Pristine Grace

How Prone We Are to Self-Righteousness
by Richard Warmack
How Prone We Are to Self-Righteousness

     It never ceases to amaze me how prone man is by nature to self-righteous thoughts concerning their ways: 

"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican." (Lk. 18:13)

     Those men who brought the woman to our Lord caught in the "very act of adultery" exemplify our self-righteousness :

"And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?" (Jn. 8:3-5)

     Our Lord Jesus Christ was IMMANUEL, God in human flesh, and as God man He was SINLESSLY PERFECT, holy in every aspect of His character and conduct. Yet religious, moral, sincere lost sinners said of our Lord that He was a "glutton and a wine-bibber." : 

"For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.  The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children." (Matt. 11:18,19)

     It is so easy to point out what we consider other believer's sins, while overlooking our own remaining sinfulness!!