The danger of trying to “justify ourselves” (Luke 16:15)

“We may justify ourselves by measuring our amount of spiritual activity, by letting people know how much we are doing for God and how much it is costing us to do it. We may do it by refusing to confess our sins, secretly struggling and often failing in our fight with temptation because we are too proud to admit that we are sinners too. We may do it by being proud of our denominations, as if we could be saved simply by our ecclesiastical (church) affiliation. We may do it by pretending to be something on the outside that is nearly the opposite of what we are on the inside.”

-Phil Ryken

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