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Motivation is the key component when it comes to self-sanctification.
I don't know anyone who believes that.
. . . becoming more righteous in practice will make them more righteous in God’s sight . . .
No, Paul said "do not be deceived, sinners will not enter heaven."
Paul lets us know that in the book of Romans that God did not make Heaven for good people, God made Heaven for sinners who are justified freely by God’s grace.
The "second death" is in Revelation, where it talks about the books being opened and the dead judged by the works recorded there. Being righteous would come in real handy at that point.
. . . it will not help them avoid the second death.
This is where you get confused because of your wrong definition of sanctification which you get from your cult. The biblical definition of sanctification belongs to the church. The church is what is set apart for sanctification, which means when you step into it you have a demand set upon you to conform to that standard of holiness. Membership in the church is not unconditional.
Setting oneself apart for holiness is one thing, setting oneself apart because of the holy standing God has already given that individual in Christ is something altogether different.
That sounds as though God sanctified him. See my confusion?
Paul lets us know that in the book of Romans that God did not make Heaven for good people, God made Heaven for sinners who are justified freely by God’s grace. Paul did not set himself apart in order to gain a greater righteousness before God through his performance, but that he made his life-style (to the best he could) conform to who God had already made him to be in his sanctified or set-apart position . . .