Reality of Righteousness

Listening to Pastor Onayinka Olusegun‘s teaching on the Reality of Righteousness and I find the scales falling off my eyes.

The constant rhetoric in churches, designed to bombast the believer into a form of righteousness, is that we are to “work for our salvation with fear and trembling”.

With voices raised and fists clenched the preacher with all his garb and garrulity attempts to arm-twist the believer into confessing his sins in order to obtain the forgiveness of God.

{Once a preacher arrived with much fanfare and pomp}

She and her band of merry men portrayed a God who would be so petty as to be marking church attendance register and counting the number of hours prayed. It was a drama that moved many to tears as they realized the utter “depravity” of their state.

After all if God was to demand that we enter heaven on the basis of our works who would make it? Upon completion of the fiasco the preacher does the perfunctory altar call with such venom and gusto that if you would think that anyone who did not respond would instantly be plucked by angel Michael and tossed into the lake of fire.

To my amazement many who claimed to be ministers of the word began to emerge and respond to the call. They were pricked within them by the message of the drama and upon thorough introspection realized that there was nothing worthwhile within them.

I sat down wondering about my own salvation. I knew it was good to never miss the assembly of the saints and to pray and so many other aspects of the faith but within I knew that the reason I was saved wasn’t a function of the things I did but that which Christ already accomplished for and in me.

{So I stayed seated… }

Do we not realize that “all these faith we are sharing” is only as effective as our acknowledgement of what we ALREADY have in Christ (Philemon 1:6). We can with hell scare a man into the church but we cannot do with fear what a revelation of love will do and that is show him that he is the church.

He is taught that unless he brings his sacrifice (of confession of sins of commission and omission) daily he is at risk of losing his salvation like a market woman is wont to lose her gold trinkets in a congested marketplace.

This form of churchianity is alas a sham and a tragic imitation of the life Christ offered. For we know that God is faithful and just to forgive (1John1:9). We know that He demonstrates his faithfulness and love by giving us his son (John 3:16) and this He did freely (Romans 8:28) and this He did while we were still in sin (Romans 5:8)

So it is neither the volume nor viciousness nor violence of our prayers that move God to forgive. Isaiah pens these words at the behest of the Spirit. “I–yes, I alone–will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.” (Isaiah 43:25 – English Standard Version).

It was God’s prerogative and He exercised it in Christ.

Now back track to the second paragraph where I said “work FOR our salvation”. Did you notice the mistake? Let us see where that verse is taken from.

[Philippians 2:12] – Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation …

It is yours. You have been given. This is no mystery. This is the mind of the Father. Paul is simply urging that we make manifest that which is already ours by nature.

[Colossians 1:14] – In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, …

[Ephesians 1:7] – In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.

Selah.

Petroleum engineer? Yup. But I love writing as much as I love solving complex reservoir engineering problems. Watch out for poetry. Still trying to soar the heights of prose tho' Stay tuned dearies.

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