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Chuck Baldwin: An Open Letter to My Fellow Pastors and Christians

chuck-baldwin I was born and raised in a Christian home. I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of five. I surrendered to the Gospel ministry at the age of eighteen. I attended or have diplomas and degrees from four Bible colleges. I started pastoring when I was twenty-three years of age. And I just observed my fortieth year of continuous pastoral ministry. As Paul said to his son in the faith, Timothy, so I can say, “And that from a child [I have] known the holy scriptures.” (II Tim. 3:15)

Obviously, I am no stranger to the work of God. I have been in church all of my life. Though my dad was not a full-time minister (even though he was ordained), his best friends were pastors.  As a result, I have been around pastors and Christian workers all of my life. So, I am not speaking as an outsider. I know church work from the inside out. I’ve seen it; I’ve been taught it; and I’ve experienced it. The good, the bad, and the ugly: I’ve seen it all.
We pastors and Christians are never going to agree on every nuance of scriptural interpretation or method of ministry. But the vast majority of us will agree that Christ alone is our Sovereign and the Bible is the rule for our faith and practice.
SO, WHAT WILL WE DO NOW?
Caesar has demanded that we recognize the legal “right” of homosexuals and lesbians to “marry.” It will not be long before each and every one of us pastors and ministers will, first, be ASKED to “marry” same-sex couples, and, then, be REQUIRED to “marry” same-sex couples.
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Some pastors are waiting to hear from their denominational superiors for instructions. Some are, no doubt, trying to keep quiet about the subject and hope they can somehow avoid dealing with it. Some are now counseling with attorneys for guidance. But, in truth, our guidance and instruction do not come from denominational officers or lawyers; and it is a cold, hard fact that there is NO avoiding the issue. Sooner or later (probably sooner), each of us will have to make a conscientious decision that is based solely on our moral and scriptural convictions.
AGAIN, WHAT WILL WE DO?
For the most part, our pulpits were silent when the freedom of religion and conscience became a matter of state licensure in 1954 when churches were included in the Internal Revenue Code, section 501c3, as mere non-profit organizations. For the most part, our pulpits were silent when the freedom to pray and read the Bible was removed from our public schools in 1962 and ’63. For the most part, our pulpits were silent when the freedom of God-ordained self-defense became a state-sanctioned license and privilege in 1968. For the most part, our pulpits were silent when the God-ordained right to life of unborn babies was expunged in 1973. For the most part, our pulpits have been silent as our Natural rights of privacy and local autonomy began being stripped from us in 2001. And, now, the most important institution in human history, Holy Matrimony, has been “redefined” by Caesar’s court.
Will we pastors remain silent? Will we sheepishly submit to this egregious and tyrannical assault against the most fundamental institution created by God? Will we become willing accomplices to the formalization of egregiously unnatural perversion?
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Can we not see that what is at stake is the preservation of religious liberty and Christian conscience in our land? Radical secularists (and even some anti-Christian religionists) desire to expunge every semblance of Christian thought and ideology from our nation. The purge has already begun.
All over America, lawsuits against pastors who refuse to marry same-sex couples have already been filed. The same is true for Christians in various service industries that refuse to cater to homosexual “marriages.” Militant homosexuals have brought a $70 million lawsuit against the two largest publishers of the Bible (Zondervan and Tyndale), demanding that the Scriptures condemning sodomy be eviscerated.
It will not be long and cultural Marxists will see to it that the homosexual lifestyle will be promoted in every conceivable public venue. Movies, television (even children’s programs), books, music, magazines, etc., will openly promote the sodomite lifestyle. Common Core curriculum will certainly advocate for homosexual conduct in America’s public schools. Homosexuals will demand the right to flaunt their romantic proclivities in public. Restaurants, concert houses, theaters, meeting places, even churches, will be sued if they do not allow homosexuals to openly display their perversity. Again, this is already beginning.
And for pastors and churches specifically, the big intimidation factor is the IRS tax-exempt status. Already, some of the largest and most notable newspapers, periodicals, and newscasts are calling for the removal of tax-exempt churches that refuse to “marry” same-sex couples. Some are even calling for the removal of tax-exempt status of ALL churches.
If the “great recession” of 2008 and ’09 was the natural “correction” of a manipulated economic “bubble,” I submit that the Hodges decision is the natural (or maybe divine) correction of a manipulated spiritual bubble. For over a half-century, churches have been intoxicated with “success.” The Joel Osteen-brand of Christianity has obfuscated the true purpose of the church. Pleasing Caesar and maintaining tax-exempt status (at all costs) have supplanted pleasing God and maintaining Biblical status. The result is a church that is “increased with goods” but that is spiritually “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” (Rev. 3:17)
In reality, the Hodges Supreme Court decision was inevitable. It was the result of the spiritually polygamous marriage between the church and state in 1954. It was the result of a church that, like the Jewish Pharisees of old, said, “We have no king but Caesar,” while pretending to be married to Christ.
Well, now God has forced his pastors and churches to take a stand. There is no beating around the bush anymore. There is no avoiding the issue. Pastors and churches will either submit to Christ or they will submit to Caesar. There is no middle ground. There is no more fence-straddling.
Again, the root cause of all of this is the church’s acceptance of state licensure, and, therefore, state authority. Churches committed spiritual adultery when they allowed themselves to take the 501c3 wedding band. By doing so, they became “creatures of the state” and ceased to be the “bride” of Christ. And, remember, our God is a jealous God. “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14)
Since the state has decided to repudiate the Natural authority of marriage as given by our Creator, it behooves us, as Christian ministers, to repudiate state authority over marriage. That means we should immediately cease and desist from officiating over any marriage, heterosexual or homosexual, that includes a license from the state. That is exactly what I will do.
In terms of the history of the Church, as well as Western Civilization, state-licensure of marriages is very recent. For over 1,800 years, almost no marriages (if any) required state-licensure. A certificate of marriage or declaration of marriage or church approbation–or other such recognition–was all that was needed. I don’t know about all of the 50 states, of course, but in my home State of Montana, marriages do NOT require a State license. And that’s exactly the way it should be.
WHAT ABOUT IT, PREACHER? WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Is a state-created tax-exempt license more important than fidelity to Christ and the Scriptures? Let me speak plainly: so what if we lose our tax-exempt status?
I hear my brethren exclaim, “But, Brother Chuck, we will lose tithing members. If they cannot claim their contributions on their tax forms, they will stop giving to the church.” My response is: SO BE IT.
Our churches are filled with careless, insincere, half-hearted Christians. God promised to separate the sheep from the goats and the wheat from the chaff; I believe He is doing just that in the United States right now. America’s churches have been living in a manipulated spiritual “bubble.” The bubble is bursting. It’s long overdue.
Churches in oppressed countries around the world are not worrying about some kind of tax-exempt status. They are not creatures of the state. Many of them are not even recognized as being legal in their states. Many of them are “unofficial,” “unregistered,” “unlawful,” etc. But they are true to Christ and His Word–and their numbers are flourishing.
In just a few years, there will be more Christians in Communist China than in so-called “Christian” America–a first since America came into existence. And there is no tax-exempt status afforded them. At the same time here in America, Christianity is in steep decline. What’s the difference? In China, churches do not seek, nor will they accept, state recognition and endorsement, while here in America churches enthusiastically embrace state recognition and endorsement (licensure).
It’s time we find out who is real and who isn’t.
And a question for those church members out there: What are you going to do if your pastor agrees to marry same-sex couples? If your pastor will not take a stand on this, he won’t take a stand on ANYTHING. And, if he hasn’t said anything from the pulpit already, why are you still there?
Are you not willing to give your tithes and offerings to a church even if those financial gifts are NOT tax deductible? If not, what is your real motivation for giving to begin with? Are you not willing to sit under the preaching of a courageous man of God who is the servant of God and not the servant of men–even men in government? If not, why are you even attending church?
Christians have been flocking to these “feel-good” churches for decades. They continued to support spineless pastors, who refused to take a stand for the God-ordained duty of self-defense; who refused to take a stand against the killing of unborn babies; who refused to speak out for religious liberty; and who are currently refusing to take a stand against an Orwellian Police State being created in front of our very eyes. Will they now continue to stay inside those churches whose pastors refuse to take a stand for God-ordained marriage?
I submit that either the Church in America repents and does the “first works” or it will quickly lose its “candlestick.” Truly, “the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” (I Peter 4:17)
AGAIN, WHAT WILL WE DO NOW?

© Chuck Baldwin

 

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What does Ayn Rand think about Libertarians?

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The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), which promotes the philosophy of Objectivism declares:

“The libertarianism we oppose is a specific set of ideas, the essence of which is a dedicated, thoroughgoing subjectivism. Libertarianism in this sense was spearheaded by Murray Rothbard and his followers in the 1960s and 1970s. Its political expression is anarchism or “anarcho-capitalism” as they often term it, and a foreign policy of rabid anti-Americanism (which they pass off as “non-interventionism”).  The “libertarians,” in this usage of the term, plagiarize Ayn Rand’s non-initiation of force principle and convert it into an axiom, denying the need for and relevance of philosophical fundamentals — not only the underlying ethics, but also the underlying metaphysics and epistemology.”

In 1985, former ARI Chairman Peter Schwartz wrote in his essay Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty“the Libertarian substitutes ‘hate the state’ for intellectual content.”

The most stinging criticism of Libertarians comes from Ayn Rand herself, who when talking about Libertarianism correctly equates it with Anarchism.

“I disapprove of, disagree with, and have no connection with, the latest aberration of some conservatives, the so-called “hippies of the right,” who ….by claiming simultaneously to be followers of my philosophy and advocates of anarchism. Anyone offering such a combination confesses his inability to understand either. Anarchism is the most irrational, anti-intellectual notion ever spun by the concrete-bound, context-dropping, whim-worshiping fringe of the collectivist movement, where it properly belongs.  The anarchist is the scum of the intellectual world of the left, which has given them up. So the right picks up another leftist discard. That’s the Libertarian movement.”

When asked why she didn’t approve of the Libertarians, Ayn replied,

“Because Libertarians are a monstrous, disgusting bunch of people: they plagiarize my ideas when that fits their purpose, and they denounce me in a more vicious manner than any communist publication, when that fits their purpose. They are lower than any pragmatists, and what they hold against Objectivism is morality. They’d like to have an amoral political program.” 

Before I go into my remarks, I’m no Objectivist. I find Ayn Rand to be intelligent, and she forces you to think; however I am not in agreement with everything she wrote and in some areas I would have stated things differently. After being Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) State Chairman for four years, I think Ayn Rand was taking it easy on the Libertarians. From my personal experience, they are slanderous, immoral Christ-hating, America-hating brats who have a demonic affinity for all that is evil and for every enemy America has.

If you are a Christian who is locked arm and arm with the Libertarian Party, you are marching in the wrong parade. If your political party or action group has been infiltrated by the Libertarian, and they love to infiltrate, then you are compromised by interlopers who will distract you from your goals, and reduce your group to nothing. Finally, if you are trying to promote a Christian-Libertarian hybrid, to paraphrase Ayn Rand, “you confess your inability to understand either.”

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Negotiated Destruction

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They said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation;
that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” Psalm 83:4

By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman

Iran is unalterably dedicated to the destruction of Israel, as all true Muslims are. Therefore, to negotiate with Iran, is to broker Israel’s destruction.   It is appeasement, and even worse, nuclear appeasement. While I could talk about the Islamic doctrine of “Taquiya,” which allows the Muslim to lie, and still be holy at the same time, I will instead focus on Israel, and why we should retain our friendship with that nation.

  • Israel is not Islamic. Israel is an island of sanity in a sea of raving monstrosities.
  • Israel is a Republic/Democracy that affords freedom to its citizens. Unlike “Islamic democracy,” i.e. the Islamic Republic of Iran, because Israel isn’t run by Muslims, it actually has the capacity for freedom.
  • Israel is a forward outpost, surrounded by hostility. In our “war on terror,” we talk about “forward operating bases.” Israel has been subjected to Islamic terror right from its inception. Israel is, as a nation the biggest “forward operating base.” in “the war on terror,” in existence; and they are willing to do their own fighting.

John Quincy Adams stated about America, “She goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.” I know that America is the guarantor of American liberty alone, but the beginning of the John Quincy Adams quote, is that we are the Friends of Liberty everywhere. Negotiating with Iran, the universal enemy of liberty is not being a friend of liberty anywhere. America ought to take heed as to how we treat our friends, because we have very few of them left.

Finally, while Israel is currently not the Messianic Kingdom, Christians are commanded to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, to bless the descendants of Abraham, and to pray that Israel turns to Christ. While there are centuries of bad blood between Jews and Christians, to the point where some people see Christian doctrine as an anti-Semitic argument, there is no place for anti-Semitism in the Christian faith, (Jesus was Jewish, so were the Apostles,) there is no place for anti-Semitism in the Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW). There ought to be no place for anti-Semitism in America, including the Oval Office.

Constitution Party of Wisconsin
PO Box 070344
Milwaukee WI, 53207
www.constitutionpartyofwisconsin.com
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cpowchairman @ yahoo.com
920-723-1984
 
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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

America Makes Bricks Without Straw

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“Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore:
let them go and gather straw for themselves.” Exodus 5:7 

By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman

Every year I had received my 1040 tax form instruction manual in the mail.  When President Obama arrived in the Oval Office, I had to wait until the public library received copies of the instruction manual.

This year, the inconvenience was ramped up.  I was told I had to down-load a copy of the manual or call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to order a copy. I tried calling the IRS several times and waited for over one-half hour each time, never speaking to an operator. I suspect they had no intention of taking calls.

The reason given for this harassment was “Due to federal budget cuts, the IRS will no longer be supplying libraries with many of the forms and instruction booklets available in previous years, including instruction booklets for forms 1040, 1040A and 1040E,”  according to the Cudahy Family Library.  I told the Librarian, “What Spending Cuts?” Obama has raised taxes and runs deficits that were unheard of before he sat in the Oval Office. This has nothing to do with spending cuts, it has to do tyranny.

Filing for income tax in itself is an undue burden on the people, but prior administrations had given people the means to comply with their overbearing regulations, but your “grandfather’s” tyranny isn’t modern enough for this tyrant. Obama is no better than the Pharaoh of Exodus.

The Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) says to our fellow Americans, every time you vote for a Socialist, you vote for chains to be shackled with, and you vote for cruel edicts which will be painful to comply with. CPoW means to solve the problem by getting rid of the Income Tax, and the IRS altogether. Are you sick of having your check raided? Are you sick of being harassed? Join CPoW today.

Constitution Party of Wisconsin
PO Box 070344
Milwaukee WI, 53207
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Right to Work Legislation Is Not Necessary. Obeying and Enforcing the Bill of Rights is!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 4, 2015

Governor Walker will sign Right to Work legislation as soon as the Assembly approves it, making Wisconsin the 25th state to do so.  While the Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) totally agrees with the right of citizens to choose whom they will associate with including joining a union if they wish (or not), this legislation isn’t necessary and shows the constitutional ignorance of both major parties.  If the elephant and donkey parties had just obeyed and enforced our 1st Amendment (freedom of association) and 5th Amendment (no denying of property without due process) rights fifty years ago, many Wisconsin workers would not have had their property (part of their paycheck for union dues) confiscated (stolen) by unions all this time.

Constitutional rights cannot be undone or reversed by a majority vote of the legislature; simple legislation always can be.    When our elected leaders don’t understand or won’t follow the U.S. and state constitutions, they act as though the only way to protect the rights of citizens is to first win back (or in the GOP’s case, retain) the majority in the legislature and get their governor elected or re-elected. So if the GOP lost control of the state Senate and maybe even the governorship last year, would they have delayed protecting workers’ constitutional God-given rights until after they hopefully regained control in the next election?  Individual constitutional rights can be enforced at any time; you never have to wait and see what election results are first before you can act.

The CPoW says that the laws mandating forced membership in a union including “giving” said union the power to seize private citizens’ property was unconstitutional and therefore illegal to begin with.  So while this legislation will become law very soon with the governor’s signature, because Right to Work is tied to simple legislation and not inalienable, unchanging rights like those in the Bill of Rights, what will prevent the Democrats from voting through a repeal of Right to Work legislation should they retake the majority and the governorship in 2016?   Nothing!   So thanks to the ignorance of both major parties, you have the right to not have your property seized by private groups and the freedom to associate…for now.  Two years from now, who knows?

We need elected leaders securing our inalienable rights with their votes like all Constitutionalist candidates would.  When our elected leaders obey the highlest law of our land and the constitution in their state, it creates long-term stability in our lives and our civilization, regardless of which party runs the government in the future.

Rule of law prevents the uncertainty that always comes from democracy (mob rule).  Under rule of law and following the Founders original intent, we Constitutionalists understand that you and I as citizens have the same rights today, tomorrow and for the rest of our lives.  If simple legislation can trump constitutional law, then the constitution is made worthless.  By setting the far lower standard of passing simple legislation to decide what our rights are – as right to work supporters in our legislature are doing – the elephants and donkeys have set the stage for our constitutional rights to property and our freedom of association to be voted away from us down the road by the mob and special interest groups.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2015 in Private Property, Rule of Law

 

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What if the Republicans Nominate a Conservative?

Originally posted on Robert Peck's American Perspective:

The following was written on behalf of the Constitution Party National Committee to address a question that has often been posed regarding the fielding of a Presidential candidate.

ShockThe question has been raised in the past, and I’m sure it will come up again, as to what the Constitution Party would do should the Republican Party choose a “true conservative” (ie, constitutional) Presidential nominee. Would the Constitution Party still field a Presidential candidate, and if so, why?

The Constitution Party does not have an official policy on this matter, i.e. a resolution or a clause in the party constitution or bylaws. So far this has not been a problem and with each passing election cycle it appears less likely to ever be a problem.

As a state party chairman, I can say that it has been the practice of our state affiliate to avoid running a Constitution Party candidate in…

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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

CPoW calls for Constitutional Carry on school grounds and anywhere else

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25th, 2015
Contact:  Craig Roberts, 920-723-1985

The Constitution Party of Wisconsin (CPoW) is calling on the Wisconsin State Legislature AND Governor Scott Walker to allow law abiding citizens to exercise their right to carry their concealed weapon on school grounds and anywhere else.

Currently, it is against the law in Wisconsin to carry a concealed weapon on school grounds, in spite of the Federal Gun Free School Zone law, which allows concealed carry license holders to do so.

Furthermore, the Wisconsin legislature continues to fast track a “special privileges for the government class” bill AB46.  AB46 would allow off-duty police officers the right to carry on school grounds.  This legislation is on the fast track in spite of the fact that police departments all around the State of Wisconsin have skirted state law by entering in to “memorandum of understanding” with their local school districts to allow off-duty officers to carry on school grounds.

CPoW asserts that our God given unalienable right to keep and bear arms, as highlighted in the 2nd Amendment in our US Constitution, are specifically for We the People.  We do not support a special class of government employees to exercise this right, while it is being denied to lawful citizens, even if they are off duty police officers.  We also do not support a requirement for law abiding citizens to obtain permission from the government in the form of a concealed carry permit, to exercise this right.

Therefore, CPoW calls upon the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass and Governor Scott Walker to sign, a Constitutional Carry law, eliminating the requirement of law abiding citizens to obtain a special license to carry a concealed weapon.

Constitution Party of Wisconsin
PO Box 070344
Milwaukee WI, 53207
cpowchairman @ yahoo.com
www.wisconsinconstitutionparty.com
920-723-1984
 

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