Defending God's Truth

3. What If They Claim They Are a Good Person?

Sometimes you have to get them lost, before you can convince them they need to be saved. That’s if they actually are lost. What if they consider themselves a good person, and when balancing their good works with their bad works, they think they will be alright? I know, because that is what I thought before I got saved.

I like to take them to Psalm 145:17, which says: “The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.” Point out to them the two terms this verse uses to describe God: He is “righteous” and “Holy.” Have them repeat them. “What are those two terms that describe God? “Righteous” and Holy.” Now proceed to Romans 3:10.

Say to them: “Look what the Bible says about mankind.

Romans 3:10 says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” Not one person does what is completely right, all the time. Not only that, but look what verse 23 says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” God is described as “righteous” and “holy,” while mankind is described as “unrighteous” and “sinful,” and it says we come short of God’s glory.

Now, we have a problem, because the Bible indicates no sin can enter heaven. That’s the bad news. Now let me share with you the good news. Now you proceed through the rest of the plan of salvation.