Human Nature: Good or Evil?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Progressives tend to believe that human nature is perfectible and evolving. Conservatives tend to believe that human nature is evil and must be controlled.


Evil Desires

Sermonette by Clyde Finklea

All the medieval 'seven deadly sins' could be categorized as a facet of lust. God designed us to have proper desires, just as His desires are always proper.


Eden, The Garden, and the Two Trees (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We we follow God's patterns, Jerusalem becomes the likely location of the Garden of Eden and the likely location for the future, heavenly Jerusalem.


Eden, The Garden, and The Two Trees (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus' crucifixion took place outside the camp of Israel, just outside the border of the Garden of Eden, the general area where the Miphkad Altar stood.


Our Part in the Sanctification Process (Part Seven): Cultivating Goodness

Sermon by David F. Maas

God has provided strategies which will facilitate His people's cultivation of the spiritual fruit of goodness, working effectively as Christ's sharecroppers.


Evil Is Real (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We fight Satan by defending our ground, and we accomplish this by avoiding temptation, doing good as we are able, and overcoming the evils within.


The Reality of Evil

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The best weapon against the evil of our human nature is to develop the mind of Christ within us to displace our carnal nature.


Christ's Death and the Immortality of the Soul

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The dangerous false belief of inherent immortal life has led to an acceleration of sin and the danger of eternal oblivion. Only God can give eternal life.


The Spirit of Babylon (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

An ancient, Babylonian description of Eden and a goddess reveals an influential spirit that has endured the millennia to ensnare the present Western world.


Seeking God's Will (Part Six): Forethought

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the Pilgrims' thanksgiving experience in 1621, following a horrendous loss of life in the Plymouth Colony in 1620, mentions that this event was solemn. The original settlers had no inkling that their offspring would eventually bourgeon to 300 million people, spreading from sea to sea. The extent …


The Ship Is Yours

Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, reflecting on Michael Abraschoff's book, It's Your Ship, suggests that just as a captain of a ship wants decision-makers, not just order takers, God expects members of His family to be decision-makers. We cannot follow the example of Satan, who used his free moral agency to succumb to pride and vanity, totally …


Narrow Is the Way

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh teaches that biblical liberty consists of choosing to whom we will submit and by whom we will be constrained. Making wrong choices, largely in ignorance, has placed us in bondage to sin and destruction. God's truth indeed limits our choices'largely in matters of right and wrong. A mind focused on too many choices …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Nine)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on his high school English class, where he learned the parts of speech, diagramming, and other aspects of grammar, warns that the imperfect conjugation of Hebrew grammar provides special problems. The imperfect conjugation focuses not so much on time of action, but aspect (or kind) such as modal or …


Imagining The Garden of Eden (Part Six)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting that we have been blessed by rivers and streams in North America, reminds us that ancient Israel was a land of few rivers, and those rivers would often become wadis or secos in the dry season. Consequently, the inhabitants of this land are totally dependent upon God Almighty for rainfall. We learn …


The Spirit of Babylon

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Spirit of Babylon is couched in brazen outlook of the goddess Inanna/Ishtar, the femme fatale who asserted her free will to overcome the influence of Eden.


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Eight)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, continuing his series on imagining in the Garden of Eden, reminds us that gardens provide enclaves of rest. God placed Adam and Eve in a garden to provide them food and shelter, as well as work and pleasure. Aesthetic delights are suggested by Song of Songs, in which the Shulamite is likened to a garden of …


Imagining the Garden of Eden (Part Seven)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on the subject of agricultural cultivation, including tilling land, sowing seeds, and cultivating crops, indicated that God had created everything good. Genetically modified seeds as produced by Monsanto seem to place mankind into the position of usurping God's prerogatives. Improving upon God's …


The Law of Liberty

Sermonette by James Beaubelle

Protestant theologians have created an artificial divide between mercy and law-keeping, asserting that 'the law of liberty' does away with God's Law.


Looks Fair, Feels Foul

Sermon/Bible Study by Richard T. Ritenbaugh


Whatever Happened to Gnosticism? Part Three: Satan's Three Heresies

Article by David C. Grabbe

When Satan confronted Adam and Eve, he fed them three heresies that Gnosticism incorporated into its parasitic philosophy and way of life.


Snares

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Even as the world contains bait and switch schemes and false advertising, so also there are spiritual snares, far more dangerous than physical ones.


The Big Lie (Part One)

Commentary by Mark Schindler

Though we are not to become involved in politics, we need to be aware that enslaving lies are everywhere, generated in the mind of the father of lies, Satan.


Imagining The Garden of Eden (Part Five)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh maintains that God created the Garden of Eden after He had created Adam in order to provide Adam a pattern of industry and work ethic. Adam would have had the ability to reason and calculate, obviously an ability independent from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God imparted to Adam the …


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, producing a pernicious unfaithfulness and Laodicean temperament. As in Solomon's …


Not Just a Better America

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, after pointing to some recent miraculous interventions of God on behalf of America, warns people not to conclude that God tacitly approves or condones the American way of doing things. God does not endorse the American system any more than any other system not based on God's Laws. The Millennium will not …


Poor Choices

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Tragically, human beings with natural carnal minds, when faced with a choice between God (or a God-fearing man) or Satan (or a scoundrel) will automatically select the scoundrel. From the Garden of Eden to the present (Satan, Cush, Korah, Saul, Jeroboam, Barrabas, William Jefferson Clinton, to the Beast) people have, for the …