By Chuck Baldwin
May 1, 2014
This Saturday, May 3, is my birthday. Accordingly, it is time for my annual "Strictly Personal" column. 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. And since Charley Reese (one of my favorite columnists) stopped writing, I am the only syndicated columnist that does this, as far as I know. So, here goes.
I was born and raised in a small town in northern Indiana. My father and mother were dedicated Christians. Dad was a welder by trade and a member of the Teamsters union. He was also a lay jailhouse preacher and prison chaplain. The Lord delivered him from a terrible life of alcoholism, and the story of his deliverance is nothing short of miraculous.
Readers should know that I will send a CD of my father's life story, free of charge, to anyone who requests it. If you, or someone you know, struggles with alcohol or drug addiction, I urge you to obtain a copy of this remarkable story. Go here.
I campaigned for Congressman Ron Paul in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. After it was obvious that he would not be the Republican nominee, Constitution Party (CP) leaders and many Ron Paul supporters strongly encouraged me to seek the CP's presidential nomination. They rightly believed that someone was needed to keep the liberty message alive in the 2008 general election, because it was clear that neither Barack Obama nor John McCain would do so. After defeating former UN Ambassador Alan Keyes in the CP nominating convention, I became the Constitution Party's nominee for President. I was very honored to have received Dr. Paul's endorsement during that campaign.
I am the husband of one (for over 40 years), the father of three, and the grandfather of nine. In 2010, my family and I made the life-changing (and some say historic) decision to leave our homes in Florida and move to the great State of Montana, where we now reside and work. By family, I mean my three grown children and their spouses and children, and my wife's mother and stepfather. A total of 17 people back then.
You can read more about our move to Montana here.
We planted Liberty Fellowship here in the Flathead Valley of Montana. Liberty Fellowship is a nondenominational, unorganized, unaffiliated, and unincorporated Christian fellowship that preaches and teaches the Biblical Natural Law principles of liberty. Plus, the fellowship has not sought (and will not seek) IRS 501c3 tax-exempt status or State incorporation status. Hundreds of Montanans regularly worship with us, and scores of people have also moved (and many others are still moving) to the Flathead Valley to be part of this Fellowship.
Here is Liberty Fellowship's website.
Readers should know that we livestream my messages each Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:30pm Mountain Time. I encourage you to tune in each Sunday afternoon to watch these relevant, hard-hitting liberty sermons. To watch my messages live, go here.
Plus, these video messages are also archived on our website. These archived video messages may be viewed or downloaded at any time in either video or audio format. To watch my archived video messages, go here.
It is my studied opinion that both the 501c3 tax-exempt status and State non-profit corporation status have, in effect, castrated America's pastors and churches to the point that most churches are spiritually impotent. Instead of preaching the liberating Gospel of Christ, they are preaching an enslaving message of bondage to the state via their preoccupation with the misinterpretation of Romans 13. A spiritual awakening will never take place in this country until pastors and churches cast off the shackles placed upon them by the IRS and State incorporation.
My constitutional attorney son and I co-authored a book on this subject that I encourage everyone to read. The book is entitled "Romans 13: The True Meaning of Submission." This book shows the teaching of the entire Bible (including Romans 13) regarding proper submission to authority--and when submission to authority is actually sinful and wrong. To order our book on Romans 13, go here.
Fortunately, many thousands of Christian people understand the danger that the silent pulpits of America pose to our future liberties and, therefore, are leaving these establishment churches and forming their own independent, unaffiliated fellowships. Some are even moving to the Flathead Valley to be part of Liberty Fellowship. They are tired of their pastors and churches being muzzled and intimidated into appeasement and lethargy. And they are equally weary of being considered an outcast or renegade by these preachers and churches who don't have a clue as to what is going on in this country--or if they do, are too spineless to do anything about it! They are looking for a patriot Christian brotherhood, and they are finding it at Liberty Fellowship. It is obvious that God is bringing a remnant to the Flathead Valley of Montana.
Readers should be aware, too, that I have been inundated with requests from hundreds of people across the country asking me to help them establish independent, non-501c3 churches. I have heard their pleas; and very soon I will be making a very important announcement about my future plans in this regard. Please stay tuned to this column and my website, which is found here.
My personal philosophy regarding socio/political issues is quite simple: I believe abortion is America's national holocaust. It is the deliberate killing of innocent pre-born babies. I believe marriage is, by definition, only between a man and a woman. I believe the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights to be the greatest documents of freedom ever produced by man. I believe the federal government is bound to submit to the limited duties prescribed to it by the U.S. Constitution. I believe America's Founding Fathers to be the greatest generation of Christian philosophers and patriots to ever live. I believe in the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
Again, my son and I co-authored a book on the Biblical teaching of self-defense and the right to keep and bear arms. The book is entitled, "To Keep or Not To Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns." This book looks at the entire body of Scripture and shows that nowhere in God's Word are believers instructed to surrender their arms--no matter what the laws of civil government might dictate. We show in the book that self-defense is a Natural right and Biblical duty. To order our book on why Christians should never surrender their arms, go here.
I believe there is a conspiracy by powerful elitists to surrender America's independence and national sovereignty to a globalist New World Order. I believe the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, and Bilderbergers are especially culpable in this regard.
I believe there is a conspiracy of silence and cover-up by the national media to keep the American people in the dark about the truth of what really is going on. I believe the media deliberately covered up the events of 9/11, Waco, Ruby Ridge, TWA Flight 800, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Sandy Hook school shootings, etc., etc., ad infinitum. Heck, I believe the media covered up what really happened in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
I further believe that the current effort to merge the United States into a North American Community (by whatever name it is called) and the push to provide amnesty (not to mention billions in federal tax dollars) to millions of illegal aliens comprise a grave threat to America. I am also convinced that there is a bold and blatant attempt underfoot to turn the United States into a police-state-style surveillance society, to which personal freedoms and liberties are being quickly and egregiously sacrificed. Passage of the USA Patriot Act, The Military Commissions Act, and the indefinite detention clause of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are examples of this flagrant betrayal of freedom principles.
I opposed the preemptive invasion of Iraq and the bombings of Libya. It should be obvious to everyone that the Obama administration has done nothing--and will do nothing--to change the perpetual war/preemptive war doctrine introduced by George W. Bush. And neither would Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, nor Chris Christy should they get elected president. (God forbid!)
As to Afghanistan, I strongly supported Ron Paul's Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001, which was (and still is) the constitutional way to resist the efforts of violent terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda.
I opposed the bailouts for Wall Street. I regard the Federal Reserve as a corrupt cabal of international banksters, whose actions are nothing short of criminal. I wholeheartedly support the abolition of the Federal Reserve and a return to sound money.
I believe the United Nations is a sinister organization from which the United States should withdraw. I believe the federal government taxes too much, spends too much, lies too much, and snoops too much into the personal lives of the American people.
I believe the federal "war on terror" and "war on drugs" is mostly a cover for power-hungry, big-government zealots to trample constitutional government and squash freedoms and liberties, which are supposed to be protected by the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence.
I fully support the current State sovereignty movements that are sweeping the country. I also support the current effort underway in State legislatures to take back federal lands. I abhor the military tactics recently used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Nevada. I supported the citizen militia that amassed in Bunkerville. In fact, I joined them there.
Here is the video of the message and prayer service I conducted for the citizen militia at Bunkerville.
BLM is not a law enforcement agency. There is no excuse for any federal bureaucracy to use Stormtrooper tactics to terrorize and jeopardize the lives of American citizens. (In truth, these federal bureaucracies such as the BLM, the federal Department of Education, the USPS, the National Weather Service, NOAA, etc., have no legitimate reason to be armed in the first place.) There must never again be another Waco or Ruby Ridge in this country. NEVER AGAIN! And that is exactly what the brave men and women who gathered at Bunkerville, Nevada, may have prevented.
I am opposed to Agenda 21, the way America's colleges and universities use strong-arm tactics to banish Christian thought and expression of faculty members and students, and the government's violent use of drones in foreign countries. I also oppose the domestic use of drones for surveillance purposes.
I believe the doctrine of the Rapture is being used by too many pastors and Christians as an excuse to not resist the many attacks against our liberties. I further believe that too many pastors and churches have become too passive and too politically correct.
I am a life-member of Gun Owners of America (GOA); I am the National Chaplain for Oath Keepers; and I guess one could say that, since I am the pastor, I am a member of Liberty Fellowship in Kalispell, Montana--although we do not actually have a membership roll.
If I have any hobbies, they would be hunting and hiking. Although, I really do not regard hunting as a hobby as it supplies all of the red meat that my wife and I eat all year long. But since moving to Montana, I love to hike these beautiful mountains. The problem is I am a workaholic and rarely take time off.
Well, there it is. That is me in a nutshell. At least now you know more about who I am. You can rest assured that everything I write will be faithful to the beliefs mentioned above.
To read my online bio page, go here.
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