How do you deal with someone who says, “I’m Basically a Good Person”? Here’s one approach.
Try this calculation with them. If you sinned only ten times a day from your tenth birthday to your sixtieth–and keep in mind we’re not just talking about rape, pillage, and murder, but the full range of human moral failing, including heart attitudes and motives–only, ten sins a day, what would your rap sheet look like? You would have amassed 182,500 infractions of the law. What judge in his right mind would turn you loose with a record like that?
Whenever you’re tempted to trust in your own ability, take a good look at the standard, God’s Law, then look at your own score card. To use Paul’s words, the law has each of us “shut up under sin” (Gal. 3:22), it’s closed our mouths, and we all have become accountable to God (Romans 3:19). Saved by our own goodness? The Law gives us no hope.
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