Al Mohler rightly says, “Most moralists would not claim to be without sin, but merely beyond scandal. That is considered sufficient.” The problem is the self-righteousness that stems from that world-view IS a scandalous sin in light of the cross. While focusing on public sin, we moralists overlook the sins of the heart. Yet both point us to our need for a Savior. So, if you find yourself to be essentially a religious moralist, beware. It just may be the most dangerous spiritual condition possible. While thinking we are well, we are on the edge of death. Thankfully, the gospel is for us, too, the worst of sinners. When we realize that, our moralism is replaced by humility and gratitude for the love of Jesus, and we begin to sing a new song, deep from the heart:
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.