Is Bragging About Our Unrighteousness Showing Humility?

It seems many (including some Christians) feel it is more humble and Godly to brag about their unrighteousness instead of coveting righteousness. Former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze seemed to glorify unrighteousness in this way with his recent tweet – “Because of Him, you don’t need to fear unrighteousness. It’s our delusion of righteousness that we should fear.”

Instead of glorifying unrighteousness we should apologize (primarily to God) for our unrighteousness and diligently seek righteousness – which is defined by I John 3:7 as “… he that doeth righteousness is righteous ….” Never be ashamed of following God’s commands (John 14:15) and asking that out of others.

Make no mistake about it, obedience is required for God’s salvation. Heb 5:9 drives that point home well – Jesus “became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” I Pet 1:22 also – “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth ….”

This attitude of glorifying unrighteousness is specifically condemned in Rom 6:1-2 – “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” And “because of Him” we should certainly “fear unrighteousness” because passages like I Cor 6:9 state “… the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God ….”

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