America has grown fat, and the sin of gluttony plays a part in it. Obesity is dangerous physically, but it also has a spiritual side.
The addiction of gambling comes from the lure of effortless profit and the way of get, motivated by covetousness, which militates against contentment.
The Bible is not an economic text, but it does include financial principles that all should know and follow as well as they are able. Here are a few.
The Parable of the Rich Fool illustrates that, when one has all the material possessions he could want, he may still not be rich toward God.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the curse of a corrupt judicial system described in Ecclesiastes 5:8-9, warns us that corruption in the courts is a fact of life, but it will intensify before Christ returns. We should not be surprised by this curse, realizing that God, who is sovereign over everything, is aware of it and is …
John Ritenbaugh, citing Proverbs 13:22 suggesting that a moral man plans an inheritance for his offspring, warns us that because the prophecy about the stranger rising above Israel (Deuteronomy 28:43-44) because of our collective sins is being fulfilled before our eyes, we are rapidly becoming economic slaves as the government …
One day we acknowledge the loving kindness of our Creator, and the next we engage in no-hold-barred materialism.
Blinded by greed, Balaam used whatever mental gymnastics necessary to arrive at the answer he wanted. He turned the grace of God into a license for evil.
John Ritenbaugh, affirming that one synonym of pride is arrogance or inordinate self-esteem, suggests that the woman riding the Beast in Revelation 17:9 is none other than the arrogant super power America (or modern Israel), unable to control its wealth, using its wealth to control. Because of its greed, modern Israel has …
Violently, Christ responded to the corrupt, moneymaking establishment, overturning tables, driving away people and animals. But why did He do so twice?
Coveting begins as a desire. Human nature cannot be satisfied, nothing physical can satisfy covetousness, and joy does not derive from materialism.
At the root of American industry's troubles are policies and practices that will result in conflict, injustice, and the demise of many companies.
There is more to the eighth commandment than the act of stealing. This Bible Study explores other ways of stealing and how to avoid Satan's way of get.
Sociologists are concerned that the mercenary attitude pervades American culture. What does the Bible about this 'each man for himself' way of life?
John Ritenbaugh warns that the United States' enormous debt, coupled with its escalating trade deficit (exacerbated by rapidly depleting oil reserves) is inevitably leading to what economist call economic Armageddon. The conditions are rife for vested economic interests, such as banks and multinational corporations, to …
One commentator said all public crime would cease if this one law was kept. Another said every sin against one's neighbor springs from breaking this commandment.
In this keynote address of the 2008 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh, describing the scene in the parking lot following a university football game, in which garbage, litter, and abandoned automobiles covered the grounds, suggested that this scene provided a snapshot of the moral state of America, displaying the despicable …
Fascist governments would like to put a lock on the world's water supply, making everyone dependent on an unholy alliance between government and business.
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.
Balaam, motivated by self-interest, believing that the ends justify the means, willing to do anything to get his way, is spiritually inferior to a donkey.
John Ritenbaugh, observing that we make choices every day of our lives, cautions that though a choice be large or small, everything matters. Sadly, we make most choices with very little thought The miscalculation based on the fear of famine prompted Abraham to go to Egypt, though God did not intend for him to take that course. …
Habakkuk was frustrated that God would use an evil people to punish Israel, yet he resolved to cease fretting and to become a responsible watcher.
Balaam illustrates the paradox of someone who knows God's will, but willfully and deliberately disobeys, presumptuously thinking he could manipulate or bribe God.
Jesus' deliberately delayed His return to Bethany until Lazarus had died so that He could bolster the faith of Martha and His other disciples, then and now.
Coveting—lust—is a fountainhead of many other sins. Desiring things is not wrong, but desiring someone else's things promotes overtly sinful behavior.
In the Bible, eating can be a symbol of fornication. Like Jacob and Christ, we must learn to curb our appetites, learning to distinguish holy from profane.
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 …
Too many confine their giving of thanks to one day a year. Answering these four questions will help us to evaluate our approach to this spiritual duty.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the shameless government 'bailout' last week, suggests that blatant extortion and bribery were the raw motivating forces behind this unconscionable economic debacle. Prominent United States Senators deferred their 'moral' principles in order to get tax breaks for their constituents (for improving …
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Solomon's appraisal of money in Ecclesiastes 10:19, suggests that modern Israel seems to have great difficulty managing money because of an addiction to greed. Wealth, without a powerful character, is a destructive drug. Unfortunately, our people's greed has put them on the verge of the greatest …
God possesses attributes that are His alone, like omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But there are other attributes that become part of our new nature.
We are all affected by the enslaving system of Babylon, as servitude comes in many forms: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, economic, and political.
The eighth commandment seems so simple: You shall not steal. Yet, it seems that just about everyone on earth has his hand in someone else's pocket!