“As a Christian, I think non-Christians can be good people.”

It deeply concerns me when I hear a professing Christian telling an unbeliever that he is a good person. Jesus said that there is no one good but God (see Mark 10:18). Anyone who says that human beings are good is calling Jesus a liar. My concern isn’t just that the unbeliever is being confirmed in his deception, but it makes me doubt the genuine nature of the Christian’s salvation, because he seems to have no biblical understanding of sin himself. This deception comes when the Law is not used to bring the knowledge of sin (see Rom. 3:19,20) and to show sin to be “exceedingly sinful” (see Rom. 7:13).

Not surprisingly, Christians who think sinners are “good” believe that preaching the gospel simply means to tell them “Jesus loves you,” something for which there is no precedent in Scripture. Wherever the love of Christ is preached, it is almost always in direct correlation to the cross (see Matt. 10:22 comment). And the cross makes no sense without mentioning sin, and sin makes no sense without preaching the Law, for “sin is transgression of the Law” (1 John 3:4, KJV).

I thought I was a good person until I understood that in God’s eyes, “good” means to be morally perfect. The only just rule by which we can measure our morality is the Ten Commandments. It was through the moral Law that I learned God considers lust to be adultery and hatred to be murder. When I measured myself by that standard I realized I was not good. At all.

It is also not surprising in this case that unbelievers would have kind words for the Christian. This is because they are not offended by his message. However, to fail to warn sinners of the terrible consequences of sin (damnation in hell), and to instead tell them that they are good people, is the ultimate betrayal. Jesus warned, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets” (Luke 6:26).

Luke 18:19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.

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9 Responses to “As a Christian, I think non-Christians can be good people.”

  1. Javier Taylor says:

    True. Too often we want to be liked more than we want to be evangelists

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  3. Terrence says:

    It is true that non-Christians cannot be good people, given God as the standard for all true goodness. Non-Christians may not overtly deny this truth but instead of seeing their helpless inability to meet God’s standard they develop a righteousness and a morality of their own. In so doing they suppress any knowledge of a God who proclaims that sin must be punished. I think what makes Christians good is that they are friends with the One who is good and have yielded the accounting for all their non-goodness to another. What makes them good is that they have a conscience that continually approves of God’s law.

  4. DW Smith says:

    Harmony>>> towards ^^^ Unity wit the TRINITY… ?falling short– …going astray. Points one not one hath… HE Knows who TRUSTeth IN HIM. 🙂

  5. David Simmons says:

    I’m a lier,a thief, A murderer, A blasphemer, an idolater, an adulterer, I have not always honored my mother and father and I have worked on the Sabbath day to financially profit myself. That’s eight out of the 10 Commandments right there. If you think you need a savior I’m in dire straits for one. Lord Jesus please save me.

  6. DW Smith says:

    DW Smith say: ” SO The GOOD BOOK say.” Accent Smilee Wept. Tears of JOY”. In The Chapel (“Woe be to those who put Faith in humans -OT the several:_____) Created in the image of abc_LIGHTFULL LIGHTSAIL Livefyre [ (account quenched: –never with malice… SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION AS JESUS &and we –YET! … “about FATHER’s bizee ‘nes ) “Love:JOY; PEACE: PATIENCE: KINDNESS’ 🙂 ]

  7. DW Smith says:

    IN JESUS CHRISTos THE REDEEMER; Rio, B ;

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