Good mornin to you my friend, I believe that you’re going to get something useful from this post (no matter who you are). So please soak in the information, because this post is intended to help you see the way out of the religious fog that permeates most of religionland.

Enjoy.

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I’ve thought a lot about why professing Christians (generally) aren’t interested in the subject of spiritual perfection, (God’s imputed righteousness lavished upon every saint of God).


I’ve discussed this issue with a deacon of a local church, (and countless other people as well), and their attitudes were generally nearly always the same…they had no real interest in talking about our (the Christian’s) possession of spiritual perfection. our present owning (as a free gift by the obedience of one) completed forgiveness of our sins, our having been made fully sanctified, and our possessing the very righteousness of God.

But what does God say about it?
He says in 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.”

Did you catch that? … as he is (right now), so are we (right now) in this world.

And I think I know why most professing Christians have no real interest in this subject of possessing the righteousness of God.

It seems (to me) that most professing Christians in general, associate their righteousness with their behavior, (their morality).
And since we all secretly know our own shortcomings, we know that we don’t live up to anything close to God’s standard of perfection. And thus people are afraid to immerse their thoughts into the topic of their standing in righteousness.

But the twist is this …

Owning the righteousness of God has nothing to do with our morality, (we don’t have any personal morality anyway). We can never measure up to God’s standard of perfection by our efforts (of any kind).
And people can’t naturally relate to perfection that’s only obtained by the faith of Christ. We can only naturally relate to our standing before God where our efforts at trying to be a good person are involved.
And that’s the core of the problem isn’t it?

And because of that, most of religion ignores publicizing the thrilling truth of free righteousness, and pushes more quantifiable measures of man’s imagined holiness by preaching about repentance of sins. Which typically leaves a person in a fog of religious-confusion whereby nobody really knows where they stand with God from day-to-day. They just hope that they’ll make it to heaven one day, as they try hard to be a good person in Jesus’ name.

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So I take that whole dynamic in mind when I examine any unfamiliar church. Accordingly, I nearly always ask the church leadership this specific type of question… “Do y’all celebrate that us Christians have been made the righteousness of God?”
As you might imagine, I rarely get a response, (because religion isn’t usually a big promoter of us celebrating owning the free righteousness of God). I was even told once by an (old) elder at a local Bible church…”we’re not charismatic.”
Can you believe that? A senior elder at a “Bible church” was so unfamiliar with the thrilling joy that comes with walking in the free righteousness of God, that he associated celebrating it with eccentric charismaticism!

That’s why I ask that particular question up front when I’m inquiring about an assembly’s doctrine, (I don’t beat around the bush).
I’ve learned from my past religious experiences to not waste a second of my time submitting to religious leadership or religious teaching that doesn’t truly understand & honor what the finished work of the risen Lord Jesus Christ actually accomplished for God’s saints.
I’ve seen the results of that sort of “respectable religion’s” teaching in countless people who’ve spent (literally) decades in their religious system. They become people who not only resist embracing the fullness of what God accomplished for us saints in Christ, but they also resist & impede others from truly growing in the knowledge of God’s Grace as well.
(And I’m not going to be one of them).

Matthew 23:15 comes to mind:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.”

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So I leave you with this conclusion:

I know for a fact what God gave to me, and I boldly stand in that truth.


Therefore I gladly suffer His reproach outside the gates of Jerusalem (esteemed religion), rather than gain the approval of blind religious guides.
And I recommend that you do the same.

Thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me.

All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, and no glory to us whatsoever!

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Here’s some videos that may be of help to you about this topic: