ME IN A NUTSHELL
By Pastor Chuck Baldwin
May 1, 2007
This week, I will celebrate my 55th 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.
Readers should know that I will send a cassette tape or 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 by clicking here.
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." In my opinion, both parties 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.
The Constitution Party web site.
Outside of the 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 34th wedding anniversary next month. She has borne me three wonderful children of whom I could not be prouder.
My oldest child, Sarah Beth, is married to a structural engineer. She and Allan are the youth leaders in our church. They have three children. Our oldest son, Christopher, 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 three sons. Our youngest son, Timothy, was a felony prosecutor with the Florida State Attorney's office, and now owns his own law firm. He, too, is a committed Christian and is the worship leader in our church. Tim is still single, but I suspect not for long.
Readers should also know that Tim has an excellent legal review of the USA Patriot Act posted on our web site. Read it by clicking here.
Plus, should you know anyone who needs an attorney in the State of Florida, here is the web site.
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.
I have hosted my own radio programs for more than thirty years. In fact, this column is the outgrowth of my radio talk show program, Chuck Baldwin Live.
Currently, my radio programs are aired 21 times a week on 6 different stations in the greater Pensacola, Florida metropolitan area.
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, including the Bill of Rights, is 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 there is a conspiracy by elitists within government and big business to steal America's independence. I believe many, if not most, pastors today have become little more than glorified politicians, and I am very disappointed in the way today's national Christian leaders seem to have sold out to political and commercial powers.
I further believe that the current effort to merge the United States into a North American Community, along with the sister-issues of the NAFTA superhighway and the push to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, comprises the greatest threat to America's independence and national sovereignty we have seen since our country's inception. In this regard, I especially appreciate investigative journalist and author Dr. Jerome Corsi, and CNN broadcaster Lou Dobbs. I encourage every American to read and watch carefully what these two men are saying.
Besides Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida and the Constitution Party, the only organizations to which I belong are Gun Owners of America, and The National Rifle Association.
See GOA's web site.
The NRA's web site
My favorite news magazine is The New American. I heartily recommend every American read it.
If I have a hobby, it would be hunting and freshwater fishing, although I don't get to do either as much as I would like. In fact, I recently sold my bass boat, as it was about to fuse itself to my driveway due to inactivity. I am probably what people would call a workaholic. I do not drink or smoke. In addition, I adhere to a strict diet and exercise regimen.
There it is. That is me in a nutshell. If you want to read more.
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 further believe that the current effort to merge the United States into a North American Community, along with the sister-issues of the NAFTA superhighway and the push to provide amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, comprises the greatest threat to America's independence...