I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. (Rom. 6:19)Notice that righteousness leads to holiness. (They are not the same thing.)
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David...to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. (Luke 1:69, 74-75)Jesus is our “enabler.” He does not enable us to continue in sin, but the opposite, in holiness and righteousness. He does this all our days.
Righteousness is purity that comes from God when we receive Jesus Christ. We are cleansed from our sin. Holiness is also pure. However, it does not cleanse us. Holiness is not getting dirty in the first place. It starts out being clean by the righteousness that comes from God.
Most of my life has been spent getting people righteous with the Gospel and getting Christians to stay righteous through confession of sin. Christians seem to think that it is normal to stay unrighteous and that it is impossible to be holy.
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:15-16)I used to ask Christians if they wanted to be holy. I have given up the practice because the ranges of answers I got were different ways of saying, “No, I donʼt want to be holy.”