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The Natural Man is Incapable of Identifying Self-Righteousness
by David Bishop

The natural man in his conscience can identify the presence and absence of outward morality. Romans 2 tells us this. When Gentiles, who do not have the law do what the law requires they show that the law is written on their hearts, and their conscience either accuses or excuses them.

In light of this, if righteousness is measured by outward morality, then idolaters of all sorts are capable of identifying righteousness. If this is true however, then it would have to be said the gospel is no mystery, but is instead revealed to the eyes and ears of all.

It is true the natural man in his conscience can identify the presence and absence of outward morality. What his conscience is incapable of identifying though, is self righteousness.

To insist that righteousness and sanctification refer to outward morality and more frequent occasions of it is to put confidence in the flesh. This is exactly what the Pharisees did. "I thank you, O God, that I have a more pristine outward morality than other men."

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