The Entertainment Craze

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent death of Elizabeth Taylor, opined that, although she may have been considered a star, her life was severely lacking in many ways. With her hopelessly warped personality, she seemed driven by hedonistic sexual conquests. Although married eight times, she was unable to make a marriage …


The Shallowness of Pop Culture

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

It never ceases to amaze. ...


Grow Up!

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. ...


Cultural Manipulation

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

PBS's "Merchants of Cool" on Frontline is a sober probe into the research and marketing of what teens consider "cool." Knowing the way big business and big media push-the-envelope today, the results should not be shocking. The conclusion of the documentary is that every new teen fashion, music, movie, television, and language …


A Dull and Compliant People

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Those in power have learned to keep the people ignorant, fat, and happy, and as such, they will not—cannot—give the authorities any trouble.


Learning from Clich├ęs

CGG Weekly

Through every medium, Satan spreads his values, hidden within the stories our televisions broadcast, our movies so spectacularly feature, and our songs rehearse.


Will Aliens Invade the Earth?

Article by Staff

Satan seems to be planting into men's minds the thought that an alien force will one day invade earth. Perhaps the Devil is conditioning mankind for Christ's return?


Hollywood Horror: Promoting the Spirit of Fear

'WorldWatch' by Joseph B. Baity

The horror movie genre is now a critically acclaimed sector of Hollywood. Horror's upswing at the box office is connected to the culture's state of fear.


Things We Won't Get Rid Of

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

The United States is of major concern to the world's nations because they witness America's profligate spending and realize that their economic futures are precariously linked to the American economic system. Americans cannot discipline themselves to go without, clinging to portable computers, high-speed internet, smart phones, …


Behind the Scandal

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

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?


Scratching Our Itches

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The world's ways, ideas and attitudes naturally flow into the church over time. The question is, How well do we resist and/or reject them? Richard Ritenbaugh examines three areas that have crept into the modern church and wreaked havoc.


Toys as Tools

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

We often take our children's toys for granted, but they are actually tools that can teach either right or wrong. John Reid gives some guidelines for choosing proper toys for our kids.


Overlooking Evil

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, examining the disgusting scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and other philanderers and child molesters exposed in the latest Hollywood debacles, observes that the liberal leftists seem to have tons of dirty laundry to expose to a somewhat more scrupulous public. The so-called victims of their advances …


Different Signs of the Times

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

If the mainstream media is a bellwether, the earth is about to be invaded by beings from another planet—or it already has been. ...


The Fifth Teacher (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The fifth teacher in Corinth was not a person but the 'wisdom' of the time, whispered by countless voices, overriding the truth that God had revealed to them.


Dating (Part 1): The Purposes of Dating

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

A key ingredient in dating is faith in God's purpose. The relationship one has with God takes precedence over any relationship with any other human being.


Socialism is Mob Rule (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Many religious people realize that liberals threaten adherence to the moral principles taught in God's Word, and that Satan is the poster child of liberalism.


Sex, Sin and Marriage

'Ready Answer' by Staff

Sex and marriage are God-given experiences that Christians need a proper perspective of. Thus, God gives us His seventh commandment: You shall not commit adultery.


Submitting to Sin?

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that the entire world is under the sway of Satan the devil (I John 5:19, Revelation 12:9, Ephesians 2:1-3), warns us to analyze and evaluate everything that enters our minds from the contaminated, mendacious media sources, media sources primarily promoting a leftist, secular humanist agenda, bent on …


Something Is Wrong

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With the hubris that comes from money, power, and boredom, Americans are trying to outdo the ancient Romans for spectacle and perversion.


Rebuilding the Wall

'Prophecy Watch' by Staff

A wall is a defense against undesirable forces gaining entrance to what is inside it. Spiritually, we need walls to keep Satan's world out of our lives.


Intimacy with Christ (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that the narrow "pay and pray" mentality experienced by many in our previous fellowship took our attention away from the more important overcoming and growing aspect, preparing for the Kingdom of God. We desperately need to become immersed in a cause, yielding to God's creative power, personally …


How Does Temptation Relate to Sin?

'Ready Answer' by Martin G. Collins

We have been called to a life of avoiding, enduring and overcoming temptation. Here is the process of temptation, sin and their products, and destruction.


Are Your Beliefs Preferences or Convictions?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh discusses the depth of our beliefs, showing the difference between our preferences and our convictions. He looks at both legal and spiritual ramifications of this subject.


Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part One)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

We are open to invisible communication from the spirit world—communication designed to conform us to the course of this world. Recognizing it is vital.


Beware the Second Flood (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The immediate danger lies not as much in the specific teachings of the flood from the serpent but in their sheer volume. The peril lies in being swept away.


A Leader in Every Man!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, citing Dennis Prager's Town Hall article, Is America Still Making Men?, suggests that there is a profound dearth of real masculine leadership today, as young men seem to be protracting their pubescence, preferring to remain boys with no responsibilities than to embrace leadership roles. When boys fail to grow …


A Disagreement With the Truth

Sermonette by Joseph B. Baity

God alone possesses truth and we must seek this truth as we would seek precious gems. Pride could be described as disagreement with the truth.


Listening

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the average American's pathetically short attention span (largely caused by media over-stimulation), admonishes us to improve our listening and concentration skills. Listening, which is far more important than simply hearing, is a vital spiritual skill—actually an act of love—that …


Maintaining Good Health (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon several abuses of one of God's gifts to mankind — eating and drinking. While drunkenness and gluttony indicate self-centeredness, lack of discipline, often leading to poverty and ill health, moderation in all things is the way to glorify God in our bodies. God's called out ones must exercise …


Abstaining From Evil

'Ready Answer' by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

God does not just want us not to sin, He also wants us not even to appear to be doing evil. We must guard their thoughts, words and deeds at all times.


The Beatitudes, Part Three: Mourning

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Blessedness and mourning seem contradictory, but obviously Jesus saw spiritual benefits to sorrow. True, godly mourning gets high marks from God.


The World (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our intimate fellowship should not be with the world, but be concentrated upon God and those who have made the Covenant, loving them as we would ourselves.


A Place of Safety? (Part 4)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The prophecies concerning the Man of Sin refer to a person with great political power with global significance rather than to a leader of a small church.


Our Spiritual Reality

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Neither virtual reality nor spiritual reality can be seen with the naked eye—the first requires equipment, and the second requires eyes of faith.


Living By Faith and God's Sovereignty

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Some may doubt that God is in control, but God's sovereignty over His creation is complete. The course of world events are moving according to His will.


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 not responded to the challenge, the die is cast for its destruction. …


Faith and Technology

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

David Grabbe, marveling that over the past 25 years the Church of the Great God has assembled a massive library of electronic resources as a service to the Greater Church of God, as well as to the world at large, asserts that God performed this work at a fraction of the cost incurred by our previous fellowship. Though our main …


Conspiracy Theory (Part Eleven)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Mike Adam's blog post "I miss America," warning that 34 precious freedoms have disappeared over the past 40 years which will never come back, marvels that this frightening erosion of freedom has taken place seemingly within a nanosecond. Though we are living in the terrifying climax of a …


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Thirteen)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cuing onto Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, observes that we must do what we must to keep a relationship with God. Solomon teaches us that money may provide some security, but it cannot be relied upon for satisfaction; only a relationship with God will fill that yawning vacuum. Money is neutral commodity, serving either …


Brave New Dystopia

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that these commentaries are connected end-time prophecies, states that the current feverish trade in precious metals commodities indicates an impending economic collapse. Chris Hedges, in his article "Brave New Dystopia," suggests that the western world seems to suffering the rejection of …


God and Reality

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

What God puts us through is designed to reveal reality to us. Accepting His doctrine without looking for loopholes will keep us true.


The Occult

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The Bible condemns divination, necromancy, soothsayers, sorcery, spiritism and witchcraft, identifying all these practices as abominations, based on demonism.


Who is Your Superhero?

Sermonette by Ted E. Bowling

When difficult times afflicted America, Marvel Comics tapped into the peoples' desire for justice, providing them with heroes that are counterfeits of Christ.


An Exhortation for Young Adults

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent untimely death of Amanda Allen , focuses on some lyrics of a popular song recorded in 1975 by Matt Monro, titled "Yesterday When I Was Young." Sadly, wisdom is not a trait valued or acquired by youth, but takes second place to strength, beauty, or fun. We get too soon old and …


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Five)

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 attitudes, tolerating the disgusting incremental escalating perversion of moral …


Solving the School-Shooting Crisis

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

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 …


Keeping Love Alive (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Works demonstrate our faith, our response to God's calling and His freely given grace. Reciprocity is always a part of our relationship with God.


Deuteronomy (Part 3)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that the choices we make on a day to day basis determine long term spiritual consequences. Our goal shouldn't merely be to become saved, but to finish the spiritual journey God has prepared for us, developing the leadership helping those who follow us. Like our forebears in ancient Israel, modern …


Conditioned Response

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

The defilement that begins in the heart is shaped, molded, and conditioned by the media, training people to override their conscience, desensitizing them.


The Beatitudes, Part Four: Hungering and Thirsting After Righteousness

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

It is quite rare to see a person who truly hungers and thirsts after God's way, but this is the kind of desire God wants us to have.


The Wisdom of Men and Faith

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that the pressures and conflicts that the church has undergone is part of a larger Zeitgeist (spirit of the time) that has embroiled institutions religious and political institutions worldwide. The mindset reflects (and is a function of) an unseen spirit world under the sway of the prince and power of the …


Simplify Your Life!

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Time—it marches relentlessly on, and we have only so much of it. Yet we waste a lot of it on foolish pursuits, procrastination and distractions. John Ritenbaugh explains how getting control of our time puts us in the driver's seat in our pursuit of God's Kingdom!


Playing With Fire

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Solomon uses the analogy of taking fire to his bosom or walking on hot coals to describe sinning. In particular, he warns against sexual sins.