Salvation from Righteousness

I read this post from Jon Acuff a while ago, and it got me thinking about sin, and righteousness, and how we view ourselves and others when we perceive ourselves as righteous. Take a gander at it and let me know what you think…

Theologian C.H. Spurgeon once said, “It is easier to save us from our sins than from our righteousness.”

That quote is starting to make sense to me. It’s easy to believe signature sins are bad. That makes sense. But, in working on them, I’ve swung the pendulum over into self-righteousness.

You see this happen with guys sometimes. You’ll ask them “How’s your walk with the Lord going?” And they’ll answer, “Great! I haven’t looked at porn in a week.”

That’s great that they didn’t look at porn, but that’s not really an answer to the question. But if you secretly start to cultivate some signature sins, you’ll end up in the same place. If gossip is your signature sin and you didn’t talk trash today, you were holy. If envy is your signature sin and you didn’t covet anything today, you were pure. If lust is your signature sin and you didn’t look at any nudity online, you were righteous.

It’s not true, though. Your self-righteousness is every bit as disgusting and damaging as your signature sin. It might even be worse, because at the heart of self-righteousness is the belief that you don’t need God.

Beware the temptation to make an idol out of your signature sins. Our understanding of grace gets destroyed when we do. The reality is:

On my worst days, when I’ve broken every signature sin, I am in desperate need of God’s grace.

On my best days, when I’ve avoided every signature sin, I am in desperate need of God’s grace.

~ Jon Acuff, Stuff Christians Like

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