“Pastor” Chuck Baldwin: The Gospel is not Enough…

According to Baldwin, if your pastor is only offering the Gospel, you need to walk away from your church. 

 In a day when one is extremely blessed to still be attending a Church where the Gospel is regularly heard and taught…because folks, these churches AND  pastors are disappearing, being replaced by apostate houses of worship being led by apostate pastors, this guy wants us to ‘walk away’ and get into a church being led by one like himself–a backslidden pastor who cares more about fighting a political battle then preaching and teaching the gospel!    

Notice how he begins to build his case for “why” the gospel isn’t enough:

God’s deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage is the great recurring theme of the Old Testament. Time and again, God’s prophets would remind the Hebrews of this great deliverance. Moses, himself, recounted The Exodus with the children of Israel over and over again. Hear Moses:

“I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.” (Lev. 26:13 KJV)

Make no mistake about it: it was a real deliverance. It was real bondage; real slavery; real tyranny; real whips; real chains; real beatings; and real death. And while there is certainly a spiritual correlation between the deliverance Christ extends to the soul and the deliverance of the children of Israel under Moses, let’s not forget that The Exodus recorded in the Old Testament book named after the event was a literal, physical, and, yes, political reality. Real men and women were taken out of real slavery and given real freedom. It was not merely spiritual freedom; it was physical and political freedom. Men and women didn’t just march out of Egypt in their hearts; they marched out of Egypt on their feet.

Is there any professing Christian today who would disparage what the children of Israel did when they walked out of Egypt? Who is the pastor or church leader who would dare question the legitimacy and rightness of what Moses did in bringing the Hebrews out of bondage?

For that matter, all of the Old Testament events that are lauded and extolled by New Testament writers as being “ensamples” for us, were literal events. There is certainly nothing wrong with making spiritual correlations to these events but not at the expense of denying or denigrating the literalness of the events. David used a real sling and killed a real giant and took a real sword and cut off his real head. Gideon, Barak, Jephthah, and Samson led real revolts against real oppressors. Queen Esther violated a real law and risked her real life to intercede for real people. After Esther’s real bravery, the Hebrews were given real swords and real spears and successfully defended themselves against real enemies really intent on killing them. The list is endless.

I say all of this, because it seems that the vast majority of pastors and Christians today do not equate the real-life stories of Biblical history with practical reality in modern life. Everything is spiritualized away. But Bible history is the story of one exodus after another, one separation after another.

Baldwin then goes on to list those in the bible who separated themselves from family, homeland, etc. 

Noah was separated from the antediluvian world; Abram was separated from his country and kin; Joseph was separated from his family and country; Israel and his children were separated from their homeland; Moses was separated from the throne he was set to inherit; David was separated from his place and position–and even his own throne; the Apostle Paul was separated from his profession, his home, and his friends; and none of us really knows the amount of separation that the rest of the apostles endured. From the Book of Genesis where God told Abram, “Get thee out of thy country,” to the Book of The Revelation where God declared, “Come out of her, my people,” the divine call of separation was not merely mystical; it was literal.

Finally reaching the real point of his message

Until people of faith are willing to walk with their feet, nothing will happen. We can spiritualize all we want, but nothing will happen until we literally WALK.

Martin Luther walked up to the Castle Church in Wittenberg and used a real hammer and nails to post a real 95 Theses on a real church door. Zwingli took a real sword into a real battle and died a real death in defense of real liberty. The pilgrims walked out of one European country after another until they climbed into real boats that sailed over a real ocean and landed in a new land in search of real freedom. Our patriot forebears wrote a real Declaration of Independence and fought a real revolutionary war in order to bequeath to their posterity real liberty. Dietrich Bonhoeffer separated from the German Church and formed a real protest movement known as the Confessing Church and collaborated with a real conspiracy to rid a real tyrant from his country. Again, the list is endless.

Yet, all over America, Christians refuse to walk away from those churches that are, through their silence, facilitating the enslavement of their very own children and grandchildren.

Many Christians have written me in an attempt to justify them remaining in churches that refuse to take a stand for liberty. For some, it is a matter of tradition. For the life of them, they cannot imagine themselves separated from their liturgies or denominations–as if somehow their acceptance before God depends on them. It doesn’t! For others, it is an unwillingness to separate from friends. To them, church is mostly a social institution. Still others are addicted to programs. They have been deluded into thinking that somehow religious programs equals spirituality. They don’t! Then there are those who think that the spiritual message somehow trumps everything else. As long as their pastor preaches “the Gospel,” nothing else matters.

How long are you going to wait for your pastor to wake up? How many links must be added to the chains of oppression before you decide you might need to find a pastor and church that are engaged in the liberty fight? How long are you going to support your pastor’s indifference and ignorance?..

Folks, I know I have said this before, but I say it again: until Christians by the droves remove themselves from these establishment churches that refuse to join the liberty fight, there is little hope for freedom. Without the patriot-pastors in Colonial America, there would have been no Lexington Green, Concord Bridge, Bunker Hill, Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, or United States of America. It was the combined efforts of pastors such as Jonas Clark, John Witherspoon, Ebenezer Baldwin, and James Caldwell as much as it was the efforts of political figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, and Patrick Henry that brought the American colonies out of British bondage.

It is not the presence of political parasites that are destroying our country; it is the absence of patriot-pastors.

The bold lettering is mine folks, but I want to make sure you read what this man is saying: the Gospel is not enough…it’s secondary in the list of important issues in the “Church of Chuck Baldwin”. And I’m only guessing here–because for all I know he may not believe it’s necessary at all!

Continuing his message, he even hints that a church which ONLY preaches and teaches the gospel, is partaking of the “Babylonian world system”

Moses and the children of Israel literally walked out of bondage. So must God’s people today. If your pastor and church are content to let you and your family live in bondage, walk out. If he is unwilling to engage the liberty fight, walk out. God’s command to Abram to “Get thee out of thy country” was no less painful than the Holy Spirit’s command to us to “Get thee out of thy church.” And one of the final appeals of Heaven to believers is, “Come out of her, my people.” The “her” here is the Babylonian world system, of course. But need I remind readers that the Babylonian world system is a system that enslaves people? It always has; it always will. So, why would a believer stay in a supposed church that refuses to resist the Babylonian world system that seeks to enslave them? Why?

The Gospel requires action. Natural Law is little more than the practical application of the Gospel. The call to preach the Gospel is a call to action. For a pastor to say he is called to preach the Gospel then do nothing to teach and train his people how to apply the Gospel in Natural Law and practical life (including our political life) is to not understand (or to deny) the Gospel he is called to preach.

The Gospel is more than the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ….

He ends with this

The children of Israel walked out of a country that had put them in bondage; the spiritual children of Abraham today (all who believe on Christ) need to walk out of a church that would put them in bondage. The good news is the exodus has already begun.

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Full message: A Modern Exodus

This latest from Chuck Baldwin leaves me feeling ill, not just for its content but because I’m fully aware that there are many others, who like Baldwin, no longer believe the Gospel is enough. 

The Gospel is Enough

Brethren beloved, there are many things which I might allow to other worshippers which I have denied myself in conducting the worship of this congregation. I have long worked out before your very eyes the experiment of the unaided attractiveness of the gospel of Jesus.  

Our service is severely plain. No man ever comes hither to gratify his eye with art, or his ear with music. I have set before you, these many years, nothing but Christ crucified, and the simplicity of the gospel; yet where will you find such a crowd as this gathered together this morning? Where will you find such a multitude as this meeting Sabbath after Sabbath, for five-and-thirty years? I have shown you nothing but the cross, the cross without flowers of oratory, the cross without diamonds of ecclesiastical rank, the cross without the buttress of boastful science. It is abundantly sufficient to attract men first to itself, and afterwards to eternal life!

In this house we have proved successfully, these many years, this great truth, that the gospel plainly preached will gain an audience, convert sinners, and build up and sustain a church. We beseech the people of God to mark that there is no need to try doubtful expedients and questionable methods. God will save by the gospel still: only let it be the gospel in its purity. This grand old sword will cleave a man’s spine, and split a rock in halves.    

There is no need to go down to Egypt for help. To invite the devil to help Christ is shameful. Please God, we shall see prosperity yet, when the church of God is resolved never to seek it except in God’s own way.”

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon  

Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1888, vol. 34, p. 563

10 comments on ““Pastor” Chuck Baldwin: The Gospel is not Enough…

  1. And the truth of course is that all the while they are convinced they are “resisting” the Babylonian world system, they are actually actively enabling it by their naive activism. Make no mistake about it, the politically active church, whether conservative or liberal, neoconservative or neoliberal, has ACTUALLY made itself part of the Babylonian world system, a system that thrives on the heroic efforts of the flesh from all directions.

  2. I guess Mr. Baldwin doesn’t realize that those Old Testament examples that he used were earthly governments and that Jesus’ Kingdom is not of this world.

    Our Mission Statement is the Great Commission and He who will deliver us from the bondage of this world is Jesus. He has already delivered us from the bondage of sin, and that’s the bondage we really need to be concerned with because it has eternal implications.

  3. Is there any wonder why so many people are confused as to the purpose of the Church, after reading this!

    What Baldwin desires isn’t a spiritually healthy Church who’s goal is to disciple it’s members by preaching and teaching the Gospel, in order to send them “out into the world” armed with truth and the desire to see the lost come to Christ.

    NO! he wants churches led by (what he referred to as) “Patriot Pastors”. Men more concerned with this kingdom then the Kingdom of God.

    This is nothing but plain heresy, apostasy on a grand scale.

    It makes me sick…and sicker still, that ALL Christians cannot see this for what it really is.

  4. Well if you’re going to do justice to the Bible, I would not say this:

    “God’s deliverance of the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage is the great recurring theme of the Old Testament. Time and again, God’s prophets would remind the Hebrews of this great deliverance. Moses, himself, recounted The Exodus with the children of Israel over and over again. Hear Moses: …”.

    No, that’s not correct, or at least in my opinion.

    You need to read and comprehend your Bible.

    It was the “Law” of Moses that we see mentioned time and time again. After they crossed the Jordan God removed the “scorn” of Egypt from the children of Jacob! Study the book of Joshua to learn that. It was being delivered into the hands of many other nations because of their continual reoccurring failure to keep the Law of Moses and because of that then their reoccurring repentance then their miraculous deliverances that also were reoccurring from those other nations! There is the one time Neco came to attack another country that a King of Judah mistook for invading Judah that Neco said:

    2 Chronicles 35:19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Josiah this Passover was kept.
    20 After all this, when Josiah had prepared the temple, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah went out to meet him.
    21 But he sent envoys to him, saying, “What have we to do with each other, king of Judah? I am not coming against you this day, but against the house with which I am at war. And God has commanded me to hurry. Cease opposing God, who is with me, lest he destroy you.”
    22 Nevertheless, Josiah did not turn away from him, but disguised himself in order to fight with him. He did not listen to the words of Neco from the mouth of God, but came to fight in the plain of Megiddo.

    Well enough Bible study!

    No we should not leave out the Gospel from our sermons but learn with the Gospel obedience to the Faith as we see exhort by the Apostle Paul, here:

    Romans 16:25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages
    26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—
    27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

    Just adding to what has already been said! 🙂

  5. The organized church IS the Babylonian system. And the most ingenious deception is that you can preach against it and be a participant and a facilitator of it. Pretty clever.

    • I am grateful to personally know of a few Churches and pastors who have continued on the ‘old path’. They’re sure few and far between, and are relatively unknown, but for the small congregations which still come together regularly to hear the word preached, worship and pray together, and fellowship.

      Most of the pastors of these few churches are getting old…i have wondered what will happen to these churches once they’re gone.

  6. I realize it’s been awhile, but I just stumbled upon this post and found it very interesting. I attend a wonderful reformed church that truly seeks to mimic Paul and preach nothing but Christ and him crucified. At the same time, I am often disheartened by an unwillingness in the church to acknowledge the growing threat of the state. Although I don’t agree with all that Mr. Baldwin says, I think he is one of the few who does recognize the existential threat a wicked state poses to our children (I’m a mom). I think it is noteworthy that he comes from a dispensational background – yet his assessment of the current situation has resulted in a movement away from dispensationalism, and closer to the truth. I’ll admit, I cringe when he uses terms such as “patriot pastors”. And I do think that his lack of understanding regarding God’s sovereignty results in a lack of peace that colors his message . But I also think that the heart of what he is saying is that the gospel requires action. That, contrary to the Johnson amendment which sanctioned the church as a 501c3, barring her from the political arena, there is not an inch in the whole of temporal life of which Christ does not say: mine! That american christians are so full of bread and circus from the state that we squander, rather than steward the privilege and responsibility of self government, to the immediate and future detriment of our brothers and sisters worldwide and our own children. His is one of the only voices I hear asking and challenging the body of Christ: where is the line? Christians from ancient to papal Rome had a line. Where do I become complicit in the murder of innocents – unborn babies, middle eastern children? For how long and to what extent can I take part in an economy built on false balances, usury and debt and remain free to love others as myself? How long do I continue to pay tribute to help fund the most terrifying and dreadful war machine in human history before I am accountable for the countless widows and orphans? I covet instruction on this! Alas, it seems the gospel does not extend to such matters. But it does!

    • Frankly, Chuck Baldwin mystifies me. He can come out with a good post which points out the dangers of mixing Church and State, and point out (occasionally) what allowing politics into our Churches has done to the Gospel (nothing good), and then a few months down the road post an article upholding the very things he previously condemned. Like how he pushes that “Patriot’s Bible” every year in July, and in this article, refers to “Patriot Pastors”.

      To get a fuller picture of where Chuck Baldwin stands, follow the link which will take you to a page where many of his previous articles are listed.

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