June 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Can Christians Be Unrighteous In God's Eyes?

The above question was one for which someone searched on the internet, and found our web site. Although we don't have an article with the answer to that  exact question, there are other writings which do answer it partly.

As I thought about that question, I decided it was one that is very apropo at any time of year and one that deserves a pointed answer to that very question.
With this in mind, the following article is an attempt to give answer to it.

(This will be a major Bible study, so you might want to print out this article, and all those linked at the bottom of this article so you can sit in your easy chair, or at your desk, with your own personal Bible and check up on what is written. Please ... read this, and the other articles very carefully with your Bible handy because it might just save your life!!)

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?

I am afraid the answer to the above question just isn't known in the Christian community!

Yes! What IS a Christian? Do you know? What do you think that entails? Can you just "believe" in God and Jesus, accept them into your "heart" and become a Christian?

That, of course, is what millions of preachers and pastors teach! But IS IT ENOUGH?

Could it possibly be that there are those who THINK they are Christians, and fall far short of the necessary requirements that God sets forth? God plainly tells us in scripture that NO MAN can come to Jesus, except the Father DRAW him (or her)! (John 6:44, 65)

        Please read the link below "What Is a Real Christian?"

Is it possible that some believe they are Christians and ARE NOT? What is this 'drawing' anyway?

        Click the link at the bottom and read "Am I Being Called? How Can I know?".

There are disturbing scriptures in the Book of Matthew! They are in Mat. 7 verses 21-23:

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
"And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity (means- lawlessness)."

Aren't those frightening scriptures? They are to me!!!

Here are people who are calling Jesus Lord, prophesying in His name, casting out demons in His name, and doing MANY wonderful works like giving to the poor, visiting the sick, attending church every week, being a friend to many, and STILL told to "depart from me!!"

How could this be? What are these wonderful people doing that would cause Jesus to say that He never KNEW them?

It MUST have been something He thoroughly hated, must it not? What could that be?

I'm afraid the reason is hidden from those who are preaching a salvation of "just believe!" Too many pastors and preachers get in the pulpit each week and preach such things as "The Old Testament is no longer in effect!", or "The law has been done-away!" Or "The Ten Commandments are no longer in effect because now we just have to 'loooveee" one another!

They preach those things NOT REALIZING they are preaching that it is all right to BREAK God's Laws !!

A REAL true Christian is one who has been called by God to Jesus Christ. It is one who truly knows what sin is and has repented, beginning to KEEP God's commandments. It is one who has been baptized by being submerged totally in water, which is a picture of being buried with Jesus in the grave, and it is one who has come up out of that water to receive God's Holy Spirit and walk in newness of life, finally to be born again into the Kingdom of God at the resurrection!!

THAT is what a REAL Christian is!!!

The Great Deceiver!

Satan is a GREAT deceiver!! We are told in Rev. 12:9 that he has deceived the WHOLE world!!! Do YOU believe that? Or has the TRUTH of God become dependent upon who is preaching it?

        Click the link below and read, "What IS Truth?"

Those who are deceived don't KNOW they are deceived!!

So how can one guard against being deceived? By knowing God's Word, the Bible, inside and out, forward and backward, right-side up and upside down!!! Then question ANYTHING any man tells you, going to God's Word to see if it is so!!

Can you UNDERSTAND that? Satan quotes scripture to back up what he is saying and doing. However, it is twisted and a spin is placed upon it much like government leaders 'spin' the truth about what they are doing and about the national debt!

        Please read the link below, "Satan's Mirror Image!"

Satan put a 'spin' on God's Word when Jesus faced him in the wilderness. Jesus had been baptized and received power from God and then went to face Satan. Jesus FASTED 40 days before He met Satan. He KNEW He would have to be spiritually strong and very close to The Father to overcome Satan and his deceptions!!

Do you fast?

Do you spend special time with God the Father and Jesus the Christ, fasting to humble yourself, and praying to let them know exactly how you think and feel about everything? Fasting is abstaining from food and water for a predetermined time. The Day of Atonement, for instance, is for a full 24 hours from sunset to sunset.

Yes! It IS hard! But then, isn't that what humbling oneself is all about?

Do You Study?

Do YOU get into God's Word, just like the Berean's did when Paul preached to them! (Acts 17:10-11), They went to God's Word (they only had the Old Testament) to see if the things Paul was preaching were the TRUTH?

Do YOU do that when you have heard a sermon or homily, or such? Do you check up on your preacher by going to God's Word to see if what you have heard is true? Don't you realize that human beings make mistakes????

The ONLY WAY a person can keep from being deceived is to KNOW THE SCRIPTURES, and STAY VERY CLOSE TO GOD!!!!!!

Are You Keeping Sunday for Your Sabbath?

Have you ever wondered why God set up the 7th day of the week as The Sabbath, and then 'changed' it? Have you ever wondered why you and millions of other people observe days NOT EVEN COMMANDED in God's Word?

        You NEED to read our article "Is The Sabbath Day On Sunday?"

The Sabbath was not changed NOR done away with!! IT IS STILL BINDING TODAY!!! It is one of God's HOLY Feast Days which is commanded to be kept FOREVER!!! (Lev. 23:1-4)

Just WHAT IS Sin?

Do you know? Have you ever read the Bible definition of what sin is? Do you wonder if it is dancing, playing cards, smoking, carousing, etc.?

I dare say most of you don't even know what constitutes sin in God's Eyes!!!!

I'm going to tell you what it is but I do want you to go and read it IN YOUR OWN BIBLE!!

SIN IS THE BREAKING OF GOD'S LAWS!

1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."

Some will ask, "What law?" It BEGINS with the Ten Commandments! But there are others that God demands we keep, too! I will get to those shortly.

How do we know that God hasn't 'done-away' with the Ten Commandments and substituted what others call "The Law of Love"? Glad you asked!

Mt 5:18 "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."

Did you get that? Till heaven and earth pass!!! Is the earth still here? Are the heavens still here? YES THEY ARE! HAS ALL BEEN FULFILLED? NO IT HAS NOT!!

Then, according to God, His LAW is STILL IN EFFECT, demanding obedience or acceptance of the penalty of breaking the law .......  DEATH!!! Permanent death!! Gone! Forgotten!!

Are YOU keeping God's Ten Commandments? Oh, I know we've all been told that human beings can't keep the Ten Commandments, BUT THAT IS A LIE!!! That stems directly from the "father of lies", Satan the Devil!!

        Please read the article link at the bottom "If you OBEY the Law ... Are You UNDER The Law?

The following scriptures will show that people CAN keep God's Commandments:

Luke 1:5-6 "There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
"And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless."

Did you see that? "Walking in ALL the commandments AND ordinances of the Lord, BLAMELESS!"

Yes, blameless! No one could blame them because they were OBEDIENT to God's commandments!!

AND THEY WERE HUMAN!!!!!

Now, if they were human and kept God's law so that they were blameless, is it not possible that OTHER humans can do that too?? Of course it is!!!

But I hear you still asking, "What does it mean to be unrighteous?" I'm getting to that! There are other things we must learn before answering the question at the beginning of this article.

One who wants to be a real, true Christian MUST OBEY God's Commandments! IT IS A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION!

Read the article linked below "Just What IS Required For Salvation?"

I need to make a statement right now also. The conversion experience when one has received God's Holy Spirit is NOT salvation!! IT IS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF SALVATION!

That converted person MUST live a life full of the FRUITS of God's Spirit. It must be a "newness of life" which reflects Jesus Christ LIVING HIS LIFE IN THEM!! It must be a life that PRODUCES TRULY GOOD WORKS!

These fruits must be the produced for the REST of their life, whether it ends in death or the change at Christ's coming! For only then will there be TRUE salvation from death.

THAT IS THE TIME OF THE RESURRECTION FROM DEATH, OR THE CHANGE TO SPIRIT LIFE, at Jesus' return to set up His Kingdom here on earth!!

Now to the question stated in the title of this article:

"Can a Christian Be Unrighteous In God's Eyes?" The answer is ... THAT DEPENDS.

Sorry. I know that sounds like a cop-out but that IS the answer that applies.

First we must define exactly what righteousness is. The answer to that is in Psalm 119:171-172.

"My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
"My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness."

Yes, ALL God's commandments ARE righteousness! That includes God's statutes (His Holy Days) and other laws He has commanded we keep!

Do you keep God's statutes and His Commandments? Do you study His Word to find out just what you are supposed to be doing? Most people study God's Word to try to find out how much they can get by with, and they make many excuses to "get around" commandments they don't particularly agree with!

Please read 'Are You A Rebellious Christian" listed below.

God gives us instructions about how we are supposed to worship Him, but most people REFUSE to do so, using the excuses that they can worship God on ANY day of the week. They try to do so by substituting human traditions and pagan holidays in their vain attempts to worship Him.

God says people reject His Commandments and make them of no effect by their traditions!! (Mr 7:9,13)

        Please read the articles linked below "Who/What Is The Schoolmaster?" and "Christian Traditions ... Are They Good?"

Yes, there are those who claim to be Christians and yet deny Jesus Christ and God by their lawlessness. They DENY Christ and God by NOT KEEPING the days He demands they keep and worshipping Him in the way He demands to be worshipped!! They deny them by breaking God's Commandments, and instead keep the traditions of men ... Christmas, Easter, Hallowe'en, and others, trying to use them to "worship" God when He tells them not to do that!!! (De 12:28-32)

God sees those "Christians" as UNRIGHTEOUS!!

There are also true Christians who have been deceived in one way or another who do not keep God's Laws perfectly, and yet they are in an attitude of constant repentance from sins they commit or might commit! As long as they are in that attitude, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the blood of Christ, COVERS their sins and God sees them as righteous!

The life of a true Christian is one lived in an attitude of repentance and one of producing the fruits of God's Holy Spirit, reflecting the righteousness of God Himself!

What do YOU want? Would you rather keep Sunday and the Holidays of man's traditions, or would you rather be considered righteous by God Himself, and Jesus Christ because you are keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath and God's Holy Days, along with any other commandments you find in His Word?

I KNOW what my answer is! What's YOURS?

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Please read these articles to complement and add to the article above. May God bless your understanding as you seek to obey and serve Him!

"Just What IS a REAL Christian?"

"Am I Being Called? How Can I Know?"

"Just What REALLY Is Truth"

"Satan's Mirror Image"

"Is The Sabbath Day On Sunday?"

"If You OBEY The Law ... Are You UNDER The Law?"

"Are YOU A Rebellious Christian?"

"Just What IS Required For Salvation?"

"Who/What Is The Schoolmaster?"

"Christian Traditions ... Are They Good?"

 

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