Although men have no moral or mental advantages over women, God has commissioned them to actively lead, providing security and stability to family and society.
Children frequently practice the same sins as their parents, and they receive the same punishment. However, each is still responsible for his or her own actions.
John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that when a culture liberalizes, there will be a corresponding rise in irresponsibility, maintains that freedom to obey God is not free. It has cost the life of Christ, as well as our own, as we become living sacrifices. When . . .
We are disturbed when our lives are encumbered by incremental pressures, and seem to be spinning out of control economically, morally, educationally, politically, or socially through no fault of our own. Even though social critics can identify these unrele. . .
John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the operation of God's government absolutely depends on each person governing himself, never going beyond the boundaries God has given him. Human nature always wants to break free of those boundaries. Through our entire live. . .
We need free moral agency to be transformed into God's image. Unless one has God's Spirit, he cannot exercise the internal control to be subject to the way of God.
This weekend, Americans will celebrate the 229th anniversary of the nation's stated independence from England. ...
God's sovereignty and free moral agency set up a seeming paradox. Just how much choice and freedom do we have under God's sovereign rule?
Mark Schindler, after reading excerpts from Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, declares that a piece of paper does not really set people free, especially from the slavery of human nature, perpetually at enmity with God and His Law. A piece o. . .
Part One showed that wherever there is a government of man, it tends to take on greater power and responsibility as the governed relinquish their liberty for the sake of being taken care of. ...
In the United States is a well-developed social and governmental movement that some commentators derisively name "nannyism." Political pundits also refer to it as "cradle to the grave" social care. ...
Proverbs 25:16 stresses that moderation is the best policy. Of all the fruits of God's Holy Spirit, self-control is the most difficult to attain.
John Ritenbaugh, describing the deceptive religion of humanism, suggests that although the adherents appear to be charming people, they have intense antipathy toward God. President Obama is a perfect example of a secular humanist, using Jeremiah Wright's l. . .
It is there for but a moment, a mere fraction of a second of time, and then it is gone, never to be seen again. It is how the training of our true character is tested, sometimes under the most severe circumstances. ...
John Ritenbaugh, citing Abraham Lincoln's statement that the true test of man's character is his responsibility to govern or administrate, asserts that a man's way of governing is determined through his world view. Man should aspire to live as God lives, a. . .
In Part One, we learned about America's early struggle for independence and how the founders of the United States pledged their wealth, lives, and honor to bring it to pass. ...
In performing the miracle at Cana, Jesus gave a command that may have seemed strange at the time. Jesus shows the connection between obedience and blessings.
God does not view addictions as 'diseases' or 'genetic predisposition,' which absolve the individual of responsibility. Addictions are the result of sinful choices.
As one uses the power provided by God's Holy Spirit, even one who has previously failed miserably can rise to astounding levels of spiritual competence.
A lack of self-control, as well as the cultivation of self-indulgent perversions, will characterize large segments of our society living at the end times.
Kim Myers suggests that the government assumes an unseemly role as being entitled to do whatever it wants, dominating over the lives of its constituents, instead of functioning as a servant. Having in the last several decades ignored the Constitution, and . . .
It is beyond question that Christians should be compassionate toward the needy. We are to lend a hand to those who have stumbled. But how far does this go?
John Ritenbaugh reflects on a ministerial refresher program years ago, in which Herbert W. Armstrong warned about increasing government involvement in practically every area of life, adding that Ambassador College would never receive government handouts as. . .
Do we tend to shirk responsibility by 'passing the buck'? David Maas explores why we do this and proposes a solution for shouldering our responsibilities—and growing in character.
We have our physical job, and then we also have our spiritual job. They go hand in hand. We are a witness to those we work with and to all those we meet.
David Grabbe, unraveling several apparently contradictory scriptures, exposes a fundamental flaw in western thinking—namely the binary (that is, either-or) thinking that leads us to construct false dilemmas. Perhaps the best example of this is the on. . .
Most professing Christians agree that God is sovereign, but there is a wide range of beliefs with regard to just how involved God is in their lives.
A steward is responsible for the supervision or managing of something entrusted into his care by a superior. As God's stewards, have been entrusted with much.
In this sermon for the Days of Unleavened Bread, John Ritenbaugh reiterates that God demands that we have an obligation to dress and keep that which is placed in our care, improving what He has given to us. We dare not stand still, but must make considerab. . .
John Ritenbaugh, in a basic Bible Study on self-government, focusing on Romans 13:1-7, maintains that submitting to a human government is a "work" which requires self-control, self-discipline, and self-government. The apostle Paul thoroughly disc. . .
As shown previously, the problem of Nannyism arises when the governments of men take on increasing responsibility and control, and the people relinquish their responsibilities to allow someone else to take care of them. ...
John Ritenbaugh warns that the choices we make on a day to day basis determine long term spiritual consequences. Our goal shouldn't merely be to become saved, but to finish the spiritual journey God has prepared for us, developing the leadership helping th. . .
Using business analogies of periodically reviewing plans, making forecasts, and anticipating accountability, John Reid emphasizes that God expects us to define and follow through on spiritual objectives. Accountability has both a negative and a positive as. . .
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent demise of our prior fellowship, suggests that many of us have been guilty of making an idol of the church, letting it stand between God and ourselves. Our obligation is to follow the life-saving message (a message . . .
Richard Ritenbaugh acknowledges that young people display a proclivity to accept socialism, oblivious to the horrendous damage socialist experiments have brought to the world. Politicians of the ilk of Bernie Sanders have fomented hatred toward capitalism . . .
Mike Ford, reflecting upon the high prevalence of 'snowflakes' (i.e., anxiety-ridden young people) needing a safe place, exemplified by the Yale girl shrieking for a safe place from Halloween costumes, and Harvard snowflakes, terrorized by having to pay li. . .
As wives are admonished to emulate the ideal of the Proverbs 31 woman, husbands must emulate the sacrificial spirit of Jesus Christ.
Moral legislation over the years has steadily eroded because antinomian liberal leaders, claiming that morality cannot be legislated, have rejected biblical standards of morality in favor of personal choice or private morality. Ironically, they, like many . . .
Those who emphasize one trait of God, or one doctrine, at the expense of the others run the risk of distorting the truth, creating a grotesque caricature.
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