But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
The main thing the unsaved all have in common is the failure to acknowledge they are in fact a sinner in the eyes of God. The testimony is generally the same. “I am generally a good person”. The “goodness” is always a subjective “goodness”, it always falls short of perfection.
When I was a Roman Catholic, I had thought that abstaining from the major sins automatically makes one “good”. However, when God opened my eyes to His truth and to He IS? All I saw in the mirror was a PUTRID ROTTEN DISGUSTING sinner. I lusted, I lied, I cheated, I bore false witness, I committed much evil in my life outside of breaking those biggie sins I was taught such as murder, adultery, missing a Mass on Sunday, etc.
If you challenged me as a Roman Catholic that I was rotten and not good, you would have had to prepare yourself for the profanity laced attack you were about to get, while I tore you from piece to piece on your many flaws in your own character. I was unsaved, a blind lost sinner who thought that subjective goodness was my ticket to eternal life, NOT by submitting to the fact I was rotten and needed a Savior Jesus Christ to get me out of the mess I put myself in.
The unsaved’s subjective goodness is always their major stumbling block, I know it was mine!
Your religiosity doesn’t make you good. Your church attendance doesn’t make you good. Your repetitive religious prayers doesn’t make you good. Your volunteer record doesn’t make you good. Your charitable deeds don’t make you good. Let’s be clear, there is NOTHING you can do to make yourself good! Your subjective morality and goodness is a humanistic standard, while society may see you as good, God does NOT see you this way.
So what can make you good? It will only be by faith alone in Jesus Christ, HIS GOODNESS makes a sinner good. Those who placed their faith alone in Him are saved based SOLELY on His works, His perfection, His goodness! This is called good news because you WILL fall short of perfection, but Jesus never did!
Salvation is NOT a license to sin, it is freedom from its eternal penalty.