Many non believers do righteous acts but those acts DO NOT make them righteous
Righteousness comes by belonging to God through Christ
Belonging to God means one is in Christ, set apart as belonging to God and therefore Holy to Him
It is only belonging to God that makes one righteous and holy
By the same token ....
Many believers commit acts of sin but those acts DO NOT make them unrighteous sinners
Sinners are those who still belong to Satan through the world
Belonging to the world means one is still in Adam and therefore a child of his disobedience
It is only rejecting Jesus, depending on one's self effort that causes one to remain in Adam as a sinner belonging to the world
Being Righteous does not result from doing righteousness
No more than being Wealthy results from eating at the Ritz
People who eat at the Ritz usually do so because they are wealthy
The same thing holds true for sin
Being Unrighteous does not result from doing things that are unrighteous
Being unrighteous means one BELONGS to Sin
Sin is a Master, it is a thing first, a noun that influences people to do acts of sin
Sin is a noun and a verb
Jesus destroyed Sin ...the noun
He destroyed Sin's ability to remain our master, to keep us in bondage as hostages
He ransomed us and bought our freedom
That does not mean we will never sin, it only means we NO LONGER BELONG TO SIN
PS I have plenty of scripture but will only cite them as needed depending on the responses to what I have stated
So you can show us many examples from the bible of those reckoned righteous while they were still living in unbelief/unrighteousness?
You say "Being Righteous does not result from doing righteousness"
So I can be an NFL player even though I have never been a member/player in the NFL.
you say "Many non believers do righteous acts but those acts DO NOT make them righteous
Righteousness comes by belonging to God through Christ"
First, is one righteous BEFORE belonging to God through Christ, that is, he is reckoned righteous while still living in unbelief/sin?
Secondly, if a non-believer does his OWN
meritorious works of righteousness, he will not be reckoned righteous by God.
But if a non-believer does GOD'S
righteousness in believing, repenting, confessing with the mouth and being baptized he WILL
be reckoned righteous by God.
You post "It is only belonging to God that makes one righteous and holy"
So how is it one comes to belong to God? God just randomly chooses who will belong to Him and who will not belong to Him? So if I did not belong to God that is God's fault for not choosing me to belong to him?
You post "Many believers commit acts of sin but those acts DO NOT make them unrighteous sinners"
"IF" they CONTINUE to walk in the light, then Christ's blood will continue to wash away all sins. "IF" they quit walking in the light, then Christ's blood no longer cleanses away all sins and they will be come unrighteous sinners.
You say "Being Righteous does not result from doing righteousness. Being Unrighteous does not result from doing things that are unrighteous."
Rom 9:11 "(For [the children] being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil..."
So Jacob and Esau had done neither good or evil, neither righteousness or unrighteousness, so which were they? They were neutral, and would not be reckoned righteous until they did righteousness or unrighteous until they did unrighteousness.
John said "he that doeth righteousness is righteous". John did NOT say "he that doeth righteousness does so because he already is righteous".
Rom 10:3 Paul said the Jews were lost "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness,..." Can one be righteous while in ignorance of God's righteousness? Exactly what is God's righteousness here that they were ingnorant of? (Psa 119:172)
Acts 10:35 "But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."
Those accepted with God are those that work God's righteousness.
Eze 18:24 "But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, [and] doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked [man] doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die."
Eze 33:18,19 "When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. "
So what a person does determines if they are righteous/saved or wicked/lost.