This is a handy reference to help any Christian scripturally test what they’re being taught by religion.
Specifically regarding:
A. Repentance/justification, B. Sin forgiveness from God/the Israel of God, C. Sanctification/holiness, D. The law, and E. Righteousness

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A. Repentance “of sins” to be saved/justified before God is a damning false doctrine. (I’ve intentionally listed this point first in this message, because it’s the most prevalent damning heresy in religion).
“Repentance” is definitely necessary for salvation, but adding the unscriptural phrase “of sins” to “repentance,” is where a religious teaching crosses the line into damning heresy. So please allow me to now explain a little more about this matter so that you’ll have better clarity on this subject.
The bottom line of justification is: The death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is the only & completed basis for anyone’s justification before God. Even on our very best day of “good behavior,” our unregenerate flesh is still dripping with sin, (see Romans 7.14-25, or just be honest with yourself). Therefore to add our pathetic works of reformed behavior to the finished work of Christ as a component of our justification before God, voids God’s Grace to that person. At its core, that type of thinking (in its essence) is saying to God … “I don’t believe that Jesus’ finished work alone is enough to save me, I must therefore add my works of morality to His finished work to make sure I’ll that make it to heaven.” (This type of thinking doesn’t really believe that faith in Christ is sufficient to save a guilty sinner).

[A side-note. The proper order of works looks like this:
First, you rest in the finished work of Christ. Resting in the knowledge that God’s righteousness has been fully applied to you as a free gift by the obedience of one. Jesus’ perfect lawkeeping, His death, burial, and resurrection in your stead has perfectly accomplished everything that God requires of you in your justification before Him…And then, the Holy Spirit produces fruit/works that flow from your position of spiritual rest in that truth.]

“Repentance” where our salvation is concerned, is to accept that we’re entirely guilty before God in our sins, we’re bankrupt of any merit whatsoever, and we’re incapable of bringing anything to God that He will accept to augment our standing before Him.
(We’re like that publican in Luke 18.9-14), we’re entirely needy, and thus when we come to God (legitimately) for salvation, we come to Him as nothing but filthy mercy beggars, having no means whatsoever to fix our dire situation except to receive God’s mercy in Christ by grace through faith. (You should also notice that the Pharisee in Luke 18.9-14 errantly thought that he was right with God by his obedience to the law).

We’re receivers of God’s salvation, not co-producers of it.

Romans 4.2-5

2 “For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Romans 5.18-19

18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

Ephesians 2.8-10

8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

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B. God doesn’t issue ongoing sin-forgiveness to anyone, (His forgiveness is all or nothing).
This is because God ONLY forgives sin by Jesus’ blood, and Jesus’ blood-atonement was a one-time event, fully applied to the sinner upon their regeneration.

[Prior to the cross we see the impossibility of old covenant, law-based forgiveness, (if you forgive others, God will forgive you). And after the cross, we see Jesus’ blood-atonement applied for the forgiveness of sins to God’s children in the everlasting covenant, (forgive others even as Christ has forgiven you).]

Every Christian is a fully forgiven person where God is concerned, every Christian is Abraham’s seed, and every Christian is a member of the Israel of God, (see also Ephesians chapter 2).

Acts 10.43

“To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”

Galatians 3:29

“And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

Galatians 6.15-16

15 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.”

Ephesians 4.32

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Colossians 2.13-14

13 “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”

Hebrews 1.3

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

Hebrews 8:12

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

Hebrews 9.22-10.2

22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”

Hebrews 10.11-12

11 “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

Revelation 1.5-6

5 “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

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C. “Progressive” sanctification is a false doctrine of proud religion that’s not taught anywhere in scripture.
[Don’t confuse spiritual maturity/learning with sanctification/holiness, it isn’t the same thing].

While we Christians participate in sanctifying (setting apart) our attitudes & actions, we as people (Christians) were made entirely sanctified/holy by God when He placed us into Christ.
To believe in “progressive” sanctification, one must necessarily believe oneself to be holier than other children of God. Yuck!
Accordingly, a person’s scriptural identity is based on our spiritual location (God’s kingdom or Satan’s kingdom), not on our behavior.
Prior to God regenerating us, our scriptural identity was “sinner,” and after God regenerates us, our identity is then “saint,” or “holy brethren.”

Psalm 86.2

“Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.”

1 Corinthians 1.2

“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”

1 Corinthians 1.30

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

1 Corinthians 6.11

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Ephesians 1.1-2

1 “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Philippians 1.1

“Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:”

1 Thessalonians 5.27

“I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.”

Hebrews 2.11

“For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,”

Hebrews 3.1

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”

Hebrews 10.10

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Hebrews 10.14

“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Hebrews 13.12

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”

Jude 1.1-2

1 “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.”

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D. The Christian is under no part of the law. In fact, to be under the law (including the 10 commandments) is to be under the curse of the law, condemned. The law’s purpose isn’t a set of rules for us to aspire to try to live up to; the law’s purpose is to show us God’s perfect standard & our utter inability to even remotely live up to it. Thus driving us to cling to God’s Grace in Christ as our only refuge from His just wrath, (a wrath that abides on every unregenerate soul for their violation of His perfect law). The indwelling Spirit of God is our guide.

Nehemiah 10.28-29

28 “And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;

29 They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;”

Romans 5.20-21

20 “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.”

2 Corinthians 3.7-9

7 “But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”

Galatians 2.16

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

Galatians 2.21

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

Galatians 3.10-13

10 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

Galatians 3.24-26

24 “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 5.3

“For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.”

1 Timothy 1.8-9

8 “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,”

James 2.10

“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

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E. Righteousness, (spiritual perfection).
Are you aware that God has made every born-again Christian to be His very righteousness? (It’s that way because it has to be that way). You see, God requires spiritual perfection for everyone belonging to His kingdom, (and we can’t do anything to produce any degree of righteousness). Perfect righteousness, God’s righteousness, is entirely a free gift to us by the obedience of one (the Lord Jesus Christ).

Which makes it all the more humbling and exciting doesn’t it?


Job 29:14

“I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment [was] as a robe and a diadem.”

Job 33:26

“He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.”

Psalm 36:10

“O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.”

Psalm 71:16

“I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, [even] of thine only.”

Psalm 118:19

“Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, [and] I will praise the LORD:”

Proverbs 11:5

“The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.”

Isaiah 59:17

“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance [for] clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.”

Isaiah 61:3

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

Isaiah 61:10

“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.”

Hosea 10:12

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for [it is] time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Matthew 5:6

“Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

Matthew 5:48

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Romans 1:17

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Romans 3:21-22

21 “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

22 Even the righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”

Romans 4:3-8

3 “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

Romans 4:13

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”

Romans 5.17-19

17 “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

1 Corinthians 1:30

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

2 Corinthians 3:9

“For if the ministration of condemnation [be] glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Galatians 2:21

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness [come] by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

Galatians 3:6

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Ephesians 4:24

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Ephesians 6:14

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;”

1 John 4.17

“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

Hebrews 10.14

“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

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Therefore honor the risen Lord Jesus Christ by believing & standing in everything that He accomplished for you dear saint, (and don’t ever marginalize His magnificent gifts to appease the sensibilities of religious people).
Boldly proclaim His priceless spiritual treasure that He’s given to you with zeal.
He’s made every born-again Christian to be…a fully forgiven, fully sanctified saint, who’s fully the righteousness of God!
Praise the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
For He is worthy of praise!

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