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Commentary; May 19, 2018
The Only Path to Reconcliation

Mark Schindler, reminding us that the purpose of the weekly commentary is not to promote any political agenda, but only to help us watch for minefields , helping us to steer clear of toxic world views, reminds us that God is not liberal or conservative, socialist or capitalist, globalist or nationalist. Recently, Focus Group analyst Frank Luntz reported to George Stephanopoulos, that Americans have become hopelessly and irreconcilably divided along fractured and hate- erupting political fissures, threatening to permanently destroy the last remaining shreds of civility and decency in our culture. A poignant example of this bitter vitriol is the chasm that has widened between two formerly close friends, George Will and William Bennett. Will, characterizing himself as an amiable Atheist has vilified Vice President Pence as being an insincere sycophant for supporting President Trump. A charter member of the never- Trump- movement, George Will, by launching salvos of poly-syllabic name-calling has made him the darling of the left-wing cable news outlets CNN and MSNBC. Bennett, a former colleague and friend of the cantankerous George Will counteracts his venomous attacks on Vice President Pence, suggesting that Will's only purpose is to denigrate men who are making the nation better. Meanwhile, the fissures of conflict deepen, and deadly molten hatred erupts to the surface. We are living in a world where truth is in short supply. God's people should avoid being drawn into these secular political conflicts because resolution and reconciliation is only available through yielding to Jesus Christ, something worldly leaders will never do.

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Commentary; Nov 25, 2017
Reinterpreting History

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent death of Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader and murderer, marvels that The New York Times has morphed into an extreme, far-leftist, propaganda organ committed to attacking traditional values, especially if they emanate from Christianity or conservatism. An op-ed by Baynard Woods, where he asserts that Charles Manson was a precursor to the alt-right, comparing him to Ted Cruz, makes this commitment evident. Woods and others fail to comprehend that Communists and Nazis share the left side of the Right-Left continuum, both making common cause with collectivist, big government, socialism. In point of fact, there was nothing conservative about Manson, whose commune-domiciled followers hoped to start a race war by killing white people. Professor Woods and The New York Times are diligently fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 5:20 by calling evil good and good evil, while at the same time demonstrating that the mainstream media, bent on reconstructing history, is no friend of the truth. Anyone who wants to know the truth must approach the media with discernment, care, and healthy skepticism.

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Commentary; Aug 19, 2017
Christians and Politics

Richard Ritenbaugh, acknowledging that biased media deluges us with lies, warns that God has not endorsed all information, whether from the left or the right, is pulling us toward carnal solutions and away from godly ones. Because the far left has traditionally embraced humanist, 'progressive,' anti-God viewpoints, church members have felt inclined to espouse views to the right of the political continuum. Even though conservative views seem to be more compatible with traditional Christian views, neither Republican (generally, conservative) or Democrat (generally, liberal) standards are consistent with God's standards. Hence, God's true children should subscribe to neither viewpoint.We dare not try to shoehorn God's perspective into our own. Instead, we should follow the lead of our Elder Brother, who steadfastly claims that "My Kingdom is not of this world." Our position should be the same, taking ourselves out of the parochial wrangling which is fracturing the current world.  

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Sermon; Apr 1, 2017
Control and Self-Control

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the horrendous prospect of surrendering our control to a driverless vehicle, maintains that Americans treasure their freedom of movement despite the "Nanny State's" insincere protestations about safety as it attempts to camouflage seizing power. The number of actual "on-the-road" situations which can occur is so high that no amount of programming can enable the driverless vehicle to be safe, even when it utilizes artificial intelligence, the fastest computers and the highest level of sensor sophistication and redundancy. The highly resilient and flexible human brain—under the control of a responsible person—remains the best facilitator of safe driving. While politicians desire to control everything, Christianity wants to instill self-control. Paradoxically, when we yield to God's sovereignty, He wants to cede control over to us, teaching us to develop self-control as a habit, enabling us to have dominion over the earth , handling it responsibly. On the night of Passover, Jesus taught the disciples to avoid imitating the narcissistic Gentile leaders who love to lord it over other people, demanding their obedience and service. Our Savior's leadership style emulated the servant, esteeming all others over self. Agape love dispenses with the way of control and selfish ambition. God's way consists of self-discipline and rigorous self-mastery, as exemplified by Jesus Christ, who never relaxed His self-control—even in the prospect of His impending crucifixion. Those who aspire to follow Jesus Christ must emulate His example of rigorous restraint.

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Commentary; Feb 4, 2017
Gorsuch's Nomination

Richard Ritenbaugh, citing God's command in Deuteronomy 16:18 for the Israelites to appoint judges in their gates, analyzes the prospects of Trump appointees to be seated on the United States Supreme Court. From the left to right political spectrum Judge Gorsuch is slightly left of Clarence Thomas, but to the right of everyone else, including his old mentor Anthony Kennedy, for whom he clerked many years. Many have evaluated the nominee's views as originalist, comparable to the late Justice Scalia, who did not believe that justices were free to interpret law according to their own whims or to accommodate so-called "changing times." Consequently, Judge Gorsuch sided with the decision that Hobby Lobby was not liable to pay for contraception, and has ruled against euthanasia and abortion, claiming that life is valuable. If confirmed, he would serve as a counterweight to activist judges who push same-sex 'marriage' and other 'progressive' aberrations. His resume is sterling, and he has a good rapport with the public (except for a number of unhinged lawmakers.) Because of his impeccable record, his nomination is likely to go smoothly, but the approval process for future potential appointees may not go so smoothly because they will be replacing liberal 'activist' judges. The prospect of originalist Judges who eschew using the court to make social policy terrifies ' Progressive' lawmakers.

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Commentary; Jan 28, 2017
American Conservatism (Part Three)

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the vastly different Zeitgeist which permeated the country before Andrew Jackson, a time when there were no guards around the White House, a venue which formerly was wide open to the public, in sharp contrast to the present day, when a vast army of security personnel barricades the President and his residence from the people who put him there, recognizes that we have entered a more sinister, dangerous time, in which 'progressive' media have erected a barrier of hostility between the citizenry and its leaders. The partisan interview conducted by ABC's David Muir is an example of how shamefully low the media have stooped to destroy the reputation and effectiveness of a public official. We are beginning to live in the time of Jacob's Trouble, a horrendous time when Satan, with God's permission, will destroy the hedge protecting Jacob's offspring.

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Commentary; Jan 21, 2017
American Conservatism (Part Two)

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that, although every nation has its own unique kind of conservatism, American conservativism is judged more harshly because its tenets took root in biblical principles advanced by the Puritans, who sought to find religious freedom on the North American Continent, and because the Founding Fathers, established the Declaration and the Constitution on biblical principles. Consequently, American conservatism rests on a decidedly biblical foundation. French philosopher and historian Alexis de Tocqueville proclaimed that America's greatness was not the result of its natural resources or its political leaders, but rather, was the consequence of the ardent zeal and faith emanating from its ubiquitous churches and meeting houses. He concludes that when America ceases to be good, she will cease to exist. Sadly, at the beginning of the 20th century, anti-God, pernicious, humanist, 'progressive' lies started to flood the classrooms of the universities, eventually reaching the public schools. The stream of liberal lies seems to parallel the flood coming from the dragon's mouth in Revelation 12:15, attempting to destroy the woman, symbolizing God's Church.

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Commentary; Jan 7, 2017
American Conservatism (Part One)

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent controversial Presidential election, suggests that a large number of individuals are hopelessly confused about the derivative terms—liberal and conservative. When one looks at the murky track records of those having conservative roots, a wide variety of inconsistent positions emerge. The term conservative generally refers to allegiance to original laws and statues established by God, ultimate first principles which should not be altered. Our Founding Fathers, while not exactly practicing Christians, nevertheless drafted the Declaration of Independence and Constitution on fundamental biblical principles. When the 'progressives' attempted over the last decades to cram down the throats of the American people murder (abortion) as a woman's right, homosexual 'marriage' and sodomy as a 'sacred' right, evangelicals, fundamentalists, and devout Roman Catholics decided that the morally debased direction taken by Hillary Clinton and the 'progressive' Democrat party was disastrous to the country.

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Commentary; May 7, 2016
Is Conservatism Dead?

John Ritenbaugh, asking whether conservatism is dead, especially in the context of the current political climate, defines conservatism as an inclination to maintain existing order and institutions, opposing radical change. Further , he defines liberalism as an inclination to espouse 'progress' or 'reform,' 'broad-mindedness,' and 'tolerance,' except for religious orthodoxy, while ushering in a secular, 'progressive' humanist agenda. The Republican Party, supposedly safeguarding conservative principles, is controlled by establishment R.I.N.O.s (Republican in name only) who have shamelessly capitulated on every advance of the leftist, collectivist agenda of this current Administration, plunging this country into a far-left socialist tyranny. The average man on the street does not understand that the promise of government "freebies" constitutes deceptive bait, luring the gullible into abject slavery and bondage. Anti-God liberal philosophies trickled down from the educators in the universities into the public schools. The decline of orthodox teaching in the churches has led to an inclusive, big-tent, tolerant approach to moral degeneracy, with standards in a constant state of flux. God's laws are not liberal despite some claims of Protestant Dispensationalists. God, as the most Conservative of all Beings, is alive and does not change. Our culture is witnessing an ascendancy of immorality and law-breaking with everyone doing what is right in his own eyes.

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Sermon; Jul 7, 2012
Human Nature: Good or Evil?

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 Founding Fathers shared the belief, for the most part, that human nature was depraved, shaped by the Calvinistic Protestant doctrine of total depravity and Augustine's notion of original sin, positing that all humans are affected by depravity, and that even the good things in our nature are tainted by evil. Because the Founders knew that government consisted of power, they placed checks and balances in order to protect the electorate against tyranny, with varying lengths of tenure for members of the three branches. The Founding Fathers realized that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Unfortunately, the checks and balances that the Founding Fathers had instituted have severely eroded; carnal human nature has taken control. The secular progressives mistakenly believe that human nature is perfectible, guided by the parameters of evolution. Conservatives tend to believe that human nature is evil and that the best anyone can do is control it. The Bible takes a rather dim view of carnal human nature; we struggle against it until our death. Satan, in the Garden of Eden, turned the minds of our parents against God and onto serving ourselves. We absorb sinful attitudes from our parents, siblings, and the world. The spirit in man is receptive to Satan's negative spirit. Our flesh is essentially selfish, making us vulnerable to carnality. We are commanded to fight against self, society, and Satan through the power of God's Holy Spirit, submitting ourselves as a sacrifice to God, transformed to God's way of life and image, designed to function this way since creation. God cannot create godly character by fiat. Hence, He has given us free moral agency so we can make choices. This factor—the ability to improve or corrupt nature—is controlle

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Prophecy Watch; March 2010
The Torment of the Godly (Part Two)

To be a prophet of God is no easy task, and it is one that tends to be mentally and emotionally burdensome to the prophet. As Charles Whitaker explains, God desires His people to have an emotional yet entirely rational response—to sigh and cry—to the lawlessness and idolatry increasing around them in the world.

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CGG Weekly; May 18, 2007
Liberalism and Legalism

Richard T. Ritenbaugh:  As our various governments become increasingly liberal, a horrifying?a word chosen with care?paradox becomes more apparent: A more liberal America is becoming less free. ...

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CGG Weekly; Apr 6, 2007
Bloodshed Upon Bloodshed

Richard T. Ritenbaugh:  The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been in mourning for the last week since two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton, were murdered late last Saturday night, March 31, after responding to a domestic disturbance. ...

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CGG Weekly; Feb 23, 2007
Shifting American Values

Richard T. Ritenbaugh:  Fifteen years ago, the subject of "values" was on everyone's lips, reaching its crescendo during the political campaigns of the time. ...

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CGG Weekly; Jan 13, 2006
Standing With God (Part Two)

Charles Whitaker:  The Failure of the American Left and Right—and the Responsibility of God's People In Ezekiel 22, the prophet speaks of latter-day Israel. ...

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CGG Weekly; Jan 6, 2006
Standing With God (Part One)

Charles Whitaker:  The Failure of the American Left and Right—and the Responsibility of God’s People Sociologists often point to the decline of the twin institutions of marriage and the family as the fount of most American cultural ills. ...

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CGG Weekly; Jan 21, 2005
Four More Years

Richard T. Ritenbaugh:  Yesterday, January 20, 2005, witnessed the second inauguration of President George W. ...

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CGG Weekly; Aug 27, 2004
Disintegration

David C. Grabbe:  Is the globalist dream fading? Forces have long been at work to unite the world—economically, militarily, religiously, educationally, technologically, and governmentally. ...

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Prophecy Watch; August 2003
Today's Christianity (Part Two): Southern Christianity Moves North

The Immigration Reform Act of 1965 opened the floodgates to immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Charles Whitaker asserts that, contrary to the liberal secularists intention to marginalize Christianity through it, the Act instead facilitated the rise of a new strain of conservative Christianity in America.



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