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.


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.


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.


Cultural Manipulation

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Every new teen fashion, music, movie, and television trend is marketed and sold. Our kids are being manipulated to absorb and reflect a deviant culture.


Evaluating Culture

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Under humanistic liberalism, cultural standards exist on a sliding scale, depending on the tastes of the individual. In the end, there are no standards.


The Shallowness of Pop Culture

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Popular culture can easily become an escape from the pressing issues of life and of this world, and in this sense, it becomes a trap as problems continue.


Where Is Cancel Culture Headed?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The political and cultural Left has allied with giant tech corporations to sideline people and institutions who do not espouse the 'right' ideas and beliefs.


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 …


Our Enervating Culture

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

If a person cannot honestly ascertain whether a thing is true or false, it will not be long before he loses his grip on reality—which truth defines.


Cancel Culture

Commentary by Ryan McClure

Offense will be common in the end times, and many will attempt to cancel those who disagree, as the Pharisees cancelled Jesus Christ by execution.


America's Imminent Perfect Storm

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Is there a leader in the wings who will have the fortitude to face the coming crisis? Perhaps there is, though it appears that he has not shown his face in public.


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.


Reality Narcolepsy

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

It is an exercise in futility to play king-of-the-hill in a world so universally sinful.


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, …


Shifting American Values

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

American cultural and political standards, no longer fixed in Scripture, also have only a tenuous hold on the principles in the founding documents.


What Does It Say?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

What does it say about a nation that lacks both the heart and the leadership to stop itself from committing suicide? God says we are headed for a fall.


Immigration and the Kingdom of God

'Prophecy Watch' by David C. Grabbe

Unlike Europe and the United States, God ensures that all His potential citizens will conform to His culture.


Contemporary Primitivism

CGG Weekly

Technology merely indicates material development, whitewashing over a culture's moral, ethical, or spiritual state with shiny displays and distractions.


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.


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


We Are the Enemy

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Ridicule of Christians and the biblical teachings they believe is on the rise. Christianity is under attack, putting those who believe the Bible in the crosshairs.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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, …


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.


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 …