Self-righteousness and legalism go hand-in-hand. That is why I am happy to be able to reblog this post by Pastor Casey Lewis at ChristianityMatters.com.
Self-righteousness is rampant in our churches. Pews are packed every week with Pharisees, who think they are doing everything right. Scripture, however, paints a woefully different picture. Far from thinking we have arrived, or that we are superior to others, we should see ourselves as needing and depending on the righteousness of Christ.
Instead of raising our spiritual noses at those struggling with sin, we should humbly bow before the Savior knowing we too are sinners saved by God’s grace. So instead of thinking of ourselves as self-righteous, we should thank and praise God for sending His Son to die for our transgressions.
Even though we should humble ourselves before our Savior, we often don’t. Instead, we continue to act as if we have made ourselves righteous through our own efforts, not Christ’s. We often do that – act self-righteous – without even knowing it. So in an effort to create awareness here are…
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