20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Matthew 5:20 (NLT)
We have come to another verse, which is often used by the theologians to get us to doubt our salvation. In the above verse, Jesus warned his disciples that their righteousness must be better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees or they will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Religious churches love to use this verse to show us that we must be more righteous than the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees. This means that we must do what they tell us to do like serving in the church, go for missions and give them money every time they ask for it. If we fail to obey their instructions, then we will not be saved. Coincidentally, such an important truth is never revealed in any evangelistic event. If you are not a Christian, you are saved by grace through faith but once you become a Christian, you must have better righteousness than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees or you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Let us put aside their hypocrisy and look at the second part, which is supposed to be based on the above verse. We shall begin by understanding who were the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees Jesus mentioned above. In today’s term, they are called “theologians”. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees behaved exactly like the theologians of today.
Their main characteristic is the worship of theology. Only the rules matter to them. During Jesus’ days, the theologians did not care how much the people suffering as long as they did not break their rules like the Sabbath. When Jesus healed a lame man on Sabbath, they condemned Jesus for violating theology. It did not matter to them that a man was healed.
Today, we are facing the same situation with the theologians. When we preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, we have brought blessings to the people around us. The poor become rich, the sick become healthy and those who lived in failures achieved success. Do the theologians care? The answer is they don’t. The only thing that matters to them is that we have violated theology. According to theology, as long as there is one Christian who is poor, Jesus never died poor for us to live rich. As long as there is one Christian who is sick, Jesus never took our sicknesses and diseases at the Cross.
The “Jesus” that is approved by theology is a sadist. He loves to make people sick and poor for his glory. He glorifies in perversion and he expects us to receive his perversion with joy like a true masochist. In short, theology is the perversion of the truth.
When Jesus mentioned the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, he was referring to theology. We can never go to heaven through theology. The “righteousness” of theology will never save us.
We can only be save by true righteousness, which is better than the “righteousness” of theology. What is this righteousness? Let the Bible tells us.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)
True righteousness comes from faith in what Jesus had done at the Cross. True righteousness can never come from the lies of theology. So, if anyone is to quote Matthew 5:20 to you in the future, you should know how to answer that.