Righteousness, Not Wealth, Will Prove To Be The Ultimate Profit

April 8, 2014

Friends,
“…but righteousness delivers from death.” (Pr. 10:2 & 11:4) In both of these verses, righteousness is being contrasted with wealth, and implied in both verses, it is wealth that is attained by being evil.

Pr. 10:2 says, “Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death.” And Pr. 11:4 says, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

The second verse does not specifically mention riches gained through wicked means, but the verse implies it. Even if one’s riches may not have come through deceitful, perverse, or oppressive means, we are being warned that wealth is not going to help anyone on the day when God brings His wrath against that individual or on mankind as a whole. Wealth will not enable anyone to buy their way out from under God’s fury over their sinfulness –their self-centeredness, their greed, and their negligence toward Christ and others. Just as an inmate on Death Row cannot buy himself a ticket to freedom, neither can a rich man buy himself favor with God.

The only way to avoid death –spiritual death, an untimely physical death, and the second death (eternal death / the lake of fire / separation from God forever) is to be righteous. Righteousness is what delivers us from all three of these deaths.

But here is where great and horrible deception abounds within “Christianity”. For most of its teachers propagate the belief that righteousness comes through a mere prayer –a prayer when one acknowledges one’s sins, asks God to forgive those sins, confesses belief in Christ’s atonement, and asks that the atonement be applied to him so that he be saved from Hell.

However, that is not righteousness. It is only a half step toward righteousness. One full step toward righteousness is the above PLUS when that person grieves over the sins he has committed, and, at the same time, renounces them, pledging to never to commit them again. Genuine righteousness is to then abide in Christ, and yes, in His righteousness, but to make this a reality in oneself by ENACTING Christ’s righteousness continuously, doing so through every single deed, word, and thought. That is being righteous. As 1 John 3:7 tells us, “He who does what is right is righteous.” And being righteous –walking in it, abiding in it, conducting oneself with it– is the only thing that delivers a person from death.

So, “On the day of the Lord’s wrath, neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them.” (Zeph. 1:18) In fact, these, having caused them to stumble into sin, will not only dissatisfy those who gained wealth fraudulently, but will be contemptible to them. (Ezek. 7:19) They will see that their riches, and especially their insatiable desire for more, was actually the cause of their doom.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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