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What Is A Righteous Man?

Updated on October 12, 2011

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalm 1

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A Righteous Man

In the book of Proverbs 24:16 it states: For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.

The difference between success and failure is often the ability to get up just one more time than you fall down! Moses easily could have given up. He had an "interrupted" childhood and lived with a foster family. He also had a strong temper, a stammering tongue, and a criminal record, but when God called to him, he ultimately said yes.

Joshua had seen the Promised Land and then been forced to wander in the wilderness for forty years with cowards who didn't believe, as he did, that they could conquer their enemies and possess the land. He could have given up in discouragement, but he was willing to go when God said to go.

Peter had a hard time making the transition from fisherman to fisher of men. He sank while trying to walk on water, was strongly rebuked by Jesus for trying to tell Him what to do, and denied knowing Jesus in that hour when Jesus needed him most. He easily could have seen himself as a hopeless failure. But when the opportunity came to preach the Gospel before thousands on the Day of Pentecost, he responded.

No matter what you done, what mistakes you may have made, what errors you may have committed, you're not a failure until you lay down and quit.

Rev. Thomas B White, has more in common with these three men of the Bible than any other man I've known. As with Moses before he accepted his calling from God,he too had a strong temper and as with Peter had a hard time making the transition from being a sinful man to the fisher of men. The one that holds strong this very day is his resemblance to Joshua , early in his Ministry God showed Rev. White the Promise Land. He was a young man new to the Ministry but drew great crowds. His success as a Pastor won many souls; but there came a time in which he had to make some choices along with his congregation. Due to safety issues they had to tear down their church and rebuild. The congregation voted and agreed this should be done. Somewhere, somehow things went wrong as with anything dealing with the works of Satan. Speculations and accusations came about after the church was torn down that caused the financing through the bank to fail and with this some members left due to the enormity of the situation. Therefore, instead of giving up, Pastor White prayed about it and pulled his remaining members together and moved forward. Although it has been nearly 15 years and the church has yet to be rebuilt, Pastor White has not given up.

It's in adversity the true characters of human beings really show. Giving credit where credit is due. I commend those remaining members for believing in their Pastor because Jesus stands at the heart and center of everything we are spiritually and in everything we do religiously. We all belong to the body of Christ, we belong to Jesus, Jesus is our Lord and Savior and it is because of him we are saved and it simply came down to the question of what would Jesus do. From the preachings of Paul, Pastor White, as with Paul urges his members to develop the mind of Christ. I cannot speak for my fellow breathren but now I understand. He was teaching them to be strong because along with him his members would be persecuted, lied on and reviled because they no longer had a building to worship in and unlike the other members they chose to remain with Pastor White and keep their church going. It is said that " In order to be a great leader, you must first be an excellent follower." Rev. White, is lead by the Spirit and has made the commitment to do so until his change comes and he will hear his Master say unto him, Well done, my good and faithful servant. Matthew 25:23

The members understood what God expected of them; the same He - Jesus expected from his disciples and he told them so in the longest recorded sermon of Jesus in the gospels: the "Sermon On The Mount", Matthew 5:1-12; otherwise known as the Beautitudes. Jesus created this context in which he could address his disciples . First let's define what are disciples.

Disciples are people who have already committed themselves to follow Jesus for the purpose of learning anything He wants to teach them.

  • They have already accepted the fact that He is the teacher, and that nothing is more important than learning from Him .
  • They belong to Him and follow Him on a day by day basis and who are committed to learn anything and everything that He can teach.
  • They are not to question or challenge; they are there to understand.

Read what Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 5:1-12 Sermon Of The Mount (Beautitudes)

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them saying,

  • 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • 4 Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.
  • 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
  • 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
  • 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  • 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
  • 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  • 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
  • 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Sounds like what dedicated members do concerning their Pastor; isn't it? In choosing a Pastor you must know that he is anointed by God and has been sent by God to teach you. Therefore, once he's installed as your Pastor, you must first accept that God sent him to teach you His Word and there is nothing more important than to learn from him. Secondly, being a member of the Body Of Christ you must follow him on a day by day basis. You are not to question or challenge; you are to understand and this is what the remaining members of the church believed therefore they remained with Pastor White. It's in times like these it's important to be a Great Leader.Rev. White is truly following God. He could have given up in discouragement a long time ago and go on to more prospering churches, but he is willing to go until God says different. Rev. White refuses to leave his church because like Moses and Joshua he's determined to lead his congregation out of the wilderness and I applaud him for his faith in God and his dedication not only to God but his congregation. This is why we call him a righteous man.

SOURCE: The Bible


The difference between success and failure is often the ability to get up just one more time than you fall down!
The difference between success and failure is often the ability to get up just one more time than you fall down!


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    • SweetMocha-Monroe profile image

      SweetMocha-Monroe 7 years ago

      This is so true djbraman. It's disheartening to say the least. I agree completely on how churches should be run like businesses. Every member has a say on how the money should be spent; but many of those members are not tithers. Since writing this article the Pastor has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is reaching the one year anniversary of his brain operation. My prayer is that the order be restored. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. God Bless.

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      djbraman 7 years ago

      We really need to take a look at what the bible calls a righteous man, my heart hurt to read this story about your pastor because we see this many times in churches where Christians are out of the order of God and the foundation he laid for a man and a pastor. I think you would enjoy reading my hub on 'Ordained To Be The Head'

      You see, we run churches today like a business and every tither has a say so in how that money is spent but this is not biblical, God has ordained offices with men he appoints to be the head of this and we are going against the will of God when we strip God's anointing from those he has ordained to take care of his business. Its called the Jezebel spirit up in the church. I hope your pastor never gives up on his promise and destiny for where God has put him!

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      SweetMocha-Monroe 7 years ago

      God Bless You and thank you for reading. We are all children of God and it would do this world a great service if many more would realize this.

    • Mystique1957 profile image

      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      I think way beyond that...

      All of us are children of God, aren't we? Be it through the Christ, Buddha, Allah, Brahma,The Great Architect, Jehovah,

      A righteous man is not only humble, but loves all humanity without caring about creed,skin color, race, status quo or any handicap... I do agree with you;however,No eye service or men pleasers...

      Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings, sister,


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      SweetMocha-Monroe 8 years ago

      A righteous man to me is: Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Ephesians 6:6