Are You Self-Righteous and Good Enough to Make It to Heaven?
Self-righteousness is one of the greatest sins a person can commit, it can send you to hell. I can understand a self-righteous lost person more than I can a self-righteous Christian. A self-righteous lost person thinks they are good enough and a self-righteous Christian thinks they are better than others. But I want to talk about the self-righteous lost. A self-righteous person doesn't think they need forgiveness. A self-righteous person doesn't think they need Jesus. A self-righteous person will say, "You go and preach that gospel in the prisons and on the streets and to the criminals. But don't bother with me. I am an educated and intelligent person. I am a moral person."
But the Bible says, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, . . . that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life" (Titus 3:5, 7).
Self-righteous people are different from a variety of other lost sinners. Self-righteous people can be kind and considerate people. They may be the first to volunteer and help out. They do all kinds of benevolent things. We all know people like this. In fact, I know some non-Christians who are more pleasant to be with than some Christians I know.
It isn't wrong to say there are good people in this world because there are. The Bible doesn't dispute that. But the Bible does say that no one is good enough to get to heaven. We don't get to heaven based on being pleasant and nice. Heaven is not for perfect people; it is for forgiven people.
We see an example of this in John's gospel. In John 3, we find Nicodemus, who was a religious and moral guy. But then in John 4 there is the Samaritan woman, an immoral person who was living in sin. What do these two have in common? They both encountered Jesus. And they both believed in Jesus.
This reminds us that everyone needs Jesus, both the moral and the immoral, both the down-and-outer and the up-and-outer. Everyone needs Him. And if you are one of those snobby, better than you Christians who turns their nose up when they meet a struggling brother, you better hit the altar. God Bless!