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How Human Nature Came to Be

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just this month, a longtime California politician, State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who is charged with gun trafficking and corruption for allegedly accepting bribes, suggested that money for political campaigns should come from state coffers be. . .

Human Nature: Good or Evil?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent observation of Independence Day, suggests that this event should furnish us with an opportunity to reflect on the philosophies and ideas of the Founding Fathers, including their beliefs about human nature. The F. . .

Are Humans Good or Evil?

'Ready Answer' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

One of the "big questions" of philosophy asks whether human beings are by nature good or evil, and despite a long history of philosophers and theologians weighing in on the subject, people seem to be evenly split on the answer. Richard Ritenbaugh, going to. . .

Evil Is Real (Part Four)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Vanquish the sins at their point of origin, and our deeds will be clean before God. ...

Is the Christian Required To Do Works? (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The apostle James informs us that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20). Continuing in his theme of the Christian and works, John Ritenbaugh exposes just how corrupt sin is, and by this we can begin to understand just how holy God is—and just ho. . .

God Works in Marvelous Ways (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that human carnality keeps humanity separated from God, warns us not to trivialize carnal nature, but consider it a sure generator of death. Yielding to any carnal thought is potentially as dangerous as committing murder and, i. . .

On Self-Righteousness

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

II Corinthians 13:5 charges us with the responsibility of examining ourselves. This is appropriate at any time during the year, but it is especially helpful as we prepare to take the Passover and renew our covenant with God through Jesus Christ. One very i. . .

Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Humanity finds itself inhabiting a world that is the place of restraint for untold numbers of malevolent spirits, all of whom hate God and desire to destroy mankind. John Ritenbaugh reiterates that our human nature reflects these spirits' attitudes, and th. . .

Communication and Coming Out of Babylon (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh suggests that we are highly susceptible to negative attitudes from satanic spirit sources. As God and angels are spirit forces, so Satan and his demons are both invisible and immaterial. Words are the medium through which spiritual concepts. . .

Leadership and Covenants (Part Seven)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We carry an "old friend" around with us wherever we go, one whom we cherish and protect even though it frequently influences us to think, say, and do the wrong things. Referring to our human nature, our carnal or fleshly mind, John Ritenbaugh argues that, . . .

Sin (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores the source or origin of sin. God gave us a nature oriented to the physical, having a heavy pull toward self-centeredness, totally ignorant of moral responsibility, but capable of being enlightened. Because of this blindness and ign. . .

Sin (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh examines those sins done in ignorance, negligence, or missing the mark, suggesting that those thoughts, words, or behaviors not in alignment with the mind of God (which should be our inward standard of righteousness) are also flagrant viola. . .

Philippians (Part 8)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, pointing out the Apostle Paul's contention that any righteousness or morality attained by our own law keeping falls short of the righteousness required for salvation, asserts that only the righteousness of Christ attained through faith wil. . .

God Works in Mysterious Ways (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that God works in mysterious ways, assures us that, because of God's calling, we have a far clearer understanding of His purposes than those yet uncalled. Powered by the spirit in man, no individual is able to understand God, a. . .

Sin (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores the role of human nature in the fatal attraction to sin. Though relatively neutral at its inception, human nature is subject to a deadly magnetic pull toward self-centeredness, deceit, and sin (Jeremiah 17:9). By the time God calls. . .

Preparing to Rule!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Have you ever considered what it will be like right after Christ returns? What will you do, as a king, to help and govern the people placed under you? Believe it or not, you are already developing those skills!

Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting that we are all "cut from the same cloth" as our original parents, reminds us that God was aware from the beginning that the free will He gave us in order to develop character, coupled with our carnal nature, made us h. . .

The Fruit of Repentance

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon elements of what repentance is and what it produces, warns us that we are continually in need of repentance. The churches in Revelation 2 and 3 were warned to repent, prefiguring the identical conditions which would be extant. . .

Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Everything we can know is communicated to us in some form. Usually, we are able to identify the sources of these communications through our senses. Yet, as John Ritenbaugh explains, we are also open to invisible communication from the spirit world—co. . .

Elements of Motivation (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh suggests that even though sin offers temporal and fleeting pleasure, we must learn to intensely hate sin, regarding this product of Satan as a destroyer of everything God loves and cherishes. We will ultimately be judged on what we have don. . .

Justice and Grace

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Some of us may have been disturbed, maybe angered, because our sense of fairness is disrupted by what God did in the past. We have difficulty with this because we do not understand holiness, justice, sin, and grace. All four of these interact, and it is im. . .

God Works in Marvelous Ways (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the estimated 50,000 "Christian" organizations currently extant, suggests that a tiny fraction of the world's people are following "the Way." Doctrinal purity, according to Jesus Christ, does not consist o. . .

Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh cautions that most religious-professing people (including many members of the greater church of God) have not used the Word of God as their standard of morality and conduct, but instead are allowing society and culture to shape their attitu. . .

Conviction to Godly Righteousness

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh emphasizes that the essential core of the human heart is evil, self-centered, responding to Satan's wavelength, placing us into slavery and psychological bondage. Our freedom lies in (1) the conviction of God's Holy Spirit of the reality an. . .

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 11)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh affirms that the New Covenant of Hebrews 8:8 was given to Israel and Judah, not to the Gentiles. God does not deviate from this pattern; Israel is still involved with the New Covenant. It is not the physical nation, but the spiritual remnan. . .

Self-Government and Responsibility (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

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. . .

Psalms: Book Three (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, asserting that the history of the United States, compared to the mother country Great Britain, is relatively brief, holds that it is nevertheless well-documented by extremely literate Founding Fathers (Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Madiso. . .

You Are What You Choose

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon the statement of Almighty God in Psalm 50 that He needs absolutely nothing from us, proclaims God's absolute sovereignty and power over everything. Surprisingly, mankind refuses to acknowledge God in their daily dealings. Unf. . .

Camouflage and Salvation

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focusing upon the topic of camouflage, concealment, or deception, warns that Satan, the grand master of deception, has provided what appear to be plausible alternatives to Christ's sacrifice for salvation. We are saved through a combination. . .

Eating: How Good It Is! (Part Six)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We live in a society where both food and information are readily available. John Ritenbaugh discusses the importance of mastering self-control and a true Christian's necessity of seeking truth by which to live his life.

What Is Prayer?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh compares prayer to a tool we must learn to use more efficiently or effectively. God's chief work on this earth is to produce holiness in His offspring, transforming our carnal, perverse nature into God's own image. Because we have the tende. . .

Philippians (Part 7)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that working out our salvation does not mean working for salvation, but instead making what we believe operational. God, through His Spirit gives us the power both to will and to do. Paul admonishes the Philippians that nothing b. . .

Assurance (Part One): Self Examination

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, noting that the foundational way of life as outlined by Jesus Christ is not much followed in mainstream Christianity, and observing that the five foolish Virgins also belonged to the visible church, reminds us that we are only Christ's if w. . .

What's So Bad About Babylon? (2003) (Part 2)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explores the negative symbolism of wine (as representing intoxication and addiction) in Revelation17 and 18. The entire Babylonian system (highly appealing to carnal human nature) has an enslaving addicting, and inebriating quality, produci. . .

Passover and I Corinthians 10

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this sermon on the admonitions of I Corinthians 10, John Ritenbaugh warns that, like our forebears, we can lose our salvation if we live a life of divided loyalty even though we have mechanically and physically gone through the ordinances. Like the Old . . .

Preternatural, Natural, Unnatural, Supernatural (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that the adjective preternatural refers to 1.) something beyond nature and to 2.) something well-planned in advance, maintains that God intended the majority of human beings to be saved. When we measure the ripple effect of all. . .

Conspiracy Theory (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on his changing attitudes toward conspiracy theories, investigates the establishment of the Federal Reserve System, a nefarious institution bent on legal thievery. The break-up of the Worldwide Church of God was but a faint prev. . .

The Truth About Deception (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The New Testament is replete with warnings about converted members of God's church being deceived. If one of the elect leaves himself open to deception—a possibility for us all—the father of lies will begin to lead him astray. We may not be ful. . .

How Dependent Upon War

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the civil government's sword or power to impel or inflict hurt, reads a poem by Marine Chaplain Dennis O'Brien, which claims that the soldier is the source of democracy and liberties. Our culture is obsessed with war (political. . .

So Little Respect

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the propensity of people to break the Sabbath, explains that the carnal mind is enmity against God. Human nature is hopelessly perverse. In a book review of Steven Miller's book The Peculiar Life of Sundays, appearing in the . . .

Praying Always (Part Four)

Article by Pat Higgins

Jesus' admonition in Luke 21:36 has a far deeper meaning to the people of God at the end time than most people have realized. Pat Higgins answers the next obvious questions: How does 'praying always' work, and why is it such a powerful tool in the process . . .

Knowing God: Formality and Customs (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that human nature is hostile to change, even when it is confirmed to be in the wrong. In the matter of godly standards for dress (as in any other aspect of God's teaching), we must adopt the humble, childlike, sincere, unassuming, unp. . .

How Far Have We Really Come?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We like to think of ourselves living in the most advanced civilization that has ever graced this fair planet. ...

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 10)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the problem with the Old Covenant was with the people, not with the Law, as some have alleged. Paul uses the term "covenant" to describe an agreement made by two consenting parties and "testament" to desc. . .

The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reminds us that under both the Old and New Covenants, refusal to keep to keep God's Law severs our relationship with Him. Like loving parents who give rules to their children to protect them from danger, our Loving Father has given us His S. . .

A Place of Safety? (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses on eight conclusions regarding fleeing and the Place of Safety: 1) There will be a geographical separation of the church. 2) We can be worthy to escape the Tribulation. 3) Lukewarm fence-sitters will go into the fire of tribulation . . .

Passover (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh suggests that people who opt for a fifteenth Passover do not do so from a pure motive for seeking the truth, but instead reflects an irresponsible grab for power. Unfortunately, major reinterpretations and alterations have significantly dis. . .

Matthew (Part 29)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Before continuing with the book of Matthew, John Ritenbaugh answers four questions from church members. The first question is whether Micah 7:14 refers to a place of safety. In this prayer, Micah, after describing his current discouragement at the moral st. . .

Matthew (Part 16)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that disciples of Christ should expect persecution, often from people we normally would feel comfort and protection from, such as members from our own family. The two-edged sword (the Word of God) divides families because recepti. . .


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