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.


Anarchy in God's Church? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Numerous biblical examples show the authority and structure of the church. However, they will hold little weight if we feel our experience invalidates them.


Government (Part Six)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that if one does not give up control to God (does not submit to Him), then one is never going to live the Government of God; and one will never be able to understand it. The church is neither an institution nor a corporation, but a living organism- a body connected to the Head (Jesus Christ). The body …


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.


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 Seven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that it is the responsibility of each person to govern himself. Otherwise, even the very best government (the government of our Head, Jesus Christ) won't work. Goethe said "the best of all governments is that which teaches us to govern ourselves" Voluntary consent and mutual consent is the …


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, …


Principles of Church Leadership

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A major responsibility for the fracturing of the WCG rested with the leadership, based on a philosophy of authoritarianism Christ warned against.


Self-Government and Responsibility (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh reiterates that the operation of God's government absolutely depends on each person governing himself, never going beyond the boundaries God has given him. Human nature always wants to break free of those boundaries. Through our entire lives, we need to study diligently to find out what our responsibilities are …


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 …


The Gift of Eternal Life

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, distinguishing between living forever and eternal life, points out that longevity does not necessarily equate to quality of life. Living forever while enduring pain lacks appeal. Most people would want eternal life only if it were vibrant, the kind promised to God's called-out ones in I John 5:9-12 and John …


What's So Bad About Busybodies?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible lists busybodies with murderers and robbers. We must learn to operate in our appointed spheres of responsibility and not take the job of another.


John (Part 28)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh explains that Jesus' caution to Mary in John 20:17, "Don't touch me," is more accurately translated "Don't cling to me." Either translation does not contradict the First Fruits symbolism. (After all, the Levitical Priests had to "touch" the grain in order to offer it.) Also the …


Secession (Part One): Is Separation Wrong?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, observing that we live in a culture that encourages diversity and disparaging unity, suggests that if the subsequent separation and secessionist movements succeed, we will soon live in a fractious, segmented, divided, disunited States, balkanized by multiple languages and conflicting cultures. A lingua-franca …