Then they will receive the results of their behavior.
Encouragement on the Path of Righteousness
They may turn with fury on those who deceived them, if such are present. But I feel certain that their worldly teachers will only laugh at them and tell them they should have known that God will not receive people who have continued to yield to their sinful nature after having made a profession in Jesus as their Lord and Savior. We of today do not mind receiving Jesus as our Savior as long as he does not try to be our Lord and interfere with our sinful, self-willed behavior. Did you know righteousness is a way of living? Grace is not a way of living. Grace does not glorify God.
The way of righteousness, meaning righteous behavior, glorifies God when people see a believer behaving righteously. The way of righteousness.
What does that mean? The wretched theology of dispensationalism, which numerous Evangelical preachers have been taught, tells us that such verses do not apply to Christian believers. I tell you, words fail me when I think of the damage the theology of dispensationalism of caused. I was reading today in the newspaper of a prominent Christian couple who have been caught in lawlessness. They are ministering to millions of Christian believers, but they themselves are not walking in the paths of righteousness.
The Christian people are mocked in America and, I think, are facing severe persecution. The worldly people know instinctively that they have been let down by the Christian churches, and they are going to seek revenge. Our government includes many liars and self-seeking people who are the despair of ordinary Americans.
I believe the doctrines of lawless grace and escape-by-rapture have played a prominent part in the moral destruction of America. Probably what you have heard is how God overlooks our sins because we believe in Christ; and the escape-by-rapture. People from many parts of America are telling me that they cannot find a Church that preaches the righteous behavior that is part of the Kingdom of God. Only rapture, rapture, rapture. Our true goal is not eternal residence in Heaven. It is to grow spiritually until we attain to the measure of the stature of Christ. It is to accomplish this goal that the Holy Spirit has given the gifts and ministries of the spirit of God.
We must attain to holy living. Because we are members of the Royal Priesthood.
The Path of Righteousness
We are members of the Bride of the Lamb. We are members of the very Body of Christ. It is to these roles that we have been chosen. Therefore the demands on our behavior are severe. We are to be holy as the Lord is holy; not by imputation, but by purifying ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit. For the most part, the Christian preaching of today is wrong—dead wrong.
It is not preparing people for the days of Divine Judgment that are on the horizon for America, and for the rest of the world. The other nations, some of them, may be beaten with few lashes. They do not know of the demands of Christ. We have been taught that God does not see our sinning but views our behavior through Christ.
This is a monstrous lie. Of course God sees our behavior. God knows every thought we think; every word we say; every decision we make; every action we take. You may be surprised, whether or not you are a Christian. We may think that we do not have to use for His Kingdom the resources He has so lovingly given to us.
We are saved by grace and God sees only Christ when He sees us. Go ahead and do not use the resources you have been given in order to build up the Kingdom. When Christ returns He will call you a wicked, lazy, servant. He will not gush over you with tender words, as your local pastor may be prone to do. Christ will take your resources from you and give all of them, including the crown that belongs to the members of the Royal Priesthood, and all the rest of your inheritance including the people you were to govern and bless, and give it all to someone who has been diligent with the things of Christ.
But you will be led away into the Land of Darkness. Are you going to wait to see if I know what I am talking about; or are you going to draw as close to Jesus as you can, take up your cross of deferred gratification, and follow and obey Christ every day and every night for the rest of your life? Do not listen to those ministers who are telling you how God loves you unconditionally and no matter how you live He is going to take you to His bosom when you die. They are lying to you. They are seeking their own glory, not the things of Christ.
New Living Translation The way of the godly leads to life; that path does not lead to death. English Standard Version In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.
Berean Study Bible There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death. New American Standard Bible In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death. King James Bible In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. Christian Standard Bible There is life in the path of righteousness, and in its path there is no death.
Contemporary English Version Living right is a pathway that leads to life and away from death.
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Good News Translation Righteousness is the road to life; wickedness is the road to death. Holman Christian Standard Bible There is life in the path of righteousness, but another path leads to death.
International Standard Version In the pathway to righteousness there is life, and in that lifestyle there is no death. NET Bible In the path of righteousness there is life, but another path leads to death. New Heart English Bible In the way of righteousness is life; in its path there is no death. Aramaic Bible in Plain English In the way of righteousness is life, and the way of the angry is unto death. Eternal death is not along its path.
New American Standard In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death. Jubilee Bible In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
American King James Version In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death.