Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith” by Dave Hunt – Turning from Self to God
Praise God that our song for eternity will be, “Worthy is the Lamb” (Revelation:5:12). Heaven has no place for the erroneous belief that Christ died because we are worth it. Christ’s death in our place hand nothing to do with our worth, but with the depths of our sin, the demands made by God’s justice, and His eternal glory.
Of course those who brought humanistic psychology’s selfism into the church attempt to support it from Scripture. One such person has quoted Psalm 139 and suggests that the “wonderful pattern for growth, fulfillment and development” that “God built into our genes…is the ultimate basis for self-esteem.” Surely the genius of the genetic code should cause me to bow in wonder and worship at the wisdom and power of God – but self-esteem? Seeing the marvels of God’s creative power in my genes is no more cause for self-exaltation than seeing God’s creative power in another’s genes or in any part of the cosmos – I didn’t create it.
Paul declared, “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Corinthians:15:10). No basis for self-esteem there. Dare we think that we will ever be able to erase from our memories the fact that we are unworthy sinners saved by grace? Christ, as the lamb slain for sin, will forever bear the marks of Calvary. What significance would those marks have if we did not remember – not the depths and details of our sin – that we are redeemed by His blood from our sin?