Check Your Culture

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God's people living in America must prioritize God's Commandments over the U.S. Constitution and over American culture. We have a heavenly citizenship.


Countering the Culture

Article by Staff

There is no doubt that America's culture is plunging to depths many of us never imagined. To Christians, having to deal with the world is a frightening prospect. Here are five steps we can take to mitigate its influence on our lives.


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 …


Music and Cultural Freefall

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The lyrics of popular songs show that what is on young Americans' minds is sex, rebellion, violence, and a feeling of exclusion. This bodes ill for the future.


The Shallowness of Pop Culture

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

It never ceases to amaze. ...


Evaluating Culture

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

In listening to a series of 48 lectures by University of California at Berkeley Professor Robert Greenberg titled "How to Listen to and Understand Great Music," I have come to a greater realization of the evolving tastes among consumers of Western music. ...


Cultural Paradigms in Scripture

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh, focusing on Paul's declaration that he would become all things to all men, suggests that Paul had the capability of seeing the truths of the Bible from several different cultural paradigms, namely an honor-shame continuum and a power-fear continuum, familiar to Hebrew and Middle-Eastern cultures, and an …


Abortion Legislation

Commentary by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Recently, nine states have passed legislation to restrict abortion. An equal number of states have removed all rights of the fetus, even up to birth.


America's Imminent Perfect Storm

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

As spring turns toward summer and the fall elections march ever nearer, winds of change are blowing across this nation, auguring a critical moment in American history. ...


American Conservatism (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that, although every nation has its own unique kind of conservatism, American conservativism is judged more harshly because its tenets took root in biblical principles advanced by the Puritans, who sought to find religious freedom on the North American Continent, and because the Founding Fathers, …


Reality Narcolepsy

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

A local radio talk-show host frequently uses the term "reality narcolepsy" to describe the human condition of being asleep—and thus blind—to the truth of what is occurring. ...


Shifting American Values

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Fifteen years ago, the subject of "values" was on everyone's lips, reaching its crescendo during the political campaigns of the time. ...


What Does It Say?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

What does it say about a nation that makes an icon of a woman whose only claims to fame are to have posed nude for a magazine, married a nearly nonagenarian billionaire, had a drug problem, and had a string of affairs? ...


Immigration and the Kingdom of God

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Many of the problems of present-day Europe have their source in the governments' tolerant, multicultural policies regarding immigration. David Grabbe, seeing parallels between immigration and a Christian's entry into God's Kingdom, shows that, unlike Europe, God ensures that all His potential citizens will conform to His culture.


Has America Gone Crazy? (Part Three)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Those being molded by today's education system lack the historical context to permit them to grasp how it is twisting their impressionable minds.


Overcoming Hypocrisy

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Bill Onisick, warning us that we are continually in danger of being deceived by our hearts and carnal nature, a nature which distracts us from following God, though we go through the motions, cautions us to not practice hypocrisy before Almighty God. Most have deluded themselves into thinking their ways are pure and acceptable …


Contemporary Primitivism

CGG Weekly

Our age is more technologically advanced than any that man has previously known. ...


Humanism's Flooding Influence (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh notes that humanism drives the philosophical approach of Tiger Woods and today's political leaders. Humanism stems from the Renaissance, a time men felt free to use their minds to expand their knowledge, exalting human reason and self-realization over religion and divine authority, replacing it with classical …


Its All the Rage

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

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 …


It's All Relative

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

We frequently hear our culture labeled as postmodern. What is postmodernism? How is it related to relativism? Richard Ritenbaugh explains these terms and shows examples of them in politics, music and advertising — and gives God's opinion of it.


Fiddling While Europe Burns

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

The recent riots in the Paris suburbs draw attention to a Europe-wide problem: Two very different cultures are battling for supremacy. David Grabbe points out that the powers that be in Europe still do not want to confront this life-and-death issue.


Conspiracy Theory (Part Thirteen)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, suggests that, although humanism as a philosophy came onto American campuses approximately 50 years ago, it has been a part of the world's culture since 1600, when technology enabled secular universities to counter-attack the explosion of Biblical knowledge, unleashed by the Protestant Reformation. Actually, …


We Are the Enemy

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The trend has been noticeable over the past few years, particularly in popular books, television shows, and movies, but also in the culture at large. It runs something like this: ...


Deceiving the American Public

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that, although previously co-habiting, homosexual, lesbian, and same-sex marriage relationships were viewed with repulsion by society, political correctness has coerced society to look upon these decrepit liaisons as normal. The movers and shakers of public opinion have steadily been working on …


What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Zephaniah 3 foretells of a "pure language," by which people may call on the name of the Lord. Many believe it will be Hebrew, but the Scriptures reveal more.


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.


Communication and Leaving Babylon (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Humanity finds itself inhabiting a world that is the place of restraint for untold numbers of malevolent spirits, all of whom hate God and desire to destroy mankind. John Ritenbaugh reiterates that our human nature reflects these spirits' attitudes, and the only way to overcome it is through God's creating a new heart in us by …


What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

A culture that is far from God has a debased language, but the real problem with the Jews of Isaiah's day was that they were going astray in their hearts.


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. …


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 …


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.


Why Hebrews Was Written (Part Six)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

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 …


Conscience (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that human nature will degenerate as far as it is allowed. It has the tendency to quickly adapt to its environment, "adjusting" effortlessly to immorality and perversion. The conscience'the response of man's moral awareness to the divine revelation concerning himself, his attitudes, and his …