ME IN A NUTSHELL
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
May 2, 2006
Tomorrow I celebrate my 54th birthday. Therefore, my column today will be strictly personal. I think it only fair that readers should have an opportunity to learn a little something about the person who writes the words they read. Today's column is designed with that goal in mind.
I was born in a small town in northern Indiana. My father and mother were dedicated Christians. Dad was a welder by trade and a lay jailhouse preacher. The Lord delivered him from a terrible life of alcoholism, and the story of his deliverance is nothing short of miraculous. (And you should know that I will send a cassette tape of my father's life story free of charge to anyone who requests it. To receive this free cassette, go to: www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/edbald.html)
Dad was the only Baldwin in my clan to leave the South. All the rest of my kin, including my paternal and maternal grandparents, were lifelong Arkansans. I moved South after my Sophomore year of college and have never left.
The Baldwins were all Democrats, and so was I until 1980 when I registered as a Republican. Now, however, I am an Independent who is affiliated with the Constitution Party. I believe the two major parties are two peas in the same pod or, as Pat Buchanan calls them, "two wings of the same bird of prey." Both of them are selling out our constitutional liberties, our independence, and our national sovereignty. At the national level, I can no longer in good conscience support either of them.
Outside of my decision to trust Jesus Christ as my personal Savior, the decision to marry my wife, Connie, is the greatest decision I ever made. She is marvelous! We will celebrate our 33rd anniversary next month. She has borne me three wonderful children of whom I could not be prouder.
My oldest child, Sarah, is married to a structural engineer. She and Allan are the youth leaders in our church. They have three children. Our oldest son, Chris, owns his own plumbing construction business here in Pensacola. He and his wife, Jana, are also dedicated Christians and serve God with us in our church. They have two children and one on the way. Our youngest son, Tim, is a felony prosecutor with the Florida State Attorney's office. He, too, is a committed Christian and helps lead our special music. He is still single.
I believe in the primacy of the local New Testament Church. I have been privileged to serve as the Senior Pastor of the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, for over thirty years now. I am a pre-millennial dispensationalist in my understanding of Eschatology. Yes, Gertrude, I believe in the Rapture of the Church.
My personal philosophy regarding social/political issues is quite simple. I believe abortion is murder. It is the deliberate killing of innocent human life. I believe homosexuality is moral perversion and deserves no special consideration under the law.
I believe the U.S. Constitution (as originally written) was the greatest civil document ever devised by man. I steadfastly support the principles contained in the Declaration of Independence. I believe America's Founding Fathers to be the greatest generation of Christian philosophers and patriots to ever live.
I believe the current attempt by politicians from both parties to ignore and violate the Constitution is an unconscionable and Draconian attack against the liberties of the American people and should be vehemently resisted. I believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
I believe the South was right in the War Between the States, and I am not a racist. (And I invite anyone to ask any of the numerous members of minority races that attend my church to verify that!) Neither do I believe that the leaders of the old Confederacy were racists. In fact, I hold men such as General Robert E. Lee and General T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson in highest regard.
I believe there is a conspiracy by elitists within government and big business to steal America's independence. I believe most pastors today have become little more than glorified politicians, and I am very disappointed in the way today's Christian leaders have sold out to corrupt political and commercial powers.
The only organizations to which I hold membership are Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, the Constitution Party, Gun Owners of America, and The National Rifle Association.
Regarding personal interests, I love to hunt and freshwater fish. NFL football is about the only sport I watch on television anymore. My favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. I do not drink or smoke (although I love the smell of pipe tobacco). In addition, I adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen.
There it is; that is me in a nutshell. (A more complete biographical sketch can be found at: www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/sketch.html) At least now you know some "details" about who I am. You can rest assured that everything I write will be faithful to the beliefs mentioned above. And as always, thanks for reading my columns!
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Chuck Baldwin is Founder-Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. In 1985 the church was recognized by President Ronald Reagan for its unusual growth and influence.
Dr. Baldwin is the host of a lively, hard-hitting syndicated radio talk show on the Genesis Communications Network called, "Chuck Baldwin Live" This is a daily, one hour long call-in show in which Dr. Baldwin addresses current event topics from a conservative Christian point of view. Pastor Baldwin writes weekly articles on the internet http://www.ChuckBaldwinLive.com and newspapers.
I believe the current attempt by politicians from both parties to ignore and violate the Constitution is an unconscionable and Draconian attack against the liberties of the American people and should be vehemently resisted.