2014 Archive of richard rives doctrines:

The following doctrinal statements are emails that richard rives / too long in the sun, send out monthly to those persons on their email listing.

 

The reason I am posting these emails is to publically demonstrate that his ideas are false teaching and his claims need to be reviewed, studied and proven to be false by the greater Christian community online and in Churches. DONOT mistake my reposting of his doctrinal garbage as support for his legalistic / judaizing quest. I DONOT SUPPORT his claims or doctrines. As everyone has read in my blog I have refuted his claims and doctrine on several occasions.

 

All emails posted here are authored by richard rives or one of his followers / employees.

 

I DONOT claim any copy right to what he has authored I am merely attempting at exposing a false christian publically for the sake of those he has misled and swindled.

 

All emails will not be changed or altered and many posted here are repeats from previous emails he sent out over the years. I will date each email by its date so that you can see when I got it.

 

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“Christianity adopts ‘the way of the heathen’ by Richard Rives”

“Jan 01 2014”

 

“Major aspects of Traditional Christianity are in fact pagan in nature: Easter, Christmas, and Sunday rest. Educated theologians are well aware of that fact.”

 

“Most have been trained to make every excuse in the world. They call it apologetics, they attempt to defend concepts that never had anything to do with Christ.”

 

” The things that we read in the Old Testament were written for our admonition. The blending of pagan practices with the prescribed worship of God was never accepted, and was in fact, harshly judged.”

 

” A good example is found in the book of Exodus. ”

 

” While Moses was on Mt. Sinai, receiving the Ten Commandments, just as was the custom in the land of Egypt, a golden calf was built, along with an altar before it. ”

 

” Not only that, but they attempted to associate those pagan traditions with a feast to the LORD. ”

 

” That was not acceptable. ”

 

” The Almighty wanted to kill all of those people, and would have probably done so if Moses had not interceded.”

 

“God had brought those people out of captivity, and yet, there they were attempting to associate pagan tradition with the worship of the Creator.”

 

” The same thing is going on today. Having been brought out of the captivity of worldly sin, many denominations proclaim aspects of pagan sun worship, things that never had anything to do with Christ, to be Christian in nature.”

 

” Although most believers are unaware, educated theologians, church leaders are well aware, and therefore are without excuse. ”

 

” No amount of apology will ever make that acceptable in the eyes of the LORD. The God of the Bible does not change and He is not a respecter of person.”

 

“Let us recall His words as recorded in the book of Jeremiah: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen….” Jeremiah 10:2″

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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“Study To Shew Thyself Approved Unto God by Richard Rives”

“Jan 21 2014”

 

 

“In the book of Daniel, the prophet speaks of a time when knowledge shall be increased; and today we live at a time when information is readily available to anyone who really wants it. ”

 

” I remember when you had to go to the library to find the details about any particular subject. If you lived in a small town, as I did, most often the local library would have to borrow hard to find books from larger ones. ”

 

” Today it is not like that at all. It is estimated that 75% of American homes have internet access. All we have to do is sit down at our own desks and most of the information found in the best libraries around the world is at our finger tips and on our screens in a matter of seconds.”

 

” Today many theologians attempt to associate adaptations of the pagan mythology with Christianity. Non Biblical precepts that are found nowhere in the Bible, are easily documented among the writings of pagan philosophers; and in an information age young people are just not buying it. ”

 

” Our schools and universities are filled with atheistic professors who are more than happy to point out the similarities between aspects of mythology and what is being presented as Christianity, while most Christian theologians are more than happy to skip over that subject – either denying the facts or attempting to make excuses.”

 

” If what I am saying is true, what are you going to do about it? You have access to the internet. Look up the name Easter. Do a search for information regarding December 25th. Find out for yourself where the word Sun Day comes from. ”

 

” Be as the Bereans we read about in the Book of Acts. Check things out. Compare what is being taught with scripture and I believe that you will be surprised.”

 

” In this information age, no longer can responsibility be relegated to the theologians; and according to scripture, willing ignorance has never been a valid excuse. ”

 

” The ultimate responsibility lies with each of us individually. What will you do with what you learn?”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the facts.”

 

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“Private Interpretation by Richard Rives”

“Feb 14 2014”

 

“The Ten Commandments are continually challenged by traditions that have gradually developed over thousands of years. I’m not talking about the traditions passed down from believers that walked and talked with Yeshua, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, but the satanically inspired traditions of men that attempt to lead us away from the truth. ”

 

“Traditions that would never have been accepted in the past are now commonplace in our churches. Satan was defeated at the cross; however, the kingdoms of this world have not yet become the kingdoms of our LORD. Satan is still the god of this world and by way of deceit, non-Biblical precepts have been gradually introduced into Christianity over thousands of years.”

 

” Things that would have never been accepted by the believers that walked and talked with Christ are now proclaimed by many to be “Christian” in nature.”

 

” How can this be explained? Well, even though there is no actual way to explain it, theologians attempt to do so by way of what they call hermeneutics, based on the Greek word introduced into philosophy by Aristotle in his work Peri Hermeneias, “On Interpretation.” Through what theologians call “exegesis” they attempt to provide an explanation of what the Bible is really trying to tell us.”

 

” The Bible warns of philosophy and vain deceit. Even so, much of modern day theological interpretation is based on just that, the philosophical interpretations of man rather than literal context of scripture – a concept rooted in Alexandrian Christianity and the schools of Origen and Clement – a concept advanced during the dark ages when common people had no access to scripture; and when a literal understanding of scripture was a challenge to “church” dogma.”

 

” While one of the main objectives of the Protestant Reformation was to bring back a more literal interpretation – Sola Scriptura – scripture only, today philosophical skepticism once again questions the idea that absolute knowledge and certainty is even possible.”

 

” The simple truths of scripture are challenged on every front. Our adversary’s age old challenge of” Hath God Said?” continues to pervade contemporary Christianity.

As believers we must require our leaders to tell the truth rather than attempt to explain it a way. ”

 

” The Commandments of our Creator are sure. All ten. They stand fast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the Saints: I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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“Pagans Return Temple Treasures by Richard Rives”

“Feb 27 2014”

 

“Today aspects of Mithraism, the worship of the Persian sun god Mithra, are found among the major precepts of mainstream Christianity. About 20 years ago, I had no idea that was the case – but its true. ”

 

” What most people will never hear in church is that during the first few centuries after the time of Christ, Mithraism became one of the chief rivals of Christianity and its influences are still with us today.”

 

” The first Biblical references to the Persian sun god Mithra are found in the Book of Ezra. The setting of the book opens with the city of Jerusalem having been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. Its treasures and the former inhabitants of Judaea are in Babylonian captivity. Darius, king of the Median Empire, had conquered the Babylonians; and Cyrus is now on the throne of the powerful Medo-Persian empire.”

 

“In chapter one we read of a proclamation by Cyrus that the temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt. Thus saith Cyrus King of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. ”

 

“While on the surface it would seem that Cyrus respected the God of the Bible, YHWH Elohim, that is really not the case. We find that when Cyrus would conquer an area it was his policy to restore the worship of the local gods. ”

 

” His favor toward the temple in Jerusalem is not indicative of his knowledge of YHWH: in fact, Scripture plainly states that Cyrus did not know the God of the Bible. Inscriptions on the famous Cyrus Cylinder document his worship of Marduk, also known in Babylon as Bel, or Baal. Even so, God used Cyrus to accomplish His purpose, just as He earlier had used Nebuchadnezzar.”

 

 

“As we continue with the Biblical account, we are told, “Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods; Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer; Notice the name Mithredath. The meaning of that name as found in the Book of Ezra is “The Gift of Mithra.””

 

” The influence of Mithraism did not end in Old Testament times. Today many aspects of Contemporary Christianity have nothing to do with Jesus and are actually “The Gift of Mithra.” Let’s return that gift back to its rightful owner.”

 

” As you may know, I have produced a Book and 5 DVD Study Series entitled Time is the Ally of Deceit. The Study Series exposes the blending of pagan sun worship with the faith of those who walked and talked with Christ – a blend that took place step by step – over time – thus the title Time is the Ally of Deceit. If you’re interested in more information regarding the Mithraism, the Study Series is available in the World Net Daily Superstore. The third chapter and third DVD provide a wealth of information regarding the Persian sun god. You can also learn more by visiting my website ”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the Saints: I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

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“Woe Unto Them by Richard Rives”

“March 5 2014”

 

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil. Those are the words of the prophet Isaiah.”

 

” In the book of Nehemiah we learn that in his day there were those who were working on the Sabbath, buying and selling on that day. ”

 

” Nehemiah told them that if they did not stop that he would lay hands on them. We are told that he contended with the Nobles of Judah and that he said unto them: What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Can something evil ever become good?”

 

” The fourth commandment specifically defines the seventh day as a day of rest and plainly states that no work is to be done on that day. ”

 

” Even so, today many theologians would tell us that we have no obligation to abide by that commandment – that while the other nine commandments are still valid, somehow God has changed Him mind about the fourth commandment that He wrote in stone. ”

 

” They would lead us to believe that disregard for the Sabbath, once defined as evil is now good.”

 

” Can something evil ever become good?”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

 

 

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“Tradition of the Elders or The Commandments of God? by Richard Rives”

“April 4 2014”

 

“In Matthew chapter 15, we find the scribes and Pharisees questioning Jesus, as to why the disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders. He answered by asking His own question: “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”

 

” The very same thing is going on today. Many Christians question why some of us do not recognize the aspects of contemporary Christianity such as Christmas or Easter. ”

 

” They question why we do not observe Sunday as a special day of rest. ”

 

“The answer to those questions is very simple. Those things never had anything to do with Christ. They are pagan traditions in violation of our Creator’s commandments that were gradually developed over the past two thousand years.”

 

” For those who criticize some of us because we do not accept those traditions, I believe that the question Jesus asked is as valid today as it was 2000 years ago: Why do you transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

 

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“The Goddess by Richard Rives”

“4-11-2014”

 

 

“About twenty five years ago I learned that Easter is the name of a pagan fertility goddess. ”

 

” Venerable Bede, an Anglo Saxon theologian who lived some six hundred years after the time of Christ. ”

 

” Bede informs us that the name Easter is derived from the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated during the month they called Eastermonath. ”

 

“He tells us that the name of the festival was transferred to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection when Anglo-Saxon and German heathens converted to Christianity.”

 

” The respected Oxford English Dictionary reiterates – stating that Eostre was originally known as the dawn goddess – no doubt the basis of sunrise celebrations at that time of year.”

 

“Once again, about 25 years ago when I learned the truth about the name Easter I, along with others, began to make people aware of what we were learning. ”

 

” That is about the time when the internet was becoming popular. Back then, most all church leaders were calling Easter – Easter – however, with vast amounts of information at their fingertips. ”

 

” The average person began to easily find out for themselves where the name Easter actually came from. Educated theologians already knew. ”

 

” Now that the average person can learn the truth, many of them now replace the name Easter with the term Resurrection Sunday.”

 

” In 325 A.D. the Council of Nicaea was presided over by Emperor Constantine. The decision of that Council was that Passover would be observed on the first Sunday, after the full moon, on or after the vernal equinox. ”

 

” It is interesting to note that the council speaks of the observance of Passover and not Easter.”

 

” According to the Bible, Passover, occurs on the 14th day of the first month, at even. That means that Passover can fall on any day of the week.”

 

” According to the Nicaean Council, Passover, now recognized by Contemporary Christianity as Easter, must be observed on Sunday.”

 

” Scripture warns us of those who teach for doctrines the commandments of men. We have a choice: The words of the Bible or the words of man.”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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“Easter or Passover by Richard Rives”

4-17-2014

 

 

“It is common knowledge among theologians, historians, and linguists that the word Easter is a translation of the name of a pagan fertility goddess. So how did the name Easter find its way into our Bibles?”

 

“Here’s how. When Martin Luther wrote his German Bible, he substituted the name of a Germanic fertility goddess in place of the word Passover in Acts 12:4.”

 

“The name of that goddess was Ostern. Later, when William Tyndale translated the Bible into English, he picked up on Martin Luther’s usage of the name Ostern and placed the name Ester in his Bible – the name of the spring fertility goddess recognized by his English readers.”

 

“It is interesting to note that where Hebrew and Greek manuscripts referred to what we now recognize as Passover, Tyndale used the word Ester.”

 

“Where do we get the word Passover? Well, Tyndale realized that there was a problem with the word Easter and is responsible for coming up with the English word Passover.”

 

“Later when the King James Version of the Bible was produced, its translators were under constraints concerning proper nouns, or names.”

 

“While using the word Passover in other locations just as Tyndale, King James’ translators placed the name Easter in Acts 12:4.”

 

“Up until the time of Tyndale, and the King James version of the Bible, those reading Acts 12:4 in Greek, Latin, German, and other languages, read the words that conveyed the meaning of Passover.”

 

“Why is this important? The crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior occurred at the Biblically prescribed time of Passover and not at the time mere men have chosen as the date for Easter.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

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“The Sabbath Day by Richard Rives”

5-9-2014

 

 

“It seems that many theologians and Bible teachers have thought of a way to talk about the fourth commandment without speaking specifically about the sabbath day. When it comes to the rest prescribed by that commandment they just say “one day in seven.”

 

“I guess that when you think of it – technically they are correct – the sabbath day is “one day in seven” – but it is not just any one of those days. The fourth commandment is very specific. It’s the seventh day.”

 

“Why are we to rest on that day? Once again the fourth commandment is very specific: – For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. It is a memorial of the creation.”

 

“Who was it that created all things in six days? Who was it that rested on the seventh day and who set it apart as a holy day? According to the New Testament it was Jesus Christ. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

 

“In the year 321 the Roman Emperor Constantine made it a law that everyone must rest on Sunday – the first day of the week. EVERYONE – including those who were professed Christians – and gradually – over time – most of them began to overlook the specific instructions of the fourth commandment.”

 

“Sunday rest became a tradition for which the organized church would take credit. Church Councils proudly state that by the authority of the church “The Sabbath, the most glorious day in the law, has been changed into the Lord’s day,” or Sunday.”

 

” Here’s what we can know for sure: Jesus hallowed the seventh day, all the way back at the time of creation. The fourth commandment was later written in stone and therefore it will never change.”

 

“We know from the Old Testament that since that time, those who worshipped the God of the Bible rested on that specific day – and we know from the New Testament that those who followed Jesus rested on that specific day – according to the commandment.”

 

“Boasting of their authority to change that, church leaders picked another day – one in seven. Jesus picked the seventh day. Who will you trust to get it right?”

 

” Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

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“Philosophy by Richard Rives”

5-18-2014

 

 

“If you are familiar with my commentaries, you have heard me say that the three major components of contemporary Christianity can be traced directly to pagan sun worship. Easter, Christmas, and Sun Day rest.”

 

“Some people get all upset when I say that – and for good reason – it’s upsetting. Not only is it upsetting, but it is very important to understand: – for the New Testament warns us to beware lest any man spoil us through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

 

“Easter, Christmas, and Sun Day rest are manmade traditions; and educated Christian philosophers are well aware of that fact.”

 

“Few of them make any effort to share that information. Most will go to any length to avoid discussion.”

 

“In the book of 1 Thessalonians the apostle Paul advises us to prove all things; and to hold fast only to that which is good.”

 

“I encourage you to check out the things that I present. If you do, you will probably still be upset. But not with me.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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“Not Of Works Unto Good Works by Richard Rives”

6-6-2014

 

 

“As believers we are saved by grace through faith; and that not of ourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

 

“Saved by grace —– Not of works – UNTO GOOD WORKS? Is that a contradiction? No it is not.”

 

“As believers, created in Christ Jesus we are empowered by the Holy Spirit unto good works.”

 

“We do not work in order to achieve salvation. We work because we are saved.”

 

“And what good works are we created in Christ Jesus to do? The works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

 

 “I believe that those works, which God hath before ordained, can be found in the Ten Commandments – spoken by the Creator Himself to a mixed multitude at Mt. Sinai – and written in stone – demonstrating that they will never change.”

 

” In the Book of Matthew – Chapter 5 Jesus tell us that we are to let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good WORKS and that by doing so we glorify our Father which is in heaven.”

 

“What was Jesus talking about when he spoke of good works? His very next sentence provides the answer.”

 

“Here’s what He said:”

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

 

” Saved by grace —– Not of works – Unto good works that glorify our Heavenly Father. Adherence to His commandments.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered”

 

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The Spirit of Life by Richard Rives

6-24-2014

 

 

“There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

 

” Speaking to believers, in his epistle to the Romans, the Apostle Paul says that Jesus condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us.”

 

“Paul speaks of being subject to the law of God. He tells us that those who are not subject to that law have carnal minds, that they cannot please God, and that living after the flesh, as opposed to being subject to that law, will result in death.”

 

“Today many Christian theologians would lead us to believe that we should not concern ourselves with laws, in spite of the fact that the New Testament is full of references to the law.”

 

“While the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus HAS made us free from the law of sin and death, the apostle Paul makes it plain, in no uncertain terms, that our Creator still has rules and regulations that He expects us to abide by.”

 

“According to Paul those who are spiritually minded ARE subject to the law of God. I believe that “the law of God” is defined by The Ten Commandments, and that they are just as applicable today as they ever were.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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Fiery Indignation by Richard Rives

7-10-2013

 

 

Today we hear a great deal about tolerance, as if the willingness to tolerate every corrupt and ungodly thing is a commendable attribute.

 

Well, the truth is: the God of the Bible is an intolerant God. When He gave us the Ten Commandments He was not kidding. The penalty for breaking them has always been death. Now that’s pretty intolerant.

 

In the book of Genesis we learn that the curse of death came upon mankind because Adam and Eve ate of forbidden fruit. – – In the book of Numbers we find that Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land because he smote the rock at Horeb rather than speaking to it. – – In the book of First Samuel we read of how King Saul was removed from leadership because he listened to the people rather than following, in detail, what God told him to do. – – In Second Kings we find that Jehu was instrumental in removing the worship of Baal in Israel.

 

Even so, he failed to remove the images of golden calves that had been set up in Dan and Bethel. Because of that we are told that: In those days the LORD began to cut Israel short. Their enemies began to overtake them.

 

Now, I know what some of you may be thinking – That was in the Old Testament – Today it is all about grace. Was Jesus tolerant of the money changers in the temple when he drove them out of there with a whip?

 

Was Jesus tolerant of the religious leaders of His day when He told them that they were blind fools, hypocrites, the children of hell, and that they would receive the greater damnation?

 

How can anyone honestly believe that it is all about grace when Jesus Himself said that not everyone that calls Him Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven and that those who work iniquity will be told to depart from Him – that He never knew them? Once again, that’s pretty intolerant.

 

Will Jesus be considered tolerant when as Second Thessalonians informs us” He is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ “- those who shall be punished with everlasting destruction? When he appears as the Word of God, clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, treading the wine press of humanity with the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God will He be considered tolerant? I don’t think so.

 

 

Because God can in no way tolerate sin He provided a way of Amazing Grace through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, Yeshua, Jesus Christ – not that we might willfully practice sin without consequence but in order that we might be forgiven of our past transgressions and that by the power of the Holy Spirit we might keep His commandments.

 

We must not confuse grace with tolerance – because God has appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness.

 

Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.

 

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Once Saved Always Saved by Richard Rives

7-28-2014

 

 

“Once saved – always saved! To me it seems like a theological debate the defies common sense. If you are saved you are saved and if you are not you are not.”

 

“The real question should be: What does it mean to be saved? When asked that question most Christians respond by saying that one must believe in Jesus Christ – for that is what is preached over, and over, and over again in churches.”

 

“While that is a very important part of salvation that is not all there is to it. We learn from the book of James that the devils also believe, and tremble. Are they saved as well?”

 

“True salvation involves the recognition that we have sinned and come short of the glory of God. It involves repentance – the turning from sin to obedience by which the Holy Spirit is received.”

 

“By the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in newness of life and keep our Creators commandments. Thats true salvation, we are saved from our sins – not in order that we can practice sin without consequence.”

 

“Today our churches are filled with people who believe in Jesus, yet they have been told that the very thought of keeping our Creators commandments is to be legalistic.”

 

“The Ten Commandments have been removed not only from our public buildings but from the walls of our churches as well. The New Testament defines sin as the transgression of the law, yet few Christians can define that law.”

 

“We are saved from our sins – not that we might continue in sin that grace may abound. The apostle Paul sums it up: being made free from sin, and becoming servants to God, we have our fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

 

“Once saved always saved? If you are saved you are saved and if you are not you are not.   Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; Im Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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“Not So Lord by Richard Rives”

9-18-2014

 

 

“Noah knew the difference between clean and unclean animals hundreds of years before Jewish people came on the scene. He took seven pairs of clean animals on the Ark on only two pairs of unclean animals.”

 

“The Old Testament is specific in regards to the meat of unclean animals, including swines flesh. It is not to be eaten.”

 

“Many years after the resurrection of Christ, Peter, while praying in Joppa, had a vision of a great sheet that was tied together at the four corners. That sheet, full of all kinds of unclean animals, was being let down from heaven to earth, and we are told that Peter heard a voice telling him to kill and eat.”

 

” In Peters mind, he was being told to do something that he knew was in absolute violation of the dietary laws set forth in Torah, the first five books of the Bible. Three times he refused to do so, stating: Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.”

 

“He knew that God does not change His mind; and that there was something that he did not understand about the vision.”

 

“What Peter found out later was that the vision had nothing to do with eating unclean animals but rather with preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles, people of other nations, who, up until that time, were considered common and unclean to the extent that it was unlawful for a Jew to keep company with them.”

 

“Peter was shown that God is no respecter of persons and that every nation that fears Him and seeks righteousness is accepted with Him.”

 

“The very first believers, Christians if you will, were Jewish people that kept the commandments of God. As Gentiles were grafted into the believing remnant of Israel it was expected that as they attended synagogue on the sabbath day they would learn about the instructions of Torah.”

 

“Second Timothy informs us that : All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”

 

 

“Even so, today, 2000 years later, most Christians have little interest in what is written in the Old Testament because they have been taught that it is no longer important.”

 

 “Having little knowledge of Gods interaction with the nation of Israel, few realize that as believers in the Messiah of Israel, they are part of Israel – neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, bond or free – Abrahams seed and heirs according to the promise.”

 

“The Old Testament reveals a great deal about the identity of believers. If you are unfamiliar with what is says, I encourage you to read it for yourself. Its all about our Savior. Jesus said that Moses wrote of Him.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; Im Richard Rives with Just the Facts.”

 

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(Note: From Aug 25 – Sept 3. There were no new Emails from rives company till Oct of this year.)

 

Weightier Matters by Richard Rives

10-31-2014

 

 

“Jesus found many of the religious leaders of His day to be hypocrites. He called them blind guides; stating that by teaching for doctrines the commandments of men, they were worshiping Him in vain.”

 

“They had added all kinds of man-made rules and regulations to The Ten Commandments that made them impossible to keep.”

 

“Jesus said that they had omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith; and that while straining at a gnat they had swallowed a camel.”

 

“I believe that some of todays Christian theologians have swallowed that same camel.”

 

“The scribes and Pharisees falsely accused Jesus of breaking certain commandments and some of todays Christian religious leaders actually believe that He did.”

 

“They confuse oral tradition – additional man made laws – with the commandments of God and teach people that what was written in stone was abrogated by the New Testament.”

 

“Many lead us to believe that the law was nailed to the cross, when in fact it was not the commandments of God but rather the handwriting of ordinances that were against us – the commandments and doctrines of men.”

 

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. All of our Creator’s commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.”

 

“Let us not strain at a gnat. Neither let us nor swallow a camel.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, I’m Richard Rives, with Just the Facts.”

 

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“Lively Oracles by Richard Rives”

“11-7-2014”

 

 

“In the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul makes it plain: We are saved by grace through faith. There is no law that we can keep – nothing that we can do to earn salvation – it is the gift of God:”

 

” In another place – Romans Chapter 3 Paul tells us that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; and that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. He concludes by asking a very important question: Do we then make void the law through faith?”

 

“Now before we take a look at the answer let us consider another very important question: Do we make void WHAT LAW through faith. What law was the Apostle Paul talking about?”

 

” In the Book of Ephesians Paul speaks of Jews and Gentiles. He addresses lasciviousness, lying, and covetousness.”

 

“He quotes the fifth commandment Honor thy father and mother, and addresses idolatry – a clear reference to the first and second commandments – plainly stating that idolaters have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ. He is talking about the commandments recorded in the Old Testament, and warns of a penalty for wilfully breaking them:”

 

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”

 

“What about Romans chapter 3? Once again, what law was the Apostle Paul talking about?”

 

“He begins by stating the Jews have an advantage because the oracles of God were committed to them. Acts chapter 7 tells us that those lively oracles were received at Mt. Sinai – a clear and undeniable reference to The Ten Commandments.”

 

“The question remains: Do we then make void the law through faith? Now for Pauls answer:- – God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, Im Richard Rives, with Just the Facts.”

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“We Know That We Know Him by Richard Rives”

11-16-2014

 

 

“Pythia, the oracle at Delphi sat in the temple of Apollo. Intoxicated, she would sit there babbling while the priest of the sun god would interpret.”

 

“It is related that Socrates asked the Oracle of Delphi – the question Who is the wisest man in Greece? Her response was that the wisest man alive would know one thing – and that is that he knows nothing.”

 

“The Bible warns us of philosophy; and while some of Gods ways are truly past finding out, there are some things that we can know that we know.”

 

“The book of 1 John, chapter 2 provides one very important example. In reference to Jesus Christ, John tells us that we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He goes on to say that those who say they know Him, while breaking his commandments are liars and that the truth is not in them.”

 

“John makes it plain: “…I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.” – 1 John 2:7″

 

” In the very next chapter, once again, in reference to knowing Jesus, John defines sin. He tells us that sin is the transgression of the law, stating that: “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” – 1 John 3:6″

 

“Today there are those who would tell us that our Creators commandments are no longer important, even though John plainly states that sin is defined as the transgression of the law.”

 

“Let us heed his warning. “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.” – 1 John 3:7-10″

 

“Pretty harsh words for those who choose to transgress our Creators commandments.”

 

“Let us not forget that Jesus was and is that Creator. He said that Moses wrote of Him. Heres what He had to say. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, Im Richard Rives, with Just the Facts.”

 

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“The Birth of Jesus Christ by Richard Rives”

12-4-2014

 

 

“During the fourth century Rome was considered by most people to be the center of the Christian world.”

 

“Every year on December 25th, the day now recognized as Christmas, the Romans held a huge birthday celebration. Roman calendars designated that day as the most important birthday of the year.”

 

“Rome, the center of fourth century Christianity – – December 25th.  Would you care to guess whose birthday was celebrated?”

 

“No. It was not celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ; but rather the birthday of the pagan sun god Sol Invictus – the Invincible Sun.”

 

“The birthday of all the other pagan gods were celebrated with 24 chariot races in the Roman Circus. The birthday of Sol Invictus, December 25th was celebrated with 30 races.  150,000 people would pack the race track for a day of festivity.”

 

“Today, without even the slightest justification, December is recognized as the birthday of Jesus. Less than two hundred years ago, those living in what is now recognized as the United States would have nothing to do with celebrations on that day.”

 

“In fact, it was illegal. It was condemned by the Puritans, the Methodists, the Quakers, the Amish, the Presbyterians, and the Baptists. Only in 1856 was it made legal in Massachusetts.”

 

“Today, the majority of Christian theologians and teachers would have us believe that Jesus really does not care that a known pagan birthday is celebrated as His own. They believe that paganism and Christianity can be combined and that the Creator will do nothing.”

 

“Those living in Jerusalem, shortly before the Babylonian captivity thought the same thing. Right there on the temple mount and even in the temple itself pagan ritual abounded and those folks thought the God did not care – that He would do nothing about it.”

 

“While sending prophets to warn the religious leaders and the people that He would not accept that. They did no listen. God allowed that to go on for almost 200 years – that is until one day His own people found themselves in captivity – many of them slaughtered as the Almighty removed his hand of protection.”

 

“Almost 200 years ago, Christmas, a known precept of pagan sun worship, was made legal in America. It was proclaimed to be Christian in nature; and just as those living shortly before the Babylonian captivity, the majority of our religious leaders tell us that God does not care and that He will do nothing about it.”

 

“What do you think?”

 

“Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, I’m Richard Rives, with Just the Facts.”

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