Almost all the Christians after Salvation confuse themselves with holiness by works, sanctification by singing and self-righteousness which they term as Righteousness of God. We often hear of testimonies of how after the touch of the Holy Spirit they are sanctified and set free totally from all sin and have a false walk of holiness (Isa.65 : 3 - 5). In my 35 years of full time ministry and travels all over the world many times, meeting great saints of God who have deep truth hidden. I am fully convinced that many children of God are unknowingly deceived by self-righteousness which they do not know is "filthy rags" (Isa. 64 : 6). Speak to your heart and see if your holiness is according as you profess before all. Don't you think we become hypocrites ? Meditate on the parable of the prayers of the pharisee and the publican (Luke 18 : 9 - 14).
I have found such terrible sins which even an unconverted man would dare to do among the children of God which they lightly call as "mistakes" which if an unbeliever does are termed unpardonable sins posing themselves as "holy peoples". What is the matter ? What is the work of the Holy Spirit ? Is He not powerful enough to give us victory ? If so, under what conditions ? God revealed to me the true Righteousness some years back that WE want to shout from our rooftops what the Righteousness of Jesus is (Ps. 45 : 7) knowing that anythings less than that is not holiness but wickedness. We see many preachers thundering about social work, good moral life, feeding the poor and looking down on people who drink, smoke, going for pictures, fun and frolic, chew beetles, women keeping flowers on the head, etc- which is no doubt good, but read what Jesus says in Matt. 15 : 17 - 20, Many preach about separation from unbelievers quoting (2 Cor. 6 : 14 - 18) but these self-righteous hypocrites why they do not want to separate from believers according to 1 Cor. 5 : 10 - 13. They try to discuss hours that a cup of wine will make the Holy Spirit run away from them. Does it mean that a cup of wine is more powerful than Holy Spirit, The Word of God says " I will never leave thee nor forsake thee " without laying any condition. Know ye not that the "Righteousness of God" is like a flower beautiful and rarely found in great deep valleys which a man has to pluck after going deep into the valleys alone and it remains beautiful and fragrant with its colour but fades the moment the man who found it says he did it. Bible clearly says that all men have sinned and come short of the glory of God. A sinner is a sinner whether he is a big or small sinner (Rom. 3 : 10 - 17, 23). Then what is the righteousness we speak about ! Only God is Good and Holy.
Please meditate on the significance of the Cross and Jesus Christ as a Sacrifice. His pure 100% Holiness is transferred to us by His Blood and our filthy rags righteousness go on Him at the Cross. Stop the talk of all filthy rags and put on the pure righteousness of Jesus through His Blood and not by works. The Holy Spirit is the oil which lighteneth the lamp which is the Bible (Ps. 119 : 105) and shows what a great sinner we are and NOT HOW HOLY WE ARE. When we try to exhibit our holiness we only slide downwards to greater sins than when we were unbelievers. Today I have the Righteousness of Jesus Christ which I get through pleading victory through the Blood of the Lord Jesus when I realised that I could not lead a clean life through my efforts. I also find now that if anyone attacks the Righteousness of Jesus in me he is attacked by the Lord Jesus himself as attacking the Righteousness of God (which is Holiness of Jesus transferred) is attacking the Lord Jesus Himself. I have seen many punished for it. Do not believe the preachers who for the sake of improving their own wealth talk about moral codes which even though appears good to the human eye and many flock to such teaching it has no Grace of God. Humble down at the Cross of Jesus Christ and search your heart and find whether you have been fooling yourself all these days and plead the Blood of the Lamb of God and you will see the Righteousness of God imparted into you. If Righteousness does not come through the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus died in vain. For this reason Paul was glorifying the cross and proclaimed that no one should trouble him as he bore in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Righteousness of God is the result of bearing in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Gal. 6 : 17 ; Job. 9 : 2). Will you not please throw your self-righteousness away and put on the garment of righteousness.