The Cancerous Calendar Controversy

Article by John W. Ritenbaugh

An exhaustive explanation of the Church of the Great God's belief concerning the Hebrew Calendar and its fitness for our use in the church of God. It also discusses observation versus calculation, new moons and postponements.


Faith and the Calendar (Part Five): Summary

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that if God had accepted the calendar for 1600 years, it would be presumptuous for one living at the end of days to call it flawed. This calendar issue had surfaced during the tenure of Herbert W. Armstrong's apostleship and was thoroughly studied and systematically resolved. God assigned the tribe of …


Faith and the Calendar (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh takes issue with those who feel that the perennial calendar controversy was never understood, investigated or resolved by Herbert Armstrong. After a lengthy study in the 1940s, he concluded: (1) there are not enough rules in the Bible to establish a calendar. (2) God had given no authority to anyone outside the …


A Calendar Summary

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, cautioning against the danger of presumption, warns against assigning biblical types (like Joshua and Zerubbabel) to any contemporary ministers, pointing out that, except for a few superficial similarities, there are not enough parallels or grounds of comparison to make such an inferential leap. Two major …


Faith, Government, and the Calendar (Part Four)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the calculated Hebrew calendar reflects God's faithfulness in providing His Spiritual offspring a reliable calendar. To concoct one's own calendar with errant human reason and assumptions equates with the presumptuous way of Cain. Some of the bedrock American values such as competition and …


Faith and the Calendar (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the real issue in the calendar controversy is not mathematical or astronomical computations, but faith in God's sovereignty, His providence, His right to assign responsibility, and His capability of maintaining an oversight over this responsibility. God has been faithful in providing a reliable …


The New Moons

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

A concise explanation of what the Bible says about New Moons and what that means to us today. This article gives the CGG position on the observance of New Moons.


The Lunar Sabbath or the Seventh-Day Sabbath: Which?

'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker

The recent Lunar Sabbath phenomenon is unbiblical and unworkable. The weekly Sabbath, observed every seventh day, is correct and in line with God's Word.


The Biblical New Year

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God gave Israel a calendar, including a starting point for the year. He tells Moses simply, "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you."


What Does God Really Want? (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the atmosphere of disorder which has emerged in the greater church of God, caused by individuals (ministry and lay members alike), obsessed with the urge to change doctrine, convinced that God was too weak to control Herbert W. Armstrong. The unspoken accusation is that God raised up a messenger, …


Faith, Hope, and the Worship of God (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Using assumptions, some have concocted some nine conflicting calendars. The preservation of the oracles has not been entrusted to the church but to the Jews.


John 7:37 Examined (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that the scene does not change between John 7 and 8, but the location changes in chapter 9, a location where He heals a man who had been blind from his birth. This stirred up another controversy with the Pharisees. All of the events occurring in John 8-10 occurred on the Last Great Day, six months …


Appointments

Sermon by Clyde Finklea

God established the weekly Sabbath on the seventh day of Creation; He established His Holy Days (moedim) on the fourth day. These are His appointments.


Entrusted with Godly Holiness

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Mark Schindler

Holiness moves beyond godliness, demanding that we apply energy to living as God lives, seeking a relationship with God and conforming to His expectations.


The Year of Release

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the Year of Release which falls on the Feast of Trumpets, relates that the Year of Release has ushered in major historical events, such as the September 11th attack and two financial collapses in 2001 and 2008. The Year of Release reminds us that God gives land as a gift to mankind to produce wealth. …


John 7:37 Examined (Part One)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Eighth Day (or Last Great Day) is a separate festival from the Feast of Tabernacles, which can only derive its significance in the New Testament.


Pentecost and Time

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Because of our 'time-bound' state, unless we sync with God's timetable, we are squandering our God-given time to become members of His family.


How Often Should We Partake of the Lord's Supper?

Herbert W. Armstrong Booklet

The biblical proof that God's people should keep the Passover (the Lord's Supper), explaining that it occurs annually on the evening of Nisan 14.


Is God's Way Simple?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Just because something is simple does not make it true and just because something is complex does not make it false. Deeper knowledge often comes with complexity.