My response to rives May 2012 email: ‘Sound Doctrine, Righteous, and Godly Living’

Early in May 2012 rives sent out the following.


“Sound Doctrine Righteous and Godly Living”

“by Richard Rives”


“The Book of Titus speaks of sound doctrine. We learn that the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. We also learn that grace involves denying ungodliness and worldly lust – sober righteous and godly living in this present world as we look forward to the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.”

“Titus goes on to explain what Yeshua, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel has done for us. He gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

“Today, many Christian leaders would lead us to believe that those who are zealous of good works, somehow discount the value of grace. They have been trained to associate good works with the idea of salvation by way of those good works. “


“Nothing could be further from the truth. We are saved by grace through faith and not by works of the law – not by anything we can do to earn salvation – it is the gift of God. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.”


“As we see in the Book of Titus, good works are not a means of salvation but rather the result of it. Sin has always been defined as the transgression of the law and the wages of sin, the penalty for sin, has always been death.”


“Jesus gave Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity – to redeem us from the penalty for transgressing His laws and to purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works – to empower His servants to keep His commandments.”

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


My response:

Is rives right? Does Titus speak of keeping the Ten Commandments?

No of course not….

This is where rives is again wrong and is using his own “eisegesis” to create his false teaching.

Lets review Titus and see if rives is right or wrong. I am using the KJV Bible published by World Wide Publishers Iowa  Falls,  Iowa.

Titus 1:1-4 Greetings

Titus 1:5-9 Guidelines for leaders

Titus 1:10-16 Beware of false teachers (Like rives)

Titus 2:1-15 Guidelines for each age group of men and women. How to live a Godly life.

Titus 3:1-8 Be subject to the Government. We are saved by Jesus mercy not our works.

Titus 3:9-11 Avoid foolish questions

Titus 3:12-15 Closing

 Rives has already forgotten the following Scriptuires in Titus that point out his folly.

See Titus 1:10-16, Titus 3:9-11

Did Jesus require the Ten Commandments as a moral doctrine?

Well not exactly…

See Matthew 22:36-40.

Opps… It appears that Jesus himself knew which parts of the Law of Moses was the most important. And this of course makes rives a false teacher and a fool.

But of course… My blog has already proved that.

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