What Richard rives believes and what he is doing

What Richard rives believes and what he is doing

April 2012

In another series of recent mass emails Richard rives decided to repost what he believes in order to try to give answers to those of us who are skeptical of his claims.

“I Believe”

“by Richard Rives”

Jan 2012

“As amazing as it may seem, some people want to tell me what I believe. If they can just put words in my mouth, connect me with some denomination that they do not like, or categorize me in some negative way, then surely they could find something wrong – some way to discredit me for simply stating that we should keep all ten of our Creator’s commandments.”

“Well, they cannot fool me. I know what I believe.”

“I believe that we are saved, by grace, through faith in the redemption made possible – only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and not by works of the law. There is no law that can be kept that will save us. We do not however make void the law that grace may abound. That is not what the New Testament teaches.”

 

“I believe that Yeshua of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, laid down His life for the remission of “sins that are past” and not in order that we might break the commandments of our Creator and continue in sin. Not only did He lay down His life for us, but as believers, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit to empower us in order that we can keep those commandments.”

 

“I believe that if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. However, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Even so, I find no provision in the Old Testament or the New for the willful, on purpose, and presumptuous practice of sin. We cannot be the servants of sin.”

 

“I believe that The Ten Commandments tell us what is right and wrong; therefore they are all “moral laws.” Sin is the transgression of the law; and the unrepentant willful disregard for our Creator’s commandments will not yield everlasting life. There is more to Biblical Christianity than just believing. “

“The New Testament informs us that the devils also believe, and tremble; and that faith without works is dead. Scripture makes it plain: Those who know the truth regarding the commandments of our Creator, and choose to knowingly and purposefully disregard those commandments, which is defined as sin, will be subject to judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries. “

“As believers we must not practice sin, for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

“In summary: I believe that our Creator wrote ten simple and easy to understand commandments in stone, that He made no mistake, and that He means what he says. I believe that breaking any of those “moral” laws constitutes sin.”

 

“I believe that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; and that as believers we are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus – – Saved, by grace, through faith in the redemption made possible – only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, Yeshua of Nazareth, and not by works of the law.”

 

“I believe that my Savior loved me so much that He laid down His life to pay the penalty required for breaking His commandments, in order that I might enjoy everlasting life with Him.”

 

“I believe that I love Him enough to want to do what He says, by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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

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In these other posts we learn a little more about what rives believes and thinks he is practicing.

“Return to biblical Christianity”

“Published: 09/22/2009 at 11:27 PM”

“Traditional Christianity as you know it today may be a twisted imitation of the real thing, polluted in the early centuries by pagan practices incorporated into the church.”

“So contends author and archaeologist Richard Rives, whose “Just the Facts” video clips examining history, archaeology and the Bible now come to you free on WND’s Diversions page.”

“Explore the truths of Scripture and reexamine the traditions of the Christian faith with Rives, author of the books “Too Long in the Sun” and “Time is the Ally of Deceit” and president of Wyatt Archaeological Research.”

“Over the past 20 years Rives’ research projects have yielded a great deal of information regarding biblical Christianity. Rives says he makes that information available to truth seekers around the world and earnestly contends for the faith once delivered to the saints.”

“My primary interest,” Rives told WND, “is in the Christianity of the first-century believers who walked and talked with Christ; those who while having faith in Jesus kept the Commandments of God.”

“Rives describes his new video feature on WND this way: “In the Garden of Eden the serpent’s deception was focused on causing mankind to question the commandments of the Creator – ‘Hath God said?’ My ‘Just the Facts’ commentaries demonstrate how that deception continues today by way of non-biblical tradition.” “

http://www.wnd.com/2009/09/110667/

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In his latest email message he says.

“By What Authority”

“by Richard Rives”

“Wednesday, April 18, 2012 8:35 PM”

“Each week, the basis of my commentary is the Ten Commandments. It is amazing how many people just hate the thought of having to keep those commandments – to actually be subject to our Creator’s moral laws that He gave us for our own good. Some folks don’t like that idea; and they get pretty upset by anyone who would tell them that God did not make a mistake when He wrote His laws in stone.”

 

“For many, when they don’t like the message they attack the messenger. In spite of the fact that I repeat over and over again that we are saved by grace through faith and not of works, some say I am crazy, legalistic, a Judaizer, teaching salvation by way of works, simply for stating that the laws of our Creator will never change and that sin is still defined by those laws.”

 

“If they don’t like our Creator’s commandments they should not blame me. They can call me crazy if they like. I would however caution them about saying that in reference to the One who wrote them. “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.””

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”

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

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As we can see rives wants to push Protestant Christians into ‘first century’ Judaism. And yet he breaks the rest of the Law of Moses. That same Theocratic law that Jesus satisfied on the cross. The only difference is that Jesus gave us greater moral teachings than the old Law of Moses. After all when God gave the Laws to Moses he meant ALL 613 not merely the Ten.

To even complicate things more with rives ideas is that Jesus did not COMMAND the type of ‘moral theonomy’ that rives propagates.

Jesus kept the Law of Moses to change Judaism and to bring all peoples that would accept him as God and his teaching.

As we have read. The previous postings are what rives believes. And yet what he has done, is doing is attacking the very same Christianity that he claims to believe. By attacking Protestant Christianity and its many traditions he has not proven he is a fellow believer but a false teacher.

Richard rives (pronounced ‘reeves’) insists that we go back to ‘First Century Christianity’ and yet ignores from the Bible that the Gentile were not given the Law of Moses but only specific moral teachings from Jesus and the Disciples.

In the mind of rives his Christianity that came from old Judaism. And yet its the Jewish community ALONE that kept ALL THE LAW of Moses not merely the Ten Commandments.

Rives might think he is serving God. But in reality he is serving his belly and philosophy. And it is those whom speak through him not Jesus and not God.

To conclude this post:

People like rives and the many others he has allied with are not spokes persons for God. They donot need to being other Protestants into their philosophies. If they ACTUALLY GAVE A DAMN they would work harder to bring unsaved persons to Jesus and not bother with attacking fellow Christians! But I think by now it is obvious they donot want to stop attacking fellow believers unless they become judaizers just like them.

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