Should I trust God with all my mouth, and accept his every word,
Should I complete every ceremony and memorize each word,
And preach to all the earth with empty words,
Yet, trust God to call me innocent, despite my evil deeds,
Should I praise the Lord with every song, and always attend church,
Yet should I mimic not his life, his grace, and claim I only live for him,
Should I compensate for my good faith, with every now a lie,
And steal every now and then, and mock those, whose faith is dear,
And chase away the gates of hope,
Should I choose the evil man over the good,
And the Liar over the boring truth,
Should I, claiming to trust God, yet not his methods,
Should I mimic the devil, in what he does,
And do evil that good may come,
Should I, not then ask the question of unpopular truth-
Do I trust and follow God,
Or the devil I mimic?”
- Righteousness- a firm disposition wherein a man consistently chooses and acts on right over wrong, and does what is right consistently in virtue.
- Acts of godliness and untainted goodness.
- mimicry of the nature of Charity which is noted of Godliness.
A requirement for salvation, righteousness not only causes the Christian to accept the message of salvation (John 10:14-15;John chapter 3 verse 19-21), but also affects his further salvation (I John chapter 3), with such importance that without such, he cannot be saved (Revelation- nothing impure… heaven).