It was soon after the battle at Gettysburg. The prophet Brigham Young in Utah territory was following the footsteps of the Prophet Joseph Smith, seeking to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth, through the authority given him by God.
President Abraham Lincoln penned these words to a Pastor Chiniquy, a Canadian Marxist activist as well as former Roman Catholic priest:
“Two cankers are biting the very entrails of the United States today: the Romish and the Mormon priests. Both are equally at work to form a people of the most abject, ignorant and fanatical slaves, who will recognize no other authority but their supreme pontiffs. Both are aiming at the destruction of our schools, to raise themselves upon our ruins. Both shelter themselves under our grand and holy principles of liberty of conscience, to destroy that very liberty of conscience, and bind the world before their heavy and ignominious yoke.
The Mormon and the Jesuit priests are equally the uncompromising enemies of our constitution and our laws; but the more dangerous of the two is the Jesuits the Romish priest, for he knows better now to conceal his hatred under the mask of friendship and public good: he is better trained to commit the most cruel and diabolical deeds for the glory of God.
“Till lately, I was in favour of the unlimited liberty of conscience as our constitution gives it to the Roman Catholics. But now, it seems to me that, sooner or later, the people will be forced to put a restriction to that clause towards the Papists. Is it not an act of folly to give absolute liberty of conscience to a set of men who are publicly sworn to cut our throats the very day they have their opportunity for doing it? Is it right to give the privilege of citizenship to men who are the sworn and public enemies of our constitution, our laws, our liberties, and our lives?
(Pastor Chinequy, “Fifty Years in the Church of Rome,” p. 488)
A few interesting notes
Christ’s restored and one true gospel is lumped in with the Jesuit religion by Lincoln, showing no distinction or perception on his part. Yet both religions were considered, as it were: enemies of the state. Because they did not support his unconstitutional efforts in the War of Northern Aggression, Lincoln condemns them.
Notice how worldly governments and leaders felt about the Mormons then. One cannot help but see a marked departure from how conspiring men treated the prophets and apostles of God, in days past—compared with today. There was no handshaking with Babylon nor was there warm affections toward the restored church. Rather, the Mormons were despised by those leaders, such as Lincoln, conspiring for more obedience and power. This letter of vitriol and animosity by the president of the United States of America towards Mormons is evidence of it. We have no persecution like this today. Today, we have quite the opposite.
Note how Lincoln is against liberty of conscience and against the free exercise of faithful followers of Christ. “Till lately, I was in favour of the unlimited liberty of conscience as our constitution gives… But now…” Lincoln ceased to believe in the protections enshrined in our Constitution with these statements. Therefore, he does not support God-given liberty.
Questions to ponder
- What does this kind of dialogue say about the true character of Abraham Lincoln?
- Was Lincoln the freedom-loving patriot that modern propaganda has made him out to be? Why do both the Democrat and the Republican parties lionize Lincoln?
- Are there more evidences, besides those posed here, that Lincoln did not believe in the Constitution and instead set it aside, yet while professing to believe or protect it?
- Was Lincoln a man of integrity and principle?
- Where else do we see this kind of pattern today?
One final thought
Some will be lightning quick to defend Lincoln, saying that his heart changed after checking the Book of Mormon out from the Library of Congress. First of all, Lincoln checked out a number of anti-Mormon books in addition. From this, at best, we can say he was simply learning “all the angles” of Mormonism, not that he was pro or positive toward the religion in any way. It would require actual evidence to believe that he was in favor. For example, sources showing Lincoln protecting the rights of the Saints or, perhaps, converting to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These would be more compelling evidences. The truth is, Lincoln checked out and returned The Book of Mormon a full year before writing these dark accusations against the Mormons, believing our priests were trained to “commit the most cruel and diabolical deeds for the glory of God.”
We would be wise to acknowledge the words and actions we have been given, as evidenced here, to discern this U.S. President’s true nature. Don’t let confirmation bias—as painful as it is—distort evidence that is… well, plainly evident. Yes, we were all lied to in our public educations/ indoctrinations and had many historical events twisted or hidden from us. Villains were presented as heroes. It is never too late, however, to discover what is factually correct and ultimately will allow us to draw nearer to God.
To learn more about the “Real Abraham Lincoln,” please check out this video from author Thomas DiLorenzo:
Also check out all of these great past articles from Faithful Saints about Lincoln: