Have all sinned and
are None Righteous?
(and can no one
There is none righteous, no, not one; Rom3:1
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom3:23
Judge not lest ye be Judged! Matt7:1
What makes the Snare so difficult to escape is the often use of
'partial Scripture mixed with common clichés that are not in the Bible, but
'seem to be implied in what the so-called scholars are saying. The above
passages are a perfect example of this deception. EVERY Professed
Christian in the Church System knows these three things for Sure:
All have Sinned
No One is Righteous
These are ironclad, and written in stone in the minds of the sin daily crowd who have 'received Jesus as their Magic Cloak for sin. BUT are they True? Has everyone Sinned, is sinning and will keep on sinning until they die? Are there NONE on earth, ever been on earth, Saints or Pagans, who are Righteous? And can no human on earth make a Right Judgment between good and evil?
At its inception Christianity (following Christ) was the SALT and LIGHT, the highest example of Moral Perfection, shining forth to all the earth that they may SEE the 'Good Works' (of sincerity, purity and love) as blameless, harmless children of God WITHOUT fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, holding fast the Word of life to rescue souls from the corrupting influence of sin. (Matt5:13-16, Phil2:15-16) BUT what it has become in the world today is an empty shell of theology and human rhetoric that has resulted in a moral train wreck with nothing to offer anyone except more bondage and ruin. In simple terms a 'Christian today is a person who does NOT have to Sop (or even try to stop) ANY Sin, no matter how Vile, ruinous or harmful it may be to self and others, to be pronounced by the establishment Church as 'Saved and Justified in God's sight, fully assured, coddled, comforted and protected by the Pastors and placed in a non-threatening focus group to 'manage their addictions. In other words; the SALT has LOST its Savor a LONG time ago!
Here's the Number one
Straw man where they all begin:
God Requires Absolute Perfection to enter His Kingdom
ALL mankind falls far short of this perfection
So Jesus was sent to fulfill this Perfection, in man's place, and now all who receive Him also receive His moral Virtue, deposited (so to speak) in their account (imputed) making them acceptable to God even though they remain sinners.
First of all Lets
Properly define Perfection in Scripture:
'Teleious', translated many times as 'Perfection and also as 'of full age, the understanding of a man', meaning simply:
Maturity, full grown of adult age, in this sense: consummate human integrity and virtue. When Christ said in Matt5:48, 'Be ye Perfect even as your Father which is in heaven is Perfect' He WASN'T saying that we must be as PERFECT as God to enter heaven! No human can be Perfect in Knowledge of free from ignorance, as God, BUT they can be FULLY Mature and Morally upright within the human capacity to Love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. Jesus said: 'Each one is given according to their ability to produce an increase' Matt25:15, 'Five, Two or One', NO ONE can say they are Lacking in God given ability to be Perfect in this sense.
So the Straw man is burned! God does not
require absolute God like perfection to enter His Kingdom, but He does require a
Moral uprightness man is FULLY capable of rendering through
Obedience from his heart. Righteousness simply means: 'DOING what is
RIGHT in God's sight, it doesn't mean being as perfect as God. 'He who
DOES what is Right is Righteous, as He is Righteous', 1Jh3:8, Christ did
what was Right, you FOLLOW His example! 1Pet2:24
It is Really that simple, your Preachers have complicated it to the point of absurdly. MANY in Scripture are said to be Righteous in their faith, acceptable to God:
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than
Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, Heb11:4
(Elizabeth & Zacharias) And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless Lk1:6
Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God. Ezk14:14
Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. Gen6:9
Cornelius, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. of good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, Acts10:2, 22, But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. Acts10:35
Judge me, O
according to my righteousness, And according to my integrity within me Ps7:8
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. Ps18:20. For the ways of the Lord are right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them. Hos14:9. He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; Ps15:2 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth Ps34:15-16, There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil, Job1:1, 'I put on righteousness and it clothed me Job29:14
We could go on, but the Point is made, the Straw man of 'None Righteous' ever on earth, is busted. The testimony of Scripture stands, people who DID what was Right and were declared Righteous, so they COULD NOT be numbered among the Un-Righteous! Can Joseph be numbered among the unrighteous in Rom 3, Daniel, Noah, Job, Enoch, Abraham, the human parents of Christ! I suppose your Pastors will call them 'Sinners, as most of the professed do, regardless what Scripture says and even call David a flaming hypocrite for declaring himself Righteous in the above Psalms. And what Preacher ever considered JOB anything but a SELF-Righteous man who God had to chasten for his Pride. But as the correct meaning of Biblical Perfection is of 'Full grown Mature Understanding' they lack wholly.
In Romans 3 Paul is
speaking to the NATION of Jews and Gentiles, NOT individuals!
For we have previously
charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. Rom3:9
Therefore what he is saying in the preceding passages, Verses: 10-18, applies to
Nations not every particular individual who has lived on earth. Just as
the Prophets and Psalms he is quoting from apply to the Wicked not the
Righteous. Even Jesus said: 'I did not come to call the Righteous but
Sinners to Repentance!' Lk5:32. Paul is applying the Same Truth when he
says there are None Righteous and all have Sinned. In Verses 11-12 he is quoting
from Psalms 14:1-2, 53:1-3 that declare:
The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God. They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call on the Lord?
Where in Scripture did any of those declared Righteous say in their heart, 'There is no God, or do abominable works or have no Knowledge of the Lord? BOTH Psalms, speaking in similar language, are directed toward foolish and sinful people who have rejected God and gone their own way. It's NOT a declaration of ALL Mankind, but a Contrast between the Righteous and Wicked as Isa65:1-3, 59:1-3, 13-15, etc. Paul follows this same theme quoting from: Ecc7:20, Ps5:9, 140:3, 10:7, Isa59:7-8, Ps36:1, ALL speaking of 'workers of iniquity who's feet are swift to shed blood, with mouths full of cursing, who have no fear of God before their eyes. Those among the Jews who tried to use the 'Works of the Law to Justify their ungodliness, instead of the Righteousness of Faith and those among the Nations who have rejected all Knowledge of God in the heavens and became foolish and darkened in their understanding. Proverbs16:6 says: 'By the fear of the Lord one departs from evil', If there is no fear before their eyes or in their understanding, as today's professed Christians, then evil prevails and the mantra is 'all have sinned!'
The Righteous must
Judge between good and evil, the spirit of truth and the spirit of evil.
But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one Jesus said, 'Do not Judge according to appearances, but Judge with Righteous Judgment! John7:24, In the Matt7:1 Passage He is speaking of hypocritical Judgment, those judging others for sins or faults they themselves are doing, the 'beam and spec illustration is MORE than obvious. HOW could anyone in the professed Churches Judge someone for wrong doing when 'everyone is the Chief of sinners, wretched man, impossible. So the Pastors throw it out altogether, JUDGE no one for anything no matter how reprehensible their conduct may be! The safest route is: 'NONE are Righteous and ALL are Sinners' and if anyone denies it they are 'liars with no Truth in them. Yet this is probably for the best, since finger pointing in the Churches would result in absolute chaos in short order, with people at each others throats and the lid blown off all hypocrisy. Using Matt7:1 as their blanket excuse keeps everyone comfortable and safe. The 'Christian drunk can't Judge the 'Christian pedophile because BOTH are sinners saved by Grace. The Pastor declared them 'Saved as is and even he has his 'demons to overcome. So the circle of deception is complete.
From their flawed premise of None Righteous, all have sinned, its very difficult for professed Christians to accept the Truth that Righteous people do and have existed on earth and are accepted by God. In their minds if a person can be declared Righteous by simply DOING what is Right, WHY do we need Jesus to die for them on the Cross. But the question itself arises from the horribly FLAWED understanding they have of the Atonement. (Reconciliation)
They have ALL of mankind under the Curse of Sin and death, from Birth, through no fault of their own, merely by being a descendant of Adam. So Jesus had to Die and Pay off the world's debt in order for them to be Saved and be magically declared Just when they 'receive Him. There are NO exceptions past or present, under this curse and no other Name under heaven by which we must be Saved! Acts4:12. True enough, there is NO OTHER Name under heaven whereby men can be Saved but Christ Jesus, but that doesn't mean there has Never been a Righteous and devote person on earth. In Scripture the righteous are always separated from the wicked. Does that mean they can 'Save themselves without Jesus (as the preachers claim) NO, but it does mean by were 'acceptable to God to receive an INCREASE of the Spirit when the proper time came. WHY, because they were DOING what was RIGHT!
Cornelius mentioned in Acts10 is said to be a JUST and Devote man, worshipping God, of good reputation among the Jews. Given the enmity between the Jews and the Romans at the time, Cornelius being a Roman Centurion, this speaks volumes of the condition of his heart toward God. His prayers and alms were a memorial to God and Peter was sent to him NOT to preach Repentance but give him an increase of the Spirit. (let's call it fuller knowledge in Christ) The Bible doesn't tell us of his past life, whether or not he heard the preaching of John and repented before he met up with Peter, but it does tell us that he was among the Righteous in Israel at the time and would indeed have inherited the Kingdom had he died in his present state and gladly received the message of Peter when he heard it. We must assume that like any OT Saint, he was anticipating the arrival of the Messiah and PREPARED to follow Him when He was revealed. Any sins he may have committed, willful or in ignorance in the past, would be 'Under the Blood' (so to speak) from the Foundation of the World. (1Pet1:20) But as Jesus said, 'I did not come to call the Righteous, but Sinners to Repentance', there were some ALREADY in the fold righteous before God and blameless.
In John1:47 Jesus declared of Nathaniel, 'Behold an Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile!' In other words his heart was already empty of treachery and deceit, as David declared in Ps32:1 'Blessed is the man who in his heart there is no guile', he was another prepared to meet His Messiah, doing what was Right in the sight of God. As Simeon, a Just and Devote man, Lk2:25, who rejoiced at the birth of Christ and prophesied by the Holy Spirit to Mary. These were among the devote worshippers of God in Israel at the time, numbered with the Righteous of Hebrews 11, who anxiously awaited the Promised Messiah, their hearts blameless before God. Lydia of Thyatira was another non-Jew numbered among the faithful, Acts16:14-15, who worshipped God and was ready to open her heart to an increase of the Spirit. How many others there may have been we know not, but the Message of the Christ had been published throughout the land and there undoubtedly were SOME ready to receive it. So to say that there are NONE Righteous, applies to all of mankind, past and present, is a LIE. Scripture declares there were many DOING what is Right and acceptable to God, now if you Still think this means they were 'Saving themselves and didn't need Jesus, what more can be said to convince you otherwise. I grant it would be VERY unlikely to find someone in this State today who hasn't already heard about Jesus and is in an 'acceptable place with God, but its not entirely impossible. Scripture says: 'God searches the heart and tests the mind and gives to every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings, Jer17:11 I think that if there is a truly devote person out there somewhere, entirely cut off from modern civilization, seeking the ONE True God with all their heart and mind, doing what is Right in the present light of conscience they have, who hasn't violated a Just sense of right and wrong and is walking uprightly toward their fellow man, they could very well be in the same State of acceptably as the afore mentioned, ready to receive their increase or pass from this life to the next in God. It's always the degree of LIGHT a person has at the time that will determine what they 'COULD have known or what was impossible for them to Know, and be held accountable therein. God is 1000% entirely FAIR in His Judgments without bias or respect of persons and will Judge each one according to the Content of their heart.
You cannot put God in a theological box and limit His Mercy. There were and may still be Righteous people on earth in the sense we’ve spoken of, perhaps we can say that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’, in that sins of omission and ignorance are accountable as well as willful deliberate sins, not to the same severity, but still require Atonement. In that it was made from the Foundation of the world, those looking for the Messiah and those who have found Him, can be counted among the Just and Righteous. But there is NO excuse for the professed who count Him as their Magic Cloak to escape Judgment instead of their means of Perfection and Moral uprightness.