Is America a Christian Nation? Summary (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh asserts that. despite recent claims from the Evangelical conservatives, America was never established as a Christian nation. God called out Abraham, specifically blessing him, and through him, blessed the nations of the entire earth. The early European settlers of the North American Continent consisted of …


Victims of Existentialism

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on the philosophical stance of existentialism (each individual has the responsibility to find his own meaning in life, stressing that people are not answerable to any higher power, but are totally responsible for what he does and subject to the consequences of his actions, bringing to him a great deal …


A Quick Survey of American Christianity

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on an article in Christianity Today, suggests that a nation's religion generally determine the moral standards of a nation. In the United States, 70% -80% consider themselves as Christians, but only 19% are active church goers, 20% of professing Christians are much less involved, while 30% described …


The Nones, Atheism, and Immorality

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

The 'Nones' have risen to prominence in society, ideologically committed to abortion, radical feminism, homosexuality, strict gun control, and socialism.


Do You Feel Free?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, examining an article by Guy Benson, the political editor for Townhall.com who sees no conflict between his homosexual orientation and his conservative views, suggests that his defense of his uncloseted perversity is emblematic of the weakness of nominal Christianity. The mainstream Christian churches have lost …


Has America Gone Crazy? (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

America today resembles pre-revolution France. Like other mass movements, America's civil war drums are beaten by leaders in government, religion, and education.


Liberalism and Education (Part One)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

While liberalism claims to champion civil liberties and individual liberties, liberal governments rob us of liberty and saddle us with useless regulations.


Is America a Christian Nation? Summary (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reacting to the mantra of the evangelicals on the conservative right wing of the political spectrum that America was founded as a Christian nation, provides a comprehensive summary disproving this claim. Even though several of the Founding Fathers drew upon the Bible for the laws in the Constitution, they were …


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Five)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh cautions that most religious-professing people (including many members of the greater church of God) have not used the Word of God as their standard of morality and conduct, but instead are allowing society and culture to shape their attitudes, tolerating the disgusting incremental escalating perversion of moral …


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Ten)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The vast majority of Christian-professing churches has been saturated with pagan doctrines (like antinomianism and dispensationalism), derived from Gnosticism.


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Eleven)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Because of Dispensationalism, many believe there is an adversarial relationship between law and grace, as though they cannot be complementary.


Does Doctrine Really Matter? (Part Three)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing upon an official poll administered by the Vatican, reveals that throughout the so-called Christian world, militant atheism may be decreasing, but religious indifference (or prudent agnosticism) is also increasing at even a more dramatic rate. People in both Roman Catholic and Protestant traditions feel …


Balls and Strikes

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

When I awoke this morning, I actually remembered my dream. ...


Themes of Ruth (Part One): Naomi

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Naomi's attractive personality, selflessness, godly conviction and common sense characterize her relationship with her Gentile daughters-in-law.


Should a Christian Enforce Unjust Laws?

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh acknowledges that this is not our Father's world and that man's laws, established by "community" mores, are often at cross purposes with God's holy law—laws such as legalized infanticide (abortion) and same-sex 'marriage' (sexual perversion). Consequently, a true Christian cannot become caught up …


Rejoice in What We Are

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh exhorts us to consider what God is working out in our lives. We usually tend to compare ourselves not with the majority of the world, who are worse off than we are, but with a set of high-achievers (such as the NASA astronauts who walked on the moon), possibly lusting after their property and attainment. We can …


Why So Many Religions? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

There are over 1,200 Christian denominations in the United States! Why has God not intervened to remove the confusion and set things straight?


Samson and the Christian (Part 5)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh suggests that Samson personifies the phrase, 'Everyone did what was right in his own eyes,' becoming the archetypal judge, and representing Israel's rebellious attitude at the time. A judge served as a war leader and a guarantor of justice, yet, while the physical strength of these judges increased, their …


Samson and the Christian (Part 3)

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh reiterates that during the 400-year period of the Judges, Israel experienced a perpetual rollercoaster ride in which the Israelites fared well only when a judge was in power, but tribulation and distress when there was no judge. As Judges 14 opens, God motivates a spoiled, lustful, impetuous troublemaker to …


The Cultural Moral Norm

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reporting the findings of a recent Barna Poll, reveals that many Americans (especially the Millennials) have rejected the concept of moral absolutes and have embraced the treacherous notion that truth is relative, totally a matter of personal experience and cultural preference, similar to the state of affairs in …


Two Different Perspectives

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

While more people consider themselves spiritual, fewer are religious. They are less sure about what they really believe and more tolerant of other beliefs.


A Nation of Laws?

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

A primary concept that separates the United States of America from other nations, particularly those governed by strong men or oligarchies, is the principle of the primacy of law. ...


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.


Identity as Sovereign

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

As the virulent and violent secular humanism spreads throughout Western civilization, the highest ideal has become the all-important "My Identity. ...


Toward Anarchy

CGG Weekly by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Here in Charlotte, the local school system has descended into another crisis—only the latest one on a very long string of such problems—and this time the turmoil concerns what is being called deconsolidation. ...


Conspiracy Theory (Part Fourteen)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, observing that Republican leaders who claim to be "Reagan Conservatives" have been voting with the Democrats on all the key issues such as amnesty, border security, Obama-care, etc., concludes that these R.I.N.O.s (Republicans in name only) are actually voting according to a philosophy of pragmatism …


Whose Family Values?

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Family values has become an important topic in America today. Whose family values should we hold and follow? Is there any indication that we will return to good and right values?


Evaluating Tiger's Evaluators

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, commenting upon one of the "biggest news story of the year," namely Tiger Woods' infidelities, suggests that the sports media has largely given him a pass, claiming he "made a mistake," while in actuality they covered up a pre-determined course of living. When one courageous sportswriter told …


Hope to the End (Part Two)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reiterating that there is a malaise of hopelessness, anxiety, and dread permeating this nation like never before, systematically explains: (1) how we arrived at this crisis, (2) why God has ordained that we live in these conditions, (3) how bad choices by the trillions eroded the moral foundation of our culture, …


The First Commandment: Idolatry

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Idolatry is the most frequently committed sin, seen in five commandments. God challenges us to either defend our body of beliefs or drop them in favor of His.


Be Prepared

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, asking us about our preparedness as we made plans for the Feast of Tabernacles, asks us if we plan ahead when we understand God's purpose for the feast. All of us planned, anticipating needs, imitating this cardinal godly trait of our heavenly father. Preparations are made in everything we envision. Life is …


Purpose-Driven Churches (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must remain vigilant in the midst of heresy, false prophets, earthquakes, and signs in the heavens. Jesus tells His followers not to sleep, reminding them that disastrous events occurring in the world are going to intensify and wear out the saints. The Purpose Driven Church will be a major player trying to take us in the …


The Commandments (Part Two)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Idolatry constitutes the fountainhead from which all other sins flow, all of which amplify obsessive self-centeredness and self-indulgence.


Mightier Than The Sword (Part Seven)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, continuing his exposition of the French philosopher Rousseau, pointed out that he fathered five children, but because of his narcissistic devotion to himself and his precious creature comforts, he abandoned every one of them to orphanages, believing that it was the State's obligation to care for children, not …


Keeping God's Standards

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

God's law will be the spiritual weights and measures in the Kingdom, but until then, we must glorify God by keeping these standards as a bright light.


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.


The Unshakable Kingdom!

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Because all things will be violently shaken, God commands His people to place their trust in the unshakeable Kingdom of God which will displace all empires.


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, …