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"He who practices righteousness is righteous" (1 John 3:7)

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by BCsenior, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. BCsenior

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    All verses below are from the NKJV.

    “… everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”
    (
    1 John 2:29)

    “… whoever does NOT practice righteousness is NOT of God …”
    (
    1 John 3:10)

    “He who practices righteousness is righteous,
    just as He is righteous.” (
    1 John 3:7)

    “In this the children of God and the children of the devil
    are manifest: whoever does not practice righteousness
    is NOT of God, NOR is he who does NOT love his brother.”
    (
    1 John 3:10)

    “… whoever fears Him and works righteousness
    is accepted by Him.” (Acts 10:35)


    “… (slaves) of obedience leading to righteousness
    (Romans 6:16)

    “… slaves of righteousness for holiness.” (
    Romans 6:19)

    God does NOT practice righteousness for BACs.
    BACs must do the practicing of righteousness for themselves.

    From the verses above, do we agree?
    God only invites into heaven …
    those who have a standing of righteousness before Him,
    those whom He considers righteous.
     
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  2. timothyu

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    If you mean those not of the world of man but of the Kingdom who put His will before their own, then yes.
     
  3. Friedrich Rubinstein

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    What is a BAC?
     
  4. Hammster

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    The only “must” I see is in your comment. It’s not in the verses you posted.
     
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  6. Friedrich Rubinstein

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    Is "… whoever does NOT practice righteousness is NOT of God …" not clear enough?
     
  7. Hammster

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    Clear enough for what?
     
  8. Paulomycin

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    Is the practice necessarily perfect?

    OR

    "Practice makes perfect?"
     
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  9. Friedrich Rubinstein

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    To realize that a follower of Christ must practice righteousness.
     
  10. Hammster

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    It doesn’t say that at all.
     
  11. Friedrich Rubinstein

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    What do you think it says?
     
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  13. BCsenior

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    Yes, of course, it is crystal clear for those who believe Scripture.
    However, many "Christians" choose to continue to believe
    in their false doctrines instead.
     
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  14. Hammster

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    Let me use a biblical illustration. In Matthew 25, when Jesus talks about separating the sheep and the goats, notice that He doesn’t separate them by what they do, but by who they are. It’s not the good works that made the sheep sheep. They did good works because they were sheep.

    Those who are His practice righteousness.
     
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    What is righteousness?
     
  16. BCsenior

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    Serious Christians should RECONCILE these 2 groups of NT verses:
    (1) the so-called OSAS eternal security NT verses
    (2) all of those NT verses standing against the (1) verses

    I suggest that we see the NT word "believe" as including obedience.

    True saving faith ... enduring until death:
    deep heart-felt belief, faith, trust, practicing righteousness, obedience.
     
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  17. timothyu

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    Simply putting the will of God ahead of the will of man. That is what the Bible is about from cover to cover.
     
  18. BCsenior

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    Many BACs in the churches today are NOT practicing righteousness.
    Instead, they are practicing habitual (unrepentant) sin.
    These are NOT on their way to heaven.
    They need to sincerely repent of their evil deeds (sins)
    ... and return to the Lord who saved them.
     
  19. Hammster

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    So is that what this thread is about?
     
  20. Friedrich Rubinstein

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    And in what way is that any different to what the OP says? Those who belong to God practice righteousness. Those who do not practice righteousness do not belong to God. Therefore "followers of Christ", which claim to belong to God, have to practice righteousness.

    You don't practice righteousness automatically. There are "Christians" out there who claim to belong to God but don't act on it, who don't practice righteousness. Your faith is not shown by words but by deeds.
     
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