But I'm a Good Person!

Anybody who has done any witnessing in these latter days has probably heard this line, or some variant, before,

"But I'm a pretty good person! What do I have to worry about?"

To most people, the idea that they might be sinners, much less sinners under God's wrath, is as foreign of a concept to them as a world without electricity or running water. Even if you can find a person who will admit they are a sinner, they more than likely won't think of themselves as being out of God's graces, so to speak. Most churches don't seem to be able to stomach the whole message of the Gospel anymore, and hence, lost sinners are being cheated of the message which they need (though may not like) to hear.

If you are one who does not know Christ, but yet who thinks you're a "good person" who doesn't need to worry about eternity, I got news for you. You are deluded. There is no one, including you, who is righteous, who is good enough to get into heaven on your own.




"Dunkin, how DARE you say that! You don't even know me! Why...I give a lot of money to charity! And I help the homeless, and I volunteer at the soup kitchen! Everyone says I'm the nicest, most helpful person they know! Why, I even give a lot of my time and money to my church! I'm a GOOD person!"

Nope, sorry. None of that matters. The Bible talks about this sort of thing. "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isaiah 64:6) If you are without Christ, you are an unclean thing in God's sight. All these works you're trusting in, they are unworthy to even be looked upon by the holy Living God. Think you're spiritual, even though you never did that "salvation thing"? Think again. The Bible says you are not spiritual, you are a natural man, without Christ and without understanding and without hope.

Many who trust in their own works believe they are good people because they aren't as reprobate as many of the others around them. They figure that since they don't steal (too much) or fornicate (too much) or lie (too much), that they must be alright. Hey, they've never killed anyone, after all! But again, none of that matters. "For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." (II Corinthians 10:12) When the world compares itself to itself, some folks are bound to look a little better than others. But it's not wise for them to do this, since their standard of comparison is flawed and sinful to begin with. "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Romans 3:10-12) Everyone is sinful. The fact that some may commit more sins than others doesn't negate the basic sinfulness of every person, nor does it give a person a cause to view themselves as being more worthy than someone else, and thus in less need of salvation. Everyone needs salvation through faith in Christ.

Thus, we see people trying to define down the term "good". In fact, we see "good" used in place of "righteous" because "good" carries with it more easily the subjective connotations used by worldlings. However, this doesn't fly with God. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) The Bible says that ALL have sinned, and therefore ALL fall short of the glory of God, of His standard for what is righteous. All are therefore under the condemnation of His wrath against sin, unless they avail themselves of the free gift of salvation available through the shed blood of Christ. If you are without Christ this very day, that includes YOU.

So, what should you do? The only thing you CAN do! Repent of your sins, and take Christ as your Saviour! "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved....For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:9,13) Stop trusting in your own "goodness". Start trusting in the atoning sacrifice which Christ made for YOU on the cross of Calvary. Doff those filthy rags and take upon yourself the clean white robes of fine linen which Christ will give to those who are given their righteousness from Him through His grace!