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Enemies to Righteousness, Part 1: Worldliness, Matthew 6:19-24

We’ve been arguing that the theme to this great Sermon is the theme of righteousness, and that the key to this message is found in 5:20: “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  It is about this righteousness without which no one will enter into the kingdom of heaven, a righteousness that is rooted in the heart (Beatitudes, 5:3-12), guided by the Law (5:13-48), and motivated by the glory of God (6:1-18). 
We now come to a new section in this sermon.  In the remaining verses of this chapter (6:19-34), our Lord deals with what I am calling the “enemies of righteousness,” those things that will kill the pursuit of righteousness in the heart and life.  The enemies of righteousness are many, but our Lord deals with perhaps the two most deadly: worldliness, or a matter of misplaced loyalty (19-24) and anxiety, or a matter of misplaced trust (25-34).  It is well worth not…