"There is only One who is good, and that is God."
This turns our attention and faith to the matter of having a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
If we misunderstand this we will accuse God of being unfair in His judgment against sinners. If you begin to accept good as society presents it, you struggle to understand why anyone who does good deeds should perish.
You will gloss over the fact that it is matter of separation, not a lack of good deeds that will result in eternal damnation.
In his deception, man insists on his own good in order to escape the reality of his sin and separation from God.
The atheist declares there is no God in an attempt to delude himself in to thinking he can escape judgment. In like manner well meaning people have deluded themselves with the idea that they are in some way good within themselves, based on good deeds.
If they are good because they do good things, why would they need Jesus as a Savior? If their kind acts prove they are better than evil men, shouldn’t they be worthy of heaven?
More men are damned by this lie today than any other I know of.
Hell has enlarged itself with those who thought doing “good things” was all they needed. They never turned to Jesus so that their sins might be blotted out, because they could not see their sin. It is arrogance to conclude that just because I do what man has called good things, that I am not as other men.
Luke 18:10 "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men––extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
I am convinced, that the number one deception that will send men to hell with little to no resistance, will be the great lie that man is basically good, and all the more so, when he does good deeds.
I can’t be all that bad, I support good causes! I donate my time to the rescue mission once a month! I give my money to aides research! I live green! I recycle! I give to the hungry!
Some are so aware of all the good that they do, they are blind to their need for a Savior.
This deception of what it means to be good is in the church as well. I hear men speak of how they are helping God in the earth with all the good works they do. They need no one else praise them, they can do that well enough on their own. But this creates a problem when they think these things are what prove they are good.
About The Author
- Tim Atchley
- Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
- I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.