Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. Western Religions

Pastor preaches about righteousness

See also

On Sunday, March 9, Rev. Lois Blakey-Paige, pastor of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached from Romans 5:17-20 where she explained how sin entered the world through one man. That one man was Adam.

Then Pastor Paige explained that even though we were born in sin, it wasn't anything we had done. It was all because of the sin the one man, Adam, committed. However, just as sin entered the world through one man, grace and redemption also came through one man. That one man was Jesus.

Throughout the sermon, the pastor emphasized "Faithfulness for Our Righteousness."

She related that our righteousness is our "right standing with God." However, it is not because of anything we have done or will ever do. Our righteousness is based on what Jesus did on the cross.

Pastor Paige asked the question: "Are we trying to earn God's favor or are we resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ?" She then said, "We can't be under water and not be wet any more than we can't be under grace and not be holy."

Through several biblical examples such as Abraham, the Roman centurion, and the Syrophoenician woman, the pastor reiterated how faith plays a major part in the understanding of our righteousness.

A simple way to understand our righteousness is to believe that we are the seed of Abraham, and everything God promised Abraham belongs to us. We just have to receive it. How do we receive it? We receive it by consenting to it.

The pastor admonished the congregation to receive the righteousness that is already ours. However, we have to consent to it being ours.



  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    5 Photos