In the past fourteen years, 292 people were killed in four April mass murders in the United States, and perhaps others could be added to the tally.
The echoes of gunfire had barely faded over Newtown, Connecticut, when American political forces began wrangling over gun-control legislation and the Second Amendment. Richard Ritenbaugh argues that this knee-jerk reaction misses other, more likely causes of mass murders—especially the spiritual dimension.
As summer ended, the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri, transfixed the nation. The officer-involved shooting of a young black man touched off demonstrations and rioting, not just in the St. Louis area, but all across the nation. Richard Ritenbaugh proposes that racial animosities are being stoked for political reasons.
In all religious confrontations, the motivation is the desire for power. It is a desire to have the upper hand, to control the target of one's desires.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on news reports of the tragic mass slaying in Connecticut in mid-December 2012, motivating the liberal Democrat politicians to call for gun control, observes that throughout the 'civilized world,' ironically, where the gun control laws are the strictest, the more vulnerable the innocent populace …
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. ...
Many Americans have reached the nadir of morality and inhumanity described in Hosea 4:1-2. How much lower can we go and still function as a civil society?
All sin has occurred because God has given people the ability to make choices. Knowing that God is right will help deter us from making the wrong choice.
Richard Ritenbaugh reflects on the April 30, 2019 shooting at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus. Like the Synagogue shooting in California a few days earlier, a brave hero, Riley Howell, an ROTC student, saved the lives of his fellow students, giving up his own as he tackled the deranged UNCC dropout, Trystan …
John Ritenbaugh,reflecting that our culture has undergone a vast change in zeitgeist (spirit of the times) in both leadership and standards of morality, suggests a change in national attitude, a lifting of mental fog and an emergent rage. Responsibility in leadership has disappeared. After they left office, Harry Truman rejected …
Richard Ritenbaugh, pointing out that, while the Democrats and the spin machine of the mainstream media have obsessed with the fake Russian collusion narrative, they ignore extremely more important world events. The conflagration on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the only place where Jews do not have control, has flared out of …
We dare not yield to politically correct propaganda, brainwashing us into thinking that murder, sexual perversion, or any evil is acceptable in the eyes of God.
The commandment against murder is the one most universally followed by man. But Jesus shows there is much more behind it than merely taking another's life.
When Jesus said the end time would be like the days of Noah, did He mean that the last days would be violent and corrupt, or that they would come suddenly?
Political correctness is a kind of programmed conditioning by progressives to convince people to override their common sense and clear evidence.
The spirit of jihad has jumped its bounds, eagerly infecting a generation of deluded, mis-educated American youth to take to the streets in a new holy war.
Of the Four Horsemen, the red horse is the easiest to interpret. While war is the predominant symbol, the rider of the red horse may strike closer to home.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent hopelessly biased liberal media portrayal of the Zimmerman trial, indicates that the leftist liberal media have sold the Black populace a bill of goods, portraying White America as hopelessly racist and the Black minority as perennial victims of hate crimes. The liberal media has also …
The position of the Church of the Great God on the subject of abortion. Counters some of the major arguments used by pro-abortionists.
Richard Ritenbaugh reflects on the horrendous school shooting in Florida, perpetrated by a deranged student, Nicholas Cruz, who had just been transferred to an institution for students with behavioral issues. The police had been called to his house 32 times; the FBI had received timely warnings about him but failed to follow …
Because restraints that once held human nature in check have been removed, the US has grown increasingly more corrupt, approaching conditions before the Flood.
As God anciently used Gentile nations to puncture Israel's pride, so He may allow Gentiles in Israel to serve as a testimony of Israel's lawlessness.
Paul describes the latter times, when people will behave like spoiled brats, cursing, looting, and showing no self-control—all happening today.
When the children of light judge and condemn those living in this world, they become the world and move away from God.
Even as Hebrews prepared the first century church for persecution, so it is also relevant to today's church as it faces an increasing assault on God's law.
The veneer of civility that covers civilization is thin, hardly able to conceal our carnal nature. That nature turns violent seemingly at the drop of a hat.
Only by a massive returning to God will the political landscape change for the better. The culture will only change for the worse if mobs get their way.
...Is that not all it takes? All we have to do, according to this formula, is to get world leaders in one room, and after a few handshakes and a couple of beers—voila! World peace! It is so simple: Just let them jabber at each other for a few hours, and they will walk out arm in arm, best friends forever! ...
God has never given mankind the prerogative to determine whether war is just or not. God has promised to protect us, conditioned on our obedience to our covenant.
Like the Israelites, we do not have to take up arms to break our shackles. God secured our freedom for us by His gracious gift, and He wants us to use our freedom.
America today resembles pre-revolution France. Like other mass movements, America's civil war drums are beaten by leaders in government, religion, and education.
Many believe that we are allowed to take another's life in defense of our own, God's Word distinguishes only between accidental and premeditated killing.
The rash of school shootings in America definitely has a cause, but it is not the ones that the experts predictably blame on the evening news.
Jesus emphasized the spirit of the law, which places deterrents on the motive (anger, resentment, envy, revenge), preventing murder from ever taking place.
Satan has taught mankind the craft of war between nations, within families, in politics, and in sports. We must resist being dragged into partisan battles.
American culture is in obvious decline, and it is undoubtedly linked to the fact that mainstream Christianity is bereft of moral leadership. While it may turn around, the outlook is bleak. John Ritenbaugh exhorts the reader to remember God's purpose for humanity, which His Word reveals and which He is working tirelessly to …
We need to avoid the trap of self-justification, allowing our hasty words to lure us into sin. We must be quick to listen, and slow to speak.
Satan works on us through our imagination; he broadcasts images to our minds. To counter this, we must resist him, practice humility and draw close to God.
Our society is becoming increasingly violent. The sixth of the Ten Commandments covers crime, capital punishment, murder, hatred, revenge and war.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the expression "it's all the rage," designating some fashion, fad, or new way of doing something, focuses on the disgusting current fashion of "sagging" in which young people allow their jeans to expose the crack in their buttocks below as their underwear is pulled way down. It …
The defilement that begins in the heart is shaped, molded, and conditioned by the media, training people to override their conscience, desensitizing them.