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GLENN: I just want to, I want to read Lincoln's second inaugural address. And if you read his first inaugural address, he says, you know, that he doesn't feel he has the right or the ability, he may even say desire to stop slavery. That's not his deal. What his deal is, is to preserve the union. But if you read his second inaugural address, he's changed. Well, one of the changes that most people don't know is Gettysburg changed him. Gettysburg changed him. Gettysburg forced him to his knees. Abe Lincoln was baptized before the second inaugural address. Abe Lincoln found God. Why? Because he had nothing left.
He talks in this, and I'm going to paraphrase and skip around, but I would ask that you would read this. He says, while the inaugural address was being delivered from this place the last time, devoted altogether to saving the union without war, urgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it. Seeking to dissolve the union and divide the effects by negotiation. Some would rather have war than let the nation survive and others would accept war rather than let it perish. And the war came. He talks about slaves and how they were just nothing more than a powerful interest to some. All knew that this interest was the cause of war. Do you see the parallels? It's the powerful interest to strengthen and to perpetuate and extend the interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the union even by war while the government claimed no right, no more than just to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. That goes back to his first inaugural address. I'm not trying to stop slavery, but we've got to hold the union together, and you can't expand it because that is the founders knew. The founder knew that they could just slowly turn off the valves. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph and, as a result, less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God and each invokes his aid against the other. It may seem strange that any man should dare to ask a just God's assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of another man's faces. It must listen to that, it must seem strange that any man should dare ask a just God as assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of another man's face. But let us not judge that we may not be judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The almighty has his own purposes. Woe unto the world because of offenses, for it must needs be that offenses come. But woe to the man by whom the offense cometh. If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which the providence of God must needs come but which having continued through his appointed time, He now wills to remove and that He gives to both North and South that terrible war as the woe do to them by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers and a living God always ascribe to him? Fondly we do hope, fervently we do pray that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all of the wealth piled by the bondsmen's 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk and until every drop of blood drawn with the last shall be paid with another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, still it must be said the judgment of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
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Do you hear his words? Do you hear his words? I stood in the Lincoln Memorial feeling as about as small as a man feels standing next to that gigantic statue of a man. I have no idea yet what I'm going to say on 8/28 and no one will long remember what I say, but to paraphrase him, what we do, what we do, there's nothing more to be said than what has already been said. If God wills that all of our wealth piled up is sunk, if every drop of blood that we have spilled is paid for by all the drops of blood drawn by a sword to purify His purpose, His land, His freedom, His rights, for His purpose, He will do it. But I tell you with everything in me that's not what the Lord wants to do. The Lord will only do it you only spank your children when there's nothing else left to do. And if you are like me, if I spank my children, I weep afterwards. The Lord will spank us in his own way, and he will weep as he does it. Why? Because he warns you, just like you warn your children, "Don't do that, please don't do that, please don't do that. I will have to spank you if you do that. Please don't make me do that." He is saying that to us now. He is saying it to us now.
I said to my staff three years ago, I said, when you start to hear me speak plainly about God, you will know that trouble is around the corner. I am speaking as plainly you know how I say there are many things that I believe that I shall never say but I shall never say the things that I do not believe. There are not things that I am not telling you. There are not things that I believe that I am not saying. When I say Saturday and 8/28 is a turning point, it will be but not because of anything that I have to say. But because of what you take from it and do. I will tell you that the stories are already being written. The people involved that are known to be involved, like David Barton. David Barton is one of the best men I know. Someday I would hope to be like David Barton, one of the best men I know. I found out this morning he's being boycotted, he's being smeared even more. And David would never tell me these things. He knew yesterday when we met, and he never told me these things. People are coming under tremendous pressure and fire just to stand. The question is, will you stand? And if you don't have the courage to stand, will you listen? Will you listen? Not to me but to him. Will you listen and obey?