When i was finding an answer to this quesion in christianity.stackexchange.com, i came across, this question but i felt a slap on my wrist :)
Is righteousness a prerequisite for salvation? NO.
But really, i see:
Matthew 5:20 "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven"
1 Samuel 26:23 "The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness"
Romans 3:22, "righteousness is given through faith".
John 5:14 "Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, 'See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you'.”
Love, Matthew 25:35 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
Matthew 9:13 "For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners"
Matthew 13:49 "The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous"
Let me say, the bar is VERY HIGH to claim to be called a 'righteous christian'.
(this might be where denomination starts, but in terms of the truth..)
This is when i stumble. i know i am sinner.
But, if i claim to have faith in Jesus Christ then at the same time, i'm now able choose to be righteous or not.
If i choose NOT and opt to be called a mere good christian.
49% righteous 51% sinner lifestyle, per say.
Then no heaven for me right?
I put it as a question because i'm still puzzed by it.
thanks for reading