slavery issue. Lincoln continued to stay silently at home during the bitter campaigning, as his opponents traveled throughout the country in order to gather votes.

He did consent to release information for a biography that was published in a Republican campaign. It was focused on the virtues of Abe's honesty and ascent from humble beginnings rather than his stance on slavery and the preservation of the Union. The party was wise enough to realize that the less that was known about Lincoln's views on those matters, the better. No Southerner would accept a President of Lincoln's persuasion. Yet the election belonged to Abe and the contest for the soul of America was on. History was about to be made that would be remembered for all time.

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Don Wigton is a graduate of the prestigious music department at CSULB where he studied under Frank Pooler, lyricist of Merry Christmas Darling, and sang in Pooler’s world renown University Choir alongside Karen and Richard Carpenter. During this time Don was also the lead composer of the band, Clovis Putney, that won the celebrated Hollywood Battle of the Bands. After giving his life to God, Don began attending Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa to study under some of the most prominent early Maranatha! musicians. Subsequently he toured the Western United States with Jedidiah in association with Myrrh Records.

Eventually Don served as a pastor at Calvary Chapel Bakersfield to witness thousands of salvations through that ministry. As the music/concert director, Don worked for seven years with most major Christian artist of that time while producing evangelical concerts attended by thousands of young people seeking after God. Don’s Calvary Chapel Praise Choir released the album Let All Who Hath Breath Praise the Lord on the Maranatha! label.

The next years of Don’s life were spent as the praise leader of First Baptist Church in Bakersfield during a time of unprecedented church renewal. Don teamed with the leadership to successfully meld the old with the new through a period of tremendous church growth. During this exciting time, Don’s praise team, Selah, produced the CD Stop and Think About It.

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This first of five books looks into a pivotal moment in American history that changed the world forever. It was a time when the United States was on the brink of destruction. It was and era when an American prophet and patriot stood up to eco the words of Christ: "A house divided cannot stand." Today we live in a similar era today where America is torn asunder between truth and error. And the wrong decision will bring dire consequences!

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!




The gospel band Southern Cross features worship, praise chorus and ministry songs in contemporary rock, country rock and even classic genres. Click here to go to their page to listen to our mp3 music and find out how to have them come to your area!

All For Freedom!

Thanks to the men and women who give their all for our freedom.


Father's Eyes

A nation in apostacy


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There are many lying voices out in the world calling us to sin and despair.


You Broke My Heart

Jesus said "Let your yes be yes and your no's be no's." When we break our word people get hurt.



Wigtune Company

An offering of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the worship edification of the Body of Christ.
Colossians 3:15-17

Praise and Worship Songs to bless God. . .

Free Praise Music, Charts Song and Hymn Stories  

Top Ten Praise MP3s

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Latest  Contemporary Praise and Worship Music Releases

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Praise Music For Worship Devotions

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Free On-Line Praise and Worship Studybook  

Listen to Wigtune Worshim Music on live Internet radio

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Wigtune Story 

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Spread the Word!

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Holy_Wars_cover_small.jpg (51492 bytes)Holy Wars. . .a powerful and dynamic "must have" for every Christian who is seeking to worship God in the midst of the tempest of our modern world.

CLICK HERE or call Author House @ 888.280.7715 to purchase a hard or soft cover copy of Don Wigton's book "Holy Wars" upon which this blog is based.

Click Here to purchase the E-book edition for only 99 cents!




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Wigtune Company: Praise music and worship study resource.  Free Christian praise songs and hymns, chord charts for the contemporary chorus and traditonal hymn and gospel music, plus and on-line worship Bible study.

Click here for the Wigtune worship, praise and hymns Facebook page.

Millions of
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Pastors, worship music ministers, small group leaders, praise bands and members of over
3337 ministries from 94 countries world-wide including all 50 states in the United States
are now using Wigtune praise and worship resources.

We pray that these materials have provided all of you with untold blessings!

"I might not be a religious man myself but I know good music when I hear it, and this is very good! . . . I don’t think that I have ever given such high ratings to so many songs before. But the fact is that they are well deserved because the music is amazing. Simply wonderful religious ballads and they really get to your heart. . .everytime."
Fredrik Cole: Trax In Space



Winsome International was founded by Dr. John Lavender of First Baptist Church, Bakersfield. Don Wigton of Wigtune Company was the worship and praise leader there during a great growth expansion. Click here to hear the teaching that inspired so many.




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Wigtune Company offers free mp3 Jesus based praise music and song along with traditional Christian hymns performed in a contemporary fashion in order to encourage the body of Christ to blend the old with the new in a scriptural fashion.  An on-line Bible study is offered that goes into the biblical and historical foundation of worship for music ministries, the music minister, praise leader, pastor and serious Bible student.  The study is presented in outline form with relevant scripture references and questions.  Download this helpful work for free! was formed as a service to the body of Christ to encourage scriptural worship. To accomplish this goal Wigtune Company offers free contemporary Christian praise and worship music, contemporary Christian rock and hymn mp3 and chart material along with a free on-line worship study book for personal devotions, Bible study groups, Sunday schools, pastors, music ministers and ministry training.  In order to bridge the gap between the old and the new the worship study book gives solid theological and historical support to the use of traditional Christian hymn-singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.

Click on one of the links below for praise and worship, praise tabs, worship chords, praise chorus mp3, hymn stories, pro tools studio, worship leader materials to enter into the area of the Wigtune site that interests you !

Wigtune Company believes that the current contention among Christian generations over church music is unnesessary.  One does not have to chose between the classic traditional hymn and the contemporary praise chorus and song.  Solomon declared that there is a place for everything under the sun. The worship musical material and the worship Bible study book offered at the Wigtune website support this theme. Vision Statement    Don and Vanessa Wigton share the vision of Wigtune Company.  Going to this page will inform the WEB surfer the circumstances that lead to the Wigtune offering of praise song and hymn along with the worship Bible study book that lends theology and history based support to the use of traditional Christian hymn singing in conjunction with praise chorus singing.   Wigtune Story    The Wigtune Company free on-line worship Bible study book is a manual for the use of the pastor, teacher, music minister, Bible study group, sunday school and any situation where a theological and historical lesson regarding worship is desired.  The Bible study is presented in outline form with questions that require thoughtful answers to the biblical and history based information that is presented.   Free On-Line Worship Studybook   

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.  Free Praise and Worship Music Mp3s and Charts   Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Wiggy's Top Ten Praise MP3s Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use. Radio: Listen to Wigtune Worship Music on Live Internet Radio

Wigtune Company offers free mp3 praise music in the form of tradtional Christian hymn performed in a contemporary manner and modern praise song and choruses mp3s.  Chord charts to many of these song mp3's are available for non-commercial ministry use.    Wigtune Praise Worship and Hymn CD's

 What are they saying about Wigtune praise and worship contemporary and hymn music   Testimonials: What they are saying about Wigtune Music

Please help Wigtune Company by observing the copyright restrictions listed on this page.  The praise and worship materials (praise songs and hymns) have been offered up for free with love!  Copyright Restrictions    

What do you think of Wigtune's offering of praise music and worship study materials?  Let us know by e-mailing us?   Contact Us    If you have been blessed by the free praise music (praise choruses and traditional hymns) and the worship study book, don't keep it to yourself.  Click here to see how you can spread the word!   Spread the Word!

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Click here to find out what organization are utilizing Wigtune contemporary Christian and traditional praise and worship music, chord charts, and online worship Bible study.  Where's Wiggy? - List and Links to Christian Organizations

  Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.  Statement of Faith

Click here to view the Wigtune statement of faith based upon orthodox Christian beliefs.  It is upon this profession that proclaims the doctrines of historical Christianity that the Wigtune praise and worship music and Bible study have been formulated.   Special Report: Christianity in Russia - Has Anything Changed?

 The Wigtune Home Page: Free mp3 praise music and hymns sung in a contemporary fashion.  On-line worship study book for Bible students, music ministers, song leaders and pastors is also available!

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