On Not Being Good Enough for the Gospel
To make it quite practical I have a very simple test. After I have explained the way of Christ to somebody I say â€œNow, are you ready to say that you are a Christian?â€ And they hesitate. And then I say, â€œWhatâ€™s the matter? Why are you hesitating?â€ And so often people say, â€œI donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m good enough yet. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m ready to say Iâ€™m a Christian now.â€ And at once I know that I have been wasting my breath. They are still thinking in terms of themselves. They have to do it. It sounds very modest to say, â€œWell, I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ good enough,â€ but itâ€™s a very denial of the faith. The very essence of the Christian faith is to say that He is good enough and I am in Him. As long as you go on thinking about yourself like that and saying, â€œIâ€™m not good enough; Oh, Iâ€™m not good enough,â€ you are denying God â€“ you are denying the gospel â€“ you are denying the very essence of the faith and you will never be happy. You think youâ€™re better at times and then again you will find you are not as good at other times than you thought you were. You will be up and down forever. How can I put it plainly? It doesnâ€™t matter if you have almost entered into the depths of hell. It does not matter if you are guilty of murder as well as every other vile sin. It does not matter from the standpoint of being justified before God at all. You are no more hopeless than the most moral and respectable person in the world.1
1. From Martyn Lloyd-Jones Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure
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