Examining God's Judgments

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The fall holy days picture various judgments by God, bringing about liberty, reconciliation, regathering, and restoration.


The Wrath of God

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Love motivates the two intrinsic parts of God's holy character—goodness and severity, as He seeks to rescue humanity from the consequences of sin.


Basic Doctrines: Eternal Judgment

Bible Study by Earl L. Henn (1934-1997)

One of God's roles is as Judge, and His judgments are eternally binding. But what does this mean? Who is judged? How? When? For what?


Living by Faith and God's Justice

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Among the spiritual realities that a faithful Christian must understand is God's sense of justice. The deaths of Nadab and Abihu are a case in point.


God's Will in the End Time

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God does not like to inflict punishment on people, but because of sin, He is obligated to correct. But as quickly as God punishes, God restores and heals.


Elements of Judgment (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must emulate the ways of God, demonstrating justice in our lives, thoughts, words, and deeds, preparing to judge in God's Kingdom. Not all sins are equal.


Is God to Blame?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The 9/11 bombings were tragic and terrible. Some have since asked, 'Was God involved? Is He to blame?' These tough questions have challenging answers.


Living by Faith: God's Grace (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sometimes God's sense of justice seems unusual or strange to us, giving us many questions to ponder about fairness. Justice and fairness are not identical.


God's Sense of Justice

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God is absolutely justified in what He decides regarding the judgment and punishment of us all. However, He is merciful and always rewards righteousness.


Living By Faith: God's Justice

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In order to live by faith, we must understand God's sovereignty, God's character, and God's justice, realizing that we do not see the entire picture.


The Fear of God

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Many have inadvertently adopted a soft concept of God, disrespecting and showing contempt for God's authority and power. Godly fear is a gift of wisdom.


Standing Before God's Judgement

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, maintaining that America culture prides itself on rugged individualism and independence, cautions that in spiritual matters, dependence upon God gives us the resolve, firmness, and tenacity for our spiritual journey. None of the heroes are heroines of faith faced their challenges by themselves, but were aware of …


The Process of Righteous Judgment

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins contrasts the corrupt, perverse judgment meted out in human courts with the equitable, patient, and forbearing judgment of God Almighty. God's judgment on His called out ones has already begun (I Peter 4:17) and comes in incremental stages, somewhat like a divine installment plan. As God's spiritual offspring (or …


Would Our God Do That?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The distorted perception of Jesus as an effeminate and ineffective Savior fails to understand that He is the so-called stern God of the Old Testament.


Clouds (Part Two): God's Cloud as His Chariot

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

God's cloud expresses His glory because of His presence in it. His 'portable throne' in Ezekiel 1 and 10 is likewise linked to 'a great cloud.'


Prepare to Meet Your God! (The Book of Amos) (Part One)

Booklet by John W. Ritenbaugh

The book of Amos is an astounding prophecy, closely paralleling the conditions in the Western world today. Amos reveals how unrighteousness undermines society.


Grace, Mercy, and Favor (Part Three): A Faithful Witness to God's Mercy

Sermon by Mark Schindler

God protected Enoch from death so he could teach Noah, providing the godly instruction that Methuselah and Lamech (Noah's grandfather and father) failed to give.


The Fear of God (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

After the Spirit of God is imparted, removing the fear of men and installing the life-sustaining fear of God, the real dramatic growth takes place.


Do You Take Sin Seriously? God Does!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The demise of an institution can result from the irresponsibility of its constituents; if one member sins, the whole body experiences the effects.


Prepare to Meet Your God! (The Book of Amos) (Part Two)

Booklet by John W. Ritenbaugh

Israel had every opportunity that the Gentiles did not have. God gave the Israelites gifts to live a better way, but they completely failed to reflect Him.


Numbers: The Book of Judgment

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We live daily in uncharted territory, but the sobering account in Numbers provides a roadmap, establishing God's pattern of judging our pilgrimage conduct.


Assessment Now, Judgment Later!

Sermonette by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, cautioning us to properly value the infinite blessings that God has given us, warns that underestimating God's gifts can lead us to undervalue the spiritual or overvalue the physical. Esau, despised his birthright, preferring a bowl of lentils to placate his stomach; Lot's wife, preferring material prosperity, …


The Priesthood of God (Part Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The ephod, the curious girdle, and the breastplate of judgment were part of the high priest's attire that teach us godly principles today.


The Torment of the Godly (Part One)

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

God's prophets have a difficult job. They see the world through God's eyes, and they are tormented by the rising tide of sin and the coming destruction.


God of Our Salvation

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, suggesting that many people go to their graves with their spiritual problems unresolved, suggests that they carelessly follow the dictates of their own hearts. Even just men fall into sin. Many people have lived their whole lives not aware of their sin, unaware of the law that defines sin. The Great White …


The Torment Of The Godly

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

Both Lot and Ezekiel were tormented by the abominations, sins, and defilement taking place within their culture, polluted with idolatry and paganism.


Katrina, Rita, Trumpets, and Judgment

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, while concurring that New Orleans is unquestionably one of the most dysfunctional venues in North America, with the murder rate 10% above the national average, the home of numerous perverted sex, immorality and perverted lifestyles, we must exercise caution at jumping to conclusions, making the inference that …


The Elements of Motivation (Part Seven): Fear of Judgment

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Our fear of being judged negatively by God should spur us to greater obedience and growth toward godliness. The fear of God is a fundamental mindset.


The Weightier Matters (Part 2): Judgment

Article by Staff

Jesus lists judgment as the first of the weightier matters in Matthew 23. Judgment is a major part of Christianity, but needs to be properly understood.


Judgment, Tolerance, and Correction

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

A common mantra, even among Christians, is 'You shouldn't judge.' Is this a right concept? Here is the problem, and how righteous judgment should be done.


The Second Exodus (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

The timing of the regathering of Israel is uncertain, but here are the Scriptural markers that narrow the time frame to a significant prophetic event.


The Sixth Seal

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Sixth Seal of Revelation foretells of the sun turning black and the moon turning red, stars falling, and a terrible earthquake that moves mountains.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Thirteen): Jacob's Trouble

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

During Jacob's Trouble, a confederacy of gentile peoples (particularly the offspring of Ishmael and Esau) will destroy the nations of modern-day Israel.


The Seventh Trumpet

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial of blowing of trumpets, symbolizing the Day of the Lord, the real war to end all wars, when Christ will subdue the earth.


Something to Remember

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that human nature has to be continually reminded of God's providence even when people are undeserving of the bountiful blessings. Sadly, our forebears often forgot the frequency of God's merciful intervention and declared that it was useless to serve God. Satan loves to manipulate our nervous systems, …


How Long, O Lord?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Seventh Trumpet is a call to assemble, a call to battle, and announces the arrival of a new ruler, Jesus Christ, separating the wheat from the tares.


The Fifth Seal (Part Two)

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Persecution and martyrdom are not popular topics among Christians, but they are facts. The fifth seal shows the cry of the martyrs and God's response.


The Vessels of Wrath

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, focusing on the unsearchable judgments of God described in Romans 11:33, points out that sometimes human nature sees God's decisions as unfair, as in the slaying of Uzzah, the favoring of Isaac over Ishmael, the favoring of Jacob over Esau, or the hardening of Pharaoh's heart. When we internalize the fact that all …


The Book of Joel (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

When Joel describes the devastating locust plagues, instead of promising a silver lining on a very black cloud, he says things are going to get intensely worse.


Post-Historic Cave-Dwellers

'Prophecy Watch' by Charles Whitaker

The Sixth Seal of Revelation details the reaction of some people to the amazing heavenly signs they witness, giving us insight into what lies ahead.


The Book of Joel (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

In the fullness of time, God will pour His spirit on all peoples, including those who had formerly directed their hostility on God and His chosen people.


Psalms: Book Four: He Is Coming!

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Feast of Trumpets is like the opening salvo of the fall feasts, beginning with a blast of the trumpet or shofar, reminiscent of the event on Mount Sinai.


The Reversal of Human Will

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Numerous examples in scripture demonstrate a sudden reversal by God, who overturns the pride of human will, revealing His plans to the lowly and the humble.


Considering the Day of the Lord

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The ancient Israelites smugly believed that God was on their side, and that because He had not yet responded to their sins, they would be victorious.


Shrugging Off Scoffers (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Peter warns of scoffers in the church, apostate tares, devoid of God's spirit, ridiculing the doctrine that Christ would return or doctrines of judgment.


Where the Eagles Are Gathered

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Olivet Prophecy foretells a gathering of eagles or vultures in anticipation of God's judgment. Will they mistake us for the nearly-dead?


Peter's Pentecost Sermon

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The signs that accompanied Peter's Pentecost sermon attracted attention, confirmed God's Word, and provided meaning to the effects of the Holy Spirit.


Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

'Ready Answer' by Martin G. Collins

It seems that some sins should be worse than others in God's eyes. Though all sin merits the death penalty, some sins carry greater consequences and penalties.


How Much Longer Do We Have?

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

How often have we heard—or cried ourselves—'How long, O Lord?' Our great hope is in Christ's return, but it seems as if that time is delayed.


A House Left Desolate

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God is a God of mercy, but He has a stiff core of justice which will not be placated unless we repent. To whom much has been given, much will be required.


A Swift End

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When the end-time signs begin to be fulfilled, the time for long-term spiritual growth will be over. So Jesus commands us, 'Therefore you also be ready.'


How Much Longer Do We Have?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, cuing in on II Peter 3, asserts that there are good reasons why Christ has not yet returned, reminding us that scoffers and false teachers will test the faith of those who once accepted the truth. Some will yield to their natural desires, finding an excuse to forget about their commitment to God. In their desire to …


Shouting Gleanings and Singing Olives (Part One)

Sermon by Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)

Isaiah 24 prophesies that God will preserve a remnant made up of grape gleanings (the His Church) and of olives (national Israelites) who will sing together.


Biblical Principles of Justice (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

All authority for law and justice resides in God; when God is taken out of the picture, darkness and chaos dominate. God's laws create a better life and character.


Do You Recognize This Man? (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Exodus 19, there are 12 parallels with Christ's dramatic return illustrated in Matthew 24. All of these events will culminate in a blast of a trumpet.


Maintaining Good Health (Part 6)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We can do nothing to gain the favor of God before our calling, but we are empowered by God to carry out a particular part of His plan to edify the body.


Fall Feast Lessons

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The world will learn that God judges—that He has the ultimate decision over everything. After Satan is bound, God will bring about seven reconcilements.


Zephaniah (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Zephaniah's prophecy is sharply focused on Judah and Jerusalem because they should have known better. They are ordered to keep silent and consider their sins.


Lamentations (Part Four)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In Lamentations 2, Lady Jerusalem sidesteps godly repentance, opting instead for self-centered recrimination against Almighty God.


Lamentations (Part Three)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh warns that these laments contain little that is jovial or uplifting, but instead are saturated in despair, sorrow, mourning, and even recrimination against God on the part of a personified Jerusalem, whom God depicts as a grieving widow, blaming others for her troubles while overlooking her own sins as the …


Five Major Problems in the Wilderness

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God did not take ancient Israel by a direct route, and our lives likewise may seem to wander. We must trust God in spite of the detours, following His lead.


Forbearance

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God put up with the foibles of Abraham, Samson, David, Job, and others, allowing them time to repent and build character. We need to develop this godly trait.


Justice and Grace

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sometimes we are disturbed, even angered, because an act of God seems unfair. We have difficulty because we do not understand holiness, justice, sin, and grace.


Examples of Divine Justice

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Nadab and Abihu, Ananias and Sapphira, and Uzzah, all aware of the penalties for their actions, rebelled against God's clear and unambiguous instructions.


Do You Desire the Day of the Lord?

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Amos describes the Israelites as proud and secure in their special relationship with God, while God castigates them for presuming He approved of them.


Time to Repent (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

More time to change does not always lead to more repentance. It may actually increase the danger that we will adjust to the sin and think it acceptable.


Lamentations (Part One)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The book's five acrostic songs (chapters) answer the question, 'Why did this happen?' God brought the punishment on Judah because of gross and sustained sin.


Malachi's Appeal to Backsliders (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We must be careful when we ask for justice, for our request might come back to bite us. Those begging for justice will indeed get what they ask for.


The Great White Throne

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Both the time element and the significance of the Great White Throne has been lost on most of 'Christianity' because it refuses to keep God's Holy Days.


Defining Grace

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The entire life of Christ was a manifestation of God's grace, revealing the nature of God by means of a life lived to give us an example to follow.


A Place of Safety? (Part 3)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Paul gives two signs of the Tribulation: The falling away and the appearance of the man of sin who sits in the temple in Jerusalem (II Thessalonians 2:3-4).