We are all familiar with faith or belief in God is imputed for righteousness as the Scriptures say.
Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
We also know Paul gave a deceiving commentary using the above verse rejecting the requirement of works by saying just believing is more than enough for righteousness but James on the other hand rebukes the commentary from Paul by saying faith without works is dead.
|Apostate Paul||Apostle James|
|Rom 4:2-4 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.||Jas 2:21-24 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.|
Phinehas’s killing imputed for righteousness
Num 25:7-8 Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel.
Ps 106:30-31 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened, And the plague was stopped. And that was accounted to him for righteousness To all generations forevermore.
Scripture says, not just faith or believing in God but even killing the wicked can be imputed for righteousness. Does that mean we are called to kill the wicked? Absolutely not! The point that I am making is, the imputed righteousness for Abraham through his faith on God is not an excuse to reject the righteous works required by God for us to obey.
Many Christians use faith only by following Paul’s commentary on imputed righteousness to Abraham, even rejecting the righteous requirements taught by Christ to enter His kingdom. Do they know that even slaying the wicked is also imputed for righteousness according to the Scriptures? These apostates who don’t follow Christ can even use the Scripture as an excuse to kill people. Therefore, let us follow Christ and obey His commandments and not some imputed righteousness from Paul.