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Romans 3:10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no,
not one;
11 no one understands, no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside, together they have gone
wrong; no one does good, not even one."
13 "Their throat is an open grave, they use their
tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under
their lips."
14 "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness."
15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood,
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they do not know."
18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
There are some who misinterpret St. Paul's words in his Letter to the
Romans to mean that the 'people of God' can not be righteous!

Is that what St. Paul is saying here?
St. Paul never takes a verse and uses it out of context.
He couldn't possibly be considering the fact that Christians
are incapable of being righteous.

In his Letter to The Romans, chapter 3, St. Paul is referring to non-believers
when he states; "None is righteous, no, not one".

St. Paul is referring back to Psalm 14. In Ps 14, we see that Psa 14:3 "They
have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that does
good, no, not one"... refers back to non-believers, Psa 14:1 [...] "The fool
says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable
deeds, there is none that does good."

The righteous, on the other hand, are those who are called "my people"
Psa 14:4 "Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my
people", Psa 14:5 There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the
generation of the righteous.

So, we see, again, through the teachings of St. Paul, that those who follow
God are "righteous" and the non-believers are the ones who "are not
righteous".

The full text for Psalm 14 (RSV)
Psalm 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There
is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that
does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if
there are any that act wisely, that seek after God.
3 They have all gone astray, they are all alike corrupt; there is none that
does good, no, not one.
4 Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they
eat bread, and do not call upon the LORD?
5 There they shall be in great terror, for God is with the generation of the
righteous.
6 You would confound the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.
7 O that deliverance for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD
restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, Israel shall be glad.

For more on St. Paul's Letter to The Romans
Once Saved, Always Saved? By Jason Evert
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