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National Decline

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A Polluted National Landscape

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Midterm elections will take place across America next Tuesday. ...

Sign of the Times

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Two sets of news stories intersect this week to reveal just how far America has declined from her heights of morality and greatness. ...

Tyranny by the Few

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The media bears responsibility for our downward spiral through marginalizing the conservative majority. It presents a warped reality, and gradually makes it stick.

Another Supreme Court Nomination

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, analyzing the news about the open position on the Supreme Court, suggests that the upcoming appointment could possibly tilt the court in favor of conservatives for the first time in decades. Senator Orrin Hatch's hint that Amy Coney Bar. . .

Do Americans Really Care? (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, comparing two social movements for which we did not volunteer, namely (1) our calling into the Kingdom of God and (2) our birth into our socio-cultural milieu, asks us if we really want to continue with the one we were born into. Former Pr. . .

Nonsense and Senselessness

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When did the world stop making sense? Perhaps it has not made much sense for a long while, but lately it seems to have taken a definite turn toward the nonsensical, especially here in the United States. ...

The 'Gaying' of America

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The 1990s has seen the rise of militant homosexuality and government sponsorship of the gay agenda. What are God's views on the subject? What does this mean for America?

Do Americans Really Care? (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates the warnings of former President Jimmy Carter and former Under Secretary of the Treasury under the Reagan Administration, Paul Craig Roberts, that we, no longer a representative democracy, have become an oligarchy, ruled as we ar. . .

Demography Is Destiny

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that demography is destiny. Population trends become reliable trends of future national consequences. Population declines in Russia have lead President Vladimir Putin to propose stipends to couples for having children. Japan's po. . .

Do Americans Really Care? (Part Three)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that America is a politically and culturally divided nation, expresses concern that those who really care about what is happening to this country are too few to make any difference, and the gullible youth from college down to. . .

Another Step Further

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, in which the seasoned demon Screwtape instructs the novice demon Wormwood on the best practices to corrupt mankind, advocating a gradual piecemeal corruption (like a frog boiling to deat. . .

The Coming Anglo-American Crisis

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

It is almost tangible—the feeling that a hammer-blow is about to fall. It is reinforced constantly—by news reports, images from the media, and direct personal experience—that the nation is coming apart at the seams and lurching wildly out. . .

In the Wake of an Unnatural Disaster (Part Seven)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that, although the American Constitution, ratified over 225 years ago, was based on the necessity of retaining a knowledge of God and His Laws, America has been in a moral freefall from the time it had become involved in the Worl. . .

Unprepared

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

Joe Baity, reminding us that after we have left the Feast, all the events will be happy memories, cautions us against the onslaught of the normalcy bias, a wired-in response to adapt and accept worsening conditions in the world as normal. The world's churc. . .

In Defense of Marriage

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In the last few weeks, we have witnessed a firestorm of controversy surrounding the institution of marriage. ...

What Does It Say?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

What does it say about a nation that makes an icon of a woman whose only claims to fame are to have posed nude for a magazine, married a nearly nonagenarian billionaire, had a drug problem, and had a string of affairs? ...

South Africa's Land Confiscation

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reporting on a motion passed by the South African Parliament calling for the expropriation-without-compensation of white-owned land, points out that this dramatic move was instigated by the far-left Marxist rabble-rouser Julius Malema, . . .

The Not-A-Problem Folk

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker

Charles Whitaker, citing British philosopher Arnold Toynbee's warning that when a civilization responds to a challenge successfully, it survives, and when it does not, it commits suicide, proclaims that because America, over the last several decades, has n. . .

Our Moral Bearings Lost

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reflects that this week's headlines indicate that America's leaders have lost their moral compass. God has replaced wise adults with foolish children mocking and scoffing at wisdom and moral standards (Isaiah 3). The Islam murderer was shie. . .

The Sacredness of Marriage

Article by James Beaubelle

Scripture holds the divinely ordained institution of marriage in high regard. Here is why God considers marriage to be so important to us, society, and His purpose.

A Body in Motion

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Sir Isaac Newton's famous theorem, the "First Law of Motion: When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external forc. . .

A Cure for News Depression

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

The overwhelmingly depressing news must be counterbalanced by edifying news, namely God's Word. The Scripture, with its life-giving words, provides hope.

America's Imminent Perfect Storm

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As spring turns toward summer and the fall elections march ever nearer, winds of change are blowing across this nation, auguring a critical moment in American history. ...

Reality Narcolepsy

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

A local radio talk-show host frequently uses the term "reality narcolepsy" to describe the human condition of being asleep—and thus blind—to the truth of what is occurring. ...

Has America Gone Crazy? (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

America today resembles pre-revolution France. Like other mass movements, America's civil war drums are beaten by leaders in government, religion, and education.

Psalms: Book Three (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that it is tough to be a Christian, especially during a time when the United States Supreme Court, staffed by a majority of justices who have been given over to a reprobate mind, have deemed murder) the law of the land, ca. . .

A Quick Survey of American Christianity

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on an article in Christianity Today, suggests that a nation's religion generally determine the moral standards of a nation. In the United States, 70% -80% consider themselves as Christians, but only 19% are active church goers, 20. . .

Identity as Sovereign

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

As the virulent and violent secular humanism spreads throughout Western civilization, the highest ideal has become the all-important "My Identity. ...

No Time to Think!

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins alludes to research which suggests that, thanks to the media and to our digital lifestyle, human attention span has attenuated to a mere two seconds—much shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. Media, a major contributor to this. . .

The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1995)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this keynote address of the 1995 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh asserts that because cultural restraints which once held human nature in check have been removed, vile human nature has waxed increasingly more corrupt and depraved, approaching cond. . .

Urgency to Get Closer to God

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Kim Myers

Kim Myers, observing the worsening moral, economic, political, and cultural climate in America, speculates that the time when the offspring of Jacob are going to pay the piper is rapidly closing in. With a national debt of 23 trillion dollars, far larger t. . .

The Handwriting on the Wall: The 4th Turning

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, in his keynote address of the 2017 Feast of Tabernacles, explains why President Trump dismissed on of his closest adviser, Stephen Bannon. Bannon embraced a "theo-political" vision of Christian fundamentalism, influenced by The F. . .

Rudderless Leadership in U.S. Foreign Affairs

'World Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With one look at American activity on the world scene, an observer is struck by the lack of coherence of this administration's foreign policy. Richard Ritenbaugh offers three examples of major foreign policy blunders over the past five years, asserting tha. . .

A Government to Fear (Part Six)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, continuing his series on "A Government to Fear," contends that our current government has changed for the worse in the past 50 years, incrementally acquiring the modus operandi of tyrannical collective dictatorships like Nazi Ger. . .

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. . .

A House Built on Sand

CGG Weekly by Staff

Once, reason and common sense were valued in America. ...

Two Different Perspectives

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

While more people consider themselves spiritual, fewer are religious. They are less sure about what they really believe and more tolerant of other beliefs.

Hope to the End (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that there is a malaise of hopelessness, anxiety, and dread permeating this nation like never before, systematically explains: (1) how we arrived at this crisis, (2) why God has ordained that we live in these conditions, (3) ho. . .

The Wearing Out of the Saints

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Daniel foretells of a leader who will 'wear out the saints of the Most High.' Though we may feel worn out now, we will prevail in the end if we stay the course.

Forget Not All His Benefits

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

Clyde Finklea asserts that we as a people should thank God for our nation—a nation in which we have an abundance to eat in an environment of peace. President Washington issued a proclamation establishing a day of thanksgiving; later, President Lincol. . .


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