The Deception of the Doctrine of “Imputed Righteousness” and its Consequences

"I see dead people."
"I see dead people."

“Imputed righteousness” is a popularly held doctrine in most churches today. In a nutshell, it is a doctrine that affirms the believer by what Jesus did on the cross for them. The doctrine conveys that righteousness is transferred to the sinner at the point of their belief in Jesus making them, as once sinners, now “perfectly righteous” in God’s eyes. They are deemed “righteous” because Christ obeyed and fulfilled all the requirements of being perfectly righteous on their behalf while he was on earth. It is from here on at the point of “belief” that they are assured in having the righteousness of Christ when they stand before the throne of God.

This following verse is used to affirm their doctrine:

But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS.” – Matthew 3:15

A False Doctrine

Unfortunately, many have bought into the false doctrine of “imputed righteousness” that is not consistent with the full counsel of Scripture, not realizing that how they see “imputation” is not taught within its pages. Many find this doctrine attractive because it gives “assurance” that Yahweh (God) no longer sees their sins.

The reward of having “imputed righteousness” from Christ is that God no longer sees their past, present and future sins. The point of “belief” is all that is needed without acts of obedience because anything that is done on our part comes under the verse that states that “all our righteousness is filthy rags,” as it would be defined as “works.” They are assured that any sin that is committed cannot cause the person any guilt because they have already been forgiven quoting the following verse:

There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus. – Romans 8:1

Within this doctrine, the “believer” cannot be condemned for any further sins because their “faith alone” is satisfied through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. Once the “believer” is clothed in “perfect righteousness,” or are in possession of it, even though they continue to sin, it cannot be counted against them because the righteousness of Christ has already been transferred to them.

The blood is the blindfold.
The blood is the blindfold.

Whatever sin, no matter how big that is committed by the “believer” has absolutely no bearing on their salvation because their sins are no longer seen by God. The blood of Christ is a blindfold that has been put of the Father, meaning that He no longer can see their transgressions. All that the Father sees are the illusion of “good” things in them because they now have the “imputed righteousness” of Christ blinding Him from seeing the sins of His own children, “remembering them no more,” even the future ones.

The absurdity gets even worse as the adherents to this doctrine will unashamedly admit that they are still sinners and will continue to sin. They have no fear of God as they are assured in the illusion of the safety net that they have created for themselves. Turning from sinful behaviours through humble repentance is obsolete and deemed a vain practice in their religion because they possess what is called “imputed righteousness.” No longer can they be deemed as sinners, even when confronted with their behaviours. In their pride of “salvation,” they believe they do not need to repent and ask for forgiveness at all. Of course, what is the point when your future sins have already been forgiven.

OR DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE UNRIGHTEOUS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

The verses above in the minds of those who believe in the “imputed righteousness” doctrine can conveniently ignore the warning in the preceding verses. Although they continue in their lifestyle of sin, they believe they are counted “worthy,” even though they still have the characteristics within the list. They turn unrighteousness into “righteousness” by using Christ to make evil good.

Does this not sound like blasphemy to you?

All that matters is that at one particular moment in time they received saving faith. To simply “believe” they are forever sealed. This can never be changed regardless of how one might sin in the future.

WOE TO THOSE WHO CALL EVIL GOOD AND GOOD EVIL, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20

This is what the doctrine of “imputed righteousness” does calling evil, “good.”

The Truly Righteous Live by Faith

One of the most important things to know is that we need forgiveness because there is no other way to eternal salvation. Forgiveness from our Father through our Messiah is not only about “believing” that we are forgiven, but is also about an action of obedience too. Being counted as “obedient” is artificial without walking in the faith of Yahshua our Messiah. True faith should lead us to obey God fully in our lives. This is how we are accounted for as being righteous because “the righteous shall live by faith,” not believing that it is simply “imputed,” or transferred to us.

Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith— just as Abraham “believed God, and IT WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS”? – Galatians 3:5

Righteousness is a personal character trait. It is not something that can be transferred from one person to another. In likewise manner, sin cannot be transferred from one person to another either. We are the ones responsible for possessing one, or the other. The personal righteousness of Christ is non-transferrable. We will all be held accountable for our own actions and that is why we need the forgiveness (grace) of God. The grace of God manifested will bring the fruit of repentance, which means having the conviction from the Holy Spirit to turn from our sinful behaviours. Forgiveness from God is not a one-time deal that means all are future sins our forgiven, but is about growing into the “perfection” that we are called to. It is about faithfully serving God from our heart avoiding sin at all costs. If we sin, we have an Advocate who works on our behalf through the process of repentance.

Divergence

Our Father in heaven loves righteousness. He loved His Son because he was absolutely righteous. Simply put, righteousness is a condition that is deemed acceptable to God. This is what the Gospel is about. It is about receiving the power, or the ability to be in right standing with God through His Son. Most would agree with me on this, but here is where the road diverges when false doctrine comes into play.

What many believe "impute" to mean is a “transference,” but this never what it means. In the Greek [3049. logizomai] it means to take into account, or reckon. In the Hebrew [2803. chashab] it means to consider, or to take into account also.

Christ paid the penalty for our past sins on the cross, but nowhere do we read in Scripture that because of his righteousness when we choose to sin in the future that it is not accounted to us. This is why so many believe they are not guilty for their sins. They are just sorry because they got caught and believe they are off the hook in their sin-excusing doctrine.

When we look back at David in the Old Testament who had transgressed with murder and adultery, he was thankful that after he repented that God did not count his particular sins against him. The reason was that he truly repented and God forgave him as a result. If he had not repented, there would have been no forgiveness and his iniquity would have been counted against him.

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, HIS FAITH IS COUNTED AS RIGHTEOUSNESS, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom GOD COUNTS RIGHTEOUSNESS APART FROM WORKS: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; BLESSED IS THE MAN AGAINST WHOM THE LORD WILL NOT COUNT HIS SIN.” – Romans 4:5-8

David did not try to work off his sins of adultery and murder, but by faith he repented because he believed that Yahweh would not count his past sin through His mercy. David did not go unpunished because there are always consequences to sin, especially the big ones. Because David repented, he received forgiveness and mercy and was counted as righteous from his past sins. His forgiveness was contingent on repentance.

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that FAITH WAS COUNTED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised......

The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS WOULD BE COUNTED TO THEM AS WELL, and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FAITH THAT OUR FATHER ABRAHAM HAD before he was circumcised. For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH. – Romans 4:9-13

The righteousness of our faith is what reinstates us into right standing with God. It is not by being under the Mosaic laws, nor believing that God’s righteousness is a “transference” from Christ while continuing to sin.

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he GREW STRONG IN HIS FAITH as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why HIS FAITH WAS “COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also.......

IT WILL BE COUNTED TO US WHO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO RAISED FROM THE DEAD JESUS OUR LORD, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. – Romans 4:20-25

Abraham possessed the “righteousness of faith” by his patience concerning the promises of God. God’s righteousness was not transferred to him, but it was by the working of his own faith that he was counted worthy. In similar manner, we too can be counted righteous by walking in the faith of Christ. Faith without works is a dead faith. Believing in the doctrine of “imputation” by “transference” is also a dead faith.

“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. - James 2:22

The book of James reminds us of how Abraham’s obedience through faith was perfected. Nowhere does it say his righteousness was transferred to his account so that his future sins were forgiven.

It must be understood that when we repent and exercise saving faith, just as Abraham exercised, it is through our own personal faith that is deemed as righteousness before God. In this way, we are declared righteous by the walking out of the faith of Christ in our own lives, just as Christ also walked out his faith before his Father.

Little children, let no one deceive you. WHOEVER PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS, as he is righteous. – 1 John 3:7

Hey everybody, look at my garments of "righteousness!"
Hey everybody, look at my garments of "righteousness!"

God sees our sins. We must repent, and by having the fruit of repentance He will no longer consider them, or account them against us. Those who believe they can hide their sins from the Father because of their cloak of “imputed righteousness” are like the emperor with no clothes.

Doesn’t the story sound all too familiar. The vain doctrine of “imputed righteousness” cares about nothing except wearing and displaying their “cloaks of righteousness” before others. The hired hands in church promise and assure the masses that they have the finest, best “robe of righteousness” made from the best divine invisible fabrics. They mime this out by dressing their pew warmers in their supposed “righteous garments.” Every Sunday in their procession to the “church” building, the church folk play along in their staged displays and celebrations of “righteousness.” Little do they know that one day when Christ returns, they will all be exposed for wearing absolutely nothing at all. They had no garments at all! They had been hoodwinked!

For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and NAKED. – Revelation 3:17

No sin on my hands here.
No sin on my hands here.

Imputed Righteousness – The Gospel of Sin

The false doctrine of “imputed righteousness” is the moral depravity of what is called “Christianity” today. Obedience to the moral laws of God have been negated because the “believer” is deemed as being cloaked in righteousness. The blood of Christ is their cloaking device used on the Father where nothing can add or detract from their assurance of salvation. At one point in time they believe everything has been paid for and it’s all a done deal where they have nothing to do on their part. Henceforth, the “liberty in Christ” is a free-for-all while remaining slaves to sin still controlled by the old man. Jesus is used as a proxy for sinful behaviours.

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the IRREVERENT BABBLE AND CONTRADICTIONS of what is falsely called “knowledge” – 1 Timothy 6:20

The profession of faith by the masses today is devoid of repentance and sorrow for their sins, as they think the vileness of their hearts are cloaked in “imputed righteousness.” They believe in a faux faith having hearts that have not been transformed being devoid of the fruit of the repentance. Their false doctrines convince them psychologically of being “assured” of themselves.

The Four Points of the False “Imputed Righteousness” Doctrine

In conclusion, here is a summary of the “imputed righteousness” doctrine in four points:

  1. At the moment of having faith in Jesus Christ, you are justified and declared “righteous,” just by simply “believing.”
  2. The righteousness of Christ is then transferred to you as a free gift. You are no longer held into account for your sin from the above point onwards.
  3. The righteousness of Christ is a cloak that you wear that blinds the Father from seeing your sin while you continuing to sin in the future.
  4. You can be assured that no matter how vile your behaviours are that nothing will affect your salvation because you are deemed “righteous.” To work out your salvation beyond this would be considered “works.”

I know from personally having dialogue with several people who buy into this doctrine are double-minded individuals. They will use as many cherry-picked Scripture references that they know of to justify their sinful behaviours. In their seared minds, they believe that we cannot stop living in a lifestyle of sin. Righteousness and holiness are simply faux terms in their ideology to be used as a covering to excuse their carnal behaviours. Using these terms in a literal sense is a foreign language to them.

In this day and age moral decay is deemed as “saving faith.” The masses crowd into buildings called “church” and celebrate their imaginary faux covering. Anyone who believes in walking in perfecting faith are accused of being under the Law, or preaching a legalistic salvation by works. Their predisposition is to say that no one can be perfect and that people are sinning all the time because they are born sinners and cannot help it. They have no incentive to live holy in obedience to God because through Christ He has already forgiven them ahead of time.

tickling their ears
tickling their ears

The even more absurd thing is that they love to admit they are sinners and will continue to be. They are sinners saved by “grace” still slaves to their sin. They like their little slogans,

“You cannot have grace without sin!"

“You cannot out sin the grace of God!”

Whether they sin less or more is irrelevant to them because they have already been “sealed.”

How sad that many will be denied entrance into the Kingdom of God because they have null and voided their salvation that requires genuine repentance. Their serpentine doctrine declares them “righteous” still seared with the lusts of their flesh.

And with all WICKED DECEPTION for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had PLEASURE IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS. – 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12

Christ crucified and resurrected means that we have the ability through him to subdue the desires of our flesh by repenting and denying ourselves by following in faith, or the Way of Christ. In the faith of Christ, we CAN literally have upright obedient hearts that leads to a faith that is counted as righteous before our Father in heaven.

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake OF THE FAITH of God’s elect and their KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH, WHICH ACCORDS WITH GODLINESS – Titus 1:1

I don’t know about you, but the consequences of adhering to false doctrines have eternal ramifications.

Have you truly tested what you believe in?

Our righteousness is our obedience to God. This is the way He accepts us as son and daughters, or as brethren of Christ. The religious servants of Satan call this righteousness as "filthy rags," but they are greatly deceived.

At times it is not easy obeying God, but if we allow his love, grace and power to rule in our lives we CAN walk in victory being perfected in our faith being counted as righteous so we can enter into His eternal Kingdom.


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celafoe 2 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

but brother everyone has their interpretation and just because mine does not fit yours does not make me wrong, you bible thumpers are so judgemental. HORSEFEATHERS It matters not whether your belief agrees with mine or vice versa - EXCEPT when mine is proven to be God's belief with scripture, in context and without change.

"but my pastor assures me we are correct and he is my leader, he would not lead me astray." answer- unless it was profitable to him

You gave a perfect example of how the scriptures are manipulated to meet their false doctrines. Cant keep the coffers and pews full if y0u upset people. gotta be seeker friendly ya know bah humbug

Rom 8:1-8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

they use this part of a sentence and leave out the rest which is below

who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

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oh God open the eyes of this sinful generation and let them see truth, expose the church system of men and there false teachings designed to keep their system flush, and not to lead people to YOU.

another excellent article my brother fully scriptural as usual


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Rich kelley 2 months ago from The Ekklesia

Planks

Thanks for compiling this situation that is in the hearts and minds of many that claim to be "In Christ".

When I saw Romans 8:1 quoted at the start of the article I smiled. I have just downloaded another translation of scripture to use with e-sword. It is the Jewish New Testament. The efforts of the translation are that of one man (David H. Stern) so caution is needed, yet I enjoy the look from that of a converted Jewish person. It reads as follows:

Rom 8:1  Therefore, there is no longer any condemnation awaiting those who are in union with the Messiah Yeshua.

The mere use of the word union to me is stronger than "in". I understand a union, I understand how the world wants to pervert the simple union of man and women. If the simplicity of man and women is perverted, I can be certain that the spiritual must be even worse.

For me when I hear use of the phrase "In Christ" what I usually see following are statements or actions of someone "in the dark".

Thanks for showing what happens when you start with an assumption that is wrong.

Rich


Neil Braithwaite 2 months ago

I used to question, as most Christians do at one time or another; what about those Jews who lived prior to the Messiah - how are/were they "saved?'

Then I stumbled on the teachings of a man named (Rabbi) Tovia Singer.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaw8quRcRzjmw0BI1...

Mr. Singer is NOT a Christian and actually teaches, very compellingly I might add, against the Christian "church." NO, I have not converted to Judaism - and don't plan on it.

One thing however that Mr. Singer does very well is argue against the Trinity. He has several great videos covering this issue. But related to issue addressed in this post, I have learned much about the Hebrew Scriptures regarding salvation.

The key point to remember is that Yahweh alone is the author AND provider of our salvation.

10 “You are my witnesses,” says Yahweh, “With my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am He. Before me there was no God formed, neither will there be after me. 11 I myself am Yahweh; AND BESIDES ME THERE IS NO SAVIOR. (Isaiah 43:10-11)

25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake; and I will not remember your sins. (Isaiah 43:25)

21 But if the wicked turn from all his sins that he has committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 None of his transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him: in his righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Yahweh; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live? (Ez 10:21-23)

Did you get that? Yahweh ALONE is our salvation! What gets obscured and twisted by so-called Christian leaders is that salvation is FROM Yahweh and THROUGH Yahshua.

Yahshua Messiah is now the only way/medium by which salvation can be obtained. Before Messiah came salvation was still available as the above passages indicate. Even under the Law of Moses one could be forgiven, redeemed and saved - IF they repented and adhered to the statutes of Yahweh.

6 Jesus said to him, “I am THE WAY, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except THROUGH ME. (John 14:6)

A close look at the words of the Messiah show that he clearly understood not only his position and purpose in Yahweh's plan, but also who Yahweh is - He is the author, provider and head of the plan. Yahweh is where the buck starts and also where the buck stops.

Yahshua said he clearly that he was "the way" - not the destination. Yahweh alone is the destination. Yahshua said that one must come "through me" to get to Yahweh.

Yahshua said EVERYTHING he did and said came first from his Father Yahweh, and that EVERYTHING he did and said was to point people to his Father Yahweh.

If Yahshua were here today I am confident he would would say that is was NEVER about him - it was ALWAYS about his Father Yahweh!

We can see by his attitude and life why Yahweh elevated this man to His right hand - putting *all things in subjection to him until Yahweh gives the order for his return.

*All things except Yahweh. (1 Cor 15:27)


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PlanksandNails 2 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Celafoe,

The true followers of Christ teach from Scripture, but the servants of the devil do the same. Both claim to serve God, yet how do we know one from the other?

For many, they do not have a clue because they have no idea how those within the man-driven church system twist Scriptures to preach their own doctrines. The common twisting technique is to cherry-pick verses without considering the surrounding context, or refer to ambiguous texts. They sound so convincing, but this is how so many are duped.

No one has any real hope of finding truth, or have any real discernment without spending time in God's word and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to it. The reliance upon the churchman has become an epidemic where people passively sit in front of staged environments for their spiritual food not realizing that it is nothing more than cotton candy. Tickling ears and emptying purses and wallets is the true intention of what is called "Christianity" today.

Thanks for your thoughts, they are appreciated.


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PlanksandNails 2 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Rich,

If we look further down to Romans 8:10 it states,

But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life BECAUSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Depending on what lens one reads this verse determines whether they are in darkness or not.

We all will face physical death because of Adam, but even though the body is corruptible, we CAN live righteously. Those who are dead in sin with their fake cloaks of righteousness cannot fathom this because it literally goes against the nature that they have that is stubborn to allowing the Holy Spirit to set them free.

Being in Christ, we are alive in the Spirit because we are in union with him, which equates to being in union with the Father also.

You have to shake your head of the many people who believe they are "in Christ," even though they are still in darkness.

How can they be "in Christ" when they believe that they can continue to live in a lifestyle of sin?

How can they believe they are "in Christ" when they believe you have no need for repentance?

Well, we are becoming quite familiar with their doctrines. The doctrines of inherited sin, "imputed righteousness," the Trinity doctrine as well as many others necessitate each other for their survival.

When our eyes are opened, the man-driven system and all of their bogus doctrines become absolutely useless in our walk with God. People love their many denominational church fathers, but fail to understand that there is only ONE Father. The ONE Father is found through His Son, Yahshua our Messiah.


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PlanksandNails 2 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Neil,

I’ll have look at the link concerning the refutation of the Trinity. Thanks

Yes, I get that Yahweh ALONE is our salvation. Here is my take:

Yahweh is our salvation and the provider of it. Yahshua is His chosen instrument. I realize that in both the OT and NT, Yahweh is declared Savior. Yahshua is also declared also in the NT.

Although Yahweh and Yahshua are both declared as Saviors does not make Christ God. It is all in the understanding of who Yahshua our Messiah is.

The name of Yahweh’s representative, Yahshua literally means “Yahweh saves.” The short form of Yahweh is “Yah.” In similar fashion, HalleluYah (praise God) also has the shortened form of His name in it.

Our one God the Father, Yahweh is the ultimate Savior. Yahshua our Messiah is Yahweh’s appointed instrument, or means to the salvation of God. Christ is the human Savior who was sent in the name of His Father as His anointed chosen one.

The one God, Yahweh of the OT and NT is still our ultimate Savior. The only difference is that in the NT He has chosen to use a man named Yahshua as the instrument/means for His plan of salvation.

This following verse makes it crystal clear.

To the ONLY GOD, OUR SAVIOR, THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. – Jude 1:25

Yahshua is God’s plan of salvation. He is the human Savior that Yahweh raised up.

It was prophesied,

…and all flesh shall see the SALVATION OF GOD.’” – Luke 3:6

When Christ returns in the glory of Yahweh, we will all see the image of God’s salvation.

For to this end we toil and strive, because we have OUR HOPE SET ON THE LIVING GOD, WHO IS THE SAVIOR OF ALL PEOPLE, especially of those who believe. – 1 Timothy 4:10


Norine Williams 2 months ago

Why are you all writing HUBS and commenting so much IF your conscience is so clear in your belief? Do you have to reassure each other? Is there doubt?

Whatever a man feels in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7) and "I'm righteous by FAITH" (Philippians 3:9-21)! I'm so sorry you think you are sinful!

I wish you all KNEW the "GRACE" of GOD! HE SAID under the New Covenant "I will remember their sin no more" (

Galatians 2:16 "Knowing that a man is not JUSTIFIED by the WORKS of the law, but by FAITH of Jesus Christ, even we have BELIEVED in Jesus Christ, that we might be JUSTIFIED by FAITH of Christ, and not by the WORKS of the law: for by the WORKS of the law shall no flesh be JUSTIFIED."

I ALWAYS ask the LORD to guide my eyes to Scripture! I ALWAYS ask the LORD to tell me what to say from HIS WORD and HE "guided" me to Galatians 2:15! Galatians 3:22 "But the Scripture hath concluded ALL under sin, that the PROMISE by FAITH of Jesus Christ might be given to them that BELIEVE!" Did you hear that? The PROMISE is initiated by our FAITH and given to those who BELIEVE! Therefore, I BELIEVE "I am righteous by FAITH!"

You guys MUST get away from the mindset that you have to HELP the HOLY SPIRIT make changes in your life! IF John 14:26 says the HOLY SPIRIT (aka JESUS) will "lead and guide us," what does HE need your help for? Are you more "Powerful" (Acts 1:8)? Can "YOU" do a better job? Can you even keep your New Year's Resolutions; let alone "try" to be Holy?

When GOD PROMISED the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:33 HE PROMISED that we "would not have to ask our brother or our neighbor about HIM because HE would make HIMSELF know from the least to the greatest and would remember our sin no more" but we MUST "FIRST" (Matthew 6:33) acquire the "Communication Line" (aka HOLY SPIRIT) to HIM!

Thereafter, we are "Saved by "GRACE" through FAITH; not of ourselves (WORKS): IT IS A GIFT FROM GOD" NOT OF "WORKS," lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9)! You see guys, HOLY SPIRIT DOES IT ALL BECAUSE CHRIST HAS DONE IT ALL (Hebrews)!

Philippians 3 "For we are the circumcision, which worship GOD in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have NO CONFIDENCE IN FLESH. (v8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung so that I may win Christ. And be found in Him, NOT HAVING MAY OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is of the law, but that which is THROUGH FAITH of Christ, the RIGHTEOUSNESS which is of GOD "by" FAITH. (v12) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect, but I FOLLOW AFTER, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count NOT MYSELF TO HAVE APPREHENDED: "BUT" THIS ONE THING I DO, "FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, AND REACHING FORTH UNTO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE,

I "PRESS" TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING OF GOD IN JESUS CHRIST!"


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Rich kelley 2 months ago from The Ekklesia

1Thessalonians 5:9-11  For God has not intended that we should experience his fury, but that we should gain deliverance through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, who died on our behalf so that whether we are alive or dead, we may live along with him.Therefore, encourage each other, and build each other up—just as you are doing.

Ephesians 6:12  For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.

Romans 13:13-14  Let us live properly, as people do in the daytime—not partying and getting drunk, not engaging in sexual immorality and other excesses, not quarrelling and being jealous.Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Yeshua the Messiah; and don't waste your time thinking about how to provide for the sinful desires.

האב לשחרר אותה


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PlanksandNails 2 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Facts are facts. Nowhere in Scripture does it say we are covered, or Jesus transferred his righteousness to us while remaining a slave to sin. Moral character is not something that can be be transferred.

Neither sin, nor righteousness can be transferred between humans, or between Christ and man. Additionally, the obedience of Christ is also not transferred.

IF YOU KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. – John 15:10

You are my friends IF YOU DO WHAT I COMMAND YOU. – John 15:14

It should be common sense that righteousness is a personal character trait. This means that is solely belongs to the individual who DOES righteousness.

We are warned about not being deceived.

Little children, let no one deceive you. WHOEVER PRACTICES RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS, as he is righteous. – 1 John 3:7

Righteousness is DOING righteousness, just as DOING sin IS sin. Christ was righteous because he was doing righteousness before His Father. By the Spirit, we also CAN DO righteousness as we grow in the character of Christ.

How we conduct ourselves IS important. That is why Scripture warns and lists those who will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Playing the “imputed righteousness” card will not work on judgement day. The grace of God is not a license to continue in a lifestyle of sin.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH with its passions and desires. – Galatians 5:22-24

Correct moral conduct is what characterizes a person as righteous, just as wrongdoing before God characterizes a person as a sinner (unrighteous). Those who ignore the standard of conduct that God considers righteous because they claim they are wearing the “imputed” garments of “righteousness” are delusional. This is what happens to many who fall for the many cherry-picked Scripture verses being ignorant of the full counsel of Scripture.

The simply “believe” and the “faith alone” groups regard moral transformation as works based salvation because any effort on their part would be denying grace as a free gift. Because grace is free, then they contend that righteousness and obedience is also free as part of the package too. If that is all free, then it must also mean that trusting in Christ alone with faith alone requires absolutely no effort on their part because this is all free too as well. Sin is not sin anymore because “he remembers our sins no more” because our past, present and future sin are also freely forgiven. The action of repentance is not needed because that would be works.

This concept of “faith” is merely a mental assent, nothing more. This is why when someone teaches obedience, perseverance and loyalty, they immediately classify it as works based salvation because they believe these things are free. It’s a FREE-FOR-ALL!

When we cast off the delusional man-made religious doctrines and read Scripture without a distorted lens, we find that that that true faith found throughout the pages of Scripture has not changed.

How do we know this?

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome OF THEIR WAY OF LIFE, AND IMITATE THEIR FAITH. Jesus Christ is THE SAME YESTERDAY AND TODAY AND FOREVER. – Hebrews 13:7-8

When we read all of Hebrews 11-13, we understand what is the same yesterday, today and forever, it is FAITH. True faith has not changed throughout the history of Scripture from the likes of Abraham, our Messiah and the apostles who walked in the exact same faith. That is why we are to imitate their faith.

We should know that it takes some effort on our part to live out the true faith. We are to remain loyal and persevere in the way of life Yahshua and the apostles taught. Christ taught about the good and faithful servant in his parables and contrasted with the wicked servant. It should be clear that obedience and faithfulness are synonymous with each other.

Let’s take a look at what this Scripture verse states,

And anyone WHO BELIEVES in God's Son has eternal life. Anyone WHO DOESN'T OBEY the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God's angry judgment." – John 3:36

People who say they are saved by “faith alone” do not understand what faith is. They do not understand that they NEED TO OBEY too. Our deeds are linked with our faith. Faith is a work of righteousness because it is OBEDIENCE to truth.

Anyone can believe, but it is only those who have obeyed Christ who obtain salvation. It doesn’t matter if you have strong conviction, confidence and are fully persuaded in your doctrine unless you repent and are obedient. Faithfulness to our Father in heaven is the result of obedience with the fruit of repentance. That is the faith that worketh.

Through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the OBEDIENCE OF FAITH… - Romans 1:5

How sad it is to believe that works don’t mean anything. Of course it means something because we are going to be rewarded or punished for how we live.

Let’s look at the famous cherry-picked Ephesians 2:8-9 verses that are used incorrectly:

For by grace you have been SAVED THROUGH FAITH. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, NOT A RESULT OF WORKS, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

These verses are twisted by those who say, “You are teaching salvation by works!”

Of course they ignore verse 10 that states,

For we are his workmanship, CREATED IN CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

Good works is essential to our salvation. It was by the work of Christ that we can obtain salvation that results in our own good works. To deny this is to deny the words of Christ and the apostles.

Hearing and believing only is not the same as believing and doing. One is a dead faith and the other is a living working faith.

The words of Yahshua and the apostles are clear.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but THE ONE WHO DOES the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21

He will render to each one ACCORDING TO HIS WORKS – Romans 2:6

…and come out, THOSE WHO HAVE DONE GOOD to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. – John 5:29

The sad fact is that religious men are so consumed with perpetuating their false doctrines being blind, naked and illiterate to the plain teaching of Scripture saying, “I am righteous by faith!” “Faith” and “believe” mean nothing when denying that faith is an action that includes walking in upright moral conduct according to God’s standards. Those who have faux faith are evident in their conduct. Godliness is a personal character trait characterized by a faith that worketh. It is not transferred to us, but is a growing process as we walk out the faith of Christ as he did.

And Jesus INCREASED IN WISDOM AND IN STATURE AND IN FAVOR with God and man. – Luke 2:52

Our repentance and faith proves who we are. Those who deny the true faith and the need for repentance shows their rebellion to the way of Christ, the apostles and to our Father in heaven.

Our Father in Heaven through His Mediator, Yahshua our Messiah does not work in a person who remains unrepentant. Unrepentance is the outright denial of the living faith and example of the many who were counted righteous for their walk of faith throughout the pages of Scripture both in the Old Testament and in the New.


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celafoe 2 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

norine--- oh foolish woman full of false pride, who espouses doctrines of men by clothing them in scripture she does not understand,

You need to understand ALL scripture fits together and none contradict another. But some are incomplete without understanding they support or are completed when coupled with another.

It is time for you to sit down , forget what you have been taught, forget what you think the scriptures are saying and as scripture requires of us, to check to see what spirit you are following, if you are in Christ or in the doctrines of men. As so many of us have tried to tell you, throwing scriptures against the wall as you do is fruitless and an act of foolish desperation because we do not accept your interpretation (if we can figure out what it is). The things you say, when I can understand what you try to say, ALL come from the teachings of the apostate UPC church. Either you are lying or the spirit feeding you is not the Holy Spirit of God because He would not say things contrary to scripture. In any case you bring much confusion and scripture makes it clear confusion is not of God.

1 Cor 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace,

James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

You keep saying we do not need to help the Holy Spirit, of course we do not need to help the Holy Spirit, but we DO NEED to OBEY and follow Him. The charismatic (fill the pews) foolishness of saying Jesus did it all is contrary to scripture that says we are to follow Jesus' example. He was the very Son of God and He had to walk it out by Himself how dare we expect otherwise if we are to follow His example, of course not..

If it wasn't so sad it would be funny that you are so deceived you are trying (think you are ) to be the holy spirit. You think you are the only one who hears God but most of what you say is contrary to scripture and you will not even check to be sure you are right, what you have been taught is correct, even when it is contrary to scripture. Let me tell you, speaking only for myself (there others on here too) I hear God and what I hear can be backed up with scripture without assuming anything or twisting it to fit. You can not. Which is correct,I will let God judge me. I constantly am open to being corrected if I am wrong but you cannot get past your pride and even consider it possible.

Phil 3:15-20 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame — who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior,

James 5:10-11 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure.

I hereby rebuke you in the name of Jesus and command you to stop trying to be the holy spirit. To stop bringing your confusion to the weaker vessels and stop and learn what the scriptures actually say.

Lord God I am tired of Norines false accusations, bad attitude and false beliefs being presented as truth and ask You to judge between us, do not let any more error be posted ,Thank You in the Name of Jesus I ask.amen


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Porshadoxus 2 months ago from the straight and narrow way

I was never taught this doctrine with the spin you present. What you describe sounds like the Calvinist doctrine of Eternal Security more than anything.


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PlanksandNails 2 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Porshadoxus,

I haven't heard from you in a while. I hope you are doing well.

Yes, you are correct. Part of the Calvinist doctrine is that the righteousness of Christ is transferred to the individual as if was their own. They must have an "alien" righteousness that only God will accept because of their hereditary depravity of being born a sinner. The individual's salvation is dependent upon God's discretion. As one of the chosen of God's elect, there is nothing the person can do to effect their salvation, hence eternal security.

Additionally, they don't believe that you become a sinner when you violate God's laws, but rather just being born makes you one, thus their need for infant baptism and other man-made traditions.

Calvinism isolates certain Scriptures while choosing to ignore and exclude the other truths of Scripture. In the end, the preeminent John Calvin was a murderer, yet many today ascribe to his false Protestant teachings in different shapes and forms.

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