Authority and Government

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

Too many feel that they are above the law, but paradoxically, laws proliferate when corruption prevails. We must be subject to all law, God's and man's.


How Does God View Human Government?

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

As obnoxious as tyrannical power may seem, we have the obligation to behave lawfully. Even the vilest of leaders has been allowed by God to rule.


Should We Obey the Laws of Our Government?

Article by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

A great many Americans feel that they do not have to submit to the government. John Reid brings the Bible's viewpoint into this discusssion.


Self-Government (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

If we govern ourselves, God will take care of us. Government of any kind will not work unless people govern their own nature. Self-control enables us to show love.


Self-Government: Overcoming

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the recent demise of our prior fellowship, suggests that many of us have been guilty of making an idol of the church, letting it stand between God and ourselves. Our obligation is to follow the life-saving message (a message given to Herbert W. Armstrong during his tenure as God's apostle), …


Government (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that the smallest unit of government is the individual; God is dealing with each of us on this most basic of all levels of government. It is under the New Covenant that individuals are immersed or installed into His church by the Spirit of God, given only to those who willingly consent to obey Him. In …


Self-Government and Responsibility (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We need free moral agency to be transformed into God's image. Unless one has God's Spirit, he cannot exercise the internal control to be subject to the way of God.


Government (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Our attitude toward government must be one of submission. The church cannot perform its function without the cooperation of the carnal civil governments.


Government (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Only those who are governable will ever be allowed to govern. No government (not even God's government) will work without each individual submitting in his area of responsibility. Our elder brother, Jesus Christ, qualified to rule because of his feeling of responsibility (1) to God, in submitting to Him, and (2) to man, in using …


Government (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh acknowledges that most people have an ambivalent attitude toward government, on one hand fearing it as an evil instrument to deprive rights and on the other hand an instrument for social progress. God intended government to be a positive force of bringing order out of chaos, keeping on a straight course, …


A Government to Fear (Part Six)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, continuing his series on "A Government to Fear," contends that our current government has changed for the worse in the past 50 years, incrementally acquiring the modus operandi of tyrannical collective dictatorships like Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia. Our governmental leaders have been following a …


Self-Government

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, in a basic Bible Study on self-government, focusing on Romans 13:1-7, maintains that submitting to a human government is a "work" which requires self-control, self-discipline, and self-government. The apostle Paul thoroughly disciplined his body as he followed the example of our Elder Brother Jesus …


Let's Not Make a Federal Case Out of It

Commentary by Mike Ford

Even though they were originally very limited, over time, Federal rules have intertwined with local laws, snuffing out the jurisdiction of local governments.


Charity Begins at Home

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the excessive governmental regulations which have grown like a malignant cancer in the last thirty years, observes that Satan favors the concept of tyrannical, centralized government. If God's laws of love were internalized, there would be little need for the kind of control exercised by …


Many Princes

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

If a people turn from righteousness, a natural consequence is greater human oversight in one form or another. This is seen in the world and the church.


The Nanny Church (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Jesus does not want 'serving' through iron-fisted control and ruling by fear, nor does He mean 'benevolently' doing for them what they can do for themselves.


Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part Four)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Government may be the most important subject in the Bible because it touches on how Christians are to govern themselves under the sovereignty of God.


Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part Six, Conclusion)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, maintaining that our responsibility is to yield to God's sovereignty, nevertheless suggests that God has, by giving us free will, enabled us to freely sin, but holds us responsible for governing ourselves. The word govern, derived from the Latin noun gubern?tor, indicates a regulating, as in steering a ship with …


Should a Christian Go To War? (Part 1)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Conscientious objection to military action requires exercising mature faith, involving submission, loyalty, dedication, and conscientious obedience to God's Law.


Ecclesiastes and Christian Living (Part Fifteen): Deference

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Solomon makes the subject of deference a major part of Ecclesiastes 8. Christians must always strive to see God behind those in power over us.


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Nine)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reflects on two recent news items in which individuals foolishly initiated altercations with police and lost their lives in the process. As a matter of common sense, it seems the height of idiocy to challenge constituted authority. Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 8:17 that we are not privy to God's operations …


Is America a Christian Nation? (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, describing an ongoing "bloodless coup" in which a major political party and a complicit propagandistic media are feverishly trying to high-jack the controls of governmental power, taking choices away from the individual and giving them to the government, maintains that we are reaping the consequences …


A Heavenly Homeland (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

It would be profoundly contradictory for citizens of heaven to become involved in the politics of governments that our King will overthrow when He returns!


Ecclesiastes Resumed (Part Twenty-Eight)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating the warning of the apostle Paul that evil company corrupts good habits, warns us that the desire to sin is highly contagious and is a deadly, communicable disease. Because the world we inhabit swims in sin, we have the obligation to become a thinking people, voluntarily choosing God's purpose for …


Is the United States a Christian Nation? (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

America has never embraced true Christianity as its dominant faith, nor has it ever really followed Christ, but has instead embraced a counterfeit.


The Sovereignty of God (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

God has consistently moved His creation toward its ultimate purpose, setting the bounds of nations, motivating rulers to pursue a certain course of action.


Would Jesus Christ Vote? (Part Three)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

While it may seem to be the height of patriotism to cast a ballot, Christians are urged to refrain from interfering in the politics of this world.


In Search of a Clear World View (Part Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reminds us to value our calling, observing that, just as Jesus and His disciples were burdened with the doctrines of the scribes and Pharisees, so God's called-out church is encumbered with nominal Christianity, institutions which have militated against the whole counsel of God, even though they claim to get …


Power Belongs to God (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Human beings, even those who have been called, have an innate fear that God will not always provide. This fear originates in doubt about God's power.


Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged (Part One)

Sermonette by Ryan McClure

Ryan McClure, reflecting on his recent experience preparing for a pesky jury summons, reviews the major reasons a Christian should not serve on a jury. Our Elder Brother Jesus Christ has counseled us that we should not judge lest we be judged, or that we should not condemn lest we be condemned. Jesus Christ came to save the …


Faith and the Calendar (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The real issue in the calendar controversy is not astronomical, but faith in God's sovereignty, providence, and His right to assign responsibility.


Acts (Part 24)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the topic of exercising ones legal rights, examining scriptures pertaining to the subject, including taking a brother to court, submitting to civil government, paying taxes, responding to lawsuits, and dealing with corrupt court systems and unfair settlements. As Paul (through the brave intervention …


Are Things Upside Down? (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon the shocking revelation that the Obama Administration has saddled this country with more indebtedness than all other presidential administrations combined, asks whether there is anything the government does well. Government knows how to grow itself (after the manner of virulent cancer cells), …


Faith Over Fear

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When it looks like things are out of control, God is busily at work behind the scenes. If we replace anxiety with faith, God will grant us divine peace.


Unity and Godly Diversity in One Body

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

Mark Schindler, cautioning us to avoid becoming involved in politics or in any sort of agitation for governmental change, focuses on the cautionary comments of the second American President, John Adams, who warned that our Constitution would work only for a people of moral responsibility. President Adams implies that the …