I am sure that many reading this have now heard that Pastor Chuck Baldwin and all of his extended family of 5 separate households and 17 people are moving to Montana from Florida. Baldwin founded and has been the pastor of Crossroad Baptist Church of Pensacola, Florida for 35 years. For those that do not know, Chuck Baldwin ran on the Constitution Party ticket for President in 2008. Chuck Baldwin has been a voice of the Christian Far Right in America for many a year.
On the political spectrum Baldwin’s views are about one standard deviation right of Far Right and he could be closing in on two. Chuck Baldwin besides being a pastor and politician is also a successful radio host and author. Baldwin writes articles that are published on a number of places on the Internet, they are also posted on Baldwin’s own website. I often read his views. I do not agree with all positions he takes but I think we can agree on much but certainly not on some of his Eschatology. I even have a tag that will take you to some of his articles and my comments on them at the bottom of this post. So why his sudden resignation from all this success and a mass exodus of him and his family to the great state of Montana?
Baldwin claims after much prayer God told him to make this move. I realize pastors often say things like that to justify whatever they do, but I really have no way of knowing who is hearing from God or just hearing what they want to hear. Baldwin says this is the biggest decision of his life. Leaving a church that he has led for 35 years and moving from Florida to Northeast Montana with his whole extended family is one heck of a change. It probably ranks as one of top ten mass political/religious based exodus since Brigham Young.
Usually when you get to Baldwin’s age people are moving in the other direction to a warm weather state like Florida. After at least 35 years in Florida living in the brutal winters of Montana will be difficult. I tried living in New York State near Buffalo recently. Go Bills!! But, you can keep your winter weather. I grew up in Buffalo but going back their after living many years in warmer states was an experience. So I hope Baldwin and family can take what will seem to them like 9 or 10 months of winter.
Here is the reason for the Baldwin move in His own words.
God has led us to the conviction that Montana (along with other Mountain states) is going to be the tip of the spear in the freedom fight; and we believe God wants us to be part of that fight.
For years, people have been asking me, “Chuck, what can we do?” Well, this is what God has led my family and me to do. We are convinced that the only way freedom has a chance to survive in these States united is to recapture the spirit of liberty–one State at a time. (To continue to focus on Washington, D.C., is a waste of time and energy!) And God has led us to the conclusion that Montana (and nearby states) is the place where freedom-minded patriots have a fighting chance to prevail. Instead of telling you what to do, my family and I are showing you what we believe we should do.
Wow! I probably agree that it might come to that. Montana is the most conservative State in the Union but if anyone gets the Montana itch I want to point out some things about Montana that you might not know. Baldwin is going to the Kalispell area of Montana. It is quite beautiful there but for that reason the population there has been growing fairly rapidly. There also is a lot of public land around there so with the population increases and shortage of private land, buying a tract of land is expensive. Housing prices are high and the cost of living is high. Much of the rest of Montana is big sky country. They call it big sky country because there is absolutely nothing to block the view or the wind. Think North Dakota.
Because Montana has such a harsh environment you’re going to need some kind of specialized skill to live well in Montana or any other conservative mountain state. I mean…don’t just move there if you don’t have skills to do anything and are living on a small pension. Baldwin has quite a following in that area so he is not going to have any problem starting a church and getting support. I also see from his website that he has a lawyer, a plumber and a engineer in the family so people with those skills can move anywhere, but can you? I ask that because in a follow-up article called We Hit a Nerve Baldwin says this.
Our decision to leave the sunny South and move to Montana has produced an avalanche of responses such as (paraphrased), “My family and I were praying about where to move, and now we know,” and “God has already been moving in our hearts to do the same thing that you and your family are doing, Chuck,” and “Make room for us,” and “We just moved to Idaho, so we’ll be neighbors,” and “We know you are following God’s will,” and “We understand what you are doing and are praying for you,” etc., etc. We have received hundreds of emails such as these.
If just a few hundred people get the idea to move up the Kalispell area of Montana it is going to drive housing prices and land prices there through the roof. If you’re not into snow sports and snow blowers you might really think about a more moderate conservative location. I am only urging caution, people need to do what they think they must. However, some of you really probably should just stay where you are.
Baldwin in this article also says he is getting a lot of ugly emails because of his decision to move.
But, just as our patriot forebears met with intense opposition, so have we. We hit a nerve all right! As soon as the announcement was made, Big-Government loyalists (some calling themselves Christians, to boot) began attacking me in the most vehement manner possible. The meanest and most cruel accusations, lies, distortions, etc., that one could think of were instantly hurled against my family and me. (Thank God, the faithful members of Crossroad Baptist Church where I pastored for 35 years understand my heart and–though hurt–have overwhelmingly expressed their support and love for us.)
It is truly incredible! Just ask yourself, “Why in the world should other people care–one way or another–that my family and I would decide to make a move? What difference should that make to them?” People move all the time. Do others usually react with vicious slander and open hostility (mostly done anonymously, of course)? No. So why would they react this way because the Baldwins decided to move? I’ll tell you why.
People realize that we have found the ultimate vehicle through which liberty can be transported to future generations. The principalities and powers that be recognize that what we are doing could lead to the restitution of genuine liberty in these States united. In short, they must feel threatened. They realize the potential of what we are doing is so great, so powerful, and so extensive, that it could literally change the course of American history. Yes, I truly believe that.
Some people need to learn to mind their own business. The hate mail shows how hateful people can be when someone actually takes a stand for what they believe and it goes against their big government socialist Utopian idealism.
I will give some wise words of caution to Chuck though. If you run for the US House or even the US Senate in Montana you might just win and then you would find yourself in Washington DC. Take my word for it, you would really hate that place. Better to run for county Sheriff, you always wanted to be one anyway. Also, forget those cowboy hats and boots that you will see out there. Get yourself and your family Russian hats and warm boots. The fascist Russians get one thing right. They know how to stay warm in climates like Montana. May God be with the Baldwin family wherever they are led. Heck, I might even move your way if things get ugly.
In this next article Chuck tells us why the Baldwin’s decided to make the big move to Montana.
Don Koenig is the founder of ThePropheticYears website. He has been publishing articles on the Internet on Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and Christian worldviews since 1999. You can find well over a thousand articles and thousands of comments written by Don from the homepage of this website.