In the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, we have a man who walks around thinking that he is wearing the finest of suits, when all then while he is absolutely naked. He makes a fool of himself.
Like that Emperor, we have many Christians who walk around, thinking that they are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, when all along they are appalling to God because of their sins.
1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Can it get any plainer than that? This flies in the face of the twisted “imputed righteousness” doctrine. It is very simple, those who DO what is righteous is righteous. Those who SIN is of the devil. Nowhere does John say that Christians have an “imputed righteousness”.
Without mentioning any names, one of the most famous Christian preacher in the world is known to say, “When you accept Christ, you are clothed with His righteousness. God doesn’t see your sin. All He sees is the righteousness of Christ.”
This sounds all fine and dandy. It sounds so “spiritual”, and “Christian”, but there is one big problem. It is not true according to the scripture.
Meet Ananias, and Sapphira: This couple was a part of the church. They decided to tell a little “white” lie in church. God didn’t look at them and say, “That’s OK. I understand. I love you. I don’t see your sin. All I see is the righteous of Christ.” Absolutely not! God SAW their sin. And God KILLED them!
Meet Paul: He gave very severe warnings for those who partook of the Lord’s table unworthily.
1 Corinthians 11:27-31 – “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of [that] bread, and drink of [that] cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”
Paul DIDN’T say, “Don’t worry about it. There is no one worthy. We are all sinners. Just partake of the Lord’s Supper, and be blessed!”
Paul made it very clear, many people are JUDGED because of their sin. Who was he speaking to? Who did he write his letter to? The believers – The church, of course!
Obviously, God sees the sins of the church here as well.
Meet the Lord: After His death and resurrection, He appeared to John, his disciple. He told John to relay some messages to His church. There were seven churches, and seven messages – one for each church. The Lord CLEARLY said that He sees the sins of the church. And He gave an ultimatum to His people time, and time again: REPENT!
Not only did He warn them to repent, but He told them that if they don’t they will pay the consequences, some of which were very severe.
Bottom line: Don’t get caught up in the lie that you are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and God doesn’t see your sin. The truth is that His righteousness shines brighter than 1000 suns. If you have that POWER in you, it is impossible to hide. If you have the righteousness of Christ, people will certainly know it by your WORKS!
Don’t be like the Emperor!